EMQ’s with GIANTS DWARFS AND BLACK HOLES
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Hessen, Germany based Heavy Psychedelic Rock band, Giants Dwarfs and Black Holes. Huge thanks to bass guitarist, Tomasz, 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?
Hello, this is Tomasz the Bassist of Giants Dwarfs and Black Holes. I can tell you a little bit of course, and there is really only a little bit, because we met for the first time in December 2019! That is not so long ago. Anyway, it was a result of both nice, and less pleasant, circumstances, and rules of fate. Unfortunately, I do not remember exactly what day it was, but it was already a dark evening, and it was a nasty cold hahaha. In any case, the conversation went very well, and even before New Year’s Eve, we rehearsed for the first time, and it was exactly what we expected – it was the chemistry and the passion that we were all looking for.
How did you come up with your band name?
The name was invented by me, and as the other musicians liked it as much as I did, we stuck with it… Admittedly, we do not impose on ourselves any stylistic framework, and we want to create music free, and from the heart, but it can be labeled as Heavy Psychedelic Rock – to put it in general terms. But we include elements of Space, Stoner, Doom, Acid and even Blues. Musically and lyrically, we are gliding in imaginary fantastic worlds, which we create ourselves. That’s why the name Giants Dwarfs And Black Holes fits perfectly here. On the one hand, it can be interpreted from the perspective of cosmologists – Red giants, white dwarfs and black holes are the stages of development of stars. On the other hand, if somebody associates the Dwarfs, Giants and Black (rabbit) Holes from Alice In Wonderland, or Gulliver’s Travels, he or she is also on the right track.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We come from the region Hessen (one of the 16 states) in Germany. We rehearse in Pfungstadt, which is somewhat in the middle between Frankfurt and Heidelberg, but each of us lives in another city. I am Polish, but I live in Germany permanently. I have already moved 7 times; my friends have already called me Rock N Roll Gypsy – because I can’t warm up on one place for a long time hahahaha… The others in the band lead a more systematic way of life.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our last release, which is also our first, is our debut album “Everwill”. We recorded it in July 2020. An LP as transparent green / black marble vinyl, and Digi Ecopack CD will be available in mid-January, by Interstellar Smoke Records, and Galactic Smokehause.
‘Frightful Pain’ (Audio)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Each of us listens to a lot of different music, but we can mention here Black Sabbath, Hawkwind, All Them Witches, Colour Haze, Brant Bjork, Causa Sui, Cream, and Pink Floyd, to give a good orientation. I am also a great fan of Frank Zappa – although it is rather not heard in our music.
What first got you into music?
I was 8 years old, it was 1987 (times of deep communism in Poland), when I got my first cassette recorder from my father (then still mono), and a few retaped cassettes, with 7 albums of The Beatles and “Live Killers” by QUEEN. Undoubtedly, Brain May and Freddie were the stimuli which led me in the direction I am still going today. In 1991 I already had my own cassettes collection of Queen, Metallica, Guns N Roses etc. and in 1992 I bought my first Bass.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Giants Dwarfs And Black Holes! We understand each other perfectly, we have common goals and the right approach, and attitude. I am not superstitious and exaggerated, but such a constellation as ours at the moment is very rare, it happens maybe once in a life. I would not want to lose it because of 5 minutes with someone else.
But I would not mind if we could play a small tour with All Them Witches, or a concert with Hawkwind – it would be a great honour for me, and not only for me. Or make some split release with Causa Sui or Brant Bjork. It just fell into my head. Brant Bjork has recently produced a brilliant album with the Canadians from Mooch. I would be in heaven if he produced some of the next GDaBH albums 😊
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
WOODSTOCK!!!! … There are so many great festivals that it is impossible for me to choose one. Anyway, we play very willingly live, and we will play on every festival (rock music naturally hahaha). So, on your question I would have to answer: EVERY festival! It is actually the correct answer!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Unfortunately, I cannot say it loudly hahahahahaha…But each of us has already played in many different bands, and on many scenes, and have already experienced… this and that!! You know what I mean…😊
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
If I have something to say to our fans, it is – listen to our music, read the lyrics, and be free. For me being free is the greatest gift. And we should never forget about our environment, and the attempt to protect it. The rest is just Peace, Love, and Music. Be happy, be yourself!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – I think it would be an interesting experience to hear what such a genius could create today, and with today’s possibilities.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I think that the most important for me are two elements in the whole jigsaw puzzle which consists of being a musician. Firstly, it is the act of making music, and also writing texts. I do not even know how I do it – I simply create because I have to. I take a guitar and play; I close my eyes and see images which I turn into words and connect in texts. It simply flows out of me; on the other hand, it is like an addiction. It determines my whole life.
A very important thing for me is the possibility of sharing this music on stage with an audience. When I play live, I feel a mystical connection with the instrument, and the other members of the band. Then I flow. I do not need any drugs. If what I do on a stage appeals to the listeners, I do not need anything else…the next step would already be Nirvana.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I am not a politician and I have never thought about this on purpose, because I do not have the slightest influence on it anyway, and since I cannot do anything about it, I do not do it.
I am not interested at all in what’s happening on MTV, or the mainstream Pop Culture, because for me it has not much in common with music, creation, art, and emotions.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Definitely “Bomber” by Motörhead.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Once I had a giant collection: more than 2500 CDs, more than 500 LPs, and 500 Cassettes, but it was impossible for me to move constantly with all that, so I have constrained myself only to CDs, and at the moment I am collecting this format above all – because it is the most resistant to destruction! But I like vinyl very, very much – it is unfortunately very sensitive, and does not like moving very much. Download I practically never use, only very sporadically. I like to have the album in my hands, to look at an insert, to scroll pages of a booklet, and so on. I like having this physical experience.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
I played some cool festivals in Poland, but it was with other bands, and in a definitely different musical style.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I would definitely be a physicist and a scientist. Astronomy and quantum physics are my greatest passions, immediately after music. But not only physics … I am interested in everything that shares something in common with the beauty of this world…I try to always have my eyes and ears open and absorb everything around me.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Oh… let me guess, I’m assuming that it’s from living people? Certainly, Angela Merkel, because although I don’t like politics, I do follow what happens in the world. I would love to talk with her. Björk – I love her music and she seems to be a very interesting person. For sure it would be Harald Lesch – my favorite YouTuber hahaha… And I don’t know… perhaps Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour… or David Lynch, or Woody Allen…so…maybe…that might be an interesting evening anyway hahahaha…
What’s next for the band?
Gigs, even more gigs, and naturally, a new album. The songs are ready but are lying in a drawer at the moment, because of Corona. Lockdown all over Germany means we can neither rehearse nor play concerts…
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
I am neither a fan nor a supporter of Social Media, but nowadays it seems to be unavoidable … we naturally have our own Facebook page and a Bandcamp page. Both pages are regularly updated. We also are on Instagram, but I do not know if anyone is checking that out at all…hahahaha…
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
How should I know? The name is Cakes, so probably Cakes hahaha…, but maybe it is a new drug, or spare parts for a motorbike… it would also fit well with a name like Cakes hahahaha.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for the interview, and I hope you will be interested enough to at least catch a glimpse of what we are doing as Giants Dwarfs And Black Holes.
Cosmic greetings…through the Looking-Glass of course!
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