interview with Azathoth Circle

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Have any of you played in other bands? All of us had his own history of playing in other bands before A.C. ( it was nu-metal, black and even pop bands). It was a very useful experience, despite the fact that, of course, it was more unsuccessful attempts. But in the end it helped us all to meet each other and  create Azathoth Circle.

How is it that you started playing music?

Our bassist Mike (“42”) began playing guitar, when he became sick and tired of his friends playing the same songs on acoustic guitars, while at the parties. So he decided to learn guitar, to write his own songs, or do some rare covers.

Me (vocal girl) start to sing and badly play piano then I was 7, it was in some kind of music school. Rock vocalist I became in 22 with my first band, I just need it so much to feel me oneself. 

Our guitarist Andrew (“Bear”) was a cool boy and started to play guitar for a girls attention. Young rock-n-rollar.

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?

Our names: Alexandra Babiy ( Mononoke) as vocals, Andrew Shlenchak (Bear) as guitars, Mike Jablochkov (42) as bass and some guitars too, Oleh romanchenko (Ben) as drumms. 

Sorry we didn’t answer about our ages cause man with no age more mysterious. Lets everybody trying to guess how old each of us are)

Have you had other previous members? Yes. we had a lot of drummers) And one guitarist.

Did you make music even when you were young? Yes, we did. I think it was funny and strange but it’s our way.

Where are you from? We are from Ukraine. Now we live in Kyiv (capital) but truly we’re from different regions. 

What year did the band form? AzaThoth Circle was founded in 2013.

What's your style of genre? It’ funny but it is a difficult question caues we playing some kind of crossover: alternative, blackned, southern. Now we name it - dark alternative.

What inspires you? For all of us music it's a thing which relieves stress of modern life. If we talking about list of our favourite bands I can name such cool monsters of music as:  Tool, Korn, Gojira, Shining,  Godsmack, Rotting christ, Johnny Cash etc. And personal influence it's a life feelings like love or sadness, or acute pain or acute aching happiness. Also we got inspirations of books and movies, mostly with occult character. 

How often and where do you reherse? We rehearse 2 times a week at Umka Base ( Kyiv) last 3 years. This base have very cool sound and staff. Yes we are constant.

How have you developed since you started with the music? First of all, we worked on the quality of live sound and developed a new audience by means of active concerts throughout the country. This is a very complex question, I am afraid it’s hard to answer it briefly.

Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Music is our first priority.

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? Yes. This question is very relevant for us.

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that?

Now we are just preparing to release a new album and communicate with different labels. Although at the moment we have thoughts to try to be published as an independent artist.

To be DYI is very popular now in the world.

What made you decide to make this music? Only our inner feelings and inspiration be postapocalyptic art.

What are your songs about? Most of them about struggle with ourselves, the need to never give up and the inner burning that never leaves in peace.

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Most of composing done by Andrew, most of lyrics and vocals melodies by me (Mononoke). But there are exceptions.

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Music.

Have you done any covers live? Yes. It was Korn - Somebody someone, Chris Cornell and Godsmack.

What language do you sing in? English and ukrainian.

What ages are most of your concert attendants? 17-35.

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We vary songs depending on style  theme of gig.

What was your first gig like? It was great. It was really big club with great staff and a lot of audience. We performed in postapocalyptic style. 

Have you had to cancel a gig? Never.

Where have you played live this year? It was to much places to list them all. It was cool.

Where do you plan to gig the comming year? We’ll go touring through Ukraine and some nearest European countries.

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? Strange question. We sell merch last two years. It’s  t-shirts, pendants and cd.

Where can people buy your merchandise? Everybody can order it at our official pages.

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? We are not greedy and if a person can not afford to buy music, then we are ready to meet him and give a free tracks. But our real fans understand that each purchase helps us to create new albums, clips and, in general, prolongs the life of the band. Thanks them.

How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? Of course. But here it’s more about the personal responsibility of people and the desire to support your favorite bands.

What do you think of my work? It is worthy of big respect, to help musicians to be heard

How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? It's great that you take an interview with us, but as far as I know the music bins are not predictable.

Do you have any role models or idols? Not really. We listen to ourselves.

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? It doesn’t metters) If band is great it makes your day.

What have been your biggest obstacles? When there’s No good promoters can be relied upon.

Do you have any new material? Yes. We’ll release new album in autumn 2017.

How can people reach you?

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