Interview with Indukti (February 26th, 2006)

Hi, first off I just want to congratulate you on your new album. To new fans could you please fill us in on the history behind it all?
Indukti - Hi there, thanks. The history behind it all… It’s a bit twisted and complicated which is natural when you have several people being part of the project and each of them has had his/her own experiences. The band’s origins can be traced back to the beginning of the nineties. The bunch of high school students spent evenings listening to King Crimson, Anekdoten, The Beatles, Naked City and other bands. Then the bunch decided to take up musical education and went to a music school. They formed Mikamwes which played experimental music. Then Ewa joined the band, leaving it later on for a while. There were people coming in and leaving the band. In 2002 Wawrzyniec, the drummer joined the band and from and two years later we recorded the album .

How has your new album bee n received by the media?
Indukti -
The album was warmly welcomed especially by radio broadcasters. Unfortunately you can’t see us too often on TV. Press reviews have been fantastic and we are really happy about that.

I know artists donąt like to put a label on their music - but a spaceship from outer space has just landed in your backyard, and is demanding an answer - so how would you describe your music to an alien from another galaxy?
Indukti - Since there are vocals in our band (there is Mariusz but only on the CD) the music is open to anyone and if they want to approach it different ways that’s fine. I don’t know what music we make. There are two guitars and they have distortions, the drums which don’t play jazz, the violin which never sounds like one. Ok, some grooves are in odd meter. So, what does that make us?? Can’t tell ya. So we’d rather let the aliens take off with our CD on board rather than a definition.

If your music was an emotion, which one would it be?
Indukti - Tension, definitely tension which keeps rising and being released.

Who and what inspires you when you write a song? Walk us through the creation of a song?
Indukti - Usually on one of the guitarists comes into rehearsals with some riffs which then are being transformed, superimposed, altered, improvised and fooled around with. There is no such thing that one of us comes in and starts showing the other person what to play. It’s mostly about improvisation.

Which subjects do your lyrics refer to, and who writes them? And what inspires you when you write your lyrics?
Indukti - In fact the lyrics made a guest appearance on the CD because the vocals made a guest appearance… We did not focus on this topic and let our friend Marta, the author of the lyrics takes care of that...

Who has produced and mixed the album? Are you pl eased with the result?
Indukti - The music was mixed and mastered in the same studio where we did the tracks. We were pretty limited financially because we financed the whole undertaking ourselves. The mix was done by Tomasz Rogula from TR Studios. As far as production… we are the producers of the CD. Even
though Tomek came up with some great ideas and was of much help. His best suggestion was to bring in the harp which we think adds a lot to the CD.

Who has done the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to have a great cover?
Indukti - Artwork may be important if you have some hidden message behind the lyrics, behind the song titles or if the CD is supposed to be a concept one. Our music carries emotions but it’s primarily programmatic so having an elaborate cover wouldn’t make sense. The cover is a frame with its own meaning. Ewa made it and up to now some of us haven’t figured out what it is.

Do you have any touring plans?
Indukti - We have been invited to play shows here and there but since we are engaged in a lot of things it sometimes comes difficult to have everyone on hand. This summer we are planning several concerts in Germany, a couple in Poland and perhaps Holland.

Let’s speculate – you have been granted a free slot on a tour of your own choice – who would be your ideal touring partners?
Indukti - There are numerous bands that we would like play with. They probably would be bands that we listen to but we would as much love playing before an orchestra or some elaborate stage production.

How do you feel about the co-operation with your label?
Indukti - Laser’s Edge has been great. Really professional, really serious with what they do. Unfortunately we have to mention that the Polish label which released our album here is just not serious at all to say the least. It’s a pity, it is the truth but what can we do? Enjoy Laser’s presence around.

The internet is a very important source for many metal/prog fans – how do you use the internet and how important is it for you and other bands?
Indukti - The internet is a very important medium and it essential to understand that. Young people have surface to move on, express their opinions and find out about new musical projects. We of course have our web site –

And how do you feel about the metal/prog scene in general at the moment?
Indukti - The Metal/prog as you mentioned it here seems to be a wide term as we are putting death metal, progressive and power genres into one basket. There are a lot of interesting bands coming out but indeed, this kind of music is inevitably heading to the wall as did jazz music 15 years ago. Unless there appear some real innovators we are going to see the decline of rock music in general. We hope to be wrong though.

Which song do you consider to be the best one you have ever written?
Indukti - Our favorites are "Freder" and "11812" …and "Weak". They seem to carry the most tension.

Name an album, person or event that has had a huge influence on your life … and why?
Indukti - The albums that we feel had some impact on our musical personalities:  

Larks’ Tongues in Aspic – King Crimson
KID A – Radiohead
Ok Komputer – Radiohead
Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
Mr. Bungie – Mr. Bungle  

Kobong – Chmury nie bylo
Sieges Even – Steps
Voivod – Nothingface
Tool – Lateralus
BrandX – Unorthodox Behaviour  

Maciek Jaskiewicz:
Marillion – Script of a Jesters Tears
Marillion – Clutching at Straws
Iron Maiden – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

Meshuggah – Chaosphere
Kobong  - Chmury nie bylo  

Sinfonia Varsovia – Rachmaninoff’s Symphony no. 2
Pat Metheny – Offramp
Iron Maiden – Live after Death
Dave Weckl – Masterplan
Labyrinth – Heavens Denied

Which music do you listen to at home?
Indukti - We listen to so different genres and bands that it even surprises ourselves. I mean where else will you have people in one band listen to Arctic Monkeys, Stokes, Dark Side of the Moon, Mr. Bungie, Kobong, Moloko, John Williams, Metheny, Crimson, Maiden, Jason Moran, Rachmaninoff, Meshuggah, David Hudson, Shahti, Star Stylers and Bernstein?

Vinyl has had a small comeback lately – do you still prefer “the old sound” or are you a CD/DVD kind of guy?
Indukti - We like the vinyl sound, it has the special vibe. But we realize that there are limitations when it comes to vinyl’s We would definitely like to have our CD put on vinyl one day…

Last question - do you have any famous last words for our readers?
Indukti -
Feel welcome to visit our web site where we can share opinions about music. We hope to see you guys out there at our concert one day.

Indukti - S.U.S.A.R.

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