Interview with drummer Kostis, Wastefall (October 26th 2006)

Hi, first off I just want to congratulate you on your new album "Self Exile". To new fans could your please fill us in on the history behind it all?
Kostis - Hi and thanks a lot for your good words. Wastefall were originally formed on March of 2003 and until now they have survived numerous member changes and released three albums: ‘Fallen Stars and Rising Scars’ in July 2003, ‘Soulrain21’ in November 2004 and finally the all-new ‘Self exile’ in June 2006. ‘Self Exile’ was composed and recorded during the autumn and winter of 2005 by the current line-up of the band and is-in our opinion- the most complete creation of Wastefall. 

How has your new album been received by the media?
Kostis -
Although it’s been a really short time since the album was released we have received many reviews which in their majority are quite flattering and encouraging. We have been also ‘album of the month’ in the French Rock Hard magazine.

I know artists don't 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?
Kostis - If he was really an alien even if I was to put a label on our music he wouldn’t understand what I’m talking about…I would tell him that our music is a puzzle consisting of thousands little pieces. Half of them are things that have moved deeply during our travel through music. The rest are things that come from our lives and from deep inside which we want to communicate to other people.

If your music was an emotion, which one would it be?
Kostis -
Music is never one emotion…

Who and what inspires you when you write a song? Walk us through the creation of a song?
Kostis -
It could be anything…and nothing! I think that if we find out where inspiration comes from then inspiration dies. It’s probably a various selection of observations and emotions blended in mystical way. Considering the birth of a song, Domenik and Alex come with the main idea and then it’s presented to the rest of us. After that we rehearse the ideas over and over again and then something new is born. The final product is a result of teamwork.

Which subjects do your lyrics refer to, and who writes them? And what inspires you when you write your lyrics?
Kostis - Alex writes all the lyrics. He’s more into philosophy (especially Hegel) and mysticism, combined with a personal perception and events. The lyrics vary from record to record. There can be a political, a philosophical or even a personal approach on things. Inspiration comes from above.

Who has produced and mixed the album? Are you pleased with the result?
Kostis -
The album was produced and mixed by Tommy Hansen at Jailhouse studios in Denmark during January 2006. It was the most pleasant and smooth cooperation and Tommy brought out the work of Wastefall in the best sound possible. We would definitely like to work with him again.

Who has done the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to have a great cover?
Kostis - Personally I believe that the artwork/the cover of every album are of great importance because they offer an image of how the band sees its music. The better the artwork the better the way this image is represented. Additionally, an attractive cover can help the band commercially.

Do you have any touring plans?
Kostis -
There’s nothing specific at the moment. Right now, we are concentrated in our performance in the ProgPower festival in Atlanta, USA. It is a great honour for us to play there and it will help a lot for our music to be heard in the other side of the Atlantic. After that and if the sales of the record prove satisfying I believe there will be a tour.

Let’s speculate – you have been granted a free slot on a tour of your own choice – who would be your ideal touring partners?
Kostis - I believe that we all agree in this band that ideal touring partners would be Pain of Salvation They are a band of extreme importance and their fans would understand easier our music. My personal dream is to tour with Tool.

How do you feel about the co-operation with your label?
Kostis -
Our co-operation with Sensory proved to be ideal! We definitely get all the attention we want and they treat us the best way. We hope it will continue this way.

The internet is a very important source for many metal fans – how do you use the internet and how important is it for you and other bands?
Kostis - Nowadays, a tremendous amount of what is going on in the music industry takes place on the net. Fans all over the world have the chance listen to our music, download our CDs, talk to you, talk about you, and learn about you. It is very important for any band to dig into that thing. As far as we are concerned we have uploaded on our site songs and samples of our music, we talk to funs throughout forums and we try to give to fans as much information we can through our site.

And how do you feel about the metal scene in general at the moment?
Kostis - That’s a difficult one. People keep saying that bands like Pantera, R.A.T.M, and Metallica are either not in the scene any more or they are but not in the way they used to be.

On the other bands like Korn, Slipknot, Tool, Opeth, Pain of Salvation rule the metal scene and have lots of things to offer. So I believe that things in the metal scene are in a truly good shape and will get even better.

Which song do you consider to be the best one you have ever written?
Kostis -
Probably “Empty Haven” from ‘Soulrain 21’ and “Utopia Fragmented” from ‘Self- Exile’.

Name an album, person or event that has had a huge influence on your life … and why?
Kostis - ”Lateralus” from Tool is definitely an album that had a great influence on me. I must have heard it at least 200 times in a very shadowy an complex period of my life. The effect the music of this album had on me along with the lyrics made me search deep in me and find the right answers.

Which kind of music do you listen to at home?
Kostis - Whatever sounds progressive in a sense that it has something new and original to offer to music? I also listen to lots of Beethoven and Chopin and some electronic music.

Vinyl has had a small comeback lately – do you still prefer “the old sound” or are you a CD/DVD kind of guy?
Kostis - To tell you the truth I was never a ‘vinyl guy’. Not that I didn’t want to but the machine that plays vinyl records in my home is broken since the day I was born and never replaced.  

Last question - do you have any famous last words for our readers?
Kostis -
Thanks for your time reading this interview. We hope you enjoy the record and that we will have the chance to play for you some day… Take care!!!

Interviewed by Kenn Jensen

Wastefall - Self Exile

Album available on Sensory Records.

For more info on Wastefall - click on the album cover.