Not knowing anything about DENIGRATA I just had to interview them to get to know them. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl
I am a word buff so when I find a band name that excites me I want to know the reason behind the choice. So how did you pick your name?
Denigrata Herself: It was one of those genuine moments of inspiration, and the name just appeared to me. I really liked the A on the end as it added a feminised suffix the latin term and as there are two women in the band, the name Denigrata represented both masculine and feminine. It means blackened in Latin which is pretty appropriate considering our music.
There are so many genres and sub-genres of metal today that it is hard to keep track of them all. So what was it that made you pick the style of metal you play?
-Manea: We did not start writing with a genre in mind, it just evolved naturally.
What influences you in creating your music? What is/has been the single greatest influence?
Tasìmengìyì:This varies for all members of the band but for me personally, my musical tastes have always been towards the extreme so artists like Venetian Snares, Immortal, and of late Terzij de Horde. I’ve wanted to create music with a sonic parity.
Denigrata Herself: Definitely the avant-garde and extreme metal are my favourites. They coalesce for me with Denigrata. I am a huge fan of Pierre Schaeffer and Schoenberg but also I’ve been into metal for such a long time, my tastes have only got heavier. Arkhon Infaustus are real favourites of mine.
Legivn: I’ve always had an interest for abstract and ambient soundscapes and compositions. Recordings which utilise unconventional techniques in the performance and instrumentation which alters the overall sound, John Cage and David Firth were two people that interested me. I found that this was something I wanted to explore further within the band.
Cændel: I like really ambient, expressive blissful sounding music as well as dark, dischordent and aggressive music. They both fit very well into the music that we write.
Manea: A lot of my musical influence for the band comes from studio composition, composers like Michel Chion as well as Baroque music, specifically laments. That and a lot of post black metal.
How important is it to have a message as a band?
Denigrata Herself: I think the music itself is of far greater importance. For some, they want a specific message and thats fine. Certainly for us, it is more about plunging into the depths of a piece of music, rather than only getting one specific idea.
Tasìmengìyì: We want the music to speak for itself rather than having a specific message or ideology. The significance is in the actual composition.
Is image an important factor to the bands appearance?
Cændel: The music informs the image and influences our conceptualisation. The image compliments the aesthetic of the music.
Denigrata Herself: Having an on-stage image is important because it facilitates a transcendental engagement with our performative selves. It helps to be able to leave our normal selves behind.
How important is it to have an album cover that stands out to grab people’s attention in this day and age?
Manea: I don’t think it’s important to have an album cover that stands out, but something that coalesces with your aesthetic. I know that when I see an album cover, I see the artwork and understand the aesthetic of the band so for us, it was important to get that across. Our music is abstract and complex like the cover art of the album but when you open it up, the full concept is revealed. This quality is reflected in our music.
Tasìmengìyì: We were lucky enough to work closely with Matt Vickerstaff (Dark Wave Art) and we are very happy with what he created for us. We had many versions of the artwork and each alteration or change that we made, he adapted the work accordingly.
What kind of respect do you get from your local scene?
Tasìmengìyì:: we put a lot of work into our live gigs, from lighting to visuals. Our album launch in a 900 year old round church has been the pinnacle of shows so far this year. At the launch, the crowd was a very broad range of people, from academics to metalheads, friends and fans.
Denigrata Herself: There is not a local scene as such for the sort of music that we play but we have a lot of people at our shows.
How massive is it to get response from places you have never heard of?
Tasìmengìyì: We have had orders for our album from all over the world which is fantastic, including Italy, France, Dubai. It’s great to know our music is getting out there and people are enjoying what we do. We enjoy playing our music and its wonderful to know others understand it.
Is playing live still a great way to get new fans to discover you?
Cændel: When we play live, our stage aesthetic is quite imposing. I guess its a way for people to get a full experience, and engage with our concept rather than it being just a gig.
Denigrata Herself: There is a surging force of playing live that people appreciate so when you put real effort into the full stage aesthetic, it’s important that fans get a fully immersive experience. The further afield we play, obviously the more this gets our name out there which is always exciting.
What does the future have in its womb?
Manea: The next thing for us is our music video which is scheduled for February 2016. This is going to be really exciting. We have a cameo from an exceptionally remarkable person so watch this space!