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Tomasz Izdebski

Tell us about your musical background

The answer to this is in the band’s history, which I am the author of and took the liberty to describe it there 😉

What are your musical inspirations?

Lately, I’ve been listening to everything that evokes certain emotions. Most of the time, I look for melancholy and (the opposite) raw energy. 

I grew up listening to 90s MTV (yes) as a child, which at that time was serving a mix of alternative, hip-hop and pop. It all started with pop for me (I wore out a few Madonna, Robbie Williams cassette tapes – to name a few), then I “dived deeper” and went through a hip-hop phase in my early teens (I was a skateboarder at that time, or at least tried to be), and in my late teens I rebelled against all of that and for a few years it was all about metal (as a kid, I was hooked by the more melodic, more accessible bands like Nightwish or Children of Bodom).That was when I decided to buy my first guitar. I became particularly interested in melodic death/doom (October Tide, Daylight Dies) and I actually tried really hard to form a band in that genre (to no avail). Later on, I discovered progressive music and fell in love with it even more. As I said before, at present I am not really influenced by certain genres, but emotions triggered by music as I try not to close my mind to anything.

Who are your favourite artists and records?

This changes constantly. Here’s a list that spontaneously came to my mind now:

  • Opeth – Deliverance / Damnation
  • Jeff Buckley – Grace
  • Interpol – Turn on the Bright Lights / Antics
  • Sunny Day Real Estate – How It Feels To Be Something On
  • Riverside – entire discography
  • The Mars Volta – Deloused in the Comatorium
  • Arctic Monkeys – Humbug / AM
  • HAELOS – Full Circle
  • Incubus – Make Yourself
  • Port Noir – Any Way the Wind Carries
  • Mastodon – Crack the Skye/Emperor Of Sand
  • Aphex Twin – SAW 85-92

Why did you pick your instrument?

Which one? 😉 I started on the guitar, because out of all the sounds I’d heard listening to music, perhaps it was the guitar that I felt had the most interesting sound? It is also quite a sexy instrument (unlike bass guitar, or drums – they are the worst, I tell you) and will most probably be by your side during your entire musical journey. Well, unless you find a shinier one (and then sell your old one, deeply regretting it a few years later), so, it turns out – I don’t really know. There’s certainly some magic to this instrument – it is a combination of several factors that I can’t describe well enough. Anyway, singing came next and I am learning to enjoy it a lot – it certainly is the most expressive “instrument”. To be honest, I don’t really consider myself an instrumentalist or a fan of a particular instrument, so maybe this is not a good question for me. Next!

How do you spend your spare time?

Making music and playing video games. With music being the absolute priority, in the last few years I’ve limited myself to only these two activities. I used to read books, watch movies, and lift weights a lot, but there are only so many hours in a day.

What is your favourite alcoholic beverage?

Beer. There’s nothing better after a hard day’s work than a cold beer.