Greetings Flauros!How do you do nowadays,what are the latest news from the Darzamat camp?
Hello there! We have just started an intensive mass media promotion of our latest album entitled “Transkarpatia”. So accordingly we have recently not been complaining on the lack of activities and for me this very interview has been the third one today.(laugh) We have been also preparing for the concerts which we will start to play already at the end of April. We will appear in Germany, Czech Republik, Slovakia and probably also in Italy. In the second half of the year, we plan bigger european tour. It is almost certain that in December we will go on the travelling X – mass festival together with such bands as : Six Feet Under, Gorefest, Krisiun, God Dethroned and Cataract. I am very glad and excited with the thought as what follows is the fact that we will appear in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Holand and France.There are also some subsequent compositions coming into being and they will appear on “Transkarpatia”’s succesor. It is highly probable that still this year we would want to record our new album.
A boring one yet it can be helpful for some readers.Could you please give a short introduction of your band to those readers who are not yet familiar with you?
The band was founded in the middle of 90ties and has released five albums so far : “In The Flames Of Black Art”, “In The Opium Of Black Veil”, “Oniriad”, “Semi devilish” and the latest one entitled “Transkarpatia”. “Oniriad” was a musical experiment and has nothing in common with today’s Darzamat’s music. The two first albums which were placed in black metal atmosphere are much closer to the latest album. “Semidevilish” is for the people who love hard sound combined with melody. However, it is undoubtedly “Transkarpatia” that is the most important record for us. Musically speaking for us it is the very direction Darzamat wants to follow, other words – the proper direction. We have finally managed to come to the point in which we were working with the real producer. The album was produced by Andy La Rocque (King Diamond’s guitar player) in his studio “Los Angered Recordings” in Goeteborg. It is a magnificent place and Andy is the amazing man. He is a real professional as well as a very modest and cheerful guy. I believe that what had a large influence on the sound of “Transkarpatia” was not only Andy’s huge knowledge and abilities but the superb atmosphere one felt in his studio as well.
There occured an exact kind of change in the Darzamat,that is for sure.When a band changes their sound, sometimes they loose some fans but also find new ones. Do you think you have gained more fans with the change of your sound or the other way around?
Few years ago, there occured some serious and revolutionary changes in the band. The whole lineup was practically changed. I was the only member from the old lineup that left that is why the stylistic changes were pretty inevitable. Besides, I was loking for new people in order to be able to create the band anew. I wanted Darzamat’s music to look exactly the way it does now from a very long period of time and I am glad that I have finally been able to meet my own expectations.Earlier it was impossible for me to come to any kind of agreement with Simon – the cofounder of the band. We had totally different visions of the band, completely different priorities. We sat down, talked and it turned out that he lost interest in the band and even in the metal music itself. In this situation it was no other option but to separate. I think the last three years prove that this solution was a good one.We have recorded two very good albums “Semidevilish” and “Transkarpatia” as well as we have started playing a lot of concerts. I think that is what it all is about that is why I do not even wonder whether now we have more fans than we used to have in the 90-ties. I totally agree with what You said, namely : the old fans go and some new ones take their place. The band should not and cannot make the music that is imposed on it by the people from the outside. It must emerge from You. it is only then when it is truly sincere and worth anything.
Darzamat have toured with some famous bands like: Cannibal Corpse, Impaled Nazarene, Graveworm, Misery Index etc. Which band are you most of all proud to say that you have toured with and why?
Except from the bands You named, we have played with many other fantastic ones so far. It will suffice when I add : Apocalyptica, Napalm Death, Arcturus, Katatonia, Craddle of Filth, Amon Amarth, Tiamat or Atrocity. These are of course excellent bands and in most cases increadible people as well. However, the band that impressed me the most was the swedish Entombed with which we played on the stadium during the festival in italian Casterta. Yet, it is a really personal matter since when I was 15, I was a huge fan of Entombed! And it so happened that I have never been able to see the guys on stage. It was as late as in Italy that I had the opportunity to see their concert and additionally they shared the stage with us. Later on we drank couple of beers and talked a bit. This trip is the one I reminisce as a very nice one.
Do you have any difficulties touring with bands that play a completely different or even opposite music style of what you play?
We have got no problems with it as nowadays it is practically natural that on tours you meet the bands presenting different kinds of extremal playing. The most important thing is that they all play metal. Fans also do not limit themselves to listening to only one kind. Many people do seek and they accordingly listen to various kinds of music. The most important thing is to give the maximum of yourself during the concerts and not pretend to be somebody you are not. One should be sincere towards other people as well as towards oneself.You see, for example, in December we are going on tour practically with only death metal bands such as : Six Feet Under, Gorefest or Krisiun and I think that it is gonna be ok. We will be a certain alternative for the music presented by the bands.
When someone says “Poland” you can’t help but thinking of bands like Behemoth or Vader whom are probably the most famous Polish bands. But beside these bands There are many great and highly respected underground wulfs like Graveland,Capricornus etc. And please also let me know your own favourite band from your country?
I have got no doubts that Poland is nowadays one of the best developing metal scenes in Europe. More and more bands from our country have been signing contracts with good European record companies, appear in the schedules of the concert tours and festivals not only in our continent but in the States as well.We have got many other fantastic bands. Especially in the most extreme brands of this kind, death and black metal as well as grindcore. One cannot, however, forget about some other bands such as e.g. progressive Riverside.Personally they are my favourites and I think that this band will achieve a lot. One must not also forget about death metal band – Decapitated. It is also an excellent band.
Which member from the band writes the lyrics and what are they mostly about?
Lyrical layer of the band is what I myself together with our vocalist Nera are responsible for.There is no unique maxim by means of which the Darzamat’s message could be classified. It is rather dependant on the concrete number or even the whole album, which touches upon a certain issue. For example the lyrical layer of the latest album ‘ Transkarpatia’ oscillates round pagan issue and magic. The other matters also emphazised are : the Inquisition, vampirism and hatred towards everything the Church could not accept or was even afraid of. Catholic Church in Poland often forces on people the way they should think and act and what is more, it engages in politics too bloody much. According to the Church in our country, people should follow only its rules. It results in people being totally pissed off, the consequence of which is the need of expressing their emotions through the extremal forms of art.
What is the most beautiful thing in life that makes life worth living to you?
The life itself is beautiful and inspiring. One should get off on life’s charms fully yet wisely and it is then when life gives you strength and motivates you to take an action. The possibility of creation and standalone thinking is the energy nobody is able to destroy.
How you can describe your audience, the persons you are writing music to? What thoughts you are trying to bring them?
People who listen to our music are no doubt sensitive and probably a bit similar to us. They are unquestionably and definitely the open-minded people, ones willing to seek. It is important for them not to let anybody tell them what to think and how to feel. The most crusial thing is to stay yourself.
Normally metal music is not very profitable, do you live out of music or have permanent jobs? If yes, then who are you in everyday life?
Each and everyone of us has his/her occupational work. We have got a journalist, salesman from the musical shop and even a teacher in our band. It is all due to the fact that it is very hard to earn the living with the music we perform. I think that one would have to play at least 200 concerts a year to be able to earn one’s living with metal. It is very difficult, indeed and among polish bands there are only two, namely Vader and Behemoth, that can afford it. Yet, everything is possible. You must strongly believe in what you are doing!
Do you have (or any of the Darzamat members) special musical education and how did this come that you became musicians?
Most of us learned the profession by ourselves and I think that we did a pretty god job. Yet, of course there are some musicians among us as well, having the educational base. Such is the case of our keyboard player – Spectre who has finished the musical school. Our new drummer Darkside, has also a musical education, yet from what I know, he did not finish the school (laugh)! Nera – our vocalist- attends vocal classes.How did it happen that we became musicians? I believe that it is due to the willing to create. If you are a young man who has something to pass on, you will undoubtedly cope with all the problems which await you at the beginning of the way. The essential thing here is determination and willingness to learn as well as drawing conclusions from your shortages and imperfections.
Besides your own work – what do you think were the best metal albums of the last few years?
It is hard to find the one and the best. Nowadays there are so many excellent albums coming into being that it is impossible to find only one. I am personally very much impressed with the record of Vital Remains entitled “Dechristianize”. It is thanks to this album that I have believed once more in the strength of death metal. The band that certainly did a good job was Dimmu Borgir on “ Death Cult Armageddon” and “Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia”. I am also very much fond of the latest publishing of Vader entitled “ The Art of War” as well as of Entombed’s “Unreal Estate” and Anorexia Nervosa’s “Redemption Process”.
And the best recent non-metal albums?
What impressed me to quite a big extent is the “Van Helsing”’s sountrack. It was two years ago but I still remain under the big impression of this music.
Are any of you family people? You know, spouse, kids, fido, and the white picket fence etc.?
Fortunately, none of us was involved in such stories. We have got our partners with whom we live, meet and share our spare time, yet, one cannot talk about marriage in here. Personally I am not against the institution of mariage and family. One must, however, remember that in order to be a good and responsible husband or father one is not able to have time in which one could commit oneself to music.
And,related with the previous question;;Are you married? And what kind of effects could marriage have on the creativity of the artist? Have you ever thought of this? It sure one may be more creative when he is alone,yet what about a man married with children!?
The thing is that when you take care of your family, you do not have time on music and the other way round. I have seen the musicians the marriages of whose broke up as they were lured towards the tours and travelling worldwide. At first each of them says that there is no problem, that their girlfriends are very understanding and can take everything. Yet, after the year or two, everything changes and people experience a real nightmare. You know, I really do understand these women as they do not have any kind of benefit from a musician who spends most time of the year being on tours, rehearsals or in studio. In my opinion, the musicians who are not involved in marriages are much more productive. Then they hurt as they are alone and they write the music which is really off the chain (laugh)!
How much time does the band actually spend together – writing, in the studio, or even socially?
For musicians the band is like the second family, often even closer than the real one. It is hard to count the time we spend together on tours, rehearsals or in studio. It practically happens nonstop and it is rather easier to talk about the time when we are not together. We continually meet and talk about our current activities. In such situation when we go out to have a drink, it happens that we go to different places (laugh)! I think that it is pretty “sane” to take a break and have a rest from one another sometimes. In such moments one can distance oneself and look at people differently.
What do you think about changes in the zines creation? I mean changes that are caused because of the computerization and mainly slow decay of the dedicated printed zines. Do you think that the situation will turn round and we will desire xeroxed zines not webzines in the near future?
I remember when I was 15 and together with my friend we would go to the city situated couple of dozens kilometers from our city just to be able to read about metal there. There was a guy there who had the xerocopied zines from all over the world and he made a kind of “metal library” out of it.(laugh)! Metalmen from various places in Poland would come to him and they borrowed the zines for money. One also had to leave deposit in case one did not reappear with the zine from Mexico or Japan. Those were truly excellent times, then getting the acces to the info and to the music was almost a miracle. Accordingly, listening to the music later on had its unique unrepeatable “taste”. It was a certain kind of celebration. I do not, however, believe that it will come back. The world paces forward with its own speed and in my opinion we will sooner have the zines in SMS than we will return to xero (laugh)!
Thanks Flauros a lot for your majestic help.Finish this interview quoting the words of a man you admire the most please?
Look forward to the coming of the new Darzamat’s album ‘Transkarpatia’ which will change your thinking connected with climatic metal. It is the record that will do a snow job on the metal scene and it’ll stay in your heads long afterwards. Stay dark!
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