Interviews About Albums: Deadscape - Demo (2020)

1. What can you say about this new EP/CD?

We are currently working on our debut album and we don’t want to rush or compromise on anything. Since most of the members are not seasoned studio musicians, we decided that we will record a demo version of the entire album. Also, we were silent for some time and decided to release part of the recordings to the public, hence Demo 2020 got out. I am very ecstatic about the way the demo was received. We recorded this in our rehearsal space and in our homes and mixed it at my place with the little knowledge we have, still people reacted beautifully to it! I am glad people enjoy our music!

2. Which one is the composer of the CD/EP?

I founded the project many years ago writing something like 4 not-quite-finished tracks and, while I had the basic idea of the direction I wanted to take things to, it wasn’t until I sent a demo to my friend, Alex, who is now the bass player, and he said something like “We should totally make music together”. He really polished what I already had and added his part to the equation. While the two of us may be the initial driving force of the band, each and every past and current member has had their contribution. When I decided that what was supposed to be my solo project is actually going to be a band I did so with the mindset that most individuals aren’t good enough to consistently write good music on their own as opposed to having a group of people working together. I am still convinced in that, so I can gladly say that every member of Deadscape is a composer on that EP.

3. If you have to pick one song, which one would you pick?

It is very hard to pick a favourite child, nevertheless, I would choose the release’s swansong - Ending. Coming second would be Forsaken, which was the track that gave birth to the idea of Deadscape. The song wrote itself in a matter of a few hours, but right after it was Ending’s turn. The writing process of Ending was one of the most emotional experiences I’ve had in solitude. Ending serves to remind us of the epitaph, that our current society is leading itself to it. Should we not stop and think about the environment, it is not just humanity, that we will bring to an end. Mankind’s arrogance will take life as we know it to its mass grave.

4. Is there a special message in this EP/CD?

If there is what it is? The message in this demo is just a word in the message, that the album is going to have. It is but a gentle ray of light illuminating a small fraction of the final idea.

5. Are there some lyrics that you’d love to share?

For we made it this way through our self-destructive nature, we're sinking in the dark, headed to our failure...

6. Which inspirations haven been important for this album?

Like musically or friends, family, someone you'd love to thank specially? Musically I draw inspiration from wherever I find it, which is pretty much anywhere. Generally my songwriting grew from the influence of bands like Insomnium, Arch Enemy (their stuff before 2008), Be’lakor, Norther, Wintersun, Eternal Tears of Sorrow, Mgła, Drudkh, Gojira, Hamferð, Harakiri for the Sky, Heretoir, Heaven shall Burn, In Flames, Kalmah, Deadlock, Swallow the Sun, Persefone and what not. My solos regularly implement techniques common for music from the baroque period. Personally I want to thank all the people who are and have been a part of Deadscape. There is nothing like other people contributing to what you love doing.

7. Something to add?

One of the public’s favourite songs is the Artist. There is a certain story about the way I came up with its idea. The song itself is about Mother nature as a goddess, a painter, that creates the world around us - everything is the doing of her divine hand. So one evening I was lying on a bench by the banks of the Danube river in my hometown of Ruse. It was the perfect moment when the cloudless summer sky darkens to the state of nautical twilight and one by one the stars appear. I thought of the paintress, who erases the skies at night so we can see the stars. It was at that moment, that the main melody first rang in my head.

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