Interview with Vit Belobritsky Guitarist and Vocalist of Psilocybe Larvae (Russia)

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.
Vit Belobritsky: Hello Mick! No prob! Thank you for your interest in our band!

CV: Do you feel Heavy Metal music in general is viewed differently by fans in Europe compared to fans elsewhere, especially in America, and if so why?
VB: I don’t think so…there is no big difference, it all depends on the taste of a particular person. Of course, Heavy Metal is a part of show business in Europe and the States, and this music has been developing for a long time there, but not in Russia or South America, for example. Western audiences are used to a lot of gigs and festivals with so many great bands…I mean pre-COVID era. Therefore, possibly they don’t take heavy metal as something special. But I believe that metalheads in general are truly die-hard fans, always supporting metal bands worldwide.

CV: What do you feel makes Heavy Metal music so alluring to the fans? What is it about the music that personally resonates so strongly with you?
VB: I’d say that people like all kinds of music, be it metal or rock. They like good music, first of all, and appreciate what’s done honestly and from the heart. If I feel the energy and atmosphere in music, I accept it and empathize with the author’s emotions.

CV: Has Metal splintered into too many sub-genres in your opinion, thus, making it harder for newer bands to actually classify themselves as one style over another?  Is it confusing for fans as well?
VB: It’s good that Metal has many sub-genres, it shows its flexibility this way. Nevertheless, if the band plays multiple genres or a bunch of sub-genres it may confuse its potential listeners. We’ve always faced this problem during our existence because we play a wild mix of doom, death, progressive and black metal. That's why we decided to call ourselves a manic-depressive band. On one hand, you have to be diverse exploring different genres to stand out of the pack, but from another hand, you can't reach your audience or your album can't be nominated in a certain category.

CV: How would you describe the current state of the music business considering we are now living in a COVID aware, and maybe even feared world? Have things drastically changed long-term for artists and bands given the recent pandemic? What are your thoughts?
VB: Yes, all categories related to the music business have been affected by COVID, be it venues or artists. In Russia this part of the economy isn’t support by authorities, therefore clubs and promoters are on the edge of survival. It’s clear that all things went into digital realms. Business is being rebuilt and adapted but it seems that without live shows it won’t survive.

CV: What do you feel makes your band and its particular approach to songwriting work? What keeps the band together and making music?
VB: Everything is simple. We love playing music, breathing live onstage. We do it for fun, not for any profit. Besides, we are constantly improving our musicianship, evolving in different directions, and putting the bar up higher and higher. So that challenges us to match the level and this keeps us interested in playing together in a band.

CV: On a more global view, how do you see your band’s music and songwriting separating itself from just being another Heavy Metal act?
VB: I can’t judge this. As I said, we just play the music that we love and that is interesting for us as musicians. We’ve been always trying to make a very diverse material and give every album a very cohesive and flowing feel. So I think we have albums that really stand out. Have a listen :)

CV: Can an artist truly be unique? Some would argue there is no such thing as being unique; that it’s nothing more than a compounding of influences making an artist who or what they are. Would this then say that artists today are destined to be just copies of those who have already come to pass?
VB: It’s difficult for each artist to find their own way, sometimes it takes a whole life and it all depends on many factors. I believe that every person is born unique; the main task is to find it in oneself and develop. Of course, you can’t reinvent the wheel, but if you are talented and hardworking and play your music from your heart and sincerely, then everything will work out.

CV: Are there life lessons to learn being in a Heavy Metal band that you feel cannot be taught elsewhere? If so, what are they?
VB: If you wanna make money then stop playing metal!:)

CV: What do you feel makes someone a “rock star”? Does being a rock star automatically make one iconic or are the two completely different in your opinion?
VB: Sometimes the status of rock stars is created by various producers and media, making hype around an artist. But the iconic status can only be obtained through the love and support of fans... or after death.

CV: What's next for you? What can fans expect to see coming as the world looks to surmount a new normal laced with a load of restrictions?
VB: We have a new album called “Where Silence Dwells” coming up on November 15th via Red Rivet Records (Japan) and Fono Ltd (Russia). This record is a huge step forward for the band and some of the most powerful music we've written. If you are interested, please check out our Bandcamp page and pre-order merch:

Album release live stream is slated to launch on November 17th on Youtube. Come join us and listen to the entire new album:

CV: Thank you again for spending some time talking and sharing with our readers. It was a pleasure. I wish you all the best and continued success.
VB: Thank you for the interview! Stay positive and take care!

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