Sunday, November 24, 2013

Govor Interview

 1. For those that have never heard of you before can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

This is the first elaborate interpretation of Satan. In difference to the theological and archetypical this is a materialist interpretation. The demo and essay will not leave you indifferent. 

2. How would you describe the musical sound that is present on the demo?

Fiery and dark, second wave of black metal with a southern flavor. There are symphonic elements, Middle Eastern instruments, Balkan rhythms and choirs instead of screaming vocals. Guitars are mostly raw and fast, but also with echo effect and clean with shimmering cave effect. There is also a lot of clean solo bass and bass effects that sound like completely separate instruments. For more, read the reviews, or just download the music.

3. The music is all instrumental, are there any plans in the future to use vocals?

I’m glad you asked this question because the vocals are actually there. Even my Croatian speaking friends and reviewers had problems hearing the words in the choirs. Now I have to answer why it sounds all instrumental? I used vocoder in mixing my voice with the virtual choir. If you miss the pitch even slightly it will create artifacts. So, the frequencies that give clarity to vocals are the same frequencies that I needed to mute (because of the artifacts). The plan is the real choir or some effective alternative. 

4. Can you tell us a little bit about the concept of the demo?

The main concept is Lucifer as a fire god. Lyrics on the back are retelling of Satan myth. Here are translations of the song names to get a picture: the myth of the night, battle in heavens, master of darkness, the fourth element, burnt offering, selfignition and enlightenment. The essay tells more about the concept.   

5. Before writing out the questions I read the essay that was presented on the website and it was well researched, can you tell us a little bit more about the time you put in studying and researching for the essay?

Well, after eight hour workday, after all obligations fulfilled, any time left I used for studying and researching. This project took me two years, but if I made it faster the quality would suffer. 

6. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Govor?

Govor means speech in Croatian. In the beginning there was the word and the word was terror.

7. Currently the musical project is all solo, are you planning on forming a line up in the future or do you choose to remain solo?

There is nothing better than working with artists who share the same vision and passion. Solo projects are the evidence of this rarity. Misanthropy is the evidence of immature dealing with the disappointment.  

8. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

I have received some offers but I plan to get a line up first. 

9. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?

I’m afraid that people who supported me didn’t understand a thing. If black metal fans don’t find it upsetting then what is the point of black metal? Comfort? 




10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to 
nowadays?

Immortal’s Sons of Northern Darkness and Dimmu Borgir’s Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia are the first two black metal albums I got. Everything influenced me, from folk over punk and classical to jazz.  

Last thing I was researching is the millenarian inspiration in art and Dvorak’s New World Symphony came to my mind.  There is a version on Youtube with an electrifying conduction by Gustavo Dudamel of The Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. It was Birthday concert for Pope Benedict XVI. The camera made a move to contrast Dudamel’s dance and Benedict’s sitting; like behind the purifying violence there is the calm Christian soul.

11. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

I’m working on a symphonic poem that will include rock instruments among the classical instruments.

12. Outside of music what are some of your interests?

I’m reading about African mythology and Jewish history to understand our cultural ancestry; watching American documentary movies to understand ideology; and celebrating technical-god-like superiority of our species by playing fetch with my domesticated wolf.  

13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview? 

In Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) movie trailer a Russian tells American CIA agent: “You Americans like to think of yourself as direct, perhaps you are just rude.” Agent replies: “Perhaps you are just touchy.” I would say to you the opposite: “You like to think of yourself as polite, indirect interviewer, perhaps you are just boring.” And then you answer: “Perhaps you are just an idiot who doesn’t understand the form of the interview. It is up to you to make it interesting”. 

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