Interview: Oleg Novak

Oleg Novak – The Dawn Of The New Sun (dark ambient, demo CD) interview June 2003.

The new wave of ambiental (therm dark ambient not really existent at that time) yet emotional music comes into scene. The promo CD includes four tracks of fine ambiental music with folk influences. The music is composed by the promising and talented Oleg Novak from Ukraine. Ukraine…which still gives to the European metal underground culture a lot of good musicians and unique music.
Getting in touch with Oleg was very easy, being a communicative and enthusiastic interlocutor. I may address him a few questions that are meant to reveal its latest musical creation and the person behind it.

Hi Oleg, how did you start you music activity and when? Do you have some previous experience before \” The Dawn Of The New Sun \” promo?

Oleg: Hi Casian! Yes, I had some musical experience before I began individual musical activity. I played in black metal band HAVOC, but I do not think that there\’s something important to tell. We have recorded two rehearsal tapes, which weren\’t distributed. HAVOC existed from the end of 1999 to 2001. Then I began to be engaged in the isolated creativity.

How would you describe your music? What are the most influential bands of your music?

Oleg: Well, ambient strongly differs from other styles of music: here\’s no \”drive\” as in metal or rock, it is necessary to listen ambient in isolation, it is pure stream of emotions. I shall say about influences one thing: you can be under influence only if music has found echoes inside you, something close to you, when it sounds in unison with your soul. But it is not necessary to confuse it with plagiarism and imitation, it is absolutely another. Everyone should be individual, instead of someone\’s repeat. In general it concerns not only music, but art as a whole. True inspired art is something especially personal, something outside of ordinary words, orthodox definitions and empty souls. Transcendental.
Actually interests me the huge quantity of music and various directions. The list is too large and too different, well, I can allocate Kari Rueslatten, THE 3RD AND THE MORTAL (old), WITHIN TEMPTATION, THE GATHERING, THEATRE OF TRAGEDY, TRISTANIA, LAIBACH, from ambient: ELEND, ARCANA, AGHAST, BURZUM, ORDO EQUILIBRIO, old black metal: DARKTHRONE, ISENGARD, SATYRICON, folk metal: STORM and OTYG, classics (Mozart, Prokof\’iev, Wagner, Vivaldi, Bach, Grieg…), different electronics: Eric Serra, Mark Snow, Emma Shapplin, ENIGMA…. and so on… endless list…

Can you make a short description (and translation) of the each of the tracks along with their meaning (if any)?

Oleg: DNS is an album a tribute to Ukraine, my native land. OK, I can describe it with something like images, which are contained in these tracks.

The first track (Steps Of Winter) I have composed in a December fullmoon, this is admiration with a frozen nature of Ukraine, then comes winter solstice and slavic holyday Kolyada.

Further goes deep depressive track  (Stones). This track is inspired with my meditative visions (memories). You know, I think, that the man receives memory of the ancestors in blood, some pictures from the past too, really rise before my eyes. Image: dark stone dungeons, wells, funeral by centenary moss, voices of stones.

\'(The Dawn Of The New Sun). Triumph of light, symbolical renovation, vital warm for strong and cruel fire for weak. Some kind of fair (natural) court the highest judge. Final image: early spring morning, the first beams above foggy hills.

Last track (In The Mist Of Ancient Forest) is immersing in a sleep in calmness of the woods.

Any writer or book that deeply influenced your way of thinking and of composing music?

Oleg: From childhood I like Slavic and German fairy tales, I think it has affected me. Also Andersen, Tolkien… documentary literature about lycanthropy and vampirism (if to take into account your location, I think you know about it not by hearsay hehe…), ancient witchcraft, legends and myths… Philosophy: Friedrich Nietzsche. Modern Russian philosopher Alexander Dugin its also interesting for me. Music: Richard Wagner and his perfect articles about art. Some historical books, etc. Here are difficult to listed all literature interesting me in full, but I can\’t say that something from it has made total influence on my outlook. Everyone sincere artist makes a start from his own heartbeat, and about influences I have said already, of course it\’s inevitable, but it\’s natural and here\’s nothing to be ashamed. External is factor too, but without internal creative (Divine!) power it will not give anything. The sincere creativity is a necessity of self-expressions, just you cannot differently.

Can you tell me some words about the current scene, both black and ambiental? Do you see some important \”evolution\” in the scene in the last few years? Which are the most valuable bands for you at the moment?

Oleg: No, I don\’t see any principal changes last years. It just became a little silent and apathetic. Most valuable bands… hmmm… it\’s hard to say, I am not interested strongly in a today\’s scene, I have a lot of old invaluable music. Though certainly, interesting new artists appears and now (and will be always as the history shows), I am just rather statically treat this. Last new stuff, which has really liked me is \’Pilot\’ by Kari.

What about future projects? I know you are already preparing a new material.

Oleg: Yes, now I am \”pregnant\” with a new album. It is the work inspired by witches sabbaths and ancient magic. Why christians burnt witches in times of \”holy\” inquisition? They were too vital for them. Too natural. Too life-asserting. Inquisitors could burn out the woman only because she is too beautiful, \”\’cause it is from Devil\”… damn it…. Music? It will be night mystical ambient, now I can\’t say more about it, besides that tracknames will be in english, and it will contain also vocal.

Thanks and I wish you good luck in future artistic projects.

Oleg: Thanks to you too for your support and interview. Hails Transylvanian lands!


Printed Magazine: Moonlight Shadows – Your Darkest Reading Magazine #2

Moonlight Shadows – Your Darkest Reading Magazine #2

Interviews with: Septic Flesh, Weltschmertz, Funeral Procession, Sense Of Loss, Gothica, Daemonia Nymphe, Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio, Arcana, Whispering Gallery, Nightfall, While Heaven Wept, Antimatter.

Articles: –
(Although this magazine is only about music, I would mention here “Alphabet Of A Pessimist” part as a kind of abstract for this original initiative – who knows maybe a beginning for something more interesting here?)

Reviews: 68 album/demo releases reviews, Seelenschmertz Festival review, 15 other magazines reviews, Special Review Corner.

Good grey layout, 50 A4 prof. printed pages, color cover.

Writer contact: John Zikos.

* Moonlight Shadows #2 April 2004
* Extreme Metal / Dark / Ambient content all in English.
* Significance: Plentiful, hi quality dark reading (with a very personal touch) indeed.

Completeness: 9/10
This magazine is a piece of art in a way as a musician\’s release is too. Some are gifted in a way and some in other. Without doubt some are not just writing about music but they truly live thru it, love it, and not afraid to expose their most intimate, inner feelings that have been experienced thru it.

I find this release a kind of a journey into deepest and darkest thoughts of the sole person behind it. By reading the magazine we are transparently transposed into a world of dark feelings and melancholia that contours a lost soul into the tenebrous firmaments of this capricious dimension called life.

Leaving apart the personal aura that surrounds this release, there can be found a lot of good interviews, balanced in length and content. They provide a lot of information derived from good questions and good answers (*). I can recommend almost all of them. A minus part, there are also some shorter interviews or not that remarkable. This mainly because the interviewed one and also because of the interviewer/editor that wanted to include the unsuccessful interview in the magazine (I am referring to Antimatter and Nightfall) – there is no point to add an interview just because the band is big. I am strongly discouraging such practice, there is no benefit for bands and readers and the space can be used better. Speaking about wasted space, here are little advertising space used and that\’s a good aspect.

The reviews part is interesting; the critics are descriptive giving a good hint about the products. There are separate reviews parts for releases that are most important for MS (top albums), review part for other CDs and demos, all about 68 reviews, another 15 reviews about other magazines – impressive. The last part of the reviews and of the magazine is dedicated to special reviews corner and finally other kind of most important albums (older and newer) of the editor: Ordo R. E., Arcana, Of The Wand And The Moon, Raison D’etre … indeed great bands of their genre.

There is no news part which is also a good point and a hint that shows the long time it takes for a magazine to see the light. Instead of this space there is a good proposal: \”Olds\” corner that is promoting small labels.

Another original part of the magazine is the “Alphabet Of A Pessimist” but shame that the words are not explained by some means, so this part of the magazine can turn into even a more interesting one.

I really hope John will find that “companion in life, someone to trust and believe in” I think time is healing wounds so do not loose hope…

Long live Moonlight Shadows!

(*) Answers from (and I am not doubtful in saying that) a part (the rest is us) of one of the most integral and with great personal visions upon world and life (read open minded and intelligent) people of this planet. You have to read the interviews and you will escape the tentacles of prejudice regarding bands and their works, I think this is the big achievement of an interview and magazines like this.

Copyright: CS / Ancient Beliefs 2005.