A few questions – interview with grind machine ATARAXIA from Slovakia.
Recenze/review - ATARAXIA - Ataraxia (2016)
Ave, can you introduce your band to our readers? – When was it founded and what style of music do you play , etc. ?
Hi! We´re Ataraxia from Ružomberok in the north of Slovakia. The band came into existence in summer 2014 and after a few line-up changes it is now a four-piece and we play crusty grindcore or grindy crust. The year 2016 has been a real breakthrough for us because the two band members who joined us are experienced guys from Košice, from the bands Killchain and Obliterate so we feel like a more interregional band. The line-up is: Gabi – vocals, Kubez – guitar. Sťu – bass, Marko – drums.
Where and under what conditions were you recording the new album? Who was in charge of sound, production and mastering?
New album was recorded in a small village called Badín, not far from Banská Bystrica (Slovakia). There is a small but cozy studio SPK Audio and its owner is Miro Spevák who managed the whole recording including mastering. Conditions were great and we basically made the whole album in a few days of hard work and we took care of production ourselves.
How many copies were released and which medium was used for this new edition (CD, digital, vinyl, cassette)?
We “released” the album in a digital form on Bandcamp and now we’ve just released CDs through Slovak Metal Army label in a limited number of 300 pieces for now.
Who is the author of the lyrics and how were they created and what do they deal with?
Our lyrics are usually created spontaneously but a lot of times their theme or motif resonates inside us for a longer time. Mostly they are about the frustration with this day and age and social situation around us but you can also find themes like hope, unity and so on. Everybody in the band sometimes contributes with either whole lyrics or at least a passage but Gabi and Kubez usually write them.
Who created the logo of the band, and who took care of the graphics and the website? What about you and social networks? Do you consider these things important?
The logo was created by Kubez. It is hardly a logo in the traditional “metal” sense because we wanted something simple. Since the creation of the band, we’ve worked on the graphics with our good friend Rasťo Kmeť whose photography and style we’ve always liked. We try to keep up with the times so when it comes to band´s activities, we are active on the Internet as well. We deal with everything that is concerned with the band so people can contact us directly.
Which label did you choose for releasing your album and why this label? Are you satisfied by how your label represents you and takes care about you?
Album is being released under Slovak Metal Army which is a rebirth of old Immortal Souls and a cooperation of other active people in Slovak underground scene. Who doesn’t remember the 90´s by great albums, Immortal Souls released key albums (not only) of Slovak death metal and they organized gigs of world-known bands here in our country. Therefore, the satisfaction is on both sides and we are immensely happy that this mutual support has come alive again.
Which bands do you idolize and where do you get your inspiration?
We like Scandinavian crust, Portland scene around bands like His Hero Is Gone and so on and last but not least Swedish death metal and various grindcore classics. That’s mostly about the band as a whole. I love various genres and subgenres so there is inspiration everywhere unless you have prejudice in music.
Did you send your record to some Labels - which are the labels? How was the response?
We have sent the recording to several labels but there hasn’t been any response yet. Therefore, out of respect towards them, we don’t wanna name anybody. With the “creation” of Slovak Metal Army, this promotion has been renewed and we are very pleased that our music will reach more listeners.
How many gigs have you played? Which type of gigs do you prefer, whether it's (clubs or festivals) and which of your performances would you consider as the best?
Not a number worth talking about..haha..but I think that approximately ten. We aim for quality and quantity will go hand in hand with it. We definitely like to play “at home” (Ružomberok and Košice) but at the same time we like to perform in every venue with a good atmosphere, great people and good sound. The best concert will only come!
What about your plans for the future? What do you want to achieve with the band?
We want to play as much as we can, write new songs and at the same time have fun with it and entertain others. We have a few upcoming gigs where we want to promote our new album.
How and where can your fans contact you? Can you provide some contact information?
They can of course find us on Facebook, Bandzone or Bandcamp but feel free to contact us by email or have a beer with at concerts.
Thanx for the interview.