MUSIC, CYBERPUNK AND MANGA: MURDAH SRVC AND THE NEW SINGLE “MEDUSA (DAVID ARONA REMIX)”

MURDAH SRVC (Murder Service) is an audiovisual project born in 2017 and influenced by Japanese pop culture. Drums, synths and voices: the songs of MURDAH SRVC are this and much more! A future apocalyptic scenario is imagined where a manga and a TV series of science fiction are intertwined with dark and electronic sounds. The band has already played internationally in countries such as Germany, UK, Netherlands, Italy and Japan. their musical influences are Massive Attack, Portishead, SOHN, The Weeknd, Frank Ocean. while visually we find Katsuhiro Otomo, Hirohiko Araki, Hisashi Eguchi, Hideaki Anno among their main influences. MURDAH SRVC is something completely new and innovative, which we invite you to follow and listen to. Their new single MEDUSA (DAVID ARONA REMIX) between the DRUM N BASS and the JUNGLE, will make you sing, dance and move! We interviewed them, to you discover them!


YMX: Hey MURDAH SRVC, thanks for sitting down with us. What would you say to all our readers new to your project?

MURDAH SRVC: MURDAH SRVC (Murder Service) is and audio and visual project strongly influenced by Japanese pop culture. In an dystopian scenario, a manga and sci-fi tv series influenced comic takes place at the same time with dark, electronic music. The band, formed in 2017, has been performing internationally in Germany, UK, Netherlands, Italy and Japan. NEO TOKYO. Pharmaceutical company DIKE SERVICE is testing illegally memory replacement devices on human beings. Ron has been suffering of terrible headaches lately, he thought because of a bike accident. Meeting Maya will open up his eyes on why she calls that pharmaceutical company MURDAH SRVC.

YMX: When did you know that music was something you wanted to pursue at an artistic level?

MURDAH SRVC: CHE speaking, leader of this project. I started drawing when I was 6 years old, willing to pursue a manga artist career. When I was in my teenage years I started singing and writing my own songs and eventually decided to set music as my main thing. MURDAH SRVC idea came to me about 6 years ago, I wanted to put together my biggest passions in one.

YMX: You recently released MEDUSA (DAVID ARONA REMIX). Can you tell us how that project came about?

MURDAH SRVC: MEDUSA (David Arona remix) has been released a couple years after the original version. In 2019 I didn’t release any original music, cause as a band we were busy touring and I was writing new material. So in 2020 I decided to release remixes of the songs that were out already and for this track I thought that the sound of David Arona, an extraordinaire producer I already worked with for a track called “Gone” on his album “Alter Echo”, was a perfect match. I wanted each and every remix to be different from the original track, to give the song a new life!

YMX: What is the one thing you would like people to feel while listening to the SINGLE?

MURDAH SRVC: With this single I wanted to create a dreamlike vibe, but at the same time I wanted to express pain. Just like Japanese culture, I believe in the strength of contrast. MEDUSA is about being in a toxic relationship and not being able to understand it or not having the courage to leave. So you end up looking the other way, but the pain is still there subtly working its way into your mind.

YMX: How did the recent pandemic influence your creative process? is remote collaboration easy for you?

MURDAH SRVC: This whole remix project came to life during the pandemic. I did not meet in person any of the producers or video makers I collaborated with for obvious reasons. I felt great actually being able to work from home, exchange ideas back and forth. To be honest with you there is nothing like being in the studio together or on stage in front of an audience, but at the same time this was an excellent way to spend lockdown in a productive and creative way!

YMX: Do you feel more confident writing music alone, or within a team?

MURDAH SRVC: It depends on the project. I write songs for other artists as well, so it’s important for me to talk to the artist/band first and exchange thoughts. When I write for myself, I usually sit by myself in the studio, I record demos just piano & voice, and the I start developing other sounds but I always work with producers, whether in the same room or via internet, to take the song to the next level. So, to answer your question, I believe teamwork makes the dream work!

YMX: Can you name the last gig you played? Would consider doing a live stream concert?

MURDAH SRVC: Last gig was a long time ago (at least for me), when it was possible to play live music in clubs. It was September 11th 2020 and we played in a small club called Prisma Music Bistrot in Catania, Italy. We already performed a livestream concert on German website Dringeblieben.de you can actually watch it here: https://dringeblieben.de/videos/murdah-srvc-electronic-soul-anime-visuals. I will consider making another one in the following months as I doubt that live music will be back anytime soon.

YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future?

MURDAH SRVC: As we speak, I’ve been focused working on MURDAH SRVC manga. When we perform live, anime and Japanese pop culture visuals are projected, synced to the music. But this project involves an actual manga which story I wrote myself and I took inspiration from it to write the songs. So you can enjoy the music by itself or see the whole picture by reading the manga. I’m drawing it by myself, so it takes time, I hope to release it by fall 2021. In the meantime I’ll continue to release new songs and work on new material, waiting for touring and live gigs to be available again!