You are finishing your debut Cd under the new name ARKANE , by now…so, please let me know more details about the recording session and the production in general?
ENRAPTURED SERENE MESMERISM- Debut ARKANE Seduction Has Finally Been Completed in February /20/2007-Recording And Production has taken the chronical duration of approximately four years as the process ignited in 2004, in order to achieve “Perfection ".Recording And Production commenced and terminated at DRG Studios in Athens- Hellas and was conducted by DRG and ArkanumX. It consists of 8 Tracks with approximate duration of 40 minutes. Musicians than Participated in this Seduction Are: ARKANUM X- MASTERMIND ARRANGEMENTS AND ORCHESTRATIONS, RECITATIONS,SEDUCTIVE PROPAGANDA,AESTHETICS,GENERAL CONCEPT. ADDITIONAL MUSICIANS :DRG-SYNTHS, ORCHESTRATION, AUDIO CONCEPT. STEPHEN SVANHOLM (SIBELIAN)-RECITATIONS. Influences are DARK SYMPHONIC SOUNDTRACKS A short Description About The album : THE NEW SEDUCTION OF "ARKANE" STIGMATISED BY A PROFESSIONAL AND SOPHISTICATED CONCEPT DOMINATED BY INSPIRATION AND PERFECTIONISM- ARKANE PRESENTS THE DEBUT ALBUM -"ENRAPTURED SERENE MESMERISM" FOCUSING EXCLUSIVELY ON THE DARK SYMPHONIC NEO-CLASSICAL IDIOM CHARACTERISED BY AN INTENSE SOUNDTRACK-ISH ATMOSPHERE THAT EMPHASIZES ON THE ENTRANCING, MESMERIZING AESTHETICS OF SEDUCTION-
Going back in time…the previous name was xARKANEx.so,could you tell me why did you change the name to ARKANE? And there is any mysterious relationship between you andX, because you called yourself ArkanumX?
ARKANE is the Evolution of what has been In The past..It has Been A New beginning, a New musical approach under The spectrum of Perfectionism hence a similar but new moniker. X Represents The Mystical Unknown, the Hidden and Obscure ...The Arcane... That pseudonym comes in conjunction with my projects moniker and fits utterly the whole concept behind ARKANE both aesthetic and music wise
Or there is a more conceptual way of expression focused in this new period of existence when talking about ARKANE in comparison the old days? I mean with xARKANEx you were more into ancient Hellenic past and now more into middle Europe?
ARKANE musical and aesthetic concept has elevated now into more sophisticated and specific forms of "Art" focusing exclusively on the Dark Symphonic Neo Classical Idiom characterised by an intense and arcane feeling which is obvious throughout the whole Album. Both Hellenic and Middle European influences are blended together into threads of forgotten yet evoked Nostalgia!
Through “Arcane Elitism” we can heard a ritualistic melancholic ancient feeling in the whole album, so do I assume that you’re among others inspired by the past? If, so, please explain me what is fascinating you about the past?
In Past We can find the roots in what we deal with the present. Without the past there would be no present, and without the present no future indeed .I admire the Ancient Hellenic Era, where was the only period in Greek History that All humanity in general could be proud of and especially Mother Europe which without that era it would have probably never existed, at least as we are aware of it today!
Do you think the experience gotten at “Arcane Elitism” album as musician as helped you to be a more skilled, mature musician when creating music for the upcoming “Enraptured Serene Mesmerism”?
That is correct in parts, as experience always helps in achieving your targets. With Arcane Elitism As xARKANEx I was just experimenting in the Dark musik genre, something which was new to me at the time, as I had never dealt with it before, thus trying to find my own sound . That is why that specific album contained a large variety of styles ranging from the bombastic to the Neoclassical but New folk in parts as well...With Enraptured Serene Mesmerism as ARKANE yet, I have ended my musical research and finally got to find my personal sound.. Having a close listen to the whole album can make it all obvious.
I just hear two advance tracks from your debut album are really impressive, the amazing vocals and dark neoclassical atmosphere fits perfectly each other….so, from your words, how has been this evolutive processes until now year 2008? And are the inspiration & perfectionism you major emphasis when composing a track?
Downright Correct! With ARKANE extensive emphasis has been given to the inspiration and perfectionism, two basic elements needed to create what I call the "Absolute”, the dreams and visions which delve in my mind given flesh and bones into music ...
In my opinion I think perfection doesn’t exist because always there is more and more to be done.so,how is handled perfection in your life in general?
Again absolutely correct..Such a thing as perfection is clearly utopic. Never the less the main aim is to get close to what I call perfection as much as possible .The feeling that you get when trying to achieve this is endless satisfaction .. Offshore a person like me could never reach this, as there will always be something missing...
And talking about your life…how is to live in a country as Greece, knowing from your own words that is a very corrupted country? And how today’s Modern Greek society stands under the old rich cultural heritage your country has?
Life is Greece doesn’t not interest me at all..It is the country of total chaos! Things have really turned for the worst the recent 10 last years and the word life has unfortunately been substituted by the word survival! I hate to see Hellenic culture dying more and more day by day , year by year in the altar of new world order . Modern Greek society has turned into a pathetic ethos less mix pot of degenerating apathy .It is disappointing really.
There is a palpable brotherhood, cooperation between you and Spyros Giasafakis, Evi Stergiou from DAEMONIA NYMPHE…how was to work with them in Arcane Elitism”? And their possible cooperation in the upcoming albums?
Spyros Giasafakis from DAEMONIA NYMPHE is my brother so participating in Arcane Elitism was not a difficult thing really..There have been no plans for further participations for the time being.
Which things would you label as essential influence for the creations of ARKANE’s “Enraptured Serene Mesmerism” album? And in which way do they inspire your work?
My major influence is Perfectionism as mentioned above...Now music wise i have been so much influenced by Dark Symphonic Soundtracks...What I have been trying to do with ARKANE is creating a more simplistic yet intense soundtrack that could be easily addressed to a large amount of people, not only to people who like soundtrack music but to many others who appreciate Art in general.
How came to your mind the idea to create SEDUCTION prod? Perhaps it was created with the only purpose to release ARKANE albums or there are some more acts to be released on future?
I was fed up with labels after Fossil Dungeon announced me that it would only exist furthermore as a net label only .I thought it was about time to did something completely on my own .That was the main reason behind SEDUCTION Prods creation. The main purpose is to release the ARKANE albums exclusively starting from my Debut Album ENRAPTURED SERENE MESMERISM coming out late January 2008!
Could you please reveal us the background of each of the songs on the album and perhaps describe them musically as well?
That is something that cannot be done..I let music speak by itself when listening to the album...It’s time to come to an end.
Give us you final statement and thanx a lot for the great support?
ARKANE thanks you for the Great Support as well, wishing you much strength and effort in what you do...ARKANE Debut Seduction Released end of January 2008 on SEDUCTION PROD (firstname.lastname@example.org)Visit ARKANE Myspace profile for more details http://www.myspace.com/xarkanexContact ARKANE at email@example.com Dark regards ,ArkanumX A R K A N E