THE SEATHMAW PROJECT: Limitations of Life

The Seathmaw Project

The Seathmaw Project aka one-man band by guitarist and composer Geovanni Muñoz, hailing from Dallas, Texas. After putting out few singles, The Seathmaw Project released a debut album ‘Fractal Memories‘ in 2012. 2015 brought the release of sophomore effort titled ‘A New World,’ and a month ago Muñoz bounced back with a new album, ‘Inexistence.’ 

In our first interview in 2018, Geovanni Muñoz talks about his project’s mission, the new album, and more.

Define the mission of The Seathmaw Project.

Create killer songs and have fun while doing it, let the rest fall where it may.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your recent album Inexistence and the themes it captures.

Creatively it’s been about serving the songs to the best of my abilities and making sure each song stands on its own. The themes abound on this album are mostly relating with death and the feeling of abandonment because of it. There were a lot of deaths while creating this album around me, that it almost became a service to all those who are no longer here. There’s a couple songs where I tell  stories like “Autumn” based on a witch out looking for people to claim in Hell’s name. “Hellion’ tells the story of a malignant ghost stuck to the confines of a house waiting on people to come by to mess with them. “Feet Above Earth” is a more personal song that hits home, my cousin took his own life by hanging, wrote the song as a tribute. The overall theme goes back to death, which is why the album is properly titled Inexistence.

The Seathmaw Project - Inexistence

What is the message you are trying to give with Inexistence

Life is limited, so make the best of it.

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

I mostly record ideas into my phone, if a riff sticks out I’ll make a song of it in the studio, my phone is full of possible songs, song titles, lyrics, and ideas. My phone is like my notebook from back in the day, full of stuff.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

For sure, I made sure I had a good balance of slow songs, fast songs, mid tempo songs. If I felt the album had too many breakdowns or too many fast songs I’d work on the opposite for the next couple of songs. I learned from mistakes in the past, I love my first album but it has a lot of break-beat breakdowns (A LOT) which could be a good or bad thing depending on the music the listener is into.

Describe the approach to recording the album.

Pick a riff from the phone previously recorded that sticks out and make a song out of it,  add the rest of the elements and top it off with lyrics. Since I have all the saying in the music it’s pretty easy to get along.

How long Inexistence was in the making?

This album came together in the span of four months. I always release a single to test the waters and see where the album is headed, for this one the single was “The Possibilities Of Nothingness” it yielded a more sinister and melodic album. Once the single is released I get to working on the full album and pick riffs that go along with the mood.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

I don’t listen to metal music at all while I’m in the recording/tracking/mixing phase. My go to music was mostly indie rock like Honeyblood, Warpaint, and Nico Vega. I also listened to a lot of pop music, nothing in particular just catchy top 40 tunes. I feel that if I’m actively listening to metal then whichever bands I listen to will subconsciously influence the album itself, then I’ll be just a copy artist. Listening to genres not related to metal don’t influence the album as they are typically happy songs. This time around it was very hard ’cause The Black Dahlia Murder released their new album while I was in the midst of it, but I kept it together while their new CD sat on my shelf unopened till the album was complete. Great album.

What is your view on technology in music?

I think it gives the ability for anyone to create music, and I think it’s great. Long before it used to be you had to have connections or the entire band had to buy studio time. These days technology makes songwriting/recording/releasing available to all that seek it. I think this new era of music is essential for music to keep evolving, especially in metal.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

I’d like to think so but at the end of the day it’s music. I’m incapable of creating a trend or telling people to take it a certain way. Music works in mysterious ways, it can make you happy, sad, angry, lonesome. It can motivate you to hit that extra mile while running or even stay awake while driving to the next gig.

What are your plans for the future?

It’s always to evolve, one thing I haven’t done yet is sing, and it’s not because I don’t like it but It’s something I’m not well versed in. The next album has to be a step higher, there’s tons of genres/sub-genres I would like to incorporate into my music even if just for a couple of seconds. It’s just a matter of getting a good set of riffs and I’ll be able to blend anything I can possibly think of.

Inexistence is out now; order it from Bandcamp. Follow The Seathmaw Project on Facebook and YouTube.

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