It is really interesting to see how some modern progressive bands try to push the limits even more, by widening their sources of inspiration and incorporating new styles-techniques in their music. I had the pleasure to speak with Disperse’s Michael Malyan and Jakub Zytecki and discuss about their new album and their perspective on music. I also had the pleasure to listen to their new album “Foreword”, which is a really good album!
Hello! On behalf of JustInCaseProg Radio I send you our regards from Greece. How are you today?
Michael Malyan: All good over here!
In a few days you are releasing your new album “Foreword”. Are you excited? How are you feeling about this album?
MM: I truly can't wait to see people’s reactions to the record! It's been an amazing experience to create it and I hope people are as happy with it as we are.
What should we expect from “Foreword”? Is it a concept album (musically or lyrically)? If yes what is it about?
“Foreword” is not really a concept album, although some ideas are common.
Ideas of escapism and self-doubt, bonded in a romantic integrity.
We really wanted to create that one main common emotion, that all of the songs share.
What was the source of inspiration for this album?
JZ: Jack Kerouac creations, nature, stimulants, open spaces, long walks or bike rides and absorbing the sunlight every time when the clouds were compassionate enough haha!
Since it’s a prog album, which contains a lot of different details in each song, which sometimes might need a few listens to get revealed (which is something I really enjoy), how hard it is to record such an album? Does the fact that most of you live in Poland influences your work/record routine?
JZ: The most beautiful thing about this album was that it didn’t require that much of a routine. I don’t even remember when we were that much excited while making music like during this period.
Of course, there were days when it was harder and more difficult, but usually after some time - new sparks of ideas came.
I think that with a sonic facture that this album has, the writing process happened more during the arrangement work rather from a ‘’let’s write a riff’’ perspective. It often started from working on a particular sound. Was it hard? Probably yes, but it was exciting!
MM: I found that travelling to Poland to have writing sessions with the guys made us so much more focused, because we had limited time. When we went into Raven studio in Tarnow for the drums, we only had a week, and we really made the most of it!
Did you try something new/different during the creation/recordings of this album that you did not do on your last one? I know that you have been field-recording some samples for it but I don’t know if it was your first time.
JZ: You’re right! It was surely the first time to that level when I was drilling YouTube for hours, looking for cool sounds. There’s more loop-based motifs, which gives that cool chilled out and hip-hoppy vibe to it. I was also recording some environmental stuff but most of those I simply stole from the web haha. I remember that at the very beginning of the process, probably like in July 2016 I had this idea of making the album that is very raw, that the number of instruments on the record equals the number of band members. Just to keep it ‘’true’’?
I don’t know. After many days of a complete failure, that richer, more colourfulDispersE nature was naturally coming out again and I just said to myself:
‘‘fuck it! If something’s telling me that one song should require 100+ tracks and sounds within the session, let’s make it like that! Let’s just avoid any limitation and not worry how we’re gonna play this shit live haha.’’
Since this year marks 7 years from your first album “Journey from the hidden gardens”, what has changed in you as individuals and/or as a band?
JZ: Absolutely everything and even more than that. We went through the numerous members changes, we started listening to a bit more different music and hopefully we grew as musicians.
What is your life philosophy?
MM: Tea must be served hot with milk and two sugars. Careful attention must be paid to the freshness and high temperature of the water hitting the teabag, to maximise the oil extraction.
JZ: To keep changing the philosophy and try as much as possible I guess.
Not so long ago you had the chance to play some shows in Japan. Could you share your experiences with us?
MM: the people, shows, and sushi, were absolutely amazing. We can’t thank Hayato @ Realising Media enough for their support and professionalism. Arigato Gozaimasu!
What are your plans for the future? Is there any possibility that you will visit Greece, even for some vacations?
MM: I hope we can play there! I went to Rhodes once with my parents but I would have preferred to go to a less 'party' area and see more culture!
JZ: Yes! I’m coming to Crete with my girlfriend at the beginning of May just to chill out. Will take a guitar and a laptop with me, so perhaps i’ll be lucky enough to write something cool there too.
What was the best gig you have ever played and the best one you have ever attended?
MM: Our Polish show with Dead Letter Circus had the most incredible atmosphere I've ever experienced while on stage. The smiles were unbelievable.
I would really like to congratulate you for your new album, which I’m totally into! I would also like to thank you for this interview. I’m leaving the final words for you.
MM: Thank you so much! I hope the album creates tranquility out of any situation that requires it!
JZ: Thank you for this interview, really cool questions!
Hope you all enjoy the album.
Oh and by the way - it works great with stimulants.