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Interview with M. Teresa Clayton from Mystic Verses Blog

Teresa: WHERE DID THE NAME PIRATAS DE DIOS COME FROM?

Larry: Pirates of God, or God's Pirates; We'd sit around and talk about cosmic mystical things with our friends -- and none of it was sanctioned orthodoxy -- in fact, in days of old it would have been outright blasphemy... so we were like pirates talking about god.

Pirata in Mexico also means crazy or loco, so it seemed a pretty good fit.

Teresa:WHAT INFLUENCES HAVE HELPED YOU DEVELOP YOUR MUSIC?

Larry: Well I always loved folk music -- lately I've become influenced by the death metal scene, In Flames, Norther, Wintersun...

I always had these pirate songs somewhere going on in the back of my head... even in high school, but there never seemed to be a genre for it... when I heard Crosby Stills Nash and Young do Wooden Ships, that was like an epiphany, but then suddenly everything turned glitter rock and I just couldn't relate...

It was Yash, my guitar player who took me through all the amazing acoustic death metal that's done in northern Europe mostly... and he convinced me that it was a safe bet to launch Piratas and see if we could find our audience... it's really hard to answer who influences me because there are so many I know I'll leave someone out -- oh, Karen Stever -- of course!! and Acoustic Alchemy

Teresa: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING AND WHO MAKES UP THE BAND? I

Larry: I've been playing since I was 13 ...I don't know how long it's been because it was the 60s...

the band:

Yiachine Duarte - guitar, electric guitar -- from After Dark I Bleed

Angel Syaoran - Drums -- from After Dark I Bleed

Larry - guitar, voice and bass

Javier Caballero - djimbe and percussion

not much special about the instruments...

we started out with $25 microphones, but now we've graduated to $125 mics... i do have a 1918 Gibson that i bought from a trumpet player for $200 long ago, but the guitar has a crack, so its monetary value isn't much, but it adds to the overall Piratas sound a Djimbe is an African drum and they have become very popular here in Mexico

Teresa: HOW ARE YOUR VIDEOS RECORDED AND WHO PRODUCES THEM?

Larry: We record them here, where I live, in the studio, there's always so much junk around!!!

I tape everyone's single parts and then I align them up with the master track... or do the best I can lol! Once each track is lined up I’ll typically mute the audio track, but I do leave one or two separate tracks in to add richness to the tone and make it slightly different from the master audio track.

I use Sony Vegas for video editing and Sonar for Audio.

I export the final video composite to MPEG II and then transcode it into FLASH to upload to the internet.

Teresa: THE VAGUENESS OF YOUR IMAGES ALLOWS THE MIND TO SUMMON its OWN INTERPRETATIONS AND BLEND IT WITH YOURS... A NICE TECHNIQUE IF I DO SAY SO MYSELF - WHAT INFLUENCED THIS STYLE OF VIDEO FOR YOU?

Larry: Tie-dye!

thank you... it's done on purpose -- part of the indie anti-rock star movement -- we want you to be the rock stars... that's what a lot of the lyrics are trying to say, that's why we incorporate the work of other artists... It’s why we try to let your imagination rule the dream...

it starts as my dream, of course, because I write the songs... then I watch all of the musicians come in and add their vision to the dream it becomes a bigger dream... then we package it up and send it to you so you can dream too... and maybe if we get to like each others' dreams... we can make the world's dreams come true... the we'll really start to have some fun!

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