EMQ’s with HAIDUK
Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Calgary, Canada Death Metal solo project Haiduk! Huge thanks to Luka Milojica for taking part!
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
I am the solo project Haiduk and I play rhythm guitar. I also handle vocals, bass and drum programming. I was disillusioned with the metal scene and wanted to do something different while staying true to fast, dark metal.
How did you come up with your band name?
In Balkan and East European history and folklore, a ‘hajduk’ is a lone warrior who lives in the forest and fights against outsiders. It’s a reflection of my personality and background.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Canada has a good metal scene. I don’t focus too much on any scene and it doesn’t affect me. I focus on Haiduk and not on what anyone else is doing.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
My latest offering is “Exomancer”. On this album I tried to create a dark atmosphere by combining fast riffs with layers of evil melodies.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Slayer, Megadeth, Testament, etc., in the beginning. After that, it was black metal. The first two solo projects I heard about were Burzum and Vintersorg, and they kind of showed that it can be done alone. There’s also some influence from later Swedish thrash/death bands like Carnal Forge and Vomitory.
What first got you into music?
I was fortunate to have an older brother and a cousin who both listened to metal.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Preferably some underground death fest that hasn’t been commercialized yet. These major fests that have once respectable black metal bands opening for nu metal and rock are a shame.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
A wooden block, with the Haiduk logo perfectly cut and carved into it.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you for the support.
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Fuck bringing them back? The scene is crowded with these 50 and 60-year-olds bands. More of them should die. Or at least stop making music.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
The best part is writing the songs. In composing, you hold all the power, and there are an infinite number of decisions.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I don’t think that way. The industry is out of my control. I just look at how it is and the best ways to infiltrate it as much as possible, while staying true to myself and true to metal.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Sepultura – “Arise”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
The best gigs are usually the album release shows. For the “Spellbook” show I played the whole album front to back. For “Demonicon” in 2016 and for “Exomancer” this year it was total chaos, with huge turnout, fights breaking out and support from the best local black metal bands.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Something else creative. Writing books, maybe.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
No idea. Maybe a few influential guitarists. I had a chance to meet Kerry King and Dave Mustaine and they were both cool and down to earth, so maybe them and some others.
What’s next for the band?
More promotion for “Exomancer” through shows and online media.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
They need their own subgenre.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
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