interview with Absolate

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Have any of you played in other bands? Egor played on guitar in Saint-Petersburg's band First Aid, Cherepovets's band Grozovest, sang and played  guitar in Saint-Petersburg's Deimos band. Konstantin played in Amen Stix from Belozersk. Maxim played in Cherepovets bands as Torsence and Takihardia. Evgeny led metal channel on Youtube  with metal covers.

How is it that you started playing music? 
Egor:  From early childhood I asked my parents to give me guitar. Before they bought me real one, i've made my first guitar from plywood and plank with strached fishing line. It sounded bad, but I hadn't another, and played for hours, listening my favorite bands. On my 13-th birthday they get me my first guitar, on 14-th first electric guitar. I couldn't imagine another way for myself. 
Konstantin: At the age of 12 I wanted to learn how to play the guitar. I am took out my brother's old acoustic guitar from under the bed. After half a year, i am began to play punk rock.

Evgeny: Back in 1990, I went into the pioneer room and I saw my classmate playing guitar "a pack of cigarettes" of Viktor Tsoi .. My world turned upside down. After half a year, I had the baggage of a singer and guitarist. After graduating from school, I played my first concert in the dormitory of the pedagogical school. The girls were hot there!
 At first I wanted to be a guitar player and became one. But then I had to become a drummer.

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? 
Egor, Guitar and Vocals, I'm 31.
Maxim, Drums, I'm 30.
Konstantin, Bass guitar, I'm 33
Evgeny, Lead-guitar, I,m 42

Have you had other previous members?  Not, this is our first and regular lineup.

Did you make music even when you were young? 
Egor:  Yes, in school I played more covers and not many my songs, in university we played in band that called Deimos, 50/50 covers and our songs. One of them we play now, it's called Mirages. This song about 9 years.
Konstantin: I have been doing music since I was 12 years old. I started with punk rock, then I fell in love with metal.

Where are you from? We from Cherepovets, Russia.

What year did the band form? The band did formed in 2016

What's your style of genre? Groove Metal we would say  

What inspires you? 
Egor:  Music, guitars and basses, amps, other people,  films, books.
Konstantin:  Inspire different things - the weather, people, headache, when there is nothing to do.

How often and where do you reherse? We reherse one time a week at Herz Studio in Cherepovets. Before gigs we reherse more often.

How have you developed since you started with the music? Egor: Music opens mind. I need to find something truely before I start to write new song. It's always experience, not always good  experience, but always something from real life. When we started we played easiest songs, but we grew and our music grew with us. We bought the equipment, made a web site, found an artist, worked on the image. Now we are looking for a manager, because it is necessary. We were began from one song. At the moment our full first album almost ready.

Do you have other interests of work outside the band? 
Egor: Gym, books, web desing, walking and road.
Konstantin: cars, communication in social medias, vlogs.
Maxim: The japanese cars, photo, video, board games.
Evgeny: custom guitars, experiments with guitar effects and pedals, guitars repairing, camping.

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? May be we need this in future. But before we need to finish album. If there are professionals who can do more than ourselves, than we are ready to consider such cooperation.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? May be we need label too. We think good labels could help musicians to find audience. We also know that there are many dishonest labels.

What made you decide to make this music? It's something inside. Our music is how we feel and understand life.

What are your songs about? About freedom and independence. About not endless lifetime. About truth and self sufficiency. About human and individuality. About death.

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Egor composing general line of song, riffs and vocal melody, Maksim composing drums, Evgeny creates solo guitars, riffs and melodics, Konstantin write bass-line. Egor writes the lyrics.

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? In most part of song we start with the music. But sometimes the both things come together.

Do you compose in a certain inviroment? 
Egor: Yes, I need strong real experience to write something. It's may be blackness and silence, but it's experience too.
 Inspiration visits me mostly in the bathroom.

Have you done any covers live? Not, but we think to do several covers in near future.

What language do you sing in? In Russian. May be in future we will translate and adapt several song on English

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? The least was  at first gig, it was about 70 people, the most was third gig it was about 150

What ages are most of your concert attendants? 20 - 50 years old

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We play vary.

Do you have a regular place you play live often? In our city we play in regular place that called " First Metallist", in English "First Metalhead". When we tour we play different places.

What was your first gig like? It was the local fest that we organized by ourselves. It was in May 27th 2017, we played 5 songs. It was great gig. Very hot!

What was your latest gig? Latest gig we played in Saint-Petersburg. We played with Russian bands as Orden Svobodnih, Thruth That Kills and Kenotaph. In club that called Night Hunters.

Have you had to cancel a gig? No

Where have you played live this year? In 2018  we played in Saint-Petersburg and Cherepovets. We recorded album and music video, and haven't big tours.

Where do you plan to gig the comming year? We plan to gig in Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Tver, Cherepovets, Vologda, and Europe.

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We will start after release of album. We planing to sale t-shirts, caps, cups, and CDs.

Where can people buy your merchandise? On our web-site. Also we want to find retailers.

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? The listeners who doesn't want to buy music, as a result suffer from it. This is the current reality. Who can pay, that need to pay. Musicians have to inventing other ways to monetize creativity. 
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? Because of this musicians have to do something beside music, often at the expense of music. Some musicians going to do something that better for sale. And often we see like nice musicians start to do the rare crap. 
What do you think of my work? You help musicians and it's very important for us. Thank you!
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? If more people will listen our music, attend our gigs  and help us to record new tracks and albums, we will happy
Do you have any role models or idols? May be when we was young we had. Ozzy Osbourne, Motorhead, Machine Head, Megadeth, Paradise lost, Death, Judas Priest, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Sepultura, Soulfly, Fear Factory, Cradle Of Filth, Children Of Bodom, Kreator, Hypocrisy, Carcass and many other.
Why do you think that they exist? Role models and idols exist to give the begining for the new bands and styles, to give inspiration. 
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? Older bands in our blood, it part of us, and we always find inspiration in them. New bands it is something outside us. But sometimes bands of today can give strong inspiration. The both ways seems real.

What have been your biggest obstacles? The biggest obstacle is the lack of free time. We work on other works beside music as yet.

What advice would you give other bands or artists? Make music from your heart .

How do you get psyched for a gig? Nothing special. Just warming up body and hands.

Do you have any new material? Yes. We recorded most part of tracks for the new album, and soon you will see and hear it.

What are your web sites?

How can people reach?

What are your plans for the future? We are planning to release the album, make new music videos, and play many gigs in Russia and Europe in this year.  Also we want to go on a world tour when we will ready for this.

Do you have something to add? For all our fans, listeners and friends. Be yourself, free and independent. Every life is very important. Don't give up, do what you like and respect others. \m/ Stay Metal \m/

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