The BLACK WATER PANIC Project interview

1.       Hi there! What’s the meaning of your band’s title? What’s the origin of that name? Have you changed the band’s name before?

I didn’t picked the band’s name, I was overwhelmed by it. It was a very dark time for me, I was laying in hospital at that moment, at Surgery Ward, doctors had to fix some stuff after a bad tattooing-based infection I was surprised at one of the finest Polish Tattoo Shops. I was shortly after OP, tripping on some hard core painkillers, when suddenly all this thickening darkness collapsed on me like waves, followed by distorted hospital’s typical nightmare-like sounds. Panic black as night’s water I was only able to think and I sank into it, struggling to breathe. That’s the origin of the band’s name. It was never changed before and never will be.

 

2.      What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?

I’d consider it metal industrial and hell pop since we use a lot of electronics to build our arrangements. There are too many influences to point out the major one. I like Polish and Nowegian Black, as well as American Gothic and Industrial, I like trip hop, trap beats, i like Gothic, I like Trash, Heavy and Doom. I like the classic bands that formed long before I was born, I like everything that’s well written, dark, weird and well produced hahahahahahaha  

3.      How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?

TheBWPP started as a one man army and I wrote some stuff alone, then through five records and seven years I met some people I was able to play with without ego duels or their will to use me as free tattoo printer. it’s hard to build normal relations with people when you are a pro tattoo artist, most of them want to take advantage of you and get big free designs. Fortunatelly I was able to find some cool folks and build a firm line up. Now we practice old tracks together and record new material. 

4.     When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?

The band itself was formed in 2013, but this line up is very fresh, we’ve been playing together and recording for a half year and you can hear here the effects:

https://thebwpp.bandcamp.com/album/kvlt-of-iron-single 

We were inspired by pure fun coming from creating music together, I wrote some songs and arrangements then i told guys: play what you want, just stick to the harmony and scale and there we have it: great energy and fun you can witness.

5.      Are you a member of any music organizations?

No, I am not a memeber of any music organization. I try to avoid being labeled with names and ideas that are not mine.

Oh, wait, I am a big fan of electronics, synths, drum machines and all those weird noise devices that most of metal fellas are disgusted by, so if Synth Memes count in, then I am a member hahahahahahah just kidding, I stand by my statement: I don’t want to be connected to anything that wasn’t created by me.

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?

As I said before: synths, samplers and beat machines as well as guitars. I choose ESP LTD equipment, then again, I was kinda chosen by it, ’cause I received them from my friend Rahna  Heede in exchange for large scale tattooing. Shout-out to him, Satan bless you, my man hahahahaha Got also some other equipment hanging on the walls, customized cox bass, some “fiel usage” guitars. I am waiting for custom guitar made by Polish luthier at the moment. Earlier I destroyed a lot of guitars, it was fun, mostly Dean’s and Ibanez’s equipment , I must admit, it was cool experience, but I lost a few cool axes to destruction. I am not a case of brand loyalty, but as I said, it turned out that I play ESP LTD guitars hahahahahahahaha looking forward to trying out Nergal 6 in close future, when I find some time to go to the shop.

I don’t mind playing any colour of guitars, every one of them have a different story to tell me, it’s pure magic.

The case is different when it comes to Synthesizers. I love Access Virus synths and all the effects that comes onboard, when you know how to use an external sound source. My “older brother” had one in his studio, I loved ’em ever since. I also came across Roland equipment there and I am still mesmerized by the possibilities of those preset keyboards as well as the flexibility and range of their synths’ soundesigning. I like their drum and bass machines too. Nothing better than classy and distorted 808 kick hahahahahahahahaha.

When I go dawless I use Arturia’s Beatstep Pro. Or play some traps for fun with Korg’s Electribe. I am also a proud owner of Yamaha’s classic vintage pearl of 80′: DX7.

7.      Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?

The band didn’t perform so often before, I was busy with fixing what was left from my private life after quitting drugs and alcohol as well as due to lack of decent band members. Last time we did it at Warsaw’s Proxima Club stage, filmed, recorded and released it as a free add on to polish Lizard Music Magazine. Oh wait, there was my almost solo concert at my birthday in Warsaw, where I took onstage only three dancers, electronic devices and guitar at Warsaw’s VooDoo Club’s stage. It was fun and a different experience.

Now, after I renewed the whole line up we play lots of live rehearsals to hit the stage of VooDoo Club again. 13th April 2019 is the show’s date. Later our friends from Iron Media PL are planning some shows for us and we got our first big festival coming up in Germany. RST Eventprofis invited us to bring some fresh darkness to Bayern.

8.     Which songs do you perform most frequently? Do you ever play any covers? Do you have a set play list?

We perform some old TheBWPP’s songs, like “Happy Pills”, “Die High” “I’d rather lick…” “Without The Name”, but focus on material from our upcoming album, “CHURCH ov Iron”. 

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?

I write all arrangements and lyrics, set the scale and I just let other band members to do their part. I am not the type of man that tells you what to play. I just point out the main goal and atmosphere of the track.

Themes always come from my observations of life, events in it, situations and emotions. I am trying to find their real meanings. I am reaching out for words through the surface of black water, straight into the darkness and unknown. It’s something constant, been there since I was a teenager, this urge to express myself by screaming and singing with the microphone in my hand…

10.  Could you briefly describe the music-making process?

 I make coffee or yerba mate or rooibos tea with honey, drink it, practice some scales on Casio Privia, when I find one that suites my mood I am taking guitar, or sit with my hands on the synth and jam to some beat I put together before from the scratch in DAW. Or I just set sequencer centered  set up and make some best and jam to it until words come to me. Or just take the guitar after a hard workout and play it…and magic happens. I work with an idea until it’s ready and start another one.

11.   What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?

We play rehearsals when I am in Warsaw, I am writing with my band and set the date of my coming back to my country from tattoo guest spots and then I ask Marcin Dudzik to put me in the calendar of his studio and we play live until we are too tired to do it. Almost every night. So it’s regular playing, in monthly intervals.

I am a tattoo artist as well, as I mentioned.

Check it out:

https://www.facebook.com/AnimalThePortfolio/

12.  How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?

It became wilder and more powerful. It sounds good live. It’s worth all the effort. 

I love to play live.

13.  What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

We had to find ourselves. It’s funny how many wrong people you have to play with to find the ones you enjoy to spending time with, isn’t it?

14.  What’s your ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking fame and fortune?

The Ultimate direction now for my band is playing as many live shows as possible. Simple as this. It gives me kicks, playing music with people makes me naturally high with endorphins. I missed it in playing with machines. 

Fame and fortune is a myth, I just want good life, don’t need anything like that. It’s only complicates everything. 

15.  What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?

Don’t do it hahaha ha it’s hard work. But if you’ve made this mistake and followed your dream: be consequent, there is turning back, let the light from the bridges you burn light up your way.

16.  How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?

You can listen us for free at

thebwpp.bandcamp.com

It will stay free, I know how it is when you can’t listen to band you like because you cannot afford a CD or download. You can find our first record at SoundCloud. 

Download of old albums is free, except Spotify, iTunes, Tidal and all of those commercial places. I really don’t know, where else it’s available, because I don’t use those platforms myself and I am not the kind of guy who googles his own band or his name.

You can also watch our videos on YouTube, there’s plenty of them.

17.   Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge for offering financial or emotional support?

Of course, a big shoutout and thanks from the bottom of my black, bad heart to all of the people involved in TheBWPP and my life, friends, musicians, our executive producer, Marcin Dudzik, Cantaramusic.pl, Iron Media, Grand Sounds Promotion, Top Guitar Magazine PL, Musick Magazine PL, my coaches, legal team and my dear tattoo clients (for having so big patience waiting for a booking, love ya, people).

18.  Any last words?

Yes, thank you for this lovely chat and hope to speak to you again in future. Live long and prosper (I am holding my right hand in a Spock gesture, but it’s a written interview, not live, so you can’t see it hahahahahah).