at: 28th, November 2016
big names in black metal have been and will always be the
same: Marduk, Dark Funeral, Satyricon, Mayhem, etc...."
1. Your career as
musician has been a long journey, just started on 2003 as a
project, then stablished as a band on 2009. How difficult it
was at the beginning and have there been any defining
moments that stand out in your memories?
In 2003, while still in
high school, I was a huge fan of the Swedish and Norwegian
black metal scene. Eventually I got inspired to form a band
of my own , though I had no experience in musicianship at
all. So I bought a cheap guitar (made in Bulgaria), made
myself a DIY distortion pedal, and naturally I started
writing my first jams. One night at a party I played to my
friends the 3-4 songs that I had written by the time, and,
for some reason, they actually liked the stuff – basically
that is how Belgarath was born.
2. Who came up with the
band's name BELGARATH, the logo and everything? Does it have
any deeper meaning for you or did you just choose it because
it sounded good?
When I had to come up with
a band name, at first I was considering picking up a name
from J. R. R. Tolkien’s works (like 90% of the metal bands
worldwide do haha), but I didn’t really like Tolkien back
then, so I ended up naming the band after a character from
another writer’s fantasy world – David Eddings, who
wrote the epic novel “Belgarath the Sorcerer”. The band
logo, as well as the artwork for out debut album
“Wanderer”, were created and designed by our friend
Peter Wolf. He is also the author of the poems that we used
as a basis to our lyrics.
3. I am curious to know
more things about your debut CD "Wanderer". Tell
us something about the main idea of the 8 tracks. Where did
you record? Could you tell me something about the process of
making these songs?
It was soon after it’s
inception when Belgarath was put to sleep. In 2009, by the
time I came back to gathering a proper lineup, I had already
written a number of songs. Fortunately, however, they were
subjected to some significant changes as every single band
member had something to put into the composition. Before the
album was recorded, we had the awesome opportunity to shoot
a live video with AmpsOnAir (http://www.ampsonair.com/)
and to meet the people who would subsequently track, mix and
master “Wanderer”. We booked “Na Vilata (In the
Hut)” studio and recorded all the songs for just a day –
we basically started tracking at 9:00 in the morning, with a
severe hangover, and by 18:00 we were already headed home
with the raw material. The album was tracked in a
multisession (except for vocals), and mixing and mastering
were handled by Petar Bratanov (Don Pepino).
4. I believe that every
band has their own way in composing music… so how do you
proceed with a song-writing? What elements highly emphasized
during the song-writing period? Do you need any certain
atmosphere or environment to come up with a good idea?
Sometimes I sit down and
play for the sole purpose of creating music for Belgarath,
but this approach hasn’t worked for me so far. Ideas tend
to come spontaneously – whenever they come, I do my best
to work them out and jam on them until time shows whether
they deserve a chance or not. At some point I show the stuff
that I’ve came up with to the rest of the band, and
that’s where the brainstorming takes place. Everyone
shares their ideas and visions regarding each composition
and the final result is always a product of our collective
efforts. I consider that this is the best approach towards
songwriting, as it enriches the style of the band
significantly, yet it doesn’t change the stylistic course
5. Is it important for
you if listeners understand you or do not? I mean… a
message of Belgarath — do you have a concrete one?
We play the music we like
the way we like it. Nobody from the band makes a living out
of this. In fact, on the contrary, we gladly invest our
personal resources in the music we love and we’ll carry on
so as long as it makes us happy. If you like what we do –
listen to us and support us, if you don’t - we don’t
6. What music format do
you prefer the most; vinyl, CD, or cassettes? Do you think
it is really good to release one album in these three
We prefer mp3 and YouTube
– it’s free for everyone that would like to hear
something from us. These three methods you mentioned are
usually profitable for some of the pseudo-labels labels out
there, rather than musicians themselves, when we speak of
7. How would you
describe Belgarath live? Where does the band feels the best
to you, in rehearsal, studio or live?! How do you figure out
your live shows setlists?
Well, as I said, our main
objective as a band is to have fun doing the music that we
like, so our rehearsals are basically friendly gatherings
accompanied by lots of beers. The same goes for our live
gigs too: it’s always a pleasure to share some good times
with our friends and fans. They may not be thousands of
people, but they surely are dedicated and supportive as
fuck. And we enormously appreciate that.
8. Tours are normally
good occasions for getting drunk and retarded. Any fun
stories, band fights, stage fuckups?
Last year we went on a mini
Balkan tour with the guys from Human Serpent (Greece, black
metal). When we arrived at the club in Nis, Serbia, there
was a local band rehearsing in the place. They were totally
unaware of the fact that there was going to be a concert
:D Anyway, we waited them to finish
their jam (they had paid for it), and started setting up for
the gig. After all the show went really well and we got
9. „Wanderer“ was
released two years ago. Do you work on new material
relentlessly or do you take your time while preparing a new
Yes, it’s been quite a
while now since we released “Wanderer” and some changes
happened in the band for the last 2 years as we got a new
vocalist and a new bass player (for the second time).
However, we have come back on track with the new material,
especially since we settled in our new rehearsing place.
10. How do you perceive
the advances of technology and the internet changing the
music industry in the future? Will the CD as a product
become a fanatic’s item like the LP is nowadays?
Surely more and more music
is being and will be sold online, but I think there will
always be maniacs who love collecting CD’s and vinyls.
11. You are from Sofia,
Bulgaria, which is known for being a hot metal scene. What
is your opinion on the Bulgarian Metal scene?
Yes, we are from Sofia and
we’re constantly keeping track on the Bulgarian metal
scene, both band and fan-wise. Almost every big metal band
that plays here seems to be happy with the response provided
by local fans, though I couldn’t say the same thing for
the more underground bands that come to play in our country.
Fans don’t seem to be much interested in the new and the
unknown. The same goes for (with some exceptions, in Sofia
only) the local underground concerts – they are being
attended mainly by friends of the bands and other fellow
musicians. The media and the big Bulgarian promoter
companies almost never give their support for the
underground scene. From my personal experience I’d say
that compared to the Serbian, Greek and Romanian scenes, our
one kind of sucks.
12. What do you think
about the current Black Metal scene worldwide. Which are the
bands you have the biggest respect for? Which are the most
outstanding and influential ones these days?
Black metal got to have
lots of subgenres in the last few years. I especially
dislike those one that involve tattooed metrosexual boys who
whine some faggot stuff over a few power chords. No
aggression, nothing to spark you up really. The big names in
black metal have been and will always be the same: Marduk,
Dark Funeral, Satyricon, Mayhem, etc.
And what about inspiration outside of black metal and music
in general? What else fuels your inspiration? What kind of
art do you enjoy in your spare time? Literature,
That is an interesting
question, since every one of us is listens to and plays
different genres of music. Besides, we work different
things, we have different lifestyles and inspirations in
life. What unites us is the love for black metal and out
urge to do the thing we like whenever we can.
14. Well, my friend,
that?s all for now, thanks a lot for your co-operation. I
hope you enjoy this interview.. Some words you like to add?
Thank you on behalf of the
whole band for this interview. It has been a pleasure for