Interview with Tomasz (bass) of GIANTS DWARFS AND BLACK HOLES andPete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
T: Hello everybody! We are briefly saying a 4 piece band playing Heavy Psychedelic Rock. But honestly I don´t like any shortcuts hahaha… You will also find elements such as stoner, space, doom, acid to blues and even fusion in our music.
What will bring the future?
I am not at all able to predict that because we do not give ourselves any restrictions when it comes to what exact music we play. Anyway, the broader framework in which we endeavor is Psychedelic Rock with lots of powerful and juicy Fuzz!
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
T: Although we have already many bands behind us we played with, quite a bit of experience as musicians, as a band we are very young. We have been started playing together in December, 2019. Previously we have played in two different regional bands, but we both could not complete the line-ups and had problems with finding suitable musicians at the appropriate level and with a similar degree of involvement. By a lucky coincidence our way crossed at some point and so Giants Dwarfs And Black Holes were formed.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
T: We listen to a lot of different music. In fact, from good Pop to Death Metal hahaha. In my bookcase you will find some Madonna, Magma, Massive Attack, Melvins, Motörhead and Morbid Angel side by side… Anyway, if I was to point out my direct inspirations I would have to mention above all All Them Witches, Kyuss, Hawkwind, Budgie, Samsara Blues Experiment, Causa Sui, Sungrazer, Black Sabbath, Ten Years After, Pink Floyd and stuff like that. Personally I am a great fan of Frank Zappa, Magma and King Crimson, although I do not know whether direct inspirations are heard here immediately.
I personally am beside this a bookworm, although unfortunately I do not have too much time for reading. I read first of all the most popular-scientific books because physics and the surrounding world, generally speaking, fascinate me since my childhood. Whenever possible I try to broaden my horizons.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
T: As I have already mentioned, we do not assume us any musical frames, but we have one definite goal – we want to make good music! hahaha. To create music and sounds reflecting what in our subconscious is sitting and what dictates to us our fantasy both on albums and live. This is our goal.
I am not some great dreamer. I take life as it is and I try to enjoy what I have. Actually I do not have to try to enjoy, I simply enjoy what I have. Yes, I can definitely say that I am a happy person 🙂
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
T: I write a lot of music. In a drawer I already have the material on at least two albums hahaha, but to come up with some riff – this is one thing, to arrange it and transform it into a piece of music this is another thing. When somebody brings some riff or even a ready song, we arrange it together in the rehearsal room, often combined with some fine, long jamming. It is a very natural and spontaneous creative process and everyone here brings something in from him- or herself. By the way, almost half of “Everwill” is a jam recorded live in Studio.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
T: We all have jobs, families and duties, in fact we are not able to concentrate us only and exclusively on music. Each one of us tries to do some PR in one or another way, but at the moment we get help from Keith from Infecting Cells PR.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
T: I am an old school collector and I collect mostly CDs and LPs. I like to hold the album in my hand, feel it physically. Yes, the physical contact is quite important for me…
Of course I have also music on mp3 but I do not treat it as my collection… I listen to mp3 in a car because my car has only USB. I also use streaming because I work in the office and I have these comfortable situations that I can use headphones all the time. So I do benefit of the developments that technology brings us a lot, but at home I only use my HiFi equipment. I do not even have an account on Spotify or Amazon.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
T: I do not really know what you mean. If you would like to hear that I dream of getting to the top of the charts, you are unfortunately asking the wrong address… Of course we want our music to reach the audience, we do not want to create music only to a drawer, but for me personally independence and being free is the highest priority. The musical industry and its regulations are not very clear to me and I do not think that I would like to be dependent on anything. No! I would never want to be dependent on anything! I love music and what I do, but I will never agree to be a slave to what I do. I hope you know what I mean…
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
T: To put it in general – stupidity, extremism, racism, globalism, communism, not thinking about the environment and human greed… I try to keep away from it.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
T: All of us in the Giants Dwarfs And Black Holes have played or play in other bands and over all the years we’ve experienced a lot. For me our debut album “Everwill” is already the 12th full-length which I have recorded as a musician. I have also played a few very successful concerts, but I do not know whether I am able to answer your question unequivocally. I am proud of who I am, what I am, what I managed to achieve and what it presents. This is, on the one hand, a very objective perception, but on the other hand, it is the result of many years of hard work… From this perspective, I am not able to say clearly what could have been this ‘proudest moment’.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
T: At the moment, whole of Germany is stuck in the damned lock-down again and practically nothing is happening. It is not possible to rehearse and all concerts or any public events are forbidden at all. Everybody is already sick of this plague called Covid-19, but what can we do. It is necessary to clench your teeth and survive. In a drawer there are ready songs, which wait for better times… The only thing that can be found positive in this situation is the fact that we have a little more time for the promotion of our album.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
T: Our last concert has been canceled for the above stated reasons and it is hard to tell when we will be able to play live again. But as we will finally get through these Pandemics we will try to play as many concerts as possible because this form of communication is very important to us. Why should you be at our concert? It is simple – to listen to inspiring music, drink beer, relax, have fun and above all charge positive energy! Thank you for an interview.