Thursday, August 1, 2013

Endless Melancholy [Interview # 104 // Alex Sakevych]

1)     Your band name always makes me think of Smashing Pumpkins.  Was that intentional?
 To be honest, I have never been a big fan of Smashing Pumpkins. When choosing name for a project I was trying to find the most suitable one, which would completely reflect the music mood. Endless Melancholy may sound a bit pathetic, but it does fit the music well.
 2)     Your music is actually the first ambient music I heard that didn’t bore me. Was this also done on purpose?
I guess, no one of music producers have ever had a goal to bore listeners. This is all the matter of one’s taste. Different people like different music. Someone may get bored of hardcore etc. :)
3)     You are from Poland, which I know primarily because I have Polish roots and my grandparents never miss a Lawrence Welk show.  Do you feel like everyone in Poland somehow listens to polka?I am from Ukraine :) Marek (Lights Dim) is from Krakow, Poland. Thus Lights Dim & Endless Melancholy is an international collaboration. On our release we worked sending each other recordings via internet.
 4)     Your music is described as ambient. What does that mean to you?
 Basically, it is not ambient at all. It is strongly influenced by ambient, it contains elements of ambient, but it has never been a good example of what ambient genre is. If you want to know what ambient is, you may have a listen to works of Brian Eno, John Cage etc. Regarding Endless Melancholy, some call this genre ”modern classical”, but in my opinion it has not really much in common with classical music. Classical compositions are way more complex and diverse. I prefer to use the definition “modern composition” or “contemporary instrumental”.
 5)     What would you say are some of the top bands outside of yourself and Lights Dim that people who want to discover ambient music should listen to right away?
 Top influences to Endless Melancholy are: Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, Goldmund, Fabrizio Paterlini, Dustin O'Halloran, Antonymes, A Winged Victory For The Sullen. Most of them produce piano driven cinematic music. I wouldn’t call them ambient musicians, yet some of them have tracks sounding close to this genre. As for modern ambient producers, I love 36, Saåad, EUS, Black Swan… All highly recommended.
6)     At first, I had a hard time listening to ambient music without being bored because mainly I was listening to the wrong bands, but then Preserved Sound changed that all for me.   Do you feel like a lot of people do make boring music and call it ambient or can some ambient music just be boring while others can’t? 
 Again, this question is based on a little bit wrong interpretation of genre. Endless Melancholy is not ambient, it is just modern instrumental music, and probably that’s why it is more understandable to a wider audience. It has simple and common composition structures, similar to what people used to call music. Real ambient music is not boring - it’s just different, uncommon. For some people it may sound like a repetitive, static wall of sound with no composition structure at all, but this impression is wrong. Good ambient is always based on a deep understanding of sound and most ambient producers evolve their compositions with a rich variety of ways. Hearing this or not is a deal of a listener :)
 7)     Final thoughts, questions, shout outs, etc.??
 Stay sane and respect each other! Maybe, then world will become a better place.

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