n how many music projects are you currently involved in? I am currently involved in three active musical projects: Breathelast (vocals), which is ground zero, mainly because it’s the one project I invest most of my time and resources in, The Boy Who Cried Wolf (vocals) and Bloodway (bass guitar). I’m also involved in a series of other projects, home managed. Being the front man in Breathelast and The Boy Who Cried Wolf, I presume you’re responsible for writing the lyrics as well. What kind of themes do you focus on in the two bands? I am mostly responsible for the lyrics only in Breathelast, in The Boy Who Cried Wolf our guitarist, Bogdan, is the main lyricist and vocal composer. In both bands, when I am involved in my part of the wordings, I usually go with bits and pieces of my day to day thoughts that surprise me suddenly, being inspired from an action, a day dreaming or simply a personal downfall. The difference between Breathelast and TbWcW is that Bogdan is very fleshy & raw in description, also very biblical at times, while I, in Breathelast, follow the different waves of one’s own appreciation of passing times and events, trying to keep a log of this elapsed time in my own form and vocal arbitrage. What about your role in Bloodway? Playing bass was my first connection with music, I was extremely glad to be able to perform alongside such cool artists like Alex “Para” Ghita (drums) & Costin Chioreanu (guitars/vocals). I mean, they’re professional in every way and Costin seems to have this super power to write hit songs and create a proper environment for the project to expand musically. I think I am part of a very cool trio that does some very awesome music. Let’s talk a bit about your “ground zero”, which is Breathelast. By comparing the band’s debut self-titled EP and the material from the recently released split EP with Cap De
Craniu, “Split It Out”, do you believe there are any aspects in which Breathelast evolved? Vocals and riffs have been drastically changed to fit our new growth and I think that for our supporters, the evolution is distinctive and clear. For us is just a glimpse of what we can actually do, being constrained by time, family and job. Breathelast is a band that finally settled in it’s own deserved balance, after almost four years of activity and as a conclusion to all this time spent in over 60 live shows and 2 studio records and several music videos, we have decided to take it a bit easier, because our efforts, ideas, money and evolution will be laid to waste. Basically, we will try to have better shows or no shows at all. “Better” is a solid constant that holds in it’s definition the agreement of being paid (at all or decent), having decent sound on stage every time and being able to put on the kind of show you know will be appreciated. Of course all of this remains just conversation until the blatant proof of it all. We are hooked on music, therefore we will try. Time will be our single and most cruel judge. Last year, The Boy Who Cried Wolf debuted with the “Bad Time Stories” album and a music video for the acclaimed single “It’s Just a Rebel, Sir!” Is there any new stuff we could expect from the band this year? TbWcW is preparing the terrain for a new record. The record’s name will be BELLICOSE. We recently launched our newest video, for “Inverted Queen”, a powerful song of lust and conquest over one’s weaknesses. As a very active and a very well experienced figure of the Romanian underground scene, what are your thoughts about the public’s commitment, unity among bands and the fairness level expressed by the promoters and venues? I do believe that a band, no matter how good it is or how much they have to offer, unless there is a person with some managerial skills and some kick ass attitude towards the organizers, it’s just a filler band. That is the “magic”
of the local scene, which pretty much doesn’t exist. The only “scene” I recognize is the combined and honest efforts of the bands I had the opportunity to know. These efforts, sincere and musically oriented, without the bullshit that often comes with playing in a band, is the only healthy path to a DIY community, for which I hold only respect. Finally, the million dollar question: How do you manage to split your time and energy in so many directions – personal life and the three bands previously mentioned? Well, that’s the dark pit of someone else supporting my actions and dreams, consequently putting themselves last, in between my absent minded self, while contemplating music and it’s local finite possibilities, and my duties for my family. I can only say that I am the luckiest man on earth only because Uana, my wife, recognizes my dependency on music and respects it, because she feels I’ve found my freedom and my calling. She has been so patient and not doubtful about my actions, sacrifice that gets overlooked at times but that’s the beauty about doing this the balanced way , the beauty about music performed all heart out, it makes you a better being. My mother and my wife are the ones who encourage my involvement in music. If at times it created distance between my real life and my music afterglows, now it perfectly balances the two, due to experience and the need to perform just as passionately in my point of origin band, my family. Even more, actually! A semi solid schedule and determined band members constitute the second part of the working machinery that is my musical endeavor.
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