Justin INVI interviews the passionate and inspirational Robbie Brantley III of Human Fluid Rot.
WeMerge-Tell us who you are and what you do-
Robbie Brantley III – My name is Robbie Brantley. I’m told what I do is called noise I guess that’s what it’s classified as by a general populous.
WM- What exactly is noise and how did you fall into it? It is a pretty unique genre of music, is it not?
RB- That’s a loaded question. I think if anyone tells you “I know what noise is” they’re either lying or wrong. I think this genre, if you can even call it that, has too many holes in it’s own maze to even define itself. I think it’s a genre that allows free expression through many different means of sound and in some cases even performance art. I think it’s also a genre that includes SO MANY different aspects of other genres of music.
I got into the “noise scene” or whatever people want to call it by accident. I gave an old friend a copy of my first tape with no expectation of him even responding to it. After that I was greeted kindly into a world I had no idea existed.
WM- Is “experimental” a better term to use than “noise”?
RB- Whenever I see the word “experimental” I immediately think of that section of a record store that no one goes to. Oddly enough, that IS the section where you’ll find artists like myself. In my mind, it doesn’t matter what its called. You can call what I do “peanut butter on a spoon” and it would make no difference. “Experimental” seems like the kind of term people use when they cant process what they hear into a common genre.
WM-Your act is called Human Fluid Rot. What does Human Fluid Rot mean exactly and do you try to translate the name in the music that you do?
RB- HUMAN FLUID ROT translates loosely to the bodily fluid that is taken out of you in a morgue and left to fester. It’s three words that together sound pretty gross. The name shows no part in the sounds that I create. I’m just a guy with a strange sense of humor I guess.
WM- You are also a guy that is in many bands… You are in Karras, a Metal band, Between Enemies, a punkcore band and of course your noise core unit… BUT if you had to choose only ONE genre to play for the rest of your life, what would it be?
RB- That would be like cutting off my arms. It doesn’t matter if it’s punk, hardcore, noise, metal, jazz,industrial, soul, techno, hip hop or anything else you can throw in the pot. If I was only given the option to choose one, I’d probably go catatonic. Music is so important and every genre works together in some way, shape or form.
WM- Where did this love come from? What is your first memory of music as a kid?
RB- I have a lot of music memories as a kid. Too many to list in an interview. Music just always made me happy. Playing guitar and bass as a teenager made me realize musics individual meanings to others and I thought that was cool, too. Music is crazy, man.
WM- If you could have a sit down with one artist/musician, living or dead, who would it be?
RB- Justin INVI Vilonna. i think that dude is a dream boat
WM- We aren’t up to the shout out’s yet, but I will take it. What is something, other than music, that you can not live without?
RB- My record collection. Duh.
WM- What is something that you can not stand? A real pet peeve…
RB- I hate being late. It bothers me to no end.
WM- Thanks for doing the interview with us… any last words or shout outs?
RB- The only reason I got to do this interview today is because people like yourself saw something interesting in what I do. I owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to that. There’s more to music out there than what you hear in coffee shops, clothing stores and the radio. As you read this article there is some guy or girl out there with a piece of wood or a bucket of squeaky dog toys making sounds that you never thought imaginable. I’m not saying “get into it” or “where have you been all this time?” I’m just saying that the music spectrum is broad and waiting for you to see it whenever you’re ready. Noise and experimental isn’t for everyone but I wouldn’t be doing this interview today without it. Thanks.