1. Hi Die Entweihung! What’s the meaning of your band’s title? What’s the origin of that name? Have you changed the band’s name before?
Hi there! Well, the meaning for DIE ENTWEIHUNG is german translation of “The Desecration”, title, that I chose for my project, as it’s started in 2007 for playing Black Metal. I thought, that it would be perfect, as Black Metal direction is actually “desecration” not in meaning of christianity or religion at all, but in the meaning of the music itself, as this music as I see it stands outside all the boundaries, and my project stands for the music, non limited by anything. I’m mixing sometimes “weird” things that maybe really can be kind of “desecration” for some people that don’t like experimental stuff. Well… why it’s called in German, just because when I started it all, there were many bands in the world that had “Desecration” or “Profanation” titles. I decided to try some other languages, and as I learnt the german language in the school, it was logical to check the options in this one. So this way I found “Die Entweihung”, that I really liked, for its sounding and and writing. With the time I understood that it’s a little bit difficult for some people to pronounce it, as the most people know only english, and they usually try to pronounce it in english way, hehe… but that’s ok, I absolutely don’t have a desire to change the band’s title, it’s still actually for me. Anyway, the music is what’s important, not a band’s title, musicians’ names, their nationality or anything else.
2. What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?
DIE ENTWEIHUNG was started as a “True” Black Metal project, but with the time I was going far away from the standard style, and after many sound and stylish experiments, I came to something, that I personally call “Melodic Dark Metal”, it’s diffused notion, but if we start to define it more clearly, it’s almost impossible to do, as now my music includes many things, from different styles, and not only Metal ones. As for my music influences – it’s all the music I listen to, from the old stuff from 60’s and untill modern things from 2010’s. However there’s a stuff that stays with me through all my life, no matter what happens. It’s mostly Hard Rock/Heavy Metal from 70/80’s (QUEEN, AC/DC, IRON MAIDEN, G’N’R, DEEP PURPLE, OZZY/ BLACK SABBATH, ZZ TOP, LED ZEPPELIN, SCORPIONS etc), some Black Metal classics, (like BURZUM, IMMORTAL, GORGOROTH, NARGAROTH), some alternative bands, (like NIRVANA, ALICE IN CHAINS, GUANO APES, THE WHITE STRIPES), some prog rock bands (like PINK FLOYD, KING CRIMSON). Beside of big “classics” list, I really enjoy many different stuff, some pop, rock, even some electonic things… I don’t like to be ONLY in Metal music, music is always a variety for me. And so I tried to make my own music.
3. How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
Well, as DIE ENTWEIHUNG is one man project, it’s a little bit difficult to answer this question, hahaha… or maybe in opposite, too easy? Haha!
4. When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?
The project was started in 2007, I was inspired really strong by Black Metal in its raw form for that time… I never tried to bring some additional members for DIE ENTWEIHUNG, as I can play all the guitars and bass, write synth parts etc. The only thing is I’d like to have some drummer, but here in Israel I don’t know any free drummer, and beside of it – the drum parts I compose are not the easiest to play. I found my way to program the drums and its sound is fine to me. All people that try to tell me that it’s not sounds alive or something like that and recommend me some other drum machines – hell, I was listening to many stuff with it, and I always here that it’s programming, moreover, usually many bands use the same programs and samples… it’s boring. So I prefer to stay actually with what I am now.
5. Are you a member of any music organizations?
Hm, I am writing for the ukrainian ATMOSFEAR magazine and russian HELLZ ZINE, I hope I understood your question right, haha! I always wanted to take part in some magazines (printed, not webzines!), my writing experience is around 10 years for today.
6. What can you tell me about your instruments? (i.e., Are you subject to brand loyalty or will you play with whatever’s available? What made you choose the instruments you have now? Was it cost or was it a style/model/brand/color preference?
My first electric guitar was usual cheap chinese Fender Squier (which anyway was really not bad), later I bought mexican Fender Stratocaster. For now I have (except that mentioned mexican Strat) one more Stratocaster (made in Japan), from 1990’s, and Gibson SG. Bass guitar is usual not expensive Ibanez. In addition, I have a couple of acoustic guitars, one classical guitar and one bouzouki. Almost all this stuff is usually participating in my albums recording, more or less. I decided to play Fender Strat because I love that sound, and many of my favourite guitar players played/playing this instrument (Blackmore, Gilmour, Hendrix… the list is long). I love Gibson too, SG version is the sound of Angus Young from AC/DC, which I love very much as well… Unfortunately I can’t buy something really expensive, but the instruments I have are very good for my music playing and recording, so that’s really ok. Color prefererence – I usually buy the black colored guitars.
7. Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
Never performed and no plans for the live shows. In theory, it’s possible to find the session live members to play live, but I don’t have any desire for it. Composing and recording the music – that’s what DIE ENTWEIHUNG was found for!
8. Which songs do you perform most frequently? Do you ever play any covers? Do you have a set play list?
I have recorded some covers in different albums, some of them were recorded for the tribute albums, some of them were recorded as part of the actual album. In general, I really love to record the cover versions of different songs. The most important and serious cover work by me is the tribute album “Despair Division – Tribute to Joy Division”.
9. Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?
All the songs are written by me, if you mean the lyrics of the songs – the main themes are changing from time to time, my early works were more depressive, including the different thoughts about the life, death, religion, etc. In short, it was more personal stuff.. However my later lyrics are more about what’s happening in the world right now, it’s not any kind of propaganda or “call the people to hate this or that”, it’s just my thoughts, what I personally think about all this shit around. Wars, terror, internet addiction of the most people, european islamization, capitalism, etc. I don’t know what will be in the future, maybe I will start some other themes for the writing my lyrics, but for now this is what’s in my mind, I could say, that I hope some people will read my lyrics and will think about some things that happen here and now…but I’m sure that almost no one will read it, hahaha!
10. Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
If briefly… I’m just sitting on the chair with my guitar, playing something, and sometimes from this more or less chaotic playing some interesting melodies or riffs are born. As I have some main melody or riff, the further work usually continues fast, usually after getting some main melody, I already know what to do with it and how to work with it. However of course, there are exceptions as well, and some songs can be composed really long time!
11. What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?
Usually I have the time to practice/compose only in the weekends, all the other days I’m busy on my dayjob, unfortunately… well, the regular life for the most underground musicians, isn’t it? How much time it’s lasting – depending on my mood and desire to play, you know…
12. How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?
During 11 years of my activity, I went through the different changes with my style, sound production, lyrical themes etc. As this project was found as mostly experimental, all these changes were logical, I’m always developing my music style, sometimes it’s going good, sometimes not really, but that’s what we have – the continuous development and the searching for something new. To play the same twice is too boring, haha!
13. What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
The biggest challengs as for my project is the…TIME! With the years the most of the time unfortunately disappears because of different unnecessary stuff, be it the regular job that takes almost the whole day, or, for example, some household affairs and it turns harder and harder to balance between all this… I know many people which left the music creation because of different family or job things, they just hadn’t free time for the music… I hope to continue as long as I could, music is the way of life!
14. What’s your ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking fame and fortune?
Sure, I’m seeking the fame and fortune, and to get lot of money to leave my job and dedicate my life to the music! Yeah, dreams of every young metalhead, hehe… Well, I know, I won’t be rich with my music, and I don’t give a shit about it! My ultimate direction is just to develope my music, write more and more new stuff, which (I hope!) would find the place in the hearts and ears of many listeners.
15. What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
If you really feel that it’s yours – just DO IT! But if you not sure – it’s better not to start the band… and remember – the big probability that you won’t get the money with your music, but only lose them. So if you aren’t ready to sacrifice the $$$$ for your music, don’t start the band, hahahaha!
16. How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?
The most simple way is to go to the bandcamp page, there are all the last albums of DIE ENTWEIHUNG, they can be listening online, and it’s the straight way to support this project, if someone would like to do it. Beside of it, you can write me via email firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook, as actually these days almost nobody uses the good old email, haha. All the links and stuff can be easily found in google, so.. welcome!
17. Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge for offering financial or emotional support?
Well, during the years of my activity there were and are many people which supported me one way or another; some guys helped me with lyrics translations, some ones helped with the album artworks.. but it will take really much place to mention everyone. For today I’d like to say big, no, HUGE, thank you to guys from the labels, which actually released my newest album and promote it as they can. I know, everyone of them makes the maximum of their opportunities.
18. Any last words?
I’d like to thank you for this interview, I wish to all of you guys all the best, because, as all you know, THE WORST IS YET TO COME! Remember, this life is the only one, so live it as you want, don’t look back or on the sides… Cheers!