Hail, welcome to Sick And Destroy. Before we start the interview, I would like you to introduce yourself to our readers. To begin with where are you from and a brief history about your band?
Hello everybody! We are musicians from different projects in Ukraine. The history is that my wife and I with some friends of us and like-minded people from our circle, inspired by the Vedic worldview and the ancient culture, decided to create a musical project SANATANA.
How would you describe your music? And what bands have influenced you the most?
The musical range of Sanatana is diverse and presented at once in several directions: metal and new age. This musical spectrum makes it possible to express all the meanings and sentiments embodied in Sanatana project.
Personally, I like almost all metal sub-genres, but I’m also inspired by other styles. I don’t want to name any specific bands, there are certainly coryphaeus of metal, but modern music is constantly changing: son looks like his father, but it’s a completely different person anyway. So music is like the ocean: we catch the wave that grabs us today.
How many and which albums/demos has Sanatana released so far?
We’ve just released a double album consisting of two parts:
BRAHMA – Vedic metal with clean vocals
VIDYA – Vedic New Age
BRAHMAVIDYA uses live authentic instruments from various ancient cultures: indian sitar, bansuri (a Japanese flute), various percussions, duduk etc. They fill the music with mysteriousness and charm. Also the sound of mantras and prayers represented on the album has a mesmerizing effect. They are performed in the ancient Sanskrit language from The Upanishads and other Vedic scriptures and recited by active priests of the Vedic tradition.
Which ones happens to be your favourite songs? of Sanatana and personal.
That’s a difficult question: a lot of people have taken part in the album creation and we were able to successfully combine all pieces and sound harmoniously as a whole. I like every song but maybe Maya, our very first creation, and probably those we’ve made video clips for. We emphasized those ones, we also like others, but it’s not possible to make music video for every song on the album.
Do you feel that Sanatana’s music has changed over the last two years and how?
A variety of ideas has already been put forward. Maybe something will change in future, but not so much time has passed yet to really feel the difference.
How much time does it take for Sanatana to record an album?
Up to six months I think, the idea was born quickly and was realized spontaneously, we’ve been recording on the go. We really enjoyed it and were captured by the process. But it took months of work, of course, to provide high-quality sound in the studio.
Tell us something more about the latest double album ‘Brahmavidya’ which does consist from two different albums.
All in all our project is a big organized improvisation. As I wrote earlier, we invited a lot of people to take part in the album creation, and they recorded everything on the first try without any preliminary session. That’s about 60% of music that was born on the go. It was interesting to observe the process, and after all everybody enjoyed it and is happy with the final result.
We have plenty of ideas and Inspiration, but we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves.
Let’s just say that Santana won’t be a typical metal band.
Whats next? Working on any new album? If so, some details please.
We haven’t started yet, but it’s in plans of course, we adore music!
Any tours, gigs for promotion of latest album?
We are planning to do some concerts and tours in future, but a bit later. For now, we have made a couple of music videos (you can check them out on our youtube channel) and let’s see what the future will bring.
Any future plans for playing in Europe or USA?
Personally, I already have an experience in live performances, festivals and tours in Europe, and I’m currently working with RISING MOON PRODUCTION (a spanish based agency engaged in booking, music event management, artists promotion and distribution). As for the United States, we haven’t received any offers yet.
What do you feel about the Metal Scene there in Ukraine?
Ukraine, despite the current situation in the country, has quite well developed scene and metal will be in demand here for long.
Any messages for the readers?
We wish everyone happiness, enlightenment and constant energy, we hope that our music will settle in your hearts and fill your life with diversity.