вторник, 11 марта 2014 г.

Dordeduh interview

Really interesting conversation with the one of the biggest world pagan bands Dordeduh, continuer of the BM legend Negura Bunget with some kind of fascinating lecture about the Romanian culture, ethnic music also metal scene by of one of its direct participant and legendary initiator!

1.Hails! Present yourself and your band for the readers, and describe it’s name and main message!

Greetings everyone! My name is Edmond also known as Hupogrammos, founder of the bands Dordeduh, Sunset in the 12th House, Negura Bunget and Makrothumia.
Dordeduh was founded in 2009 right after we decided to put an end to Negura Bunget due to the prolongued internal missunderstandings. In a few years of activity we released an EP called "Valea Omului" and an LP called "Dar de duh".
The name Dordeduh is actually composed from two words "dor" and "duh". "Dor" means something like yearning and "duh" means spirit. These two words are not actually easy to translate, but the meaning of the name could mean something like "yearning for spirit".
This name actually encapsulates pretty well the aim and the message of the band. Both  words that compose the name are actually very significant for what we want to transmit: "dor" actually stands for one of the finest inner human endeavours, connects oneself with its own essence and gives to the humans the atribute of humanity; the word "duh" represents the connection of humans with the Universe itself; one's connectedness with the inner and the outer essences of the cosmos.  

2.Tell about your creative way from the firsts musical experiences in your youth and times of Negura Bunget formation till now.

I will just name some significant facts regarding my musical activity. In '94 I found the band called Makrothumia, which in those years played something that we could call doom death metal. We released in 1995 our first official EP called "Four stories about... nothing. We changed a couple of band members and our style evolved to something more progressive. In 1997 we released our first full lenght album called "The rit of individuation". Right after the album release the band participared succesfully to a couple of festivals, but in 1999 the band was pretty much dead already. In 2001 we had a last show with a changed lineup and right after that we got disbanded. In late 2013 we had a reunion show with nearlly all people from the original lineup. The future of the band and the posibility of a new release is at the moment uncertain.
In paralel with Makrothumia I started in late 1994 my first black metal project under the name of Wiccan Rede, which became Negura Bunget later on in '96. Many people called Negura Bunget - the project that killed the band; and it was not far away from the truth. Under the name of Wiccan Rede we released one official demo / EP called "From Transilvanian Forest". However we had two other demo tapes recorded at the rehearsals. Under the name of Negura Bunget we released between 1996 and 2009 four albums and three EP's which i'll not name here. After we started Dordeduh, Sol and I were still involved in contributing to two other releases with Negura Bunget: "Maiestrit" LP which is a re-interpretation of an older album, "Maiestru Sfetnic" and a DVD called "Focul Viu", wwich is a live recording from 2008.
In paralel with Dordeduh we found another project called Sunset in the 12th House, oriented more to a psychedelic post rock sound. In the spring of this year we'll most probably launch our first album called Mozaic.

3.Describe me the reason of dividing the Negura Bunget into the two separated project and why the NB name itself was left for only it’s drummer?

It seems that this question still rise interest after so many years even though I think I wrote many words in this regard. These days, honestly, i don't feel that i should poison myself or the readers with what happened in the past. If someone is interested in researching the past there's a serious testimony regarding this subject that anyone can access with a bit of online research.

4.And what you can say about new line-up, material and their live shows? Maybe not in creative, but in professional way?

I would prefer to not comment on this.

5.Describe the meaning of your lyrics. As far, as I remember – in NB till split-up you told the history of a mythical hero from birth to death in different parts of trilogy. Am I right?

Well, that was more the way that Negru put it in words and that applied to Maiestru Sfetnic / Maiestrit album. I would have said it a bit differently, especially because that album has my conceptual and lyrical design. However, Dordeduh followed in general lines the path that I started in Negura Bunget, the only difference would be that Dordeduh's lyrics are more organic, poetry oriented (as much as I can write poetry) with esoteric and numerologic themes that can be easily absorbed by the audience, the hermetical aspect being not so occult as in the past with Negura Bunget.

6.From where do you take the inspiration? Tell about Romanian mythology and native religions, folklore or maybe advise me some book/films to read or watch about this theme?

This question was always somehow difficult to answer. I never really inspired myself by reading or by studying miothology, religions, cultures or whatever else. The main ideas are always coming though different associations of the events that occur in my life and they offer inspiration in very interesting ways. Sometimes an unexpected event, or a word, or a visual, or a sound can generate such an inspiring moment, moment that doesn't necesarily have to be related to music. So, inspiration is rather a random asociation of elements that create inspiring moments... if that makes sense.
As i'm not very much into books, i could only recommend Vasile Lovinescu and his esoteric related writings.

7.Tell about Romania, it’s cultural and historical heritage, it’s language, economical and social situation.

This is a very vast issue. I could actually pick anything and make a whole subject out of it; and there are many of these subjects. In many aspects, Romania has the same general characteristics that are common to any East European and Balkanic countries. On the other hand there are also many characteristics that make Romania a separate entity.
The Romanian cultural basis is more related to a laic background and to the oral transmition of information. There are not too many manifestations of herudition. But there's a kind of pastoral wisdom here that connects the natives with their land and nature. Of course all these things are very diminished nowadays, with this furious trend of globalization so the remains of this wisdom lie more at a subconscious level.

The historical heritage is completely different than it's presented in the history books in schools. What you find there is basically only egotic crap. We were very far from being heroical, loyal or straight people, as presented there. And actually this is a pretty serious issue, because we're lacking acceptance regarding the state that Romania is nowadays. There's not such a thing like "other people and nations always mistreated and cheated us" as seems to be presented. If we would have been heroical, loyal and straight charactes we could not have attracted such a present we have nowadays. So, i think there's a huge lack of responsability and acceptance at a national level regarding on who we REALLY are. Of course this can be applied to nearly every nation in the world. But living here, things probably seem more serious compared with others.

Anyway, this issue is a really serious one and i think at a personal and also national level it's really hard to not do the same stupid mistakes, to not opt for the most comfortable option and to not follow your parents, or ancestors, in their ways. Estecially in this pagan music field, if you say something bad about ancestors, you're doomed. Wake up people!

The language is a very interesting mixture of Latin, Slavic, Turkish, Tatar, Hungarian and Germanic languages, in a descending order. I hate to say always wanted to be able to hear my natal tongue from a detached perspective.

The nowadays economic and social situation is actually a very good image of who we really are the leaders we chose to represent us these days say the same; unloyal to their people, personal interested oriented and ready to sell even theirown  mothers for a hand full of money. Of course this not entirely representative for all people from Romania, but it represents the choices we make for our present and for our future as well, more than we can imagine.  

8.Tell about some interesting and sacred places in Romania. Do you like to travel at your country and visit the some difficult passable and remote locations outdoors? Do you interesting in this point of view in some archeological investigations/openings? Do you interesting in finding/opening some locations yourself?

I participated to a couple of archeological diggings and i traveled a lot in many remote places from my country. I can say that one can find many interesting and even very spooky places in Romania. Some of these places i would call sacred places. But i won't name such a place, first of all because i would not like to see them becoming tourist destinations and also because i believe that anyone has one's own call: if someone is to find those places, one will certainly feel attacted by them in a natural way and will discover them oneself.

9. I asked such question not from idle interest. In your official video “Dojana” you play the folk instruments outdoors. What is this place and how it’s compared with the song theme and what it all about? Whether you are happy remained the end result as far as music and a video coincided?

That's one of those sacred placed. I talked too many times about that place... and i actually never wanted to popularize that place.

10.In general whose idea was about video shooting? And why was chosen the most folk and “non-metal” song from the album?

Well, the idea was basically mine and after that we developed further with the logistics together with the band and with Costin Chioreanu, who shoot the video.
To be honest we choose this song to make a video for it mainly because of the message, which i believe it's very much actual, not only for Romania, but for all the humanity. Mainly the song talks about human verticality.

11.In this video you play some authentic folk instruments. Tell about its names and origin and why you chose them? It has for you any special, deep value?

In the video you see a couple of "tulnic" (the long wooden pipes). The instrument originates from Apuseni Mountains. It was not really meant to be an instrument as it was an instrument used in communication, mostly between hills and mountains, by blowing different signals with different significations. The instrument is very limited; with the long one, one can reach about 5 notes, with the shortest one less.
I extended a bit the use of this instrument and introduce an esoteric meaning to it, aplying a purifying sense for instrument. Similar instruments were used in rituals of purification in other different traditional cultures. How it works? Because it's using the air and the breathing, one can extract the energy from the ground, from Mother Earth, through inhailing air, conducing the energy of Earth through body and than blow it in the air. Like this one creates a circle between earth and skies, witch with repetition cleans the energetic structures of the human energetic body. It simply works with any professional or artizanal horn like instrument that can be used for cleaning concrete things like hounting thoughts, or preassuring sentiments.
The hammered wood is called "toaca" and it's an instrument which was been used in different ceremonies as percussive instrument in pre-christian traditional culture, like our local Dacian culture. Later on the ortodox-christian rituals include it as well. It has the same role in a ceremony as any skinned drum; it gives the sequence and the repetion of a vibe that man has to resonate with.
The hammered dulcimer is used very vastly all over the world, through different variation of scales and constructions. We have two actually that were used on the album, a central european model and a oriental one.
The rest of the things you see in the video are philarmonic timpanys and famfare percussions. Don't ask me how we managed to put them on the top of a mountain :)

12.Returning to your country. How do you can describe the condition of Romanian metal scene? I don’t know much bands from your country. To be honest, I know just Negura Bunget and a couple of NB members side projects or so. Can you advise me some? And tell please about your former groups and present side project, maybe myself and readers can learn something new.

Well, the Romanian metal scene was developing lately, especially of having bigger festival and better conditiond and logistics regarding touring possibilities. Some of the clubs started to offer quite decent conditions and promoters take things more seriously then before.
There are a lot of bands paying metal music in Romania, old ones and new ones as well. I'll write some of them here, without having any kind of personal preferences.
Black Metal: Kistvaen, Indian Fall, Argus Megere, Nocturn, Syn Ze Sase Tri
Death metal: Code Red (I recommend them), Sincarnate, Stelar Soul, Malpraxis, Indefiance
Death core: Deliver the God, Cap de craniu, Crize, Avatar
Hardcore: IPR, Guerila, Coma,
Technical Death Metal: Taine, Illuminati
Technical & Provressive Metal: Psycho Symprony (I recommend them), White Walls (I recommend them), Celest, Voices of Silence
Thrash - Death - Altar, Krepuskul, Mediocracy
Speed - Thrash - Black Flang
Doom - Gothic - Death Metal - Abigail, Gothic, Grimegod, Interitus Dei, Kratos, L.O.S.T
Pagan, Folk Metal - Bucovina, God, Ashaena, Martolea
Post Rock / Stoner / Psychedelic Rock / Shoegzse - The Egocentrics, Roadkill Soda, Nomega, Metadone Skyes, Fluturi pe asfalt, The Thirtheenth Sun (I recommend all of them), Kultika, Theory of Mind
Hard & Heavy / Traditional Metal - Trooper, Sanctuar, Pandora, Apocalips
Ambient / Neofolk - Thy Veils

Well, at the moment, beside Dordeduh, I also formed Sunset in the 12th House, band that already recorded the debut album which will soon be released under a label that will be announces latter, and we just recently reformed my first (serious) band called Makrothumia, band under the name will have in a couple of weeks the first show after 12 years of silence. That pretty much all that i'm involved at the moment.

13. In what conditions there was a development of your scene? Whether you met any difficulties and obstacles in your way?

Well, i guess that any other genre that is more or less a nishe genre, has many obstacles in it's way, simply because at least financially it's not really sustained. It's also the case of the metal scene.
Of course that after the comunist regime, metal music was seen as something very mean and evil, even related to satanism. But on the other hand, people involved in the metal scene were extremely enthusiastic and gathered forces to make things happen. The lack of equipment was a serious issue, but this developed in a very serious DIY attitude and many things were handmade and improvised. Being part of the early 90's metal movement, i remember with pleasure all the guitar effects and amplifiers i construct for myself and other fellow musicians. There were actually great times...
But nowadays, honestly there are not many differences compared with other countries metal scene. It's not hugely developed, but it's also not undeveloped.

14. Tell about making of releases and organizations of gigs in the times of beginning and now. What has been changed in positive and negative ways? Do you got the real devoted fans of such art in your homeland?

Well, i think metal fans are definitely more devoted then the fans of any other musical style. And it's the same with the Romanian metal fans. Many bands from the western part of the Europe appreciate our metal fans and the atmosphere ar the shows.
Metal music was definitely rising after the comunism regime fall, right at the beginning of 1990. Like i said, people were really enthusiastic about music in general and about making a show happen. It was not that much business oriented and people joined together intruments and equipment to make this happen. I think this is probably the major thing that changes compared with those days and the thing that i miss the most: the enthusiams of the people involved.
Nowadays, things are pretty decent. Every major city has a couple of places where bands can play and tour. The equipments in clubs are becoming more and more professional and things are definitely more business oriented. This has its benefits as well, because more money are invested in the scene.

15.With which personalities and their project/bands you still support the connection in your way? Name some worst bands, releases at the moment.

Being for nearly 20 years in the musical scene, having a studio, working as a sound guy and booker, i could say that i keep connected to many people. With some of them i keep only a professional relation, but i also have very good friends all over the world.
I could not name the worst band or release, because i simply don't have interest and don't listen crap music.

16.I was really amazed by Enslaved cover that you’ve made for “Dar De Duh’ extended edition! Why Enslaved and why this song? Final result is great, I think, anyway!

Enslaved is a band that evolved a lot over the years. It's also the band that probably is somehow most close to what we do, or at least as the approach we have. We're choosing that song because first of all it was a challenging song, it was also a song that i already knew what we can change in it to have it sounding more in our way, so to say, and it's probably one of the best songs they ever wrote.

17.What you can say about their development from the first releases till present progressive and multilayered music? And about other originate Norway bands changed to unrecognizability like Ulver, for example, or Satyricon and Emperor.

They are the band that in my eyes had the best developement. You see that the musicians matured and i really think that their contribution towards the black metal scene is very admirable. I'm sure that there are many people who were introduced by them into progressive music and many of these listeners opened wide their musical preferences.
I personally like very much what Ulver is doing, but i could not say the same about Satyricon.

18.Your opinion about the development of extreme music genres and it’s future. Also now is some kind of trend appearing – young bands trying to play some “retro” style in a way of last Darkthrone releases.

I could not say that i'm familiar with Darkthrone latest releases. I would say that there are two directions regarding the extreme music's future. Some people will try to make it more extreme... and maybe become really ridiculous or nonsense music, and some musicians will improve in their performances and ability to write music, and hopefully create a beautiful fusion between musical ideas.

19. We are brief. One of the last questions will be concerning fight of cultures in the modern world when the culture of consumption and globalization goes to approach to primordial and national cultures, which have the roots in certain deep sacral sources. So already was more than once with arrival of a Judaism, Islam and Christianity and now it proceeds with a new force. How do you see the future and results of such fight and the world future as a whole? Whether there is a chance of such cultures to survive and develop in the conditions of such aggressive pressure and attack?

Well, I rarely think that fight can be a solution, as it's more easy to destroy then to construct; it more easy to judge then to understand and have tolerance and acceptance. Of course, sometimes things are going too far... and people simply reach a state of degeneration and egotism that has to be stopped by force. But one has nothing to lose when is about trying to learn out of mistakes. It's important to keep a detached position, have clear focus and not have any preferences for any possible outcome. Than, people can see why Christianity, Judaism, Islamism is really about. Having a cristall clear mind, one can see the intentions of all the people involved directly or behind any religious or cultural movement. Some people were really messed up. Some people were really good intended. Sometimes really weird conjunctures appeared and drowned humanity into their dark ages and sometimes really inspiring and uplisfting moments occured out of interesting conjunctures. Again... it's much easy to point your finger towards somebody or something; difficult is to become balanced and cleared of all the weird and degenerated intentions that occur in our mind and soul. So, i think first we should take care of ourselves... on only after that we could start looking into others backyard.

20.Your future plans for Dordeduh and last words for House Of The Whipcord Zine!

Well, plans are simple: we started to write for a new album, we plan to released as soon as possible and we're looking forward to play as much as possible in the future.
Thanks for your support greetings to all your readers!

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