First off, just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. Could you start off by giving a little information about you to the audience? Whatever you feel comfortable with, but name, age, and where you live would be pretty standard? My name is Jacek Wolański, I'm unavoidably approaching my 30s (in four months I will be 28). I am living currently in Jelenia Góra, Poland. How do you enjoy where you live? Is there a vibrant music community where you are? Would you say you find that your local scene influences your attitude and/or creativity? It's a smaller city, near the mountains. For sure it's not a place for everyone, but I like it.
I think there is no local scene in the city itself. I don't know about any other band other than mine from here and you wouldn't find any clubs or events concentrated on this kind of music. Still, very, very close to my city is Bolków, where every year they hold the Castle Party Festival. What do you feel separates your music from the rest of the music in the Industrial music scene?
I never really liked to compare my music to the music of other bands. But if I really need to, I would say that there are many bands on this scene which have very similar sound, they take the same route and style. Many times they care more about how they look, than how they sound. There is certainly more aggrotech, club-oriented music. My music is not about being cool, it's more about the atmosphere, it's dark, sad and emotional. It's supposed to tell a story, with lyrics written in the form of poems, to work the imagination of the listeners. I like to mix different sounds and styles, to not close myself in just one genre. This way you will often hear orchestral elements, mixed with industrial and dark ambient.
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What would you say are your favorite themes and topics that inspire you to compose? What draws you to those themes?
I think somehow I am mostly drawn to the topics of human nature, depression, melancholy, different kind of emotions and struggles in our lives. I also like dark, gothic poetry and art. I like to include this kind of themes or mix them all together. Industrial and Attitude seem to go hand in hand. With global war, civil unrest, injustice, and political revolution being primary musical themes that dominate your music, how do you feel nowadays about the current state of world affairs?
I don't really use those themes in my music. I always try to stay away from all the politics and similar topics. There are already tons of other bands who do it all over again. This is not my direction. What do you see in the near, and far, future for your creative output?
It's really hard to predict or plan anything far, especially being a small time underground musician. I concentrate only on the near future and releasing another album.
I almost have all the material ready for the upcoming Cold Therapy's album "The Darkest Hour". I believe it should be released next year. When you first started making music, was there a particular sound or artistic/musical influence that you would say was your biggest inspiration to start pursuing the creative path yourself?
The very first artist, that influenced me and inspired to