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What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Answer: I like bleak, atmospheric and heavy soundscapes. Extreme Metal tends to epitomise this in many different ways; it's practically spellbinding in its inspiration. It's also quite difficult to imagine a world without this type of music and art.
What do you like to do when you're not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
Answer: Reading and examining both literature and thought processes.
How long has your band been around?
Answer: My solo project has been around since around 2003, though with very sparse activity.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
Answer: I currently operate out of Skegness (UK), but the history of my project kind of spans a good few different places from Stockholm (Sweden), to London (UK) and even some aspects of the US.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you.
Answer: It's a solo project and I just use my own name.
If you could play any show with any lineup who would be on the ticket?
Answer: That's an interesting thought experiment and one where I can't really give an answer. When it comes to Metal in general, there are phenomenal creators who have a distinct and commanding stage presence, but this also presents the task of maintaining order within chaos in such a setting.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band?
Answer: One should be focussed, but also flexible when working with others while also being cognisant of one's own strengths and aims, and avoiding unnecessary distractions.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
Answer: To not release anything until I am fully satisfied with it, which means listening to it to the point of boredom in order to fully scrutinise what's been created and still feel that it holds its ground.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Answer: That's a tough call. They all matter distinctly. I might be somewhat partial to Wrath of The Fallen.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
Answer: Since I don't do live shows, it's not something I can't comment on.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
Answer: It can all be reduced to cold moments of nihilistic insights.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
Answer: Things can have layers of meanings. While there is an overt layer of meaning to the words in my work with more layers that connect to my thinking, I prefer to keep those views personal and let the listener draw their own meaning.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
Answer: Bands definitely have a challenging time with balancing creative differences and ambitions. Fortunately, since I focus purely on my solo project, I don't have to contend with this challenge.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that's coming up?
Answer: Thanks. For now, I am promoting my current album. It's a Blackened Doom Metal release titled Asension, released digitally in April of 2021, with a physical release set to be out via Narcoleptica Productions in the coming weeks.