EMQ’s with KAT
Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Legendary Polish, UK based Metal band KAT. If you’ve not heard of them before then you should definitely read on and get acquainted! Huge thanks to Piotr Luczyk 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?
My name is Piotr Luczyk. I founded the KAT band at the turn of 1979/80, and I play guitars in the band. I am also a music producer and composer of most of KAT’s music. At the beginning of KAT, we played Hard Rock. Later it evolved by stages into Thrash Metal. We released 11 original albums, several concerts, DVDs and compilations. There are several dozen pirate releases of our records on the market. We played tours with Metallica, Helloween, Six Feet Under and many more. We have also played with Iron Maiden, Motörhead & Pretty Maids. In addition I am the originator of the Metalmania Festival and Cover Festival. I say, perhaps immodestly, that in Eastern Europe they call us a legendary band! That’s for starters.
All details can be found at http://www.kat-band.com
How did you come up with your band name?
I came up with the name in primary school when I was 12 years old. The literal translation is simply Executioner. It was about someone who seeks justice. Ah, such children’s visions. At the time, I could not yet play. Subsequently it turned out that KAT became, in addition to my family, the most important thing in my life.
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
I come from Poland but currently I live in Manchester GB. In Poland, the metal scene is mainly extreme. Vader and Behemoth are the best known Polish bands around the world. Both of these bands recorded the album “W homage to KAT” which I think shows our position. Of course, there are also hard and heavy bands in Poland, but not many. It’s difficult to find good singers who can sing in English. Also, in Poland, the Catholic Church predominates in society and condemns metal music as satanic. But crowds come to concerts of foreign stars.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
In 2014 we released the album “Acoustic 8 Filmow” with acoustic versions of our most famous ballads. Earlier, we released the metal album “Mind Cannibals”. On Jun 14th 2019 we will release our latest KAT album “Without Looking Back”. This is our newest work with premiere songs. One of the songs is a soundtrack to the movie “Squadron 303”. Here is the video from the new album;
Who have been your greatest influences?
Like many guitarists of my generation, Ritchie Blackmore, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and a little later, Judas Priest, Van Halen, AC / DC. The compositions of these stars will never be forgotten. It’s a living rock story.
What first got you into music?
In 1975 I heard a Led Zeppelin concert; it was a shock for me. Later I heard Deep Purple in Rock and I knew then what I wanted to do with my life. Now I am much older and wiser in the ways of the world of music. I live in Manchester and I begin to understand why British music leads the world.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
AC / DC, maybe it’s strange but when I listen to AC / DC it seems to me that everything is achievable. It’s damn positive energy! I am the creator of the Cover Festival where we play AC / DC with various musicians. Everyone thinks that their songs are easy to play. However, in rehearsal it turns out that this simplicity is only superficial. During the concerts, I watch how audiences respond to AC / DC songs. Their music works for everyone.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
One of the fans (a girl) gave me the PRS guitar which I play regularly.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Don’t limit yourself to one genre of music. To find out what you like, you have to know what is going on around you. It’s a bit like beer. Isn’t it better to check out several species?
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I like it most playing in the moment, listening to the fans .You connect with them, share a common world and you don’t need alcohol, drugs or money, just the ability to listen.
I hate anonymous assholes who have never achieved anything in their lives and assess others. This destroys many young musicians and the effects of hating are irreversible and often tragic. Unfortunately, the Internet has contributed to this. Nowadays, instead of showing art, it is mainly used to criticise and fight others.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I would change the money division between artists and Google, Youtube, Spotify, Tidal etc. The current situation causes the artists to focus on concerts to such an extent that they do not record music like they used to. Such a situation will lead to the collapse of entire genres of music.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Deep Purple – “Machine Head”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Currently Downloads but, for sound, vinyl.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
I played with Iron Maiden, Motörhead and Metallica. They were great experiences and outstanding stars from whom I learned a lot. But the best gigs have been with in my friend Radek’s, small private club, on the mini Cover Festival. This is a regular gig to which we invite about 50-100 guests and friends from various bands. We play the finest songs from the history of rock.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I like DIY and I do various home renovation works. I even designed and made furniture once. I also designed album covers. But honestly, I don’t know what I would do.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Ritchie Blackmore, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen and Gary Moore.
What’s next for the band?
Concerts, new records and new music.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I like Jaffa Cakes no matter who thinks they’re a cake or a biscuit! I would still like them, even if I had to pay more VAT on them. And actually, whether they’re a cake or a biscuit, I’ll still eat them all!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for the interview and I would also to thank GB Metal Hammer for placing our album, “Metal and Hell” as among the 40 best ever Black Metal albums in history!
Regards, Piotr Luczyk – KAT
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