Spektor Baal – Interview
I had a progressive metal band in Moscow in the late 90s. We were starting to gain some attention and were even featured on Russian MTV, but I always wanted to come back to the states. When I got back to Brooklyn in 2000, I taught myself how to record and built a small studio. From there I started producing more synth oriented music combining my love of the occult and the horror music from the movies I watched in my childhood.
Currently I am writing new material for upcoming 2020 EP release.
The practical work I do in Magick influences the music I create. I am inspired by pathworking meditations, horror movies, 80’s metal, and 80’s synth. My style is dark, and moody atmospherics. I want to put the listener in a movie like atmosphere.
Single & LP Releases:
“Ancient Serpents” (LP) – released February 27, 2018
“Seed” (Single) – released October 16th, 2018
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What makes you identify as a member of the goth/alternative community?
I like things dark and gloomy. I love goth fashion, and my music is heavily based on the occult.
What made you decide to become a published musician?
I wanted to connect with people who are like minded, and would appreciate my occult influenced songs.
One of the labels attached to your style of music is Horrorsynth, what made you add this element to your music?
I’ve always loved horror movies and their soundtracks. Musically, I feel like I’m writing a soundtrack to a movie that doesn’t exist. It also gives me a sense of nostalgia for the classic movies I watched as a kid.
What is your favorite horror movie of all time and why?
Oh, that’s hard. I’ve always loved the Friday the 13th series. I mean, how many times can you kill Jason, and he keeps coming back. I was always amazed with the practical effects and creative kills.
Your first album is ``Ancient Serpents`` , can you tell us what the album is about?
The album is about my journey into the Qlipponic tree.
Are we humans the ``Ancient Serpents`` in the song? Can you elaborate a bit more on the meaning of this song?
Yhe song is about my journey into the tree of knowledge trying to find the ancient serpents to help me understand the fruit of the tree.
Let's talk about the video for the song ``Pick up the Phone``. I enjoyed the dark humor in the video and I understand that you are referring to being stalked on social media. What social media option does the toe tickling represent?
The toe tickling was actually the director’s idea. The scene was supposed to be more of an occult initiation. There was an Egyptian knife, an apple, black and white candles. But I can see why it could be construed differently. If I had to do it over again, I probably would have left that out.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment in your music career so far?
My singing. I’m much happier with my vocal abilities now, and I’ve been working very hard on them. I also started teaching, and that is also helping me improve. I love teaching, singing and passing on what I have learned over the years to new aspiring artists.
Talk about the biggest failure you've had. What did you learn from it?
I haven’t really had failures. I’ve had rejections. While those can be painful or frustrating, it just means I have to keep going.