Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Seven questions with ... Oleksii Sakevych ... the man behind Endless Melancholy
One of the highlights of 2012 is, for me, the 6 track EP from Endless Melancholy called "Before, After". It has something decidedly lovely about it... especially the last track "Carpe Diem".
I recently reviewed the EP and afterwards got speaking with Oleksii "Alex" Sakevych ... the young man behind Endless Melancholy. He's a lovely chap and readily agreed to answer my wee blog interview ... this is what he had to say:
1) Who are you and what do you do?
First of all, I am a simple man! My name is Oleksiy Sakevych, I record melancholic tunes in dark corners of my bedroom and release them as Endless Melancholy and Moonshine Blues. I also run Hidden Vibes, at the very beginning a blog about lesser known artists, but now also functioning as a netlabel and preparing first physical release.
2) What are you working on at the moment?
There are several works in progress at the moment. Regarding Endless Melancholy, I am now in process of creation a new album for it, a full-length finally. No more EPs! I am not sure about when it is going to be done, the only thing I know is that I want it to be really well-produced, that's why there won't be any rush from my side. Also, we work on a collaborative EP with Lights Dim from Poland, and it will probably be done way faster than my solo album. This is an interesting experience working with someone from another country, sharing your thoughts on how music should sound and sending each other recordings via mail. Also, as I already mentioned, I am preparing to release a first physical release on my label, Hidden Vibes. This will be a debut album of a great musician and my good friend from Norway, and we hope to make it until January, 2013.
3) Who inspires you?
- Name an artist who has inspired you.
This is quite obvious for anyone who have ever listened to my tunes! And this will be a lie to say that I am not inspired by anyone. I love music of Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Dustin O’Halloran, Antonymes, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Goldmund, Library Tapes, Dakota Suite, Fabrizio Paterlini, Clem Leek... could count endlessly.
- Name place that has inspired you.
Planet Earth, definitely.
- Name some "thing" that has inspired you.
Let me think... there is no any!
4) What drives you to do what you do?
First of all, this is my passion to music. I enjoy listening to other people's music but it also evokes a desire to create my own in me! Everything is simple - when you're enjoying some kind of music you start thinking of creating similar stuff, of fulfilling the genre by adding a bit of your own perception to it. Of course, people's attention is a serious incentive too. When you see people loving what you do and you hear positive feedback - it inspires to keep on.
5) What values do you wish your creativity to express?
Sincerity! When you make minimal music, that does not involve neither lyrics nor exceptionally high level of playing the instrument, it is very important your tunes to be emotionally fulfilled. I am most happy to see people feeling exactly same emotions after listening to my music, that I was trying to express when making it.
6) What role does community play in what you do?
I do not take anything from the community I currently live in. At least, at the moment. With Endless Melancholy I've been active only on internet so far, no live shows, that's why my various internet communities influence me times more. Having not much musical connections with other people around, at the same time I found numerous friends all over the world who share common interests with me. Talking to them, sharing music with them and sharing their music, collaborating with them and helping each other has become an important part of my everyday life. And this is the only community that plays some role in what I do, others do not.
7) What is next for what you do?
Stay tuned for the updates and you will hopefully listen to a new album and to a collaborative EP with Lights Dim as soon as possible!
Thank you Alex! I really love your music and will watch as your career unfolds.
Please connect with Alex here...
Oh and have a listen to "Before, After" and, if you can, please support him by buying the EP.