Hail Dreamshift, 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?
At first thanks for interviewing me!
My name is Frank and I‘m from Bamberg in Germany. It’s a small city in upper Bavaria and known for its beer culture. The best place to live I guess!
There isn’t much history going on with Dreamshift. I formed the project in April this year. It’s my second black metal project so far and it’s just pure fun. I wanted to form a band in which I can be creative and experiment a little. So here it is!
How would you describe your music? And what bands have influenced you the most?
My music is a kind of modern black metal I would say. There is this wave of black metal mixed up with shoegaze elements coming up since 2015 and I wanted to join it. It’s one of the most expressive forms of music I know. To begin with the bands that influenced me, I have to begin with the band that set up this blackgaze thing and that’s Alcest. Then there is Lantlos of curse, Oathbreaker and the band that influences my music most is Deafheaven. If you know that band, you will recognize it. They made this amazing album called Sunbather and I enjoyed listening to it again and again the last two years.
How many and which albums/demos has Dreamshift released so far?
Seconds is the first album I created for Dreamshift but there will be following CD‘s of curse. The second one is in the writing process.
Which ones happens to be your favourite songs? of Dreamshift and personal.
I think the best song of Dreamshift so far is Flowers. It took way more time to record that one than the other songs. It has many small details and this speech thing going on in the middle.
I don’t have favorite songs at all. I always see a song just as a part of an album. And my favorite album at the moment is Der Weg Einer Freiheits Finisterre. It was just released and is a great piece of art. I can really recommend that one!
Do you feel that Dreamshift’s music has changed over the years and how?
Dreamshift is like 6 months old, so there isn’t much space for changes I guess.
How much time does it take for Dreamshift to record an album?
All in all it took 2 month to record, mix and Master seconds. 6 weekends of writing an recording it and 2 weekends of mixing and mastering. Afterwards I waited if a label would like to release it and luckily there were several requests. I chose STF-Records. Great label, great persons running it!
Whats next? Working on any new album? If so, some details please.
Yep. Always working on new stuff. But at first I will finish the second album of my second project called Nemus. The first two Songs for Dreamshift are written of curse. I will experiment a little bit more on the next one. I’ve bought some new gear for my guitars and will try to have more delay and reverb on the leads. Let’s see where it leads to. I have no idea to be honest.
Any tours, gigs for promotion of latest album? Maybe you looking for some additional musicians to play live?
I think Dreamshift will stay as a solo project. In the end I don’t have any other plans yet. I‘m recently playing in a band and we are working on the first album. One live-band is enough I guess, as it takes so much time to write songs together, playing gigs and rehearsal of curse. So the future of Dreamshift will be in my homestudio.
I will do some promotion but only via internet. I hope this is enough.
Any future plans for playing in Europe or USA?
No gigs, sorry. 😀
What do you feel about the Metal Scene there in your country?
I think Germany has a great metal scene! There are many festivals taking place and all great bands from all over the world come here and play gigs. I think for a metalhead it is the place to be. I love festivals of curse. I’m traveling to wacken every year since 6 years now and I hope I will be able to go many years more. As well I’m going to smaller festivals of curse. As many as possible.
German metalfans are really into merch so there still is the possibility to earn some money as a band what’s great. Otherwise there wouldn’t be that much underground metal.
Any messages for the readers?
Thank you very much for having me! Support the scene, support the bands and go nuts on concerts so the underground will grow.