Determination, hard-work, pure love for music. Whether a fan of Post-Metal or not, The Roman Screamroad will get you hooked with ‘Deep Blue’. Get to know the artist below!
Describe your sound in three words please!
Well I think it’s a ‘fusion’, ‘contemplation’ and ‘independence’.
You have recorded extensively over the decade and we would like to know where do you draw your inspiration from?
I’m sure the human brain can’t create something radically new that didn’t exist yet. Progressive rock emerged from the fusion of classical music and jazz rock. Metal came from punk rock, which just got heavier. This thought inspired me to look for elements of musical expression in various styles and genres. Over the past 10 years, I have written both electronic music and rock music. Produced by young pop artists. Every day I try to hear something new in music in order to reproduce it in combination with different genres. For now, I have settled on post metal and death metal.
How would you say your sound has evolved over the years?
I live in Russia. We don’t have a good education in recording and production. Year after year, I gained new knowledge, bought new equipment and improved the sound. Fortunately, we live in a time when from year to year new virtual musical instruments appear that help to make music at home alone 100$ solo. With each new release, I tried to better understand how to make good balance and dynamics.
Should music as a form of art should always challenge the listener?
I think that no one owes anything to anyone. I’m just glad that you can make really difficult and unusual music knowing that there will always be someone who will dig it with interest. There are a lot of listeners today, and even the sounds of noise will have a listener.
You have said that you create, produce and market your music 100% solo. We respect that! Could you tell us the pros and cons of this approach? What do you think needs to change in the music industry, if any?
As I said before, there are a lot of listeners in the world today. Music becomes available in a couple of clicks on the smartphone screen. Because of this, payback and independence can be found by people who want to be creative, not business. Young developers will always create a useful product for you so that you have the opportunity to tell about yourself without investing a lot of money in physical music or concert activities. Through the Submithub, you can find contacts for promoting and publishing music, through Spotify you can find listeners, and through YouTube you can become a speaker. And 2020 forced us to adapt to a new reality, where everyone began to live only on the Internet.
Do you like the idea of collaborating? What is the most challenging part of letting others into your creative process?
Collaborations are awesome. This is networking. People complement you, because you can’t be the coolest in absolutely everything. You can come up with the concept of your music yourself, record and mix everything, but the person on the side can add good ideas that will make your music a little better. There is a timbre of voice that you want in your music, but you cannot repeat it yourself. It expands your personal capabilities, but you are still at the heart of it. Collaborations can also help attract new listeners. I don’t think collaborations are difficult. This is useful.
If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
This is the hardest question to answer, because I cannot make simple parallels with my music. In my last work, I play an eight-string guitar and I have a lot of breakdowns. I think it should be The Acacia Strain or Meshuggah. But I really don’t know.
Tell us something about you that not many people know about.
Nobody knows anything about me. It’s hard to say something because I’m not a celebrity. Hmmm. For example, a few years ago I wrote several symphonic pieces and string quartets that no one has ever played and the scores are just in my closet. I spent more money on music than I made. And even if I remain the last person on earth, I will continue to write music!
Thanks Roman Screamroad!