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May 25, 2020

Interview Doom Rot

Hi! Please introduce readers to Doom Rot.

Hello! This is One Man Project. It was founded in December 2018 and has already been released 8 songs and 2 covers that have received recognition among the audience. The theme of the songs reflects human isolation, fears, lust and cruelty. You can find my project in VK, Bandcamp, and other media platforms. All singles were highly appreciated by listeners and thematic publics. I release one song every month. I would like to add that I also work with other bands. I do mixing and mastering in my studio. I also have a small rehearsal room where some of the guys spend their time.

Tell us more about “Great Old Ones”.

The Intro “Rljeh” and the outro “The Order” are imbued with the atmosphere of the underwater city of R’ljeh from the works of H. P. Lovecraft, merciless water depth and pleasant melancholy.
The new song “Great Old Ones” is dedicated to the great ancient gods, which are described in the series of Lovecraft’s horrors.

How is it easy to live and survive in Russia? Is there strong metal scene or just attempts to have some strong scene? How do you see the future without global internet? I heard about some “ceburnet” (sorry for my typo).

Living in our country is not easy. But life for most people is not easy all over the world in principle. The main thing is -” do not hang up” and try to achieve something. The whole world thinks we’re living in outright shit, but it’s not fully right. It depends on what to compare. I’m not a patriot, but if you compare the situation with other countries, it’s not so bad.
As for the metal scene in our country, it’s just really bad. Our country is dominated by pop music, rap. Precisely Metal spoken only in narrow circles. We have more popular alternative music (as we generally call it) and “Russian rock” (I don’t like listen to it, but we have a lot of fans of it). It’s closer to post-grunge, post-rock, indie rock.
The metal scene has been trying to emerge in our country for almost forty years and is still in its infancy. It’s really very sad.
As for Cheburnet, it’s all nonsense. We will not be left without the global Internet, it’s just another stupid bill, of which we have a huge number.

When did you start writing music – and what or who were your early passions and influences?

The first time I recorded a song in 2014 at home using a computer, a cheap guitar processor for 3000 rubles (40 euros) and drum samples. It was influenced by the band Immortal and the Burzum project. The song was recorded in this style, I focused on these two projects. A couple of months ago I re-recorded this song and released it under the name “Wild Lust”.

What are your main impulses to write metal music?

I love this music, I’m interested in working with it. I’m full of ideas, I want to release them. I want to show them to people. To convey this to most people is probably the most important thing.

What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments and pieces in your musical work?

In fact, there were almost none. There’s only one problem. This lack of time to work in the Studio.

How would you describe and rate the music scene of the city you are currently living in?

It’s complicated. We have a lot of unrecognized bands. Many perform at bike festivals and a couple of bars. Unfortunately, they are not needed anywhere else. That’s all I know.

When it comes to be musician, what are your criteria for quality? What are currently your main challenges and ambitions as a musician?

A quality musician should be able to perform well on stage and not shit himself, he should be able to work in the Studio, plus, to maintain a working atmosphere in the band. Here is, the ideal musician.
My goal is to bring my music to the maximum number of people, and to work with many bands in my Studio (I love it very much).

What do you usually start with when working on a new song or lyrics?

I always start with guitar riffs. It’s most important thing for me.

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?

I write lyrics and music inspired by the work of other people and not just musicians. Often, after watching a movie or reading a book. Well, either when I get a crazy idea. In general, it takes me a couple of days to write the lyrics. And to write a music about a week.

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?

To be honest, I don’t know how a promotional Agency can undermine musical freedom, it’s not a major label. So probably nothing.

Metal scene has 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’)?

Of course, new formats should appear. Music should evolve, not stand still.
Regarding the old school, I believe that its spirit should certainly be present. The main thing is to do it correctly. I guess I’m getting old, but I think that the new school is not a very interesting thing.

Music-sharing sites and blogs as well as a flood of releases in general are killing music. What’s your view on this topic?

It’s inevitable. Music is impaired. Musicians are increasing, and distributors too. There’s nothing to be done. In such a situation, only the post-Apocalypse can save the musicians.

Please recommend two bands to our readers which you feel deserve their attention.

In recent days I was hooked by Exhorder with their new album. I also recommend to listen “Feared”. This Duo still inspires me.

What are your plans for the near future?

I really want to record a second album in 2020. I will have more time and opportunities for this. And if it works, I’ll go on tour. I will work and try.

Thank you, see you next time!

Thank you! It was nice. See you.

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