Interview with Samuel Konter of Heedless Elegance and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
SK: It is a good question, I never really analysed myself that way, but If I need to say I think I’m a maximalist, I really like to dig deep in everything to find perfection. If I need to record something twenty times, then I will if it is not enough good. Usually I’m focusing on the details, that is why I can spend 3-4 hours in one section sometimes.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
SK: I was born in 1994 in Budapest, my parents used to be working in theatre as director, actor/actress, director assistant or the principal of the institute, now they are retired. If I look back, now it’s obvious that I went to the direction of arts. When I was 4 or 5 years old, I started to play on piano, and I finished when I was 10 or 11 I think, I hated to practice, so I gave up. That was my first big mistake. In the next few years my only connection with the music was the listening of it. In that time I started to jump into the rock/metal world. After listening to heavier musics, I really started to fall into the drums, it was fascinating for me, and I always wanted to play on it, but never had the chance. When I started high school, my new friends were looking for a drummer, so I immediately told them, I’m your guy. My only problem was that I never played on the drums before and I did not have a drum kit so I started to practice the first song on pillows and I used the floor as a kick drum. I remember the first song I needed to practice was Metallica’s For Whom The Bell Tolls, I was nerves on my official rehearsal day with the band, cause that was the first time for me to actually play on a real drum kit, but when we started, I played the song better than the previous drummer who had years of experiences they said. I think that is where my “carrier” started. After years jumped into more technical stuffs like Lamb Of God ect., but I never had that feeling that I can be that good where I wanted to be, so I switched instrument, and I started to practice screaming. And here I’m now, 5-6 years after that decision. If I look back, that was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
SK: There are quiet a few, my taste in music is weird because the scale that I’m moving between is from classical music to goregrind bands. If I need to mention those who are having the biggest influences on me right now, than I would say Devin Townsend, System Of A Down, Twenty One Pilots and Ennio Morricone. To mention a non-musical influence Cristiano Ronald, he is an example of hard work pays off!
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
SK: As much as possible right now I’m trying to live in the present, focusing on those things, those details that can possibly take me to where I one day maybe could be. My goal is now to take the steps that I need to take and live them, and making myself sure about, that those steps are going forward, and going in love.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
SK: Our new album “LIBRA” what was released on the 31th of January was the first time when we all together as a band wrote our songs. Before that, Zsolt and I wrote all the materials, but that time there was a different line-up in the band. But with Albert, Matyi and Dani we started a new chapter in our story. Working together sometimes can be frustrating, but the shared vision what we have, and the love and respect we feel for each other could overcome on any mistakes of us.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
SK: We use the social network like anyone else, you can find us on almost any platforms: Facebook Intsgram Youtube Spotify ect.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
SK: The music industry changed, we need to accept that. The money what hopefully the band will earn are not from the sales of it’s albums any more. They are from merchandise and the concerts or from other business side projects that an individual from the group has. Personally I just started to realise what is the value of a physical publication, and now I think I can say one day the sales of physical albums are going to come back to the mainstream. I would be a hypocrite if say I never downloaded any music from the net, I did a lot, but these days I’m trying to focus on a different perspective and understand ‘value’ differently.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
SK: Surely would be the songs of Twenty One Pilots, every song is a masterpiece. Especially “Car Radio” that song speaks so much!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
SK: It brings me physical pain when I’m in a bad mood and I’m in a silent room and there is someone who chews loudly. It’s feels like I could run out of the world to make it stop!
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
SK: Surely could say the release of our new album “LIBRA”! We worked so much on it, we had ups and downs, but we gave the best from each one of us and putted our souls into it. We overcame on everything what we experienced, and because of that I’m really proud of everyone in Heedless Elegance.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
SK: The new album is out, so I think the writing section is on holiday. Our work now is to focus on how we can share our music with the audience the most effective way. If the situation around the world will allow us, we will try to play as many concerts in as many places as we can!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
You can find our music on mostly every platform. If you would like to buy our albums or merchandise you can do it on the webshop of Metal.hu or in Bandcamp. Here are the links for them:
Merchandise and the albums: https://metal.hu/zenekarok/heedless-elegance/
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