An Interview With One Man Band, Dryden Sagoth
Spanish one man ambient black metal band Dryden Sagoth just recently recorded and self-released his first demo "Long Dark Corridors." Samples of the demo are currently streaming on the Dryden Sagoth MySpace page. The man behind the music spoke with Metalunderground about the lyrical themes of his demo and the metal scene in Spain.
xFiruath: When did you first get into music and what made you want to be a musician? Since you recorded everything on “Long Dark Corridors” yourself, what all instruments do you play?
Dryden Sagoth: My first get into music was seven or eight years ago. I’ve always been very active creatively, when I was a teenager I drew and wrote stories. Some of them are uploaded in websites. In adolescence was when I discovered metal music through night radio programs. I started writing lyrics and the next logical step was buying a guitar. I saw on TV bands like Iron Maiden and Metallica playing for thousands of people and I thought that I want know how it feels to be up there. Currently I play the guitar, bass and vocals. In fact I play the bass in a goth rock band called Ethernal.
xFiruath: Where did you record the demo and did you work with anyone else for producing or anything?
Dryden Sagoth: I recorded at my own home. In fact the recording and mixing was something homely, with a computer and the instruments. Today, anyone with a little knowledge can create their own music. I think is a big breakthrough for expression through art. The lyrics of "Who hides the hand" was written by a friend. Besides that, everything else I did by myself.
xFiruath: A lot of your music felt very Lovecraftian to me, with the odd angles on the cover art, the creature breaking through the wall, and even the song title “Dreamer.” Is any of your music based on the Cthulhu mythos of H.P. Lovecraft?
Dryden Sagoth: Wow! Lovecraft! Nobody told me something like that. I have read the goth and decadents authors like Lovecraft and Poe. I’ve always liked this kind of literature, maybe I’m somewhat influenced and it shows in my music. In fact the song “You must be dead” is based on "Carrie" of Stephen King and Dante appears in "Dark Ashes". But I didn’t think in Lovecraft to do any song, maybe in the future.
xFiruath: Tell me a bit more about the themes and lyrics of the demo. Is there any particular theme to the songs and what do the lyrics generally deal with?
Dryden Sagoth: Usually darkness, decay and death. "Sick of this" talks about being tired and angry with everything around us and society. "Damned and dead" is about the damnation of a vampire. Vampirism has always fascinated to me. If you listen carefully "Dreamer" is very emotional, it is the knowledge of the end is death. "Who hides the hand" talks about the hypocrisy in religions and "Dark Ashes" is the vision of this decadent world through a nightmare.
xFiruath: What do you feel sets your music apart from other bands who play in a similar style?
Dryden Sagoth: I feel that they work hard to make themselves known and try to live by their music, which is in essence what every musician wants. I like many bands of this style. Today the music scene is in an advanced process of decay and one day the music industry will change. For that we must support us.
xFiruath: As a one man band are you currently able to do any live shows?
Dryden Sagoth: Today I could not do live shows but I can find quickly musicians who want to play my songs because I know many. That is the next step that I will take. For me a concert isn’t just playing on the stage. I plan to do something more artistic and that requires preparation and time.
xFiruath: Now that your demo is available what’s in the future for Dryden Sagoth? Do you have any plans to record anything new?
Dryden Sagoth: I haven’t finished the promotion of "Long Dark Corridors" and I’m already thinking of new songs for the next album which will have a theme completely about vampirism. As I said before, is something that I love. I want to do hundreds of songs like Mozart! Although my music will never be known I’ll go on writing music until it ceases to mean something to me, which is very difficult that it happens.
xFiruath: What is the metal scene like in your area of Spain? How is metal received there in comparison to other genres like pop or rap?
Dryden Sagoth: Well, I live in an area of Spain that has small population compared with areas like Andalucía, Madrid or Cataluña. There is a very small metal scene here and I think that styles like pop or rap are overstated. All styles are of course respectable but metal has always been less recognized than anything else, we are like the black sheep. But in the last year metal is a style more listened to thanks to the merchandising of bands like Slipknot or Lamb of God, especially among the young people. I only hope that future generations appreciate the real essence of music and don’t lose themselves with the products and puppets in hands of record labels and producers that are attempting to implement what you should buy, how to dress and act. Unfortunately today the music has stopped being art to become a business.
xFiruath: What albums and bands are you personally listening to most often these days, and what draws you to them as opposed to any other band?
Dryden Sagoth: One of the bands that I most love is Hypocrisy. It’s impressive the work that realizes Peter Tägtgren with his bands Hypocrisy and Pain and with his role in productions of others bands. Clearly "Virus" of Hypocrisy it’s one of the best albums that I have heard. I listen too much to the Portuguese band Moonspell and to the band of Taiwan Chthonic that have very great compositions. Classics like W.A.S.P. and their “The Crimson Idol.” Otep, Devildriver, I listen to many bands. I don’t know why they draw me more than others bands. Depends of each person, depends of the influences and experiences that you have had during your life. Perhaps it’s the quality of their works or their efforts to outdo themselves, their efforts to show to the world that in countries like Taiwan they have much to say about music.
xFiruath: How do you feel about the where the whole death and black metal scenes are at today? Is there anything that you’d like to see changed or any changes that have occurred in recent memory that you felt were overdue?
Dryden Sagoth: I think that people should be more open minded and try to approach to styles more underground. If they don’t only see the skin and pay attention they will see that it isn’t just noise and screams, that there are compositions comparable to classical music and there are very good musicians behind the leather and makeup. This is the change that is needed in the death and black metal, but today is something impossible.
xFiruath: That’s all my questions. Is there anything else you’d like to bring up or discuss?
Dryden Sagoth: Yes, I want to give you thanks for this opportunity and the work that all you do to show to the world new bands and people that are trying to be in the way like me. Without people like you this would be more difficult that already is. It was a pleasure, greetings from Spain and see you soon!
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