Thursday, May 5, 2016

Stagnant Project Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Currently we are promoting our fresh EP and building our audience. At the same time we are working on some new stuff to release it after summer brake. Probably, it will be new single.

2.Recently you have released a new ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
It's loud, direct, with no shame to do it on the edge of madness and thug life. The mood is more like punk rock and hardcore. I guess it's the exact vibe for eastern europe metal, in general.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
First of all, every next record we try to do different.  Just like an another book, or story. On the EP the main theme, I guess, is a dark sense of humor, but the message is more serious in general, it’s like ironic call to be smarter in nowadays’  life flow. It's cool to be such a rebel dickhead and party hard, of course.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Stagnant Project'?
In the beginning, it was more like project name for the beginner band, with almost no hope to make it like commercially successful for local band. The main idea was to make fun of making music, but still in a proper way. The first problem was not just to find good musicians, but also good guys. May be even best friends, it’s almost impossble deal and could take a lot of time. But we are lucky, everything went so fast and accidently we needed a name to take a part in a local festival, punk rock festival, by the way. After the gig there were tons of good reviews, so it was a good sign. Also, it sounds weird for metal band, as we are.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
I guess, the Anniversary gig of the most famous rock club in Riga - Melna Piektdiena (Black Friday) last year. The crowd was so alive and impressive, so there were a lot of jumps form cabinets and amps during breakdowns. Haha! It was fun cause mainly people there have seen our live show a million times before, but this night was crazy. It's our main fan base, our crowd there, friends, community and they deserve the best.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
At the moment we have no confirmed shows and we plan to get back next club season. In nearest future we want to promote our EP in internet and finish some cool projects during the summer. Also, we desire to make some bigger tour than we had before.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We had some offers, but everything ends up with your own investment in to the label and their future. So we think it's better to be independent and work on promotion on our own for a while, until we will get more loyal offer.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of industrial and extreme metal?
Some call it modern thrash metal, metalcore, someone even noticed Norwegian black metal influence. But mostly people categories it as melodic death metal and industrial metal, let them choose, they will decide with whom to share it. But on my personal view categories suck , as Chuck Schuldiner said. But we respect such a discussion around our style, it's fun to do.

9.What is going on with 'Lifeform' these days, a band that shares a couple of the same members?
You need to ask them, haha! Honestly, I'm very loyal to side projects and stuff, but i think, we became more like symbiosis these days and we are as on. Maybe we'll re-record some of their old stuff just to compare which band is better. Haha!

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We've got some thoughts around it, but every new record we try to do it in a special way , for example our release Zombie Show EP (2014), had a whole story plot behind the music, musically it's far away from what we have done on our last record. The same with our single Satanican Dream, the only thing we need is big enough  inspiration to make it big next time. Furthermore, we don't want to stuck in the recording process for years until we will be forgotten.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I guess, mainly Swedish Melodic Metal, of course some Metalcore and Thrash metal. But we all got very various tastes, Me personally, I’m a huge fan of Fear Factory, Devin Townsend and polish black death metal, but also I'm a huge fan of punk, flamenco, nature ambient, drone and all of those relaxing music. At the moment am in to Guardians of the Galaxy OST Awesome Mix Vol 1, love it.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Comic books, before it was cool. Haha! Cinema, visual design, psychology and for sure engineering, cause it's related to my day job, I really love all the technical stuff and it helps me in music, I'm nerdy in guitar and sound equipment. I love small cars and big bootys.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Work hard and have fun!)


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