Interview with the Members of Weird Tales (Poland)

By Mick Michaels

COSMICK VIEW: Hello! Welcome to The Cosmick View. Thank you for taking some time out of your day to chat with me, it's greatly appreciated.

CV: Do you feel that it's still possible for an unknown band today to be plucked out of obscurity and make it to stardom? Can a dedicated core of fans sharing their music make that possible or has the internet and social media changed the game?
Mati: Definitely, the music industry has changed. The Internet and social media helped us reach out to sick motherfuckers from all around the world.

Dima: But we fill our own place in the obscurity right now.

CV: Do you feel that given the accessibility and social awareness of modern times that a music underground still even exists today as it once did?

Dima: Sure, the underground still exists today.

Kriss: “Chaos, violence, revolution now
We are the real rock 'n' roll underground” - GG

CV: What do you see as the biggest difference in music and how it is perceived from back say 35 years ago compared to music today? Has both the music and the artist evolved from your point of view?
Kriss: I’m 35 and I don’t remember shit. I don’t even remember what the hell I was doing yesterday….

Dima: I had that feeling that with years we have less and less good artists. Haven’t you noticed? That’s I reference to higher internet and overall technology developing. Now it’s easy to record stuff, you can do it on your own, at home with your computer and then reach an audience. Compared to the 70’s for example when you had tons of cool bands who recorded only 1 album which never became popular. And imagine how many bands we haven’t even heard and will never hear, because they were never lucky enough to grab the label's attention or afford a vinyl release by themselves. So that’s the biggest difference right now. There were a lot of great bands which we have never heard, and today we hear tons of weak music…and we have to dig through it to find the gold.

CV: Do you believe bands and artists who have the biggest impact on fans and other artists are aware that they are more of a tunnel vision sort of process for them keeping them somewhat in the dark? Can influential artists see past their own work to be aware of the ripples they make?

Mati: It's all relative. If you just want to catch the attention of a crowd does it make you an artist?

Dima: We’re just doing our best and having great fun.

CV: Does music need to be influential to be considered worth listening to in your opinion? Or can music simply be just an enjoyable auditory experience devoid of substance?
Matt: We think both. Why don’t you just enjoy the different music for different reasons?

CV: The world has been rocked by the COVID pandemic.  The economy has been sent into a tail spin in its wake, unfortunately.  Bands worldwide have been restricted with performing live and some it seems, restricted from earning a living.  How has the pandemic affected your band? Are you hopeful that 2021 will see many of the restrictions lifted?
Dima: All of our concerts were cancelled. We played only 1 gig after the 1st pandemic wave calmed down and restrictions in Poland were lifted. However, we have focused on recording a new album at the time. We have signed with a new label, Intestellar Smoke Record, and recorded new songs at the end of the summer. The album will be released on 15 of January 2021 and the single “Got the Blues for Murder Only,” can be heard right now.

CV: What do you feel artists and bands can do right now to stay relevant, especially in an environment, such as the present, where performing in front of a live audience is being restricted? What immediate options do you see available? 

Dima: A lot of guys we know have focused on recording new material…so have we. Also, a lot of bands have performed streaming concerts during the first wave.

Mati: Maybe it's a modern way to reach an audience? Live concerts are so tricky and often very boring.

Dima: I have never had great fun watching streaming concerts. I mean it’s nice to see a band live in real time from the other side of the monitor, but not as much fun like with the live experience at all. And I guess. being a musician, it’s not so much fun as well. I mean, you organize all that stuff to make a quality product and then play alone to the camera… Not the way I like it. I wasn’t fired up with it so we concentrated on the new music. I am happy we are done this EP…this one is special.

Mati: To experience real doom you have to emerge fully into a smoky and loud atmosphere of live concerts. There is no other way!

CV: As an artist, what have you learned from the events of 2020? Are those lessons learned different for you as a person than as an artist or are they one in the same in your opinion?

Mati: You always gotta have a full supply of liquor and substances in your house.

Dima: What a lesson we can get from a fucked up year? Thing are just fucked up…we are waiting till it can return to normal. We spent this time on recording new music and waiting to present it live.

Kriss: I've always known that people are totally unprepared for “shit hitting the fan” type of situations, but goddamn, this year was a whole new level of fu*k up! Of course, on the other hand, we had some time to think over some stuff and change the way we used to manage some things which results can be seen on our upcoming EP. And many more.... I think “what doesn't kill you, just makes you stronger”…as some old philosopher once said, and I hope we'll come out from this shit hardened and stronger than ever....

CV: What's next? What can fans expect to see coming in 2021?

Kriss: We will start playing illegal gigs.

Dima: Yeah, best parties are always for the people who are not afraid to die.

Mati: New music is already in our heads.

Dima: The best scenario, is if this pandemic shit will go away…we would like to play our new EP live and go on tour in Europe. The new EP premier is set on 15.01.2021…so there is no long time to wait.

CV: Thank you again for spending some time talking and sharing with our readers. It was such a pleasure. I wish you all the best.
Thanks for heaving us. Stay heavy \m/

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