Ruslanas except that
he is member of the pagan/viking metal band owns also and a record label,
ATLANTIDA Productions. With this interview we had to chabce to ask him
about all these. So if you are interested, go on and read this interview,
especially if you have a band contact with Ruslanas...
1.HELLO!FIRST OF ALL I'D LIKE YOU
TO TELL US THE REASON FOR CREATING RAVELNCLAW. IS IT JUST A FUN PROJECT
OR DO YOU WORK SERIOUSLY AND ON PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS?
2.YOUR MUSIC BROUGHT TO MY MIND BANDS
LIKE IN THE
At first I got proposal from my friend
Alex(HROSSHARSGRANI band)create one track for my compilation...After that
we liked result and had an idea release full album. I can't say that we
are professionals... But we like what we do very much!And I hope that peoples
WOODS AND BATHORY. DO YOU AGREE?
CAN YOU NAME SOME OF YOUR OTHER INFLUENCES? DO YOU USE ELEMENTS FROM THE
MUSICAL TRADITION OF YOUR COUNTRY, LITHUANIA?
3.YOU ALSO OWN A RECORD LABEL UNDER
THE NAME ATLANTIDA PRODUCTIONS. WHEN HAVE YOU DECIDED TO CREATE THIS LABEL
AND WHAT CAN YOU OFFER TO THE BANDS?
I cant say that we have influences
from other bands...We have our sound I think...We donít copy other bands.And
our first and second stuff a little different...If first Viking metal(lyrics
about Vikings), second pagan /folk(all lyrics in Lithuanian). No we donít
choose Lithuanian music motives,because all music create Alex(he live in
Austria).And on second album we have new member DIMO DIMOV(Bulgarian live
in Germany).But possible in next album fans can listen some Lithuanian
music motives.....I have some ideas.....
4.ATLANTIDA ALSO RELEASES PERIODICALLY
Yes you are right!I started with ATLANTIDA
releases in 1999!And started release compil. tapes...7 volumes released
and from vol.8 I release on CD(CDR).At this moment collect bands for vol.23!On
vol.1-22 are more than 300 bands! If you interesting in more info can visit
I re-released black metal band EMPTY some years ago... And in 2003 I started
release split releases! PRIMAL DAWN/OUTRAGE, RAVENCLAW / SVARROGH. If peoples
interesting in those releases-can contact with me by email!
WITH METAL BANDS. HOW MANY COMPILATIONS
RELEASED SO FAR AND WITH WHAT CRITERIA
DO YOU SELECT THE BANDS THAT WILL PARTICIPATE? WHICH COMPILATIONS OF YOURS
SOLD THE MOST? DO METALLERS BUY COMPILATION CD'S?
5.ARE YOU PREPARING ANY NEW RELEASES
FROM ATLANTIDA? IF YES, COULD YOU GIVE US SOME INFO ABOUT THEM?
Yes. And when I started with compil.
and never thought that in one day I collect bands for vol.23!Im happy that
can help and support for underground! All bands welcome!Can ask more details
for putting track on compil.! I support all kinds of metal,except grind,
core, noise... Each volume(from vol.8) released 1000 copies and spreaded
500-800 copies of those stuffs!
6.YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC AS PAGAN/VIKING
METAL AND MY QUESTION TO YOU IS WHICH IS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN YOUR
COUNTRY AND THE VIKINGS?
I mentioned about that in last answers...
PRIMAL DAWN(DEATH FROM Ireland)split with OUTRAGE(death from Austria) Also
black metal band EMPTY Also split release RAVENCLAW(pagan/folk Lithuania,Austria,Bulgaria)
split with SVARROGH(pagan from Bulgaria) And some more releases will be
7.WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE OTHER BAND
We can't find connection...The reason
was that I and Alex like history,old times,Vikings....
PARTICIPATES ON YOUR SPLIT CD?
8.HOW DID THE FANS AND PRESS RECEIVE
If you mean SVARROGH band -I like this
band very much!And DIMO DIMOV play in this band.Also he member of RAVENCLAW
since 2003! Great band with some folk influences!!!
RAVENCLAW'S MUSIC? DID YOU HAVE
ANY PROPOSALS FROM
OTHER LABELS FOR AN OFFICIAL RELEASE?
9.I THINK THAT YOU ARE ALSO RELEASING
A FANZINE. TELL
We donít do that for will be popular....But
what can I say.... Many peoples like our band....Also are peoples ,whose
donít like our band.You know never will be good for everyone..... Our first
album will be re-release on tape in Portugal.
US A FEW THINGS ABOUT IT. ARE YOU
STILL RELEASING IT
OR HAVE YOU STOPPED?
10.DO YOU KNOW ANY GREEK METAL BANDS?
IF YES, WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE ONE? CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK OF THE
GREEK METAL SCENE?
Yes I released ATLANTIDA IN 98-99...2
ISSUES OUT...But I had some problems,also some poples rip-offed me and
I stopped with my zine...
11.DO YOU HAVE ANY PLANS FOR LIVE SHOWS?
WHAT SHOULD THE METALLERS EXPECT FROM A RAVENCLAW LIVE SHOW? SHARE SOME
OF YOUR EXPERIENCES FROM YOUR LIVE SHOWS WITH US...
Of course! I know a lot of about Greece
and other metal scenes! I know about 50 bands form yours country.Bnads
like SEPTIC FLESH,THOU ART LORD,VARATHRON,DARK VISION,WOLFCRY,and much
more! I like Greece bands very much!!!!You have personal sound I think.
12.WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO SOMEONE THAT
DOESN'T KNOW YOU, IN ORDER TO INTRIGUE HIS INTEREST? WHICH IS YOUR MOST
APPEALING ELEMENT ACCORDING TO YOU?
I think that it is impossible for our
band...At first we are only 3 members and everyone live in different countries...
13.IF YOUR MUSIC WERE AN EMOTION, WHAT
WOULD IT BE? IF IT WERE A PAINTING, WHAT WOULD IT SHOW?
14.IF YOU HAD A PROPOSAL TO DO A VIDEOCLIP,
WHICH SONG OF YOURS WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND HOW DO YOU IMAGINE IT TO BE?
I 'm in metal since 85...And if someone
is interested in my releases can contact with me without problem!
15.IF WE ARE ALL JUST A WORD IN THE
GREAT BOOK OF CREATION, CAN YOU SAY WHICH WORD COULD DESCRIBE YOU BETTER?
CAN YOU ALSO IMAGINE WHAT KIND OF AUTHOR WOULD BE THE CREATOR OF THIS BOOK
I can say only my opinion...Probably
will be a track from the split CD...I think the track about victory (this
album is about one of the biggest battles that Lithuanian soldiers participated...).
If you donít know-Lithuania is the last pagan country in the world...
16.LET'S SUPPOSE THAT WE LIVE IN A
WORLD WITHOUT MUSIC. WHAT WOULD YOU DO IN SUCH A CASE?
I think that the most important word
for me METAL MUSIC... I think that music helps you have many friends around
17.IN WHICH MOVIE SOUNDTRACK WOULD
YOU LIKE TO HAVE TAKEN PART OR HAVE COMPOSED?
I can't understand life without music....Besides
music I like sports very much.I train in body building,play basketball,football....
18.THANK YOU! HAVE I FORGOTTEN TO ASK
YOU ANYTHING AND YOU'D LIKE TO MENTION?
In a historical movie or a movie about
the old times,battles.....
Thank you very much for the great questions!I
hope that my answers will be interesting for the readers!!! I want to send
my regards to all metalheads! And if someone is interested in my releases
he can visit webpage www.brutalism.com/atlantida
And can contact with me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick "William_Kidd" Parastatidis