Hello Maro, you have decided to embark yourself on this
musical challenge as a one man project. How do you see the
course of the band so far? Have you achieved your initial
goals or even surpassed them?
I think I'm on a slow but constant way forward. With
''Unspoken'' I set the headstone in 2014 and now I'm
expanding with the upcoming records.
I started making music around eight years ago, I had two
general goals: At first writing a few songs, which I can
put on a CD and share with my friends, and second to play
LIVE across this world's stages. I already reached the
former and now I'm increasingly working on a LIVE line-up.
Since I started writing I've even reached points, I
originally did not aim for. By now I learned to play three
instruments in outline and expanded my knowledge about
recording and mixing, which is by far more than I
expected, in retrospect.
you play all the instruments and sing? Where and how
were you taught? Are you some musical genius?
never had teacher for any instruments due to a lack of
logistics and money. All I know grew out of watching lots
of YouTube cover videos, analysing my favourite bands and
messing around with software and instruments. That way it
comparatively took a lot of time, though I don't regret
never having had lessons. Who knows where I'd stand today.
depends on how genius is defined. I understand a bit more
than the just the basics of songwriting and how the
respective instruments complement each other. I'm not a
virtuoso or a man of complex scales, neither theoretical
nor in practice. I really like to keep things simple,
because often it's enough. With me it's all about groove
and heaviness. Compared to my musically gifted friends I'm
capable of writing more than only one riff or lick,
whereby I set my self apart from them. Basically I don't
think to be a genius, at least not in the notorous
described your music as Dread Metal, what that means to
Metal is a combination of different elements from Groove
and Heavy Metal with Death Metal vocals. A mixture, I've
never heared from another band yet. I made this term up to
stay away from this genre war being waged nowadays, where
people argue whether a band is Technical Death Metal or
Brutal Death Metal with Mathcore influences. Dread Metal
is a style that avoids confusion and has a high recall
After one year of Dreadbeard´s formation, 2015 has seen
the release of your EP "Unspoken". How has the
recording been received so far?
relation to views and likes I received alot of positive
feedback, which is nice to see. I slowly move away from
the circle of acquaintances, where people like my music
because they know and like me; and start getting attention
from strangers around the world as I've seen it on Fling,
Facebook and YouTube and Soundcloud. This is quite
satisfying and grands hope for the upcoming records.
The songs on the EP are an interesting blend of blunt
rough metal, choppy modern elements, and some appealaing
melodies. Which bands have influenced your sound?
main influences are clearly Rammstein, Lordi and
Disturbed. These are the bands I got most of my musical
knowledge from. Besides them I'm frequently inspired by
Scar Symmetry, Dio and Godsmack.
to us what went into developing the concept of the album
cover for your debut EP "Unspoken"?
friend of mine, the ex-guitarist of Strydegor Dave Holst,
showed me the cover artwork for their newest album
''Enraged'', where you can see a muscular minotaur with a
serpent as arm. I liked the energy that came out of it and
so I abstracted the idea and used it for my own work: The
aries. There's alot of hate and anger in its facial
expression and primary the eyes, which hints at my buried
nature underneath the friendly and silly appearance all my
friends and family know.
the EP I mostly wrote about people, who did harm to me in
the past. This is well accentuated by the artwork I guess,
concerning the anger. It is minimalist and self-drawn,
the only and main composer in the band. How did the
process of writing this material move? Were you confronted
by anything unusual or unforeseen? If yes, do the songs
reflect it somehow?
was a serious fight to consider the songs finished for a
long time. As the only composer I am my best friend and
also worst and only enemy. That's the cross you carry,
when you have perfectionist tendencies. Actually the EP
was finished around four months before the release. You
can't imagine how many times I changed the sound, because
I was fed up with it after listening to the material a
thousand times in search of mistakes or improvements. So I
used to change some songs completly in the end. The best
riffs on this record grew out of mistakes I made while
playing and recording, for example the main riff of Change
do you do in year spare non metal time? Do
you get inspired to write such intense music due to where
you live, or the environment you grew up in?
spend alot of time on my traineeship, which is very time
consuming. In some months I just have to lay down my
musical work, because I'm simply not inspired enough and
too stressed. Though my mind subliminally saves the
expressions I receive and brings them back when it's time
to write some material again. The situations besides
Dreadbeard deliver the topics I write about. This happens
automatically, whether it's psychological issues being
created by conflicts with people in my everday life, or
general sociological patterns I perceive while studying
How much of your work is the result of conscious
deliberation and how much is spontaneous inspiration?
basis of all my songs, both lyrical and musical, is
deliberate, until the point it feels to stiff or not
original enough. This frustration often result in mistakes
I make while playing the riffs again, which offer a new
perspective and add this extra portion of variation. The
most diffecult part is to find adequate lyrics for the
tunes. I frequently write many pages of lyrics that rarely
fit the first time. Sometimes I suddenly get hit by an
inspiration at work or when I'm almost asleep. These are
the magical moments which make it undispensible for me to
If you had to highlight one important message behind your
music, what would it be?
all about giving it time to grow and not forcing it into
something it cannot be. Neither kneejerk reactions nor
popular trends pave your way, but trusting in own energy
How does your metal fit in with the rest of the German
metal scene? As a metal band do you feel that you’re a
part of a greater worldwide community of metalheads?
me it's hard to get a foodhold, because the german scene
is led by this Girlie-Trance-Metalcore and Viking Metal, I
dislike myself. That's why I get less attention here. I
don't want to customize my music, in order to be popular
instantly. Of course it's hard to survive that way, but
staying true to oneself is of top priority. Nevertheless I
believe there're alot of metalheads out there, who would
like my music. It's just a matter of time, as always.
With no complete line-up and only a EP release, it must be
hard to get any serious gigs going. is playing live one of
your main goals for the future?
it's diffecult to perform live, but I won't get crazy
about that. First of all it's important for me to write
some cool songs. Everything else will be archieved
afterwards, when the time and the people have come. I
still have alot of time until I have enough material to
play a proper set.
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?