Hi! Please introduce POSTMORTAL to the readers.
Hi, Postmortal are Dawid – vocal, Michał – guitar, Kamil – guitar, Paweł – bass. Unfortunatelly we don’t have a drummer at this moment. We are from Kraków and we play funeral doom metal. Michał will answer questions.
Tell us more about “Soil”.
Soil is our first serious release. It’ s piece of funeral doom/death metal with some mantric heavy riffs, melancholic melodies, sad atmosphere, deep growl. The production is raw without keyboards and samples.
When did you start writing music – and what or who were your early passions and influences?
I started write “music” since I started playing guitar. Of course at the beginning it was completely crap, but I think every composer has to go through it. I have derived inspiration from everything what I have listened to and it was one of the reasons why it was bad. I have mixed almost every genres of metal and rock.
What are your main impulses to write metal music?
It is very simple – I like it, and creating it gives me big pleasure and sense of fulfillment.
What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments and pieces in your musical work?
I think it could be each release of album in any band I play, and also joining to Rites of Daath where I have learnt more about underground scene of metal music.
How would you describe and rate the music scene of the city you are currently living in?
Music scene in Kraków is very strong, especially black metal. We have lots of great representatives of this genre with Mgła ahead, which is the most known metal band in Kraków. But there are many bands which play different types of metal music and they are great also. Of course my answer is only about metal scene. I don’t have enough knowledge to say anything about other genres of music here.
When it comes to be musician, what are your criteria for quality? What are currently your main challenges and ambitions as a musician?
Every music should be very emotional and it should touch serious subjects. Regarding to my challenges and ambitious – constant developing on each music area.
What do you usually start with when working on a new song or lyrics?
Everything always starts with guitar riffs which have to be fitted together to create body of the song. When the body is ready vocalist listen it trying to feel the emotions created by music and being under the influence of the emotions write lyrics. Of course, the arrangement of instruments, especially guitars almost always changes afterwards. Even the whole riff and the song’s body can change in some situations.
Tell us a bit about the selection process for deciding on what to write about, please. What sources will you draw from for research purposes and how much time goes into research, gathering altogether in general?
Music was written under the influence of what I listened to. That’s all. Fortunately, I never had any traumatic experiences in my life (unlike most musicians), which would later inspire me to write sad music.
Using the example of Soil I can answer the following question about selection. After releasing the album we had material for full LP but we decided to release EP because all material didn’t fit together. We chose 3 song which were more melodic and melancholic. The rest of material wait for future release.
As more and more people are producing and releasing music, there has been an exponential growth in promotion agencies. What’s your perspective on the promo system? In how far do you feel it is possibly undermining musical freedom?
As you mentioned there are lot of bands which release music nowadays. Promotion system adapts to the situation and I can’t imagine it in a different form. The human mentality is more significant here. Most people, unfortunately, aren’t interested in searching for a new music, and prefer to listen to well-know and more-heard bands.
Metal scene have changed considerably over the past century. What, do you feel, could – or should – be new forms and formats for music? And, should we save old-school spirit or just go forward together with musical ‘evolution’ (‘degradation’)?
New forms of music has its sense as long as there are people who want to create it and listeners who will listen to it. You can’t stop the evolution of music. Of course, there are always those who will save old-school spirit and those who will be experiment with music. We should remember if there wouldn’t be evolution in music, we wouldn’t have something like metal, not even mentioning about different subgenres of metal.
Music-sharing sites and blogs as well as a flood of releases in general are killing music. What’s your view on this topic?
I don’t think so at all. I listen music from lots of sites, read blogs etc., and I must say I got to known lot of great bands thanks that, especially some bands which I wouldn’t know in different way. You have to remember that music is a product without a physical form (I skip here cds, vinyls etc.), and it’s impossible to protect it against spreading in web. The only way is to adapt to the market. However there is one bad point in this situation – Cds, vinyls etc. are bought only by collectors and people who want to support bands and labels.
Please recommend two bands to our readers which you feel deserve their attention.
I will recommend two bands which I listen a lot recently. First, the band which probably is known by many metal fans – Runemagick, great doom metal from Sweden with death influences. I’m waiting impatiently for their new album. Second – GraveCoven, great black/doom from USA. I should mention that I got to known about GraveCoven by social media.
What are your plans for near future?
Find drummer, release new album, play gigs.
Thank you, see you next time!