GRVD: First things first, how did you get into the idea of making noise, what were your first introductions to noise, and how did you come up with the name Swallowing Bile?
SB: I was initially introduced to noise through the more extreme forms of metal when I was much younger. However, it was in the form of Dark Ambient/"Dungeon Ambient" projects and from there I explored briefly but didn't begin to create my own material until much later. Initially the recordings were ambient in nature as well...synthesizer based soundscapes that grew to be darker in nature as I began to feel more comfortable with my gear. Swallowing Bile began when I started to incorporate Harsh Noise Wall elements into my sound (my first true noise sub-genre "love"), and I decided to start a fresh project. I cannot remember how the name came about to be honest.
GRVD: How would you describe the noise of Swallowing Bile? Would you say there is a common theme or idea proposed with the project?
SB: The sound itself is primarily based in HNW structurally. All of the sources are field recordings I have taken myself and I believe that it brings an organic element to the table. I incorporate other styles of sound as well, whether that be in the form of scrap metal, my voice, etc, but I prefer to keep some sonic approaches constant to ensure I don't have "fickle" material. I like everything to sound linear in some way or another with Swallowing Bile. The only theme behind Swallowing Bile is my own experience...I try to work solely with things that have some underlying relation to myself.
GRVD: What would you say is the strongest influence on Swallowing Bile? Musical or not.
SB: Personal experience is the biggest influence thematically. Aurally the influence is within the HNW/HN/PE realm...I listen to HNW most and HN/PE come in at a close second, however I try not to allow any elements from other artists sound affect the way I compose.
GRVD: We've talked some about the noise scene and some of our qualms with it. How important do you think "scenes" really are, especially when it comes to a genre like noise?
SB: There are a bunch of different "scenes" operating at any given time across the globe. In terms of the United States I feel that the notion of having lots of miniature scenes is very apparent. Personally, my cities local scene is uninterested in what I am doing (their taste is in art, not sound...) and I can understand why my material wouldn't be something they want to endorse. However, I would make the jump to say that my cities noise scene is nearly non-existent on the national/international scope anyways. I feel much more affiliated with the fantastic friendships I have formed with fellow artists across the states and the globe...that unit in itself ties together so many scenes that it becomes one of it's own. What it all boils down to is the ties you make with one-another!
GRVD: I've heard you describe what you do as "anti-art" before. Care to embellish on that concept further?
SB: Swallowing Bile is an aural endeavor meant to be heard for what it is and not interpreted as anything more. However, I can't control how someone wants to view my output! Art is subjective, but in my mind I don't view Power Electronics/Harsh Noise/Harsh Noise Wall as art. If others want to that is their business.
GRVD: What can we expect from Swallowing Bile in the near future?
SB: Die Song will be releasing the "Secluded" LP towards the end of August/beginning of September, a split with Aqua-Eroticum on Depravity, a split with Reinforcement Punishment on Obscure Vanity, a track on a massive 8-way split with a bundle of stellar Power Electronics artists, as well as a few other things that I am not ready to reveal at this time. I plan to begin writing for another LP in 2015, but at this moment I have my plate pretty full!
GRVD: Any words you'd like to leave us with?
SB: Thank you very much for taking the time to interview me. I appreciate the support and keep up the great work.