When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-Hail to all metalheads! It happened in late 2004, but plans to create such kind of a band were much earlier. That was a period when gothic culture was on top in Ukraine, and generally in all Europe. Also it should had to be a metal band. It happened that three musicians had decided to leave their bands to start something new, and in next months the rest of staff was found. First live gig was performed in early 2005 in Lviv, Ukraine. The purpose was obvious – to play the music we loved. That is how it started.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound ?
-First of all professional instruments are required to achieve a good sound. Each experienced musician should understand his type of sounds, his picks, strings bewst for his technique, how to tune amplifiers of drums. Finally, sound in the studio always differs from sound on stage, and you should be ready to this. This experience comes with years of practice. What helps – always be aware which inctruments, effects and techical approaches are used with famous metal bands on stage.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-It depends on skills in everything – playing instrument, sequensors software, talent at least. New songs originate as usual from draft, than everyone adds some arrangement, and finally lyrics. Our drummer works as sound engineer on radio station, so we were able to record all vocals in his studio. Some final changes sometimes are made right in the studio. Generally, it took 5 months to create and record our last EP.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-Good question, it depends on what you need at the moment. What is the album size? Long ago it was a time length that could be recorded on vinyl, and later on cassette. Finally, CD’s allowed up to 15 songs. And digital format has no limitations. But pay attention, that comfortably you can listen to a band on a gag not more than an hour. Further you feel overfed with it. So, a good size of an album is exactly the time untill you feel not bored listening to the same band. And in most cases it is about an hour.
Singles are a good as a promo for future full-length release.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-Who knows. I would say it not kills, something different happens. It reduces profits of professional bands on market, but allows young beginners to distribute their demos and first attempts faster.
What is obviously bad – easy and free access to any music in any time. I still remember those times, when we copied recordings from licensed cassettes, and listened to it hundreds of times.
I could rememeber every band and every album in my collection. Today you can download a full discography of any band in two mouse clicks, but all that tonns of files can never touch your heart so deep like before.
And this is sad.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Mostly we’ve got good responses so far. Most attention was paid to the renewed stuff, new band members, finally to the fact of unexpected comeback after seven years break.
But it is not a reason to relax, we believe our best tracks are still waiting to be written and recorded.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Hmm… Handshakes with Saturnus band members, emails with Morten Veland of Sirenia. And finally, this interview)
Does playing in a band makes you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on ?
-I’m not sure is it a feeling of being a part of some community, but definitely not being a part of common humanity. Band, stage and music is the dominating goal of a life. Sometimes it takes more than gives. Sometimes it hurts and disappoints. But nothing can replace it. It was some longer period ago, when I was focused on my career, and did not play any music. Yes, maybe I had more time and money for myself and my private life, but all that was aimless and boring, I was feeling like disabled. Finally I turned back to metal, rehearsals, recordings and all this shit I love so much ))
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-It helps, but just partially. We live in time of Internet, so at least half of general work is happening there. Also, as you know, there are bands, who release great albums and clips, but look foolish on stage,
as well as others, who can pump a huge energy on live gig, but their records sound poor.
What plans do you have for the future?
Our primary goal is to create new songs for the next release, and perform on local festivals. A new video clip filming is planned in October 2018.
Along with that we are looking for a new label company to deal with for a considerable period of time.