What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
Halocraft is the child of four people, coexisting as friends in life and enjoying performing the music inside their heads since childhood. Of course, as always, there were some changes in the members of the band, but life goes on, and so is our music. We all have other side projects in different music genres, but Halocraft will always hold a very special place in our hearts. The band was formed back in 2014 in the neighborhoods of a small city in Greece called Giannitsa and our love and commitment to the post rock genre cannot be hidden.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
“Chains For The Sea” is our debut album and it’s the first part of the “Witch’s Forest” storyline , a story that we wrote and will be completed in three parts (next two albums).
The music production of the album took part in Valve Studios in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
We grew up listening to many genres all over the spectrum of music. Countless artists have influenced us through the years, such as Explosion In The Sky, Signals To Vega, Maybe She Will , This Will Destroy You, We Own The Sky , MONO and many many more . We mostly care about the general atmosphere, and we can’t exclude from the list of our poetical influences figures such as Edgar Allan Poe , H.P. Lovecraft and, of course, the great Stephen King.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
The thing we’re trying to accomplish with Halocraft is to introduce people to this genre. People that wouldn’t normally choose to listen to post rock. We’re trying to create a gateway by keeping our songs short and to the point, inserting elements of more popular genres and also using some subtle traditional greek music influences.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
1. Signals to Vega – “Into The Arms Of Infinity”
2. This will Destroy you – “Young Mountain”
3. We Lost The Sea – “Departure Songs”
2. The Life of Brian
3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
1. H.P. Lovecraft – “The Call of Cthulhu”
2. E.A. Poe – “The Masque of the Red Death”
3. S. King – “Pet Cemetery”
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
We love them both. Each of them has its own charm and sound. But if we had to choose between one of them , we would probably go with the live performances because of the vibe that the audience provides.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
There are plenty of stories that we could share with you . Stories of members getting electrocuted and rushed to the hospital during rehearsals , stories of us almost burning down our home studio due to some very stupid jokes etc etc.
At some point during a rehearsal, we remember a boiler explosion that filled the studio with steam. Overall, we have come to realise that it is very dangerous to leave Halocraft unattended.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Writing your own music is like giving birth to a child. We consider all of the songs parts of ourselves, but if we had to choose one of them, it would definitely be It Has Awaken because of its Lovecraftian Horror Atmosphere.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
First of all there are some future live performances around Greece that we’re looking forward to playing. We also have the vinyl release of the “Chains For The Sea” album that is scheduled to hit our merch page at some point in June (stay tuned!). There are also some future plans for a EUROPEAN tour within 2019 (we’re not supposed to talk about that) . And of course we never stop writing and experimenting with fresh material for the albums to come!
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Why do you prefer wearing Masks in your live performances and keeping your identity a secret? What are you hiding ? Whom are your hiding from?
The main idea of the masks and keeping our identity a secret is to be a part of the story when we perform live. We want to transfer the vibes to the audience in their purest form and let them be a part of it. There’s also a certain thrill in the anonymity.
Photo credits: The 5 Project
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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