WARFIST are not new to me but with a new split out now I thought it was time to catch up again. Questions answered: Mihu – Vokills, Chainsaw Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
M. I think it’s still good. It’s a little bit more rough on the edges in comparison to “Metal to the Bone,” but that’s the way we wanted. When creating this stuff, we were aiming for a more rocnk’n’rollish vibe – short, straight in your face songs, catchy riffs, shredding solos and pounding drums. However, you shouldn’t consider this as the direction for our next releases, because that’s going to be a completely different story. Wait and see.
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
M. I might disappoint you but there’s no big philosophy behind our band name. At the time we started Warfist, we were pretty much fascinated with the Australian scene. We wanted the name to be in your face, as well as to show people that we mean business, haha! Our former vocalist, Witchfucker, came up with this name at some party, we liked it and it stayed.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
M. That’s fuckin’ awesome, man! I don’t understand bands that say that they only make music for themselves. That’s bullshit in my opinion. I mean, of course, you should be most of all honest with yourself when creating music. But don’t tell lies that you don’t care about the feedback from other people. If you had, you wouldn’t be releasing albums and playing live shows. I was really shocked with the positive feedback for “Metal to the Bone.” People have really enjoyed this shit, we had a great response to it and there have been more maniacs at our gigs. What else can I say – I hope this will continue for quite a long time.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
M. The impression can only be one – METAL! As ancient as possible. This band has always been into classic metal, regardless of the sub-genre. The image has always been denim, leather, spikes and bullet belts. But… I don’t know if we can speak of an image per se here. This is because the way we look on stage or on band photos, is not that different from the way we look on everyday basis.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
M. The artwork should reflect the album’s character and have something that will encourage you to give the music a shot. We live in a world of pictures. This has been the most popular form of communication for several years now, since people tend to read less and less. It’s crucial to cooperate with an artist who can feel the music you play and has the proper abilities to create an artwork that is consistent with your music. I always try to give artists we’ve been cooperating with some tips about how the final result of the artwork should look like. Most of the times it worked out fine. So far, the best outcome was the artwork that Maciej Kamuda made for “Metal To The Bone.” I’m not only talking about the artwork per se, but the conditions he had to work in. He only had two weeks to deliver the final result and all I told him about it was: “chains, skulls, boobs and metal.” And boom! He created one of the most wicked graphics I’ve ever seen!
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
M. Social media has their pros and cons, in general. However, I can’t come up with anything extremely bad that happened to us because of promoting Warfist online. I’m assuming you’re referring to internet trolls or keyboard warriors. But none of these have bothered us. Apparently, we’re not popular enough yet, hahaha! And even if they did, we wouldn’t give a shit about such people. We do what we do because we believe in it and nobody, especially some stranger who doesn’t even have the guts to speak without hiding behind an internet nick, can make us apologize or be ashamed of it or whatever. Social media is a very good tool to spread your message as far as possible. It’s the symptom of our times.
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
M. An opportunity to create music gives meaning to my life. As far as the community goes, I’ve never given it a serious thought. I’ve been into metal since I can remember. I’ve always loved attending gigs, playing them, meeting people that I can share my experiences and opinions about music and other more or less related things. I don’t know if this answers your question.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
M. This is the question that has been asked by many over the years. And I think that the answer has always been the same – there have always been awesome bands and shitty bands. In time, the scene has increased. I think we’re at the period of time where we have the largest number of bands ever. I have to admit that it’s been more and more difficult to find something interesting because there’s just so much new music and so little time to check it all out. And as you know well, many bands doesn’t mean much great music. Most of the new things are kind of boring and missing this vibe of both rebellion and insanity. Sometimes you have to dig deep and long to find some real diamonds. Luckily, you still can find them now and again. This refers to the global scene, as well as to the Polish. I live the new stuff of bands like Labyrinth Entrance, Perturbator, Murder Inc., Truchło Strzygi… These are relatively new bands, but I have to admit that the classic ones also tend to do the good job.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
M. Not as much as we would like to, hahaha! It’s getting harder and harder to get gigs as an underground band. As for playing abroad, the last time we managed to do that was five years ago, so you can imagine that it’s not an easy task. But hey, who knows what the future will bring.
What will the future bring?
M. We’re at the final stage of works on our new album. It will consist of 10 brand new songs and it will be a concept about the history of our hometown, Zielona Góra. The plan is to record it at the end of July and release it in early 2019. I think this stuff might surprise a few people.
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