14th, April 2013
by Luka Milojica -
All Instruments-Vocals )
I found this band some weeks ago, and I got
a fine impression about the music since the first time I
listened the songs on their "Spellbook" Album, the
music HAIDUK performs can be considered a melodic mixture of
Death and black metal with some thrash elements. All impeccably
packed and performed by Luka, the only person in charge of
1. Hails Luka, first of all introduce yourself to the readers and tell us which was the idea to found this band?
Hails! I am Luka Milojica, the guitarist and sole member of the project Haiduk. The project was started during a very dark and depressing time in my life. I decided to devote my energy towards something I've been passionate about my whole life, which was METAL!
2. It was difficult to establish HAIDUK as a soid and serious band instead than just a "project"? What I mean, to be a one man band is intentional (like an egocentrical attitude) or because it is so difficult to find musicians to fit your own approach?
Haiduk was always meant to be purely a solo project. I have no desire to work with anyone else. I started writing music around 15 years old and I have a very specific style of metal I wanna play and write. Too many musicians are all over the place and don't know what they wanna do. Being a solo project is sometimes the only way to be truly unique and avoid all the trappings and the traditional approach to metal that 90% of bands take.
3. Please give us some detailed information about your debut full lenght “Spellbook". In what way does it differ from your previous Demo? One curious thing I noticed is that you didn´t included any of your older songs on this.
The demo "Plagueswept" was a collection of old material and songs which were written a very long time ago. Those were the first songs I ever wrote.
By the time I started writing "Spellbook" my musical tastes had shifted towards much faster and technical music with bands like Carnal Forge, Vomitory, Decapitated, Deicide, etc... so I wanted to write an album that was all about speed and pure, relentless aggression, and that's what "Spellbook" is.
4. Does HAIDUK constantly write material? How is the songwriting process and which is the best moment for you to get inspired (let´s talk about mood, environment..etc)?
No. I don't constantly write material. For "Spellbook, I spent about a year just writing music every single day, so when the album was finished, I pretty much didn't even wanna fucking look at a guitar for a long time. It's a love-hate relationship. When it's time for writing music, I give 100% to writing music and nothing else. When it's time for album promotion, then I give 100% to album promotion and nothing else. I try not to spread myself out too thin. One task at a time.
When it's time to write some music, I'll usually smoke a gigantic bong hoot, drink a coffee or energy drink, and just enter a completely different state of mind where I just play guuitar for hours and try to come up with riffs.
5. How do you see HAIDUK in 2010 (or even much earlier when you started to compose music for the very first time) and today? How has been your musical evolution and the experiences you gained musically?
When I first started writing I was influenced by all kinds of stuff; even stuff like power and progressive metal, and all these various influences came through the music, so there wasn't as much focus and direction prior to 2010. As I got older my metal tastes solidified into really going for technical thrash-death metal and I choose ONE direction to go into rather than trying to be a little bit of everything.
While writing "Spellbook", I pushed my own limits as a guitar player and tried to write the best material I could. 2 years ago I probably couldn't play half the riffs on the new album. Writing "Spellbook" actually made me a better guitar player.
6. Another curious thing, judging for the symbolism on your album frontcover, the lyrical topics and your own personal image one could think about one Black metal oriented band. So the question is why reason you didn`t choosen to play black metal as the first choice (although I have to say I can listen a very solid black metal approach on some riffing, like for example on "hex" song)?
Most black metal to me is boring, repetitive, and mundane, and there's not enough technical riffs or complex guitarwork on it. I've always been more of a death metal guy. Black metal focuses more on philosophy and imagery where death metal is more about the music itself.
The fact that the album cover and imagery is reminiscent of black metal is a pure coincidence. A lot of black metal themes focus on occultism. I focused on magic based on fantasy books and video games. Pure fictional magic, nothing to do with any world cult or religion. Too many people confuse the symbols on "Spellbook" with occultism. It's NOTHING to do with occultism. Occultism, to me, is just as stupid and believing in religion, or god. These are symbols I made up and the "black magic" theme of this album is inspired by books like Dragonlance, and viedo games like Diablo, Heroes of Might and Magic, etc...
7. Are you totally satisfied with your "Spellbook" release? Did it surpasssed all your expectations? How have been the underground feedback until now?
I spent a long time writing the music itself and had no intention of entering a studio until I had 10 tracks that I felt were really solid and followed the fast and aggressive approach I was going for.
Going into the studio I was a little worried that the songs and all the little details might get buried in the mix or not translate well. But I worked with a really good studio engineer, Robert Kukla, who worked really closely with me and knew exactly what I wanted to do. I am very happy with the way "Spellbook" turned out. If I had used a different studio or a different engineer things could have gotten ugly.
8. Pick a song from the album, that you feel to be the most interesting lyrically, musically or having a good story about it and tell me about it.
I don't have a "favorite" song, but one of the most interesting is "Maelstrom". It was the most frustrating song to compose and took by far the longest to finish. I tried a million different riff arrangements before it finally settled into its final form. It was the only song on the album that I "gave up" on several times, and had to stop writing it because I was stuck somewhere.
9. Let´s talk about emotions, you have told me HAIDUK has been created during a very dark and depressing time in your life. So, what is the bad happenings into your life? Do you think it´s weak to shed some tears when you are really down ? How do you deal with grief or sorrow personally, try to forget it all, cry when you are alone or what?
I try not to infuse any of my own emotions into the music. Metal is not meant to be emotional music to me. It's about strength, energy, speed, and POWER! Metal is like adrenaline, it gets you pumped up and going.
I started Haiduk during a depressive time in my life because I was not in a great place personally, and everything I could see around me was such complete bullshit. Lying and greedy people everywhere, obsessed with money and meaningless material possessions. Everyone's life was such a meaningless pathetic joke, with no direction or purpose. I was always a creative person from a very young age, and there was no outlet for it. So that's what prompted the creation of Haiduk: to combine my creativity with my lifelong passion for heavy music.
10. Are you the person in charge of the visual aspect too? I am talking about the website and the art for the frontcovers. Tell us about this aspect which I think is also very representative of what the band is.
Yes, I try to control every single aspect of Haiduk down to the very last detail of everything. If I had the art skills, I would have drawn the front cover too. Haiduk is me. It is meant to be as direct a connection as possible between ME and YOU -the listener. The entire design of the CD artwork, symbols, booklet, typesetting, the website... is all my design. I also personally drew the logo.
11. How many years old are you? What are you most proud of achieving as a musician?
I'm 27. The thing that I'm most satisfied about is the fact that I've had the chance to write a full album start to finish which reflects EXACTLY the kind of metal I personally think kicks ass! Fast guitars, sharp production, pure speed, pure energy, no slow or soft bullshit.
12. Are you a winter or summer man? Does Enviroment have an influence on you? Do you have a favourite location within the world?
I use the psychological effects of the seasons to my advantage. The cold of winter makes me retreat into my house, into my head, and work alone. The summertime is for more extroverted activities like playing live shows, networking with the metal scene, as well as drinking and celebrating. As long as I can be left alone with my thoughts and a guitar, I'm happy pretty much anywhere in the world.
13. - Being a one-man-band means that you can't play live. Is this something you're missing? Do you think the music of HAIDUK is suitable for live appearance?
I'm the only solo project I've ever heard of who actually DOES play live shows as a one-man band!
I do guitars and vocals on stage while the drums, bass, and some guitar backings are played back through the PA. Most people have never seen anything like it, which is just fine with me.
14. As a "band" do you have any intentions of seeking a record label or is this something you have though about much ?
While I do play live shows, I don't play extremely often, and I haven't really played much outside my hometown. Labels are mainly interested in bands who tour and build up a following through live shows. I take a completely different approach and promote my music through different ways.
Also, if I worked with a label, I feel that it would take away a lot of my control over all the little details which I insist on doing myself. I simply refuse to let anyone else touch any aspect of Haiduk whatsoever!
15. What do you think about the present scene? Are there in your opinion many talented bands around? Do you always try to find new, fresh and brutal death metal bands?
I don't have a lot of time to seek out new bands. I feel a lot of the new bands are too soft, too predictable, and try too hard to hearken back to the old days of metal. Too many bands have no balls. The music is soft, it's slow, it's emotional, it's weak. I know there a tons of awesome bands out there as well, and I've heard many kick-ass new bands, but at the end of the day, the more I listen to other bands, the less time I have to work on my music. I'll usually just bitch and complain about little details in every song I hear anyway, so I'd rather just write my own music and do it the way I feel it "should" be done. Rather than constantly thinking about how much something sucks.
16. Alright, we’ve come to an end. Do you have any final thoughts? Thank you for your time…
Fuck all the slow and pussy bands!! Keep the metal strong!
Thank You GortHaur!