An Interview with Aleks of Doommantia webzine on 25/12/2011


1. I bet that one of most actual questions considering doom metal scene is about most significant doom-release or doom-event of this year. Of course we're interesting in your personal opinion.

MW: I've been subjected to only a few of the more or less "doom metal" releases of 2011 ev. My favourites include The Wounded Kings' 'In The Chapel Of The Black Hand' and Lord Vicar's 'Signs Of Osiris'.

2. Next one is about illegal downloads. We know that some bands can allow themselves to share some of their releases for free, but in the same time there are a lot of bands and labels who lose too much money due to illegal downloads. Is there a final solution to solve this problem? What do you think about perspectives of such development of musical industry?

MW: I cannot see any "final solution" to this situation, except maybe pulling the plug on the whole Internet. But we wouldn't want that, eh?

The various impacts on the music industry (an oxymoron?) have been discussed for years on various forums, panels, blogs etc. by experts and "experts" both.
For artists, illegal downloading naturally means loss of income, but on the positive side wider exposure...hardly any consolation? There's also the "try before you buy" aspect - although most bands do provide at least some of their songs for free streaming anyway :p

One good or bad result (depending on how you look at it) could be the resultant economic losses for major labels - but it also has made them to take even less risks than before with signing new (and old) talent. The mainstream releases therefore become even more homogeneous and poor in variation than was the case before...as the major labels seem increasingly run by businessmen rather than individuals interested in pushing music forward.
For the minor/indie labels illegal downloading can simply mean ruin. Yet record labels may be soon obsolete anyway, as more and more artists realise they can perform most if not all of the traditional functions of a label themselves - with the aid of modern technology. Cut out the middlemen and see where that takes you.

Anyhow, both big and small artists today gain much of their income from touring and selling merchandise. If you never gig (ahem), you're shit out of luck in this respect. But looking at the dark side of the sun, if making music doesn't pay, at least it weeds out those who don't have a real passion for expressing themselves musically.

Getting albums for free seems to have an unwanted psychological side effect as well: people only tend to value things they have paid for. Some would disagree, but think about it...unconsciously you have a need to defend your money-spending, so in the case of music an album you have bought actually seems to be "better" than if you had gotten it for free. That may explain why so many bands appear to release "bad" albums nowadays ;)

3. I think about next question time to time, so here we go... I guess that not all of our respondents are ready to answer, but let us try. It's about drug-influences or drug-abusing. What is your vision of this problem and do you see a problem here at all? Can you do an example of negative or maybe positive aspects of drug-using among your familiars?

MW: I am the only drug my familiars need. I don't see a problem with using "drugs" in the context of listening to and/or making music. After all, apparently most of the best music in history was hardly made by sober people, right? Look at some of the famous musicians who have made a big number out of "becoming clean" and compare their creations before/after that event...

Many who have used mind-expanding agents can tell you how it gives an extra dimension (or numerous) to the experience of listening to music. There might be no question of abuse, only use, in this context. It's probably a different matter when it comes to performing/recording music coherently. I guess it all depends on your musical goals and style, but being even slightly drunk rarely seems to improve one's skills and the end result. However, being out of your mind in some manner can work and has worked wonders during the stage of writing music, artistic inspiration, creativity and so on.

4. What are your band's plans for the next 2012 year? Of course if you do not buy a good strong coffin waiting for Mayan Armageddon or some other fantastic shit.

MW: I just finished mixing Aarni's tracks for the long-delayed (mea culpa!) Aarni / Persistence In Mourning split album, which I also mastered. Hopefully it will be released sooner rather than later in 2012 ev. That way people will have maximum time to digest the album before the inevitable beginning of the world hits on 21st December.
Yet our coffins have speakers.
Aarni shall also continue working on our third full-length album 'Lovecraftian', which may get finished in time or not. These things should never be rushed...

5. And here we have 2 options for the last questions. Please say brief "New-Year" speech for our readers to congratulate them with forthcoming New Year.. Well, and how and where do you plan to meet New Year coming?

MW: "Rejoice, for the end is near! The destruction of the void finally comes to a close after aeons of extra-cosmic tinkering by vast and cold intelligences or lack thereof. In anticipation of this event you may consider living the year 2012 ev as if it were your last in this particular star system. Repeat next year, and the next, and the next etc. until you run out of biology. Retarded adepts arise!"

I don't have any clear plans for the New Year yet, but likely I will spend it curled into a fetal position in a brewery far away from the rat race...of the mind.

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