Interview Descendants Of Cain

10 Fragen / 10 Antworten

1. When and why did you become a musician

DMK: I began singing at the age of eight and have been involved in music since. My first attempts at songwriting began at around sixteen along with my first band called Arcanos. As for why I became a musician? I would say that it was never a why but rather an inevitability for me. Music writes itself in my head all the time. All I’ve been doing since I began is getting better at expressing it. I only learned to play all the different instruments, how to record and produce as a means to capture all these songs. Necessity was and is the driving force behind all my art.

2. What are your characteristics? What makes you special?

what makes me special is that I know I’m not special. The reality is that I’m just a dad making art at home. Everyone is good at something. I just happen to be good at thinking and expressing my particular style of art. We all have the potential to become masters of something and so we are all just students of everything. As to what is special about my work, I would say it is probably that it is impossible to classify the project into one genre. It is so eclectic on so many levels that you can only call it – Descendants of Cain. As a whole collection there’s nothing else that sounds quite like it and it sometimes doesn’t sound like itself. Yet it is all still fundamentally DoC. Perhaps it is better to say that that is what I am most proud of – rather than me trying to say what makes it special for anyone else.

3. Who and what inspired you??

Living inspires me. The wonder and horror of existence in this hostile universe. I laugh at the horror when it is large, dance with it or fight it when it is near and I am driven by the wonder found in all the immeasurable beauty we can participate in. So I would not say it is one thing that inspires but all things in all times, in all states that ignite my curiosity and fascination. From social injustice, to the harmony of physics, to the total brutality of nature. Everything is interesting if you look closely enough. So I would say it is this, this addiction to wonder that truly inspires me.

5. How do you imagine listening to your music? Where do you like to listen?

DMK: I hope everyone who honours me by taking the time to listen to my work, gets a chance to really immerse themselves in the pocket universe that is DoC. I absolutely admit and I’m sure many artists have said this, but I would love to be “a fly on the wall”, to experience people enjoying and connecting with what I make. It is a special concept to me. When your art becomes larger than just you. Now you are sharing that connection and as we all know, connectivity makes humans feel happy.
As where do I like to listen, once every few months, I make a day trip to visit an old friend. It’s a two hour train ride out into the english country side and here, with my headphones, staring out the window, is my current favourite place and time to listen to what I am currently working on. It was very useful when working on the trilogy as it was a large body of work. So a couple hours there and and a couple back gave me time to really listen without distraction. So my answer is, oddly enough, on a train.

4. Who are your most important role models and why?

I dont really have any role models but if forced to choose I would say David Attenborough. All he has done to inspire a love of the natural world through his life is of tremendous, I would even go as far as to say, of priceless value to us as a species. He is indeed noteworthy and I am greatful for his contribution to our understanding of life on earth.

6. What role do social media play in your career? How important is YouTube or Instagram for you?

DMK: I only use facebook and youtube at the moment as my website was hacked and destroyed in January this year. I’ll get time to make a new one soon I hope. So inadvertently, these two platforms have become fairly important to distributing my work. I have however demonitised my youtube page so you should not have any adverts interrupting the playlists.

7. Do you actually do anything besides the music?

8. What has been the best performance you’ve seen so far?

DMK: professionally no, other than spending as much time with my family as I can, creating art is the sole focus of my day to day. Many years ago I stripped my wants down to their necessities so I live a very simple life with simple needs which has enabled me to spend my time making music, studying zoology along with all the other sciences I can get my hands on. The truth is though, even though my work is all I do, with all there is to learn and dream up, theres still just never enough time in a day to get everything thought or done.a

DMK: Depeche Mode, the devotional tour in South Africa in the 90’s. It was a show that cemented my own direction to persue my work with music.

9. Who should play you when your life is filmed?

10. Last question: What do you want for the next 10 years, what do you need for it?

I have no idea. Just tell them they need someone who can convincingly cry laugh at their own terrible (I think you will find…genius) jokes all too often. If they can do that, they’ll do fine.

DMK: this is the easiest question for me to answer as I have at the very least the next five or six years worth of work already planned. With four books to write and another three albums waiting to be made I will be keeping very busy. As for the next ten years, what I need is what I always need. Time and space to work. That never changes. 

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