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.
I’ve spent two decades for working in various electronic music subgenres, and now I’ve decided to concentrate on something more pure, raw and constructivistic. Industrial sound by such bands like Front Line Assembly, Skinny Puppy or Ministry was my favorite since the beginning of 90’s. From other important influences I can notice early techno and new beat; experimental sound by Autechre, Aphex Twin and especially Muslimgauze; German dub techno from Basic Channel and Porter Ricks; modal and free jazz experiments by Miles Davis and John Coltrane.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
A basilisk, or “the king of snakes”, is one of the oldest, archetype fears in human mythology, but actually this is just a nice little reptile, like an iguana with a crest. So our fears are bigger than they must be, we have to concentrate on chaos of our “post-industrial”, “information society”, to resist to it, not to fear of it, and to try to get some structure and order from that chaos. That’s actually the idea behind Red Nailmaker project and especially this debut release.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
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 strange, dissonant, not usual harmony is the most interesting thing for me in creating music – this is that feels different from a lot of pop or even techno music nowadays, which exploit just «well-working» cliches from the past at most. Also for me sound must be complex and intensive as much as possible, if it’s industrial – it must bang.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Skinny Puppy “Last Rites”
Miles Davis “Kind Of Blue”
“Once Upon A Time in America”
Thomas Pinchon “A Gravity’s Rainbow”
Henry Miller “The Rosy Crucifixion”
Gilles Deleuze “Capitalism And Schizophrenia”
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Both ways are quite different processes: in the studio it’s non-linear process, a lot of editing, re-sampling and re-programming; during live performance it’s more like a linear process of selecting and remixing of parts on the fly. So both ways are interesting, but for different situations. BTW the first Red Nailmaker’s live performance had place in April at Berlin’s Urban Spree on Folgsamkeitfaktor label launch showcase (it’s the new Wunderblock Records’ sublabel), and I’ve seen in this a lot of interesting possibilities, that may help in studio production as well.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
Another EP and a lot of work for a planned album on Folgsamkeitfaktor.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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