Sunday, November 13, 2016

Self-Hatred interview done by Patrick on 11-13-16

Here  is a  new  interview  with  the  Czech Republic's  death,doom  band  "Self-Hatred" who  just  released  their  debut  cd "Theia"  through  the  Russian  label  Solitude Prod.  if you  enjoy  great  death,doom  with  some  atmosphere  and  other  genres.Then  be  sure to  pick  this  release  up  today.

Interview  with  Michal S. keyboardist  of  Self-Hatred   done  by   Patrick

1.Hello  Michal  please  introduce  yourself  to  the  readers?How  are  things  going  with you  these  days?

First of all thank you for this interview invitation. We are Self Hatred - doom/death metal band from Pilsen – Czech Republic. I play the keyboards and take second place in our band for the oldest member. J Number one is our drummer Datel. We just played 2 last gigs of the year where we finally had a chance to introduce our debut album Theia to the audience in real. The real CD I mean J Things are going well nowadays. Personally I am looking forward to 2017. There is a couple of great gigs ahead of us. Most of them in abroad. Currently we work on new album which should be recorded in March 2017 (Hellsound studio).

2.When  did you  first  meet the  other  members  of  the  band  and was  it  long  before you  all formed   Self-Hatred?

It is roughly 7 years since I first met Aleš and Štěpán. I just started a new job in Pilsen. During the break I went for a fag and the Smoking area outside of the building was the place were we seen each other for the first time. I could hear them speaking of some doom metal band they played at and asked more about it. This is how it has started. Between this moment and forming Self-Hatred also Stollice arised, where Aleš, me and Štěpán played together. 

3.What  is  the  current  line-up  of  the  band? And for the  readers  who  have  never  heard    Self-Hatred's  music  how  would  you  best  describe  it?

Kaťas / growls, whispers, Pavel Janouškovec / guitars, Aleš Vilingr / guitars, Štěpán Eret / bass,Michal "Datel" Rak / drums, Michal Šanda / keyboards. If you are into a spirit of the 90’s doom scene, combining it with modern sound and specific interpretation, this is what you will get.Our music is dark, black, and cold. On the other hand even more romantic or sensitive people might be pleased.

4. Self-Hatred   is  signed  to  Solitude  Prod. how  did you  all  come  in  contact  with this  label?

Solitude  Prod. also released album for Et Moriemur where Aleš, Pavel and Datel play. So we knew what they are capable of and when we sent out our materials to the labels, Solitude reacted in 2 days.

5.The  band  is  getting ready to  release  the  debut  cd "Theia" does  the   whole  band  work  on   writing the  music  or  does  one  member  usually  write  everything?

Well, "Theia" is alive already. Writing the music is process of all of us. Normaly what we do is that Aleš or me come with an idea and we all work on it. 

6.Who  usually  writes  the  lyrics  for the  music and  what  are  some  topics  the  band  writes  about?

Katas is the lyrics master The ideas come out from what we experienced or what we are interested in. But if you want to point out some topics. It would be fears, melancholy, universe, love.

7.Besides  the debut cd  "Theia"  does  the  band  have  any  other  merchandise  available  for the  readers? If  yes  what  is  available  and  where can the readers  buy your  release and  merchandise?

There are two T-shirt versions. You can go to our facebook web site to find out more. You can also purchase a sticker  if the CD or  the T-shirts are not enough and show the whole world that Self-Hatred is the way you chose.Alternatively you can order all above also through the following e-mail: You can use Bandcamp and webshop if that is more suitable. The webshop will be offering merchandise of our befriended bands and ours of course. Et Moriemur and Quercus among others.

8. Michal  you  play  the  keyboards  for the  band  at  what  age did you  start  playing the  keyboards?Who  are  some of your  favorite  keyboard  players?

It is a long time ago since I started. I think I was arround 20. That makes it 18 years back in time. To be honest I do not have any idols or icons I would obey. But I respect a lot of musicians. Especially classical music performers. If you want a name I will give you Lindsay Schoolcraft - Cradle Of Filth, Joakim Svalberg-Opeth.  I adore Depeche Mode and what Ihsahn does with the keys for Emperor.

 9.Besides  the keyboards  do  you  currently  play  any  other  instruments if  yes what  instruments do  you  play? Are  their  any  instruments  you  would  like to  learn  one day?

I do play the guitar a bit. And I should be supporting Katas with my vocal on the next album. The instrument I would like to learn one day is the cello. Because of it’s sound and the vibrations you get from the instrument while playing it.

10.Besides  playing  in  Self-Hatred    do you  or  any  of the  members of the  band currently  work  in  any  other  bands  or  projects?

Et Moriemur – Paja, Datel, Aleš. The rest of the members are only focused on SH.

11.Self-Hatred   comes  out  of  the  Czech Republic's death/doom  scene.I  know  that the  Czech Republic  has  a strong  death,black  scene  but  don't  know  much  of the doom metal scene.What  is your  opininon of  the  doom scene  in the Czech Republic?

It actually moved from the North of Moravia to the west part of Bohemia (both are parts of the Czech Republic). Some years ago there were doom metal bands playing perhaps in around Moravia. Bands I would like to mentioned are: DISSOLVING OF PRODIGY, BLACK HEAVEN, HYPNOTIC SCENERY, R.E.T., SILENT STREAM OF GODLESS ELEGY, ENDLESS and MYTHOPOEIA. Doom metal as we know it dissappeared in it’s traditional way. Our debut basicaly links with this era. Theia should pull up the memories of the good old times.

12.Who  are your  all-time  favorite  bands  from the Czech Republic? Are  their  any  new  bands  you  feel  the  readers  should  watch  out  for?

SIlent Stream Of Godless Elegy, Dissolving Of Prodigy, Krabathor, Mythopoeia, Sorath , Et Moriemur, Somnus Aeternus. 

13.Besides  bands  are  their  any good  labels  or  distro's  you  can  recommend  to  the  readers?

It would be Pařát Productions. It‘s benefit for the czech doom metal scene is enormous. Thanks to Pařát the DISSOLVING OF PRODIGY vinyl reedition was released. But the credits are more. Apart from publishing printed magazine, I also recomend to visit the eshop. There is a tribute CD to be released soon. You will have a chance to hear one unreleased song we made especially for this project and never played live so far. More info to be found on Facebook or our website soon.

14.When  not  working  on  new  music  or  band  business  what  do  you  like to do  in your  free  time?

Drinking Becherovka.  But because my lady is into sport a lot, I do also biking and hiking. Reading of books makes my day also. And my life is totally affected by Monty Python's Flying Circus.

15.Thank  you  Michal for  taking  the  time  to  fill  this   interview  out  do you   have  any  final  words  for  the  readers?

Live in joy

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