SVET KANT (Dublin)
Species 2017, Gothic & Industrial Arts and Culture Gathering was delighted to introduce Species newcomers Svet Kant to our main Stage and even more delighted and excited to welcome them back this June bank holiday for Species 2018 for another amazing performance!
Check this compelling video from SVET KANT on ‘what if feels being on the road’. A short compilation of live photography and images of the band’s touring across Irish territory, with special footage from its first appearance at Gothic Species 2017 in the majestic beauty of the Iron Mountains.
Song track: “To demonize the unknown” :
An Interview With Svet Kant
- Tell us a little about yourselves as a musical artists living in Dublin:
Even though we rehearse and play most of our shows around Dublin, all of us are spread around the Emerald Isle (Blessington, Dundalk, Lusk and Dublin). We rehearse in Dublin because is the best location for everyone in terms of distance and we do it regularly once a week. We are very active and gig as much as possible, but due to work and family constraints, this becomes difficult, to say the least. However, we always push the envelope and will make it happen.
The rock and metal scene in Dublin is healthy, though the venues and locations are limited for market reasons; and (some) people seem to be willing to pay only for bigger bands and not care much about new and upcoming bands, which we believe is a pity. After all, the very first years of any band are the hardest and need as much support as possible to keeps things on track.
We’ve played most of Dublin’s rock and metal venues and we always try to keep our outside-Dublin gigs healthy around Louth, Wicklow and Cork.
- How long have you been making music? How did you get into it? And what drives you to do it?
The band started as a side project back in Argentina (Santiago’s birthplace) in 2012; nevertheless, it only completed its definite line-up in May 2015 and started gigging in August of that same year. Ever since it never stopped. The music is experimental and that is what drives the band: pushing the boundaries and unapologetically try something new. When you are constantly listening to music and browsing through different bands, one tends to come across a lot of “generic” and dull bands which don’t try to experiment and bring something new and rather be conservative. We don’t! We love trying new stuff and see what’s the result.
- Is there a story behind the name ‘Svet Kant’?
Svet Kant is a Slovenian/English word-game related to the concept of “Holy failure” and/or “denial”. The message behind is that without failure there is no learning, and without learning, there is no inner growth or developing. It is also closely related to the concept of denial (i.e. can’t = Kant) where if proposed, there is actually nothing that can not be achieved throughout life. The message behind the band’s name is that all is inside one’s head and depends on how many sacrifices one is willing to make to achieve that task that will ultimately bring happiness and self-realization.
- How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
The band was formed by Santiago after relocating to Ireland in 2013. The band’s definite line-up took more than expected, and throughout website classifieds, Facebook groups and attending to different gigs the band was formed. Liamroy and Noface (guitar and bass) were found through classifieds and FB groups. Daragh (drums) was spotted by Santiago on a gig and initially started as a session drummer to then become a full-time member.
- What can you tell us about your instruments?
For our first record we used 6th string guitar tuned one step down; however, for the new upcoming album we recorded with 7th string guitar also tuned down one step. The same principle applies to the bass as initially a 4-string bass was used, and now we are using a 5-string down-tuned bass. Officially we don’t have any endorsement by any brand but we play with top of the range instruments and equipment (Mesa Boogie, Schecter, Warwick, Darkglass electronics, Tama, Zildjian).
- Do you compose all your own music? If so tell us a little about the steps you make within a group dynamic to bring a new track into existence?
We do compose all our music. The steps are just basically trial and error. Have a starting idea and develop it as much as possible, then slowly add other ideas where possible and adequate. The first record was solely composed by Santiago, but in the upcoming ones, there will be more room for collaborations between the band members.
- What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?
The human being and its interaction with nature, as well as the inner fears and troubles all of us, have throughout life.
- Are there any particular thematic concerns that captured your imagination for the music we heard from you at Species?
Not really, we just like expressing our inner thoughts and feelings, and how we behave as a species.
- If you could bring any other elements to your music and/or performance through collaboration across the arts, what would these be?
Probably some female vocals.
- Your music had an experimental antagonistic Metal presence. Which artists have been influential to the development of your sound and what aspects of these inspire you most?
Opeth, Meshuggah, Between the buried and me, Gojira, amongst others.
- What do you like to do outside of the music that contributes to your musicality?
Meditation, exercising, working on technical and visual media (photoshop, after effects, etc)
- You work collaboratively as a four-piece band; do you ever have creative differences? If so how do you work through them?
All the tunes are mainly written by me (Santiago) and I usually ask for suggestions and keep an open mind if any of the other band members want to suggest changes.
- What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge?
Achieve more discipline for organizing gigs and rehearsal. Slowly we are working on committing a fixed time from our schedules to practicing and rehearsing. All of us work and some have a family, so it becomes difficult at times. With a bit of goodwill and patience, a lot can be achieved.
- What’s your ultimate dream direction for your band?
Continue to create music and release records and be able to support all the members full time from it.
- What are your views on the internet in the music business?
Is a great opportunity for musicians to showcase their talent without the need for a third party. Is the perfect time for the DIY musician, yet a lot of effort and commitment is required.
- What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?
We try to rehearse as a band together once a week, and then every one of us needs to do their homework at home.
- How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?
It has organically connected, we know each other (better) and we can get away if any mistake or situation arises. Musicality has developed and better technical performance.
- Is there any new projects, recordings, events etc coming up or you have recently been involved with that you would like to share with us? Tell us the news!
We are releasing a new album titled the “the visage unbiased” somewhere between August and September, with single releases and videos! so keep an eye peeled!
- What advice would you give to new artists who would like to pursue a career in creating music?
Is a tough job, and a lot of discipline and study is required. Commitment and discipline will achieve a lot more than mere talent. Don’t expect anything from no one.
- What are your views on Gothic and Industrial culture and the Metal scene in Ireland today?
I believe there is a small but consistent scene, and that slowly that scene is growing thanks to Festivals like Species and such. Even though we are not directly linked to Gothic metal, we feel a strong bond and we can relate closely to such music and culture. =D
- What parts of Species did you enjoy most?
The good vibes from people and the scenery, absolutely stunning!