We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
-I guess that when anyone from this band started to dedicate his time to playing an instrument, it was because of being inspired by seeing his favourite rock star on the stage and longing for achieving the same. In fact, this hasn’t changed at all through the years.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-No, I think; however, I am not sure if we have already experienced a venue where people could be somehow biased towards our origin. In fact, it has already happened several times that people could barely believe that we are from Slovakia. Well, maybe we could start pretending we are from LA.
When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
-After releasing an album we try to perform a huge amount of shows with a setlist containing as many new songs as possible. You know, we, as musicians, still have to push ourselves to the limits and after writing every single song we feel like we really did what we could, so we are constantly moving forwards a bit after bit. Therefore we try to present ourselves with newer songs because we believe that we are showing the best of us.
I personally absolutely appreciate fans who can distinguish between our albums, because we live in a decade where everybody claims XY band as his favourite, even though he is aware of maybe three songs, with no idea about originating album, its release year and performing line-up, for example.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-It is always up to fans to say which songs are cool and which are not. However, it is not unusual that the song, which is the most promising from our point of view, is not that interesting to an ordinary listener and vice versa.
I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-We haven’t experienced this so far. However, I believe that differences between results of analogue and digital recording can be so subtle that the majority of artists probably don’t have any rational reason to go the old school way. Furthermore, editing possibilities are limited when recording analogue, and let’s be honest, many of us need a bit of editing here and there.
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-We are a little nervous, indeed. We want to spread our music as much as possible and we don’t want to flood the world with CDs no one would listen to. We haven’t advanced in our music career so far that we could simply ignore reviews and criticism.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-When we were preparing material for our second album, we wanted our lyrics to be a little more positive than on the first album, but we found out that it’s impossible for us. Our lyrics are mainly about how much this world is screwed up and it’s hard to give up this topic, when we see what’s going on around us. We’d be all happy, if our mother Earth was a bit better place to live, but it’s all about us – the people. That’s the message.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-We’ve spent a huge amount of time on preparing our artwork, because we believe that it will help our CD to stand out among the others somewhere on a shelf in a music store. Furthermore, it’s another part of our artistic expression. 🙂
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-Definitely yes! Our fanbase grows slowly but steadily. We are aware of the fact that we can’t expect massive increasement of our listeners within several months as long as metal music is no longer recognized the same way as it was in the 80’s.
What do you see in the future?
Short-term? Tomorrow I have to work again.
Something in between? Having a lot of fun while writing and recording new stuff, performing live, chatting with our fans after our shows – generally, enjoying our life while doing what we love. Can we call it “rock’n’roll”? 🙂