Master boot record, The name in front of the manic mix of Symphonic Metal Crunch and Quarky Chiptun Blip, has shattered several thousand streams in Spotify. And MBR did it without revealing its name or face to its creator.
Tagged as “100% synthesized, 100% inhuman”, the master boot record has a bright visual aesthetic of computer code and retro floppy, and dusty matrix-like sound like Apple IIe coming to life. Open. But, as its creator tells us, the decision to express oneself in this way was not merely artistic, and it comes with its own unique advantages. With that mysterious image and the power of those hyperactive reefs, MBR has been welcomed into the family of the respected label Metal Blade, which will release an album in 2020. We talked about acting behind the shroud with MBR.
Spotify for Artists: Why did you decide to be “anonymous”?
Master Boot Record: Let me be clear at first: being anonymous is a myth and literally impossible. Really believing in the possibility of being anonymous is just innocent. My decision [comes] Just from this fact I wanted people to concentrate on my music instead of my personality. In a project[s] I was before, there was a huge focus on the band image and my personality, since I was also a singer / guitarist. People will only see the surface, and others[s] Only strong bands will be pushed away by the image. With MBR, since it’s instrumental and fully synthesized and “inhumane”, I thought it would just make sense. There are a lot of people who know who I am, but I don’t publicize it.
Do you think that you have created a mystery that has caused MBR to get more attention?
I would rather say that it has helped people to be objective about my music. From my experience … the more people know about your personal field, the more they will give you credit, even care. Especially other artists. I have a huge amount of best friends that don’t even check my music. This is probably a kind of mental process. Sometimes, especially when you’re doing well, they’re trying to frustrate your things because they know you personally and probably don’t like what you’re doing well. Sometimes there is no animosity in it, it seems like an automatic thing. Many times other musicians have written to me something like, “Is this you MBR? For real?” Like they don’t believe you’re doing music to their liking.
Never know your idols, they say. And this is completely true. That’s why I stopped completely [checking] That is the personal profile of people [create] I like art because often you lose interest in them due to idiosyncrasies. Maybe just because you disagree [what] You tell them, or they don’t meet your expectations. So in a way, yes, being anonymous – or rather, not publicizing my personality – has helped me take my things more seriously.
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What are the specific challenges of keeping your identity secret?
There is no challenge in my case. I don’t really care if people discover who I am. Also, sometimes [it] People can have fun finding it on their own. It’s really easy; However it does a few Google searches. But what happens is, when they do it, they already start … there are different perspectives on your material. Even if some people know who I am and will reach under the influence of MBR, there will still be billions of people who still do not know my project and will not find any information about my personality when landing on my page. So it’s as easy as trying to keep yourself anonymous not to say it publicly because most people have to do their own research … and I can assure you, most of them don’t take care of them or don’t even have time for them.
What are the disadvantages of being anonymous as an artist?
Unless I can’t find any particular difficulty [not] Being personally credited for something. But if you don’t have a big ego that needs it, I don’t see a problem. Honestly, I don’t really care if I’m personally recognized or directly involved in what I do or don’t do. All I care about is seeing people like what I do and that’s actually the count[s]. I don’t even put credit or details on my albums. Just my crypto-puzzles, and you have to decrypt them. Such an explanation[s] That’s how I see it all.
What advice do you have for hoping to have a mystery to an artist?
Give up and don’t be ridiculous. If you truly believe that you will be able to do this you know nothing about the immature and modern world. But still, you may decide to stop promoting your personal information, which is ultimately good for you. I don’t bother to show people on the street pictures of them and their families and ask what they think. So it should be the same [be true for] People online. The internet is no joke. This is not a game. It is as real and much more aggressive as the physical world.
H Christopher R. Wingerten