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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
1. Can you tell us a little bit about the project for those that have never heard of you before?
Goddakk was a solo project I started as I was putting together my proper band Plumerai. We were either in between vocalists or drummers or something and I had just saw Pamelia Kurstin do her "theremin orchestra" and knowing Brian from Silber/Remora and how he's been a long time lone guitar/effects guy. I decided, i'd try the same. So I whipped out the Fender BassVI and ran it through the reverse delay on a Boss DD4 and started writing Trancey Drones and then built on it from there.
2. How would you describe your musical sound?
Harsh Ambient. Cinematic Loops. I dunno really cuz depending on what you're listening to, there are the completely ambient drones and then there are more harshly loops and more song oriented material like Unfortunates and even a bit of jazzy/funky things on the first record 'Monument to a Ruined Age'
3. What are some of the concepts and themes the project brings out with the music?
It brings out more raw emotion I think. 80% of it is improv and is me feeding off the loop i just made 10seconds prior and growing from there. Then from there i sometimes add other things like guitar melody or keys and in some rare instances vocals or samples. All effected of course.
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the projects name?
Sounds a bit like the Swedish good day. I can't remember how i came up with it but that's the story i'm goin with. I think people mistakenly pronounces it more like GOD DAKK but it's more like Guhdok
5. Have you done any live shows with this project or is this strictly a studio project?
I did on accident. I set up a couple shows in Boston for Remora but he became to ill to do the second show, so i filled in. IT was the only live performance i've done and was totally improv. It went ok as far as i can tell. I would do more if the right situations came up but i don't really see myself booking live Goddakk shows at rock clubs.
6. Currently you are signed to Siber Records, how did you get in contact with this label and how would you describe the support they have given you so far?
I knew Brian over the years due to my various dreampop bands and because we originated in the 90's from the same locale. When i first started doing Goddakk, i shot over a demo his way and he offered to put it out on Silber and naturally i agreed. As far as support, considering the state of the music biz and evenmoreso that Goddakk is sorta kind of a small niche market, the support has been more than i would've done for myself so i'm pleased.
7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your recordings by fans of experimental music?
Couldn't really say, there are few people that get really excited about it. But without playing live I don't get to meet many people so i don't get much feedback. But i do enjoy it, so please feel free to inflate my head..it might convince me to take the show on the road.
8. What is going on with the other musical projects these days?
The last couple of years I've been busy with Plumerai. We started working with a new vocalist and drummer a couple years ago and went full steam ahead with touring, recording and releasing a record and are still in the cycle of promoting the album as we head back into the studio to record some fresh tunes. I have a couple other projects in the works as well, A cure inspired synth/dark noise single, i want to get my project The New Schwansteins off the ground, which is kind of a hybrid between Goddakk and Plumerai. On the side I'm playing guitar in this indie rock band To The Wedding. So i'm keeping pretty busy and need to prioritize better.
9. What direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?
I don't know actually, i've been thinking of this lately. I'm probably interested in expanding the sound. Goddakk 1-3 have been basically reverse delay loops and building off of that. I think i may try to do something different altogether but keep the general mood and feel of the Goddakk sound. Possibly head back into more darker territory. I think Goddakk 2 & 3 are more trippy light and spaced out, whereas Monument was very tortured. So i think i want to head back into the more Tortured territory.
10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced the music of this project and also what are you listening to nowadays?
for Goddakk specifically, I really have to say The Cure's song Pornography and Pamelia Kurstin's CD 'THinking Out Loud' were big influences, more like inspiration than direct influence. Lately though, i've been into kind of avant gardey rock like Devotchka and have been on a Leningrad kick lately. I've also been diggin Melody's Echo Chamber CD that just came out.
11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Seeing the world, russian lit, david peace novels, gypsy jams, i went to film school and would like to get more involved with that but some of my non interest is dealing with more people than i have to so i need to find some compromise with the two.
12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Support Silber by buying their discs and downloads. So much music these days are so rooted in boring pop/rock/jazz formats and with the state of the music industry today, little interesting labels like Silber can use all the help they can get. Also fuck that Spotify, it's nice for a consumer to hear everything for free or for a small fee but as an indie artist I personally saw a 93% decrease in income from music and these albums don't pay for themselves, so it'd be nice to get a little appreciation besides a like on facebook considering they're using content to fuel their ad revenue.