Shuulak Interview 07/01/21
MM: "Rubedo" gets released soon, how excited are you about it hitting the world
It's always very exciting to hear what people think when it's out there, out of our hands. When making songs, it's very difficult to judge their quality because you quickly get brainwashed by your own music. Now recording is done all that's left for us is to send them out into the aether and see what happens...
MM: Which song would you say is your fave today on the EP and why
Hahaha, 'today' is a good addition, because it might very well change with time. Hmmm, for now I'd say 'Ancient Sins'. I think we succeeded in capturing that spooky vibe we were aiming for.
MM: Do you plan to do a live stream at some stage
No, not really. We've received several offers but for us doing a show isn't really all that interesting without a live crowd. A good show is a collaborative effort where you play off the crowds energy and give it back to them. We tend to get very involved with the audience during shows and playing our music without that would just feel wrong.
MM: 2020 Has been one hell of a nightmare, how has this Virus affected you personally and plans for the New Year.
I always strive to accept what I can't change. It's difficult to plan long term, so I'm trying to keep a positive attitude and stay in shape to act when the situation changes.
MM: What are your plans for next year, and when do you think live gigs and even tours will commence
We've got some shows lined-up next year that I'm cautiously excited for, but it might be a bit longer before we can get those moshpits going again.
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching u.
Honestly it wasn't that big of a deal. I'm pretty shameless and a bit out there to begin with, so I'm used to people staring at me for a myriad of reasons. Performing is great because now I can really give them something to stare at!
MM: if you were stuck in quarantine for a year which musician (dead or alive)would you have with u and why
A year is a long time so he'd have to be a pretty chill housemate. I think Lemmy would suit the bill perfectly. I hung out with him once backstage at a festival and he's EXACTLY like you'd expect. We'd get along just fine; me shouting something at the TV and him just happily playing his little slot
machine in the kitchen.
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why?
The Cramps (2003 - Paradiso Amsterdam). Best show, bar none. Lux (singer) was 57 at the time and climbing the amp stacks in patent leather pumps while Ivy was slinging around a giant Gretsch. It was the greatest, most unapologetic piece of rock 'n roll it was ever my privilege's to behold and a show to compare all others to.
MM: How strong is the Metal Scene in the Netherlands
The Netherlands has a pretty strong foundation for mangy metal kids to grow into even mangier metalheads. There's quite a number of metal bars and a lot of places to go check out bands. There's been a stark decline in good, affordable rehearsal spaces however which can be a problem for young metal bands. There's a lot of great Dutch metal bands in all genres of metal, though I guess internationally our country is most known for it's symphonic/female fronted metal. Other than that it's pretty much the same as it is everywhere: you get shit from people who don't like to wear black and who've never quite come to grips with the gutwrenching glory of a good riff!
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with Shuulak
I'd say finding our own sound. When we set out we wanted to truly make our own music, not copy anyone else and I think we succeeded in doing that.
MM - If one of your songs could appear on a soundtrack or any film or cult TV series, which one would you choose and why?
'Hunter's Moon': I see it working pretty well in some horror movie about a pagan cult
MM - Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person
It's been said many times but Tony Iommi. Not unlike Prometheus he stole fire from the gods themselves!
MM: What song best describes the soundtrack of your life
That's a very cool question. I'd have to say 'It Thing Hard-On' by The Cramps. That sums it up nicely.
MM: Four words to describe Shuulak
filthy rock 'n roll
MM: Tell me why we should check out "Rubedo"
Never let ANYONE (not even me) tell you what to do! But you could just have a listen and see if it tickles your fancy. It's a cocktail of classic Heavy Metal with a slice of progressive in a dark tinged glass, with some surprise ingredients mixed in for added taste. You might like it!
1. Vinyl or Digital: vinyl for the magic, digital for ease
2.Edam Cheese or Windmills: cheese, windmills taste like shit. Trust me on this.
3.Wine or Beer: BELGIAN beer
4.Denim or Leather: Leather (don't tell Biff I excluded denim or he'll get mad!)
5. Classic Metal or Symphonic Metal: classic metal! \m/
We can't wait to start playing live again and see all of you rock out in black clad glory! \m/ Facebook