Rose Magazine by Azriel J. Knight
Starting your own record label is a huge undertaking. What made
you decide to?
K: Blind faith and a suggestion from Oneiroid Psychosis
that I actually thought about for a year, built up resources, and
followed through with. Oneiroid Psychosis was so impressed by my
early promotions for the Azoic that they suggested I start a record
label. So, after a year of building up more distributors and all
I could, I decided to try it (thinking it would be a temporary thing).
After 4 years now, I'm still "addicted" and even more passionate
about music. After all, Nilaihah is built on passionate music. I'm
still amazed at how much Nilaihah has grown, yet still have a long
way to go.
Do you have many people having trouble pronouncing the label
name? Can you give us a phonetic spelling of it so we may pronounce
it better? *smile*
K: phonetics: nil-EYE-ah. 'Nilaihah' was a fallen angel
who wrote poetry. I thought that fit, but like I said, I never thought
I'd have a record label at the time or one that would last. And
yes, people do have a hard time pronouncing it. Sometimes I wish
it were easier, but I think people are intrigued and it means more
once they realize what it stands for.
A day job, a band, and a record label. How do you handle it
K: That's actually not all of it, but I've always been a
work-a-holic and have somehow been able to handle 10 things at once.
I probably work on average 70+ hours a week, if not more, so it's
a labor of love. I have to be busy though and have my hands in several
different projects. It doesn't mean I'm not swamped and stressed,
but between my record label interns, family, friends, and my boyfriend,
it helps me sort through it all. I do hope Nilaihah continues to
grow, both with staff and releases... :)
You've recently launched a snazzy new design on your dot com,
how come you waited so long before doing so?
K: If you only knew how many times and designs I'd gone
through before now! :) I never had the time to complete them or
couldn't commit to a design so I finally hired Nick Garland of Re>generation
Magazine to help me design a new site. We collaborated for several
months, until we both felt good about the direction and design.
We are all very happy with the new look and have been receiving
Choose ONE song off a band (other than your own) that really
touches in some way deep down, and why it does so.
K: Tough question. I feel so strongly about all the releases
on a personal level or I wouldn't release them. But, if I had to
chose from a personal experience point, I think "Blind" by Backlash.
"Visualize your faith for me and purify my mind. "Cast your light
on me and make my eyes go blind." "I can feel your pain, because
I'm suffering too." It's just an amazingly personal and deep song
with very poetic lyrics. It hits on a lot of emotions all at once
and I think that is a very hard thing to accomplish.
I'll also have to give credit to a few other tracks, if I may...
Null Device has a track called "I Probably Know You" that has always
touched me lyrically. "I probably know you better than you think
I do. I possibly know you better than you'd like." It talks about
feelings we, as humans, all go through and is letting us know that
others share in those experiences, whether we feel comforted by
that or not.
Fiction 8's track "Let Go" is a very strong song about relationships
and moving on afterward. It's talking to someone who is having a
hard time being mature and "letting go". I hope it offers closure
Distorted Reality has a track I especially like lyrically. It's
called "Your Only Jewel". Too often people take those closest to
them for granted, especially in relationships, and lose their "only
Dissonance has too many for me to really mention. It's an amazing
album dealing a lot with insecurities, frustrations, consuming emotions,
second guessing ourselves, and again, relationships.
All of these tracks (and bands) offer such a huge view into each
of the writers soul and deep into their emotions that it's hard
not to relate in some way. We've all been in both good and bad relationships/friendships
or are struggling to find ourselves at one point in time, so I think
the themes are very relevant to all. For me, music can be a therapy
of sorts. To let you know others have gone through similar situations
and that you are not alone. I think each band on Nilaihah Records
also offers inspiration and a positive message at the same time.
Ultimately, I look for bands who write with passion, both lyrically
Mike Ventarola, isn't he great?!
K: Yes! He's really taken Nilaihah Records (and The Azoic)
to new heights. Without him, I wouldn't be where I am today and
owe a lot to Mike and Hidden Sanctuary. And if you thought I worked
Your releases are available all over the world, do you accomplish
this independently or with the assistance of a distro company?
K: Both. I work with several distributors, but I usually
contact them myself. So, it's a lot of 'behind the scenes' work
you see and help from our list of distributors (which are all listed
on the new website).
When will we see another Azoic release?
K: In June, The Azoic are releasing a CD single for their
track "Conflict" with remixes by Iris, Negative Format, Massiv in
Mensch and others, TBA soon. In the fall, expect the new full length,
'illuminate' to be released with several surprises too. Hey, we
want to keep you guessing...