Answered by Woody:
Hi. When I met Oleg, he had 2 demos: “Revival” and “Universe”. I fell in love with these songs and immediately realized that we would work together.
Oleg was inspired by the famous Russian guitarist Sergey Golovin, because he plays professional technique. We really appreciate the technique in music.
What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments in your artistic work and/or career?
The most critical moments in the work on music is the difference in the opinions of the band members.
Sometimes it is very difficult to find a compromise. Someone will not like the solo, or the structure of the song. It is important to trust each other. A band is a team work.
What are currently your main compositional- and production-challenges?
We have problems with the drummer because he constantly goes to play in Europe with different groups, and he rarely has free time to work with us.
But it’s hard for us to find a replacement for him because in our songs there are very difficult parts.
What do you usually start with when working on a new piece?
Usually we start writing our songs with guitar parts.
How strictly do you separate improvising and composing?
I completely trust my band, so let them improvise in the songs as much as you like.
How do you see the relationship between sound, space and composition?
Sound, space, and composition are always interrelated. When space changes, the composition and sound change.
Do you feel it important that an audience is able to deduct the processes and ideas behind a work purely on the basis of the music? If so, how do you make them transparent?
Unfortunately, most of the listeners are not interested in the lyrics. But the text is the main thing in the song. When you know the text, the music is perceived deeper.
In how much, do you feel, are creative decisions shaped by cultural differences – and in how much, vice versa, is the perception of sound influenced by cultural differences?
Cultural differences affect all types of folk music. The perception of music depends on cultural traditions. Each country forms its own variants, even classical styles.
The relationship between music and other forms of art – painting, video art and cinema most importantly – has become increasingly important. How do you see this relationship yourself and in how far, do you feel, does music relate to other senses than hearing alone?
Music can enhance the perception of video, film, painting. And at the same time, they can exist independently. In different eras, painting and music had common stylistic features.
There seem to be two fundamental tendencies in music today: On the one hand, a move towards complete virtualisation, where tracks and albums are merely released as digital files. And, on the other, an even closer union between music, artwork, packaging and physical presentation. Where do you stand between these poles?
Virtualization is convenient. Everyone can buy songs from their phone. Technology goes forward, and musicians have to adapt.
Do not be surprised if in the future everyone will go to concerts in virtual reality. Therefore, we are trying to maximize the progress on the Internet.
What changes would you like to see to the music industry to allow you to make a living from your music?
I really want more people to go to concerts. Especially musicians. Many musicians are busy only with their music and forget to support other bands.
The role of an artist is always subject to change. What’s your view on the (e.g. political/social/creative) tasks of artists today and how do you try to meet these goals in your work?
Yes. Personally, I raise global themes in my texts. For example, in the song “Native Planet” I raised the topic of environmental pollution.
I wrote this lyrics after Donald Trump decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. 40% of people in the world die due to environmental pollution. Deforestation.. Emissions to the atmosphere ..
Many people are completely mired in their work, their entertainment, and they see nothing. Although it is time to open our eyes and see that our house is about to collapse. And no one should blame it, except for each of us.
Music-sharing sites and -blogs as well as a flood of releases in general are presenting both listeners and artists with challenging questions. What’s your view on the value of music today? In what way does the abundance of music change our perception of it?
I think it’s good that there are many styles of music. It is especially interesting when they are mixed and broken canons.
How, would you say, could non-mainstream forms of music reach wider audiences?
It is always good when the music stands out. To do this, exit the main format. Because now there is too much of the same music.
Usually, it is considered that it is the job of the artist to win over an audience. But listening is also an active, rather than just a passive process. How do you see the role of the listener in the musical communication process?
I see this as a reagent that can affect the performer. And to promote growth or change in creativity.
Reaching audiences usually involves reaching out to the press and possibly working with a PR company. What’s your perspective on the promo system? In which way do music journalism and PR companies change the way music is perceived by the public?
All types of PR are important. But journalism is now in decline. Many people learn about music bands through youtube. We are going to work in this direction and shoot high-quality video clips.
Please recommend two artists to our readers which you feel deserve their attention.
I advise everyone to listen to the Born of Osiris, if you have not listened to them yet. And our drummer’s former band is Jinger. These guys grew up with us in the same city in the Donbas.
They are very cool musicians. And if you like very high-speed technique and aliens – listen to the Rings of Saturn. I adore them.
Thank you for your time!
And thank you very much!