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Harakiri For The Sky

Desi o trupa tanara in scena underground, Harakiri For The Sky reusesc sa ofere un concept muzical deosebit, fapt ce le asigura in acest an prezenta la numeroase evenimente europene de profil, inclusiv participarea la Rockstadt Extreme Fest in august. Pentru a afla mai multe despre acest proiect inedit, am stat de vorba cu J.J., solistul formatiei, iar conversatia o gasiti mai jos.

(English version below)

Harakiri For The Sky este un duo compus din membri ai Karg si Bifrost. In timp ce exista anumite legaturi cu intreg conceptul Karg, HFTS este o trupa diferita atunci cand o compari cu muzica Bifrost. Asadar, de ce aceasta directie catre black metal si post-rock?

Ai dreptate, Karg se indreapta cumva in zona post black metal, insa compozitia si versurile sunt mai haotice decat ce compunem in HFTS. In ce priveste parerea lui M.S., Bifrost si HFTS sunt doua proiecte complet diferite ce nu au legatura. Bifrost este o trupa de pagan metal/rock n roll, in timp ce HFTS este pentru el o trupa 100% post black metal cu influente diferite.

Este un duo un avantaj in ce priveste libertatea expresiei muzicale?

Nu stiu daca e vorba de libertate in compozitie, sunt momente cand ajungi sa compui individual, insa in acest caz cred ca lucrurile merg foarte bine. Eu si M.S. facem o echipa foarte buna, amandoi stim care ne e locul in aceasta formatiei. El compune muzica, iar eu sunt responsabil pentru continut si sunt multumit de faptul ca activam intr-o trupa in care ne putem exprima liber.

Cum abordati toata problema cand vine vorba de interpretarea live? Cum alegeti muzicienii?

In principiu trimitem partiturile, iar apoi ne intalnim in sala de repetitii. Colegii nostri sunt in primul rand prietenii nostri. In al doilea rand, vorbim de muzicieni cu experienta. HFTS functioneaza foarte bine ca trupa live cu 5 oameni. Quod erat demonstrandum ;-).

Analizand un pic coperta pentru Aokigahara, conceptul grafic poate fi interpretat ca o viziune personala a vulpii drept simbol, moartea in habitatul ei natural. Simti o conectiune puternica cu natura?

Pot vorbi doar in numele meu, insa da, simt aceasta conectiune. M-am nascut si am fost crescut in zona rurala si aceasta parte a vietii mele imi e alaturi si astazi. Acum traiesc in Viena pentru simplul motiv ca un astfel de oras ofera mai multe posiibilitati pentru tineri ca mine, in special tineri pasionati de muzica. Cred ca M.S. are o parere similara. Nu stiu daca ma voi muta vreodata inapoi. Insa da, vreau sa mor acolo.

Cum definesti conceptul depresiei atunci cand vine vorba de expresia lirica? Am vorbit cu mai multi artisti ce folosesc depresia ca o unealta creativa si nu neaparat opusul.

Cred ca depresia poate avea potential atat creativ cat si distructiv. Simt o usurare atunci cand aceste sentimente se transforma in versuri. Creativitatea poate vindeca rani, insa a indrazni nu e suficient. Depresia poate avea un caracter distructiv ce poate elimina tot ce e in viata si plin de speranta.

Desi sunteti o trupa cu activitate de 4 ani, incercati sa aveti un program de turnee constant, iar rezultatele sunt deja impresionante, in 2015 veti concerta in cadrul unor evenimente importante, asadar progresia este una naturala. Cat de greu este pentru o trupa underground sa aiba turnee?

Cateodata e greu, in general lucrurile se rezolva pe ultima suta de metri. Niciodata nu vom castiga bani dintr-o astfel de trupa. Asta e ok, insa nici nu trebuie sa pierzi bani. Din punct de vedere financiar suntem bucurosi ca nu pierdem foarte multi bani. In general ne acoperim costurile. Si da, anul acesta vom concerta in locuri foarte interesante.

Exista un sentiment al disparitiei identitatii muzicale in scena underground?

Cu siguranta. Mare parte a trupelor tinere sunt destul de cliseu, sunt pur si simplu duplicate ale unor trupe cunoscute. Sunt trupe care compun muzica doar pentru imagine, doar pentru a se lauda ca au o formatie. Urasc lipsa individualitatii. Vor acelasi sound, canta aceleasi riffuri si au aceeasi atitudine stupida. Uita-te la scena black metal, hardcore sau indie rock, fiecare sufera din cauza 'creibilitatii'. Creativitatea a ajuns pe ultimul loc.

Vorbind despre identitate, imi poti spune cate ceva despre editia speciala pe care o lansati in acest an? Este vorba de acea caseta lansata in cutie de lemn.

Hmm, este deja lansata de Razorblade Productions din Grecia. Pentru noi este o lansare speciala si unica, a fost sold out in cateva zile. Sincer, noi nu am primit pachetul, insa sper sa il primim cu editia urmatoare.

Anul acesta veti concerta la Rockstadt Extreme Fest in Romania. Impactul vostru odata cu anuntul a fost unul foarte neasteptat, care sunt asteptarile voastre?

Speram sa oferim un concert memorabil si sa cunoastem oameni la fel de minunati. Nu am fost niciodata in Romania, in afara de Marrok ce a concertat alaturi de Heretoir in 2013. Sunt sigu ca va fi o experienta deosebita. Pana in ziua de azi nu am intalnit niciodata oameni neprietenosi din Europa de Est, sunt sigur ca totul va fi ok.

 

Harakiri For The Sky is at it's roots a two piece band formed by members of Krall and Bifrost. While there are some connections to the conceptual landscape of Krall, HFTS is a very different thing when you compare it to the music of Bifrost. So, why this direction towards black metal and post-rock?

J.J.: Actually my other band is called Karg, not Krall, which means desolate in german language. But yeah, you’re right fort he most reasons, because Karg also plays some kind of Post Black Metal, but the songwriting and the lyrics are much more chaotic than in HFTS I think. As far as I know M.S.‘s opinion Bifröst and HFTS are two completely different projects for him, that doesn’t cross that much. Bifröst is Pagan Metal / Rock’n Roll and HFTS is straight up Post Black Metal with totally different influences.

Is composing as a two piece studio band offer more liberty in terms of musical expression?

J.J.: I don’t think that you have more freedom in composing music itself, because creating music as a one or two-piece band sometimes can also be very onesided, but in this particular case it works out very well. I think me and M.S. are a good team, both of us know where we have our place in this band. He writes the music and I am responsible for the content and we are happy about the fact that this is the band we can self realize ourselfes best.

And how do you approach this type of expression when it comes to the live performance? How do you choose the rest of the members based on this?

J.J.: We send the guitar pro tabs of the songs to all the other band members and meet at the rehearsal room. We choose them because they were friends of us and are well experienced in playing their instruments. HFTS works out very well as a 5-piece live band. Quod erat demonstrandum ;-).

Looking at the cover for Aokigahara, the artwork looks like a personal interpretation of the fox as a symbol, dying in it's very own natral habitat. Do you feel a strong connection with nature in general?

J.J.: I can only speak for myself, but yeah, in some way I feel this connection. I was born and raised in the mountains, so they feel like some kind of home to me. But I moved to Vienna when I was a grown up, because big cities hold more appeals to young, music and life-style interesed people. I think M.S. thinks the same way. I don’t know if I’ll every move back to the countyside… but probably yes, probably one day I’ll die there.

How do you define the concept of depression when it comes to lyrical expression? I've talked with some artists that use it as a creative tool, not meant for destruction.

J.J.: I think it’s both, depressions create and destroy the same time. I feel relieved when the feelings that follow them are able to be commited to paper. Creativity tries to heal the wounds, but daring this is not enough, because on the other side depressions are like little bushfires that burn down the barren fields of soul. They are destructive, they destroy and kill everything that once was alive and full of hope.

Although a band active for 4 years, you're trying to keep a constant touring shedule and already had some impressive results, in 2015 you're including some important festivals, so the progression is a natural one. How hard is it nowadays to tour for a underground band?

J.J.: It’s hard sometimes, but mostly worth every minute. The thing is: You will never earn money with a band of this kind. That’s ok, but you should also not loose some. This is the financial part, but gladly we are not loosing that much money with this band. Most of the stuff we need for touring gets paid. And yeah, we play/played some very interesting shows and cities in the last years and we hope there are more to come.

Do you feel a sense of loss when it comes to musical identity in the underground scene?

J.J.: Yeah for sure, most of the newer bands these days are convertible, they suck because they are dublicates of other well known bands. They suck, because they make music for stupid reasons like shomanship, just that they can tell other people they are in a band. I think there is very less individualism in the scene and this is what I hate about it. They all want the same sound, play the same riffs and have the same stupid attitudes. Look at the Black Metal, the Hardcore or the Indie Rock scene, they all suffer from their, let me call it „streets credibility“, they are all caught in there so called scene. Creativity comes last.

Speaking about identity, can you tell me a bit about the wooden tape box released this year?

J.J.: Hmm, it was released via Razorblade Productions from Greece like one or two months ago. It’s a very special release to us and in this form very unique. It was sold out in a few days. I’ve not seen them with my own eyes right now, but hopefully we will get them the next time.

This year you're playing for the first time in Romania, at Rockstadt Extreme Fest. Now the impact the band has had since the announcement is a really interesting thing. What are your expectations regarding the performance?

For sure we hope to do a great concert, see other bands and meet nice people. Most of us (exept Marrok who played as a session-bassist for Heretoir in 2013) have never been to Romania, so we hope this will be an amazing experience. Till today I've never met unfriendly or uncalm people when I've been to eastern europe, so i'm sure the festival will work out well



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