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Realized at: 27th, February 2017
Answered by: Tilman, Drums
 
 

"For our new Album „As you sow, so you shall reap“ we wanted to be more aggressive, uncompromising with our ideas and more mature in the compositions. So we tried to chain the songs together – with text, harmonics and stucture.(...)"

 

1. Hails, you are almost ten years on the scene. I would like to turn back and remember one positive and one negative moment of your careers.

Now in March it‘s gonna be 10 years we first started with some covers of Slayer and Pantera – like many other bands. But we soon realized, that we want to write our own stuff, going away from the 4/4 to more interesting bars like 7/8, 11/8 and 13/8, but also more odd meter stuff. One of the best memories is on nearly every gig, when the metalheads are headbanging and realizes, that they are out of time …
The positive moments are, when we find new riffs, songs and feel the flowing creativity. For sure the live gigs are positive moments – we met so many cool people, cool bands and we always have a blast.
Negative moments are, that the „scene“ just go to big festivals, but the support for underground bands could be much more.

2. Tell us about your evolution as a “musician” and getting involved in the scene. What is your opinion on the underground nowadays than it was before?

All of us played in numerous bands – but always the harder genres. Roman and I studied music, before we found Markus again. He went to school with Roman.
In the 80th and beginning 90th, Metal was a life setting and without the possibilities of the Internet we traded tapes and went to concerts to see our heroes. So the scene was more active and the clubs were full. Now nearly every underground band has to cope with much less audience and support.

3. Your sound mixes death, thrash and progressive influences, some of the most demanding music genres. Did you proposed yourselves to compose complex music or does it came natural to you?

I was taught the odd meters by my serbian teacher – in eastern folk music it‘s quite common. So I got in touch an love with more complex music. The only demand: it has to be hard

4. I am curious to know more things about your debut CD. Tell us something about the main idea of the 10 tracks. Where did you record? Did you have any problems in studio and all sorts of interesting details for our readers?

„As you sow, so you shall reap“ is our second album. The first one „Feldberg“ was published by ouselves in 2009 and got great reviews. Both albums were recorded in the well-known „Iguana Studios“ in March. Many big names recorded there. As the owner is a good friend of us, there were grandious weeks of recording and mixing. He made our specific wishes come true with patience and know-how.
For our new Album „As you sow, so you shall reap“ we wanted to be more aggressive, uncompromising with our ideas and more mature in the compositions. So we tried to chain the songs together – with text, harmonics and stucture.

5. Pick a song from the album " As You Sow, So You Shall Reap," that you feel to be the most interesting lyrically, musically or having a good story about it and tell me about it.

The title track Ode to Death (see our video: https://youtu.be/i497N0aPlS4) is quite tricky for the verses are in 7/8 with different accents, meanwhile the vocals shout out in regular time the depressing thoughts of someone wishes to die. It‘s like a confession of her/his entire life.

6. Talking back about your release, how was the response the band gain so far? If possible share with us some positive and negative feedback towards this album?


The response was great. After the end of the recording, we got a label contract with 7hard. Now we promote the album with gigs and intervies. We hope to play some bigger festivals in 2017.

7. What do you think that is most important criterion for you assessing the value of the album? Is it your personal feeling and knowledge about the album, the press, the response of the audience etc? Also, when it is the safest time spot to evaluate it?

For us, the album is great, handmade and creative! It‘s the music, I always wanted to play and compose. The greatest value is in our opinion it‘s genuine characteristics. You can hear it for weeks and find always new pearls. For evaluation give the album some plays – if you are not used in odd meters – if yes, you will love it anyway.

8. You selected the track "Ode To death" for your first video. Why you took this decision? How was the video recording? And how long it took?

We wanted to choose a track with strong pictures, so „Ode to Death“ was the one, which kicked most. We wrote the storyboard, hired an actress and a cameraman and filmed for 2 days in a theater. It was quite hard to get all the props to the cast, but finally it was a fantastic shooting – we had much fun and the result is outstanding!

9. Vinyl format had nowadays gained unbelievable comeback. And tapes finally came back too! Do you see any advantages in different formats like LP, CD and MC and which one of them you personally prefer?

I really like LP‘s, but so we are under contract with a record company, they decide, which formats will work for them. So we have a worldwide digital distribution for sure on every main portal and CD‘s, which are available in stores in Europe, but also worldwide to order in your local record store.

10. How would you describe Proke live? Tours are normally good occasions for getting drunk and retarded. Any fun stories, band fights, stage fuckups? Which bands that you toured with have been the coolest?

Proke live is fun! Even some Greenhorns say (like last week after our gig): you‘re sounding so evil! For sure the coolest time was with Napalm Death we played last year. Our music fitted perfectly to them – so it was a total blast.
Our first gig ever was at a festival in South Germany. Our stagetime was at 22:30, but eveything got late and later, so we just entered the stage at 01:30. Tired, drunk, but happy we played for our lives, haha...

11. I always enjoy hearing what life is like outside of a band. What can you share with us about what your lives are like outside of the bands? Wives, kids, jobs, hobbies?

We all have families, Markus with one kid, Roman two and Tilman three – not only fertile with our music, haha.We like going surfing and diving – even the sea is not near. Tilman also plays in two more bands, CODE RED ORGANISATION (Groove Thrash Metal) and EXIL46 (Instrumental Rock).

12. I’ve noticed your pretty solid technical skills. Are you a self-learner, or do you have some musical education? Do you think that musical education is important, when creating, or playing music? Or both?

We all got instrumental lessons as kids. Roman and I studied music and now working in the opera of Freiburg as musicians. Musical education can be important, but it‘s not the only way. For me, with a solid education it‘s easier to express myself. But some of the best music was written by self-learners.

13. As we near the end of this interview, might you have anything else that you'd like to mention that mayhaps I may have overlooked?

We are happy to got this interview. We heard about the metal scene in south america and hope to find out pourselves sometimes! Thank you!

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