Monday, January 19, 2015

The Inquisition: 031.stonefromthesky

1. How did you come up with the name of the band? 

Well, if you are familiar with 'A Sun That Never Sets' album by the mighty Neurosis, then it should not be too much of a riddle. I listened to the closing track a lot at the time, and using the name of the song somehow appeared to me pretty clever and appropriate. Of course, I couldn't suppress the urge to use singular form instead of plural, to write everything in a lower case, and to glue all the words into one. 

2. Do you have a standard procedure of creating a song? Do you just jam around or is there a main riff and the track is build up on it? 

The procedure is different all the time. The thing that is constant is an idea. I always start with it. Sometimes I just pick up the guitar and come up with a cool piece. Sometimes I just tweak some sort of synthesizer and somehow come up with a theme. Other times I can just record a sound of a train or my own voice, or whatever and distort it so much that it becomes something completely different. Then I build up a full track from there. I just listen to it and think what it needs. My imagination paints a picture and I try my best to express it. Regarding the train. Half of the instruments in the track 'Weightless' were made out of a single sound sample - interior of a moving train. 

3. The combination of post-metal/sludge with breakcore/idm/glitch is the most original/interesting combination I've heard for a while. How did you end combining those two genres? 

I like them both. This combination is completely natural for me. I know that lots of people tend to choose either side and close their minds to another. This phenomenon created a stereotype that it is impossible to combine these genres properly. Well, this particular challenge boosted my inner artist even more. In my opinion, genres are nothing but fancy words. Music should never be confined into any particular genre prison because this kills any artistic effort. You know, something like "I feel that this latin beat should sound cool here, but I won't use it because we play metal", etc. Finally, stonefromthesky is not limited to post-metal/electronics. New album should be broader than that. 

4. What are your influences and what kind of music do you hear when you are at home? 

My music was influenced by many bands. Neurosis, Rosetta, Cult of Luna, Apparat, Deftones, Dryft, Massive Attack, Down, Gridlock, Venetian Snares - to name just a few. Additionally, there are lots of other things that inspire me. For example, woods, cityscapes, paintings, books, movies. Anything I find awesome. What music do I listen the most now? Again, to name just a little fraction - Massive Attack, Morphine, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Apparat, Swans, Rosetta, The Chariot, Every Time I Die, (Hed) P.E. 

5. Which is the one album you can't live without? 

It is a hard question. I can't answer it right away because I like LOTS of music. However, to be fair, 'Mezzanine' by Massive Attack is my numero uno at the moment. 

6. What's the first record you've ever bought? 

I guess it was 'Dynasty' by Kiss. These guys sure knew something. 

7. Do you have any plans of touring and playing these tracks live and if yes how will it work as stonefromthesky is an one man project? 

Yes, I already play live. I perform by myself (similarly to electronic artists like Long Arm) and people seem to dig it. However, I'm not yet happy and I try to improve every time. Also, I tried to play with a drummer and it sounds cool too. Maybe this will be another way of performing live, but it's too soon to say. 

8. Name a band that you would like to share the stage or tour with? 

Any good band. 

9. Did the internet and specially the blogs helped to spread your music around the world? Name a place (country) that you were surprised to know your music has reached to? 

Yes, of course. Your blog in particular helped a lot. However, I don't really track my music. 

10. Do you support the idea of bandcamp where fans can decide the price or services like spotify?

Yes. I believe that music should help people, broaden their horizons, paint their reality with brighter colors. 

11. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

I don't know. I live in the moment. 

12. Is the artwork of an album important nowadays in the digital era? 

Making great music should be the utmost goal of every artist. However, we live in the era of impatience. And picture is the fastest media out there. Way faster than sound or video. Yes, you can say "fuck it", but isn't it a bit square - to put lots of effort into your music and cover it with a shitty image? 

13. What is your favorite album cover? 

Again, I can't pick one. I like the cover of Led Zeppelin's first album a lot. Maybe because I'm a fan.

14. It seems that a lot of people are turning on vinyl again. Why do you think that is and which is your preferable media format? 

It is easy to answer. Vinyl gives you the highest quality of sound. As for me, I pay much more attention to the music, not a format. Although I like tapes a lot. 

15. What's the most vivid story or moment as a band? 

It was really cool when I left everything and lived in a house in a forest for a week. It was a distraction-free pure creative experience. You know, when you have nothing except music and woods. Such reclusion is absolutely necessary to sort things out in your head and to create stuff.

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Estatic Fear said...

This was one of the more honest and sincere Inquisitions yet. I loved his answers.

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