Interview with ALEISTER SATAN of KING SATAN and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
AS – Hello Pete! I am vocalist-songwriter, KING ALEISTER SATAN and my band is industrial metal band called KING SATAN. Even we are labeled for being industrial metal band for so long now which is something we can live with of course, it must be said that we constantly challenge all perceptions and expectations about what this kind of music should be, not only with the listeners but also with ourselves. Our style is not in the genre formality per se, but more in between the lines and in the attitude, and we do cross these boundaries frequently as a part of our artistic process. Fuck the rest, Satan is best.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
AS – I founded the band in 2015 because I wanted to form a project where I could do all the things I never managed to do in any of my other projects before that. So, I gathered couple of my friends to play other instruments to my studio, we made demo and single for song “Enter Black Fire” for which I made also a music video. Things got out of hand pretty fast after that, the single went kind of viral, demo was sold out fast, and we got several live show requests right away, which was when I recruited the live line-up as well. In 2016 we started performing live and I started making more music videos for our singles, which led into the release of our debut album 2017 “King Fucking Satan”. We promoted the album by touring in 11 different countries and then returned to studio to make a follow up for it. Our sophomore album “I Want You To Worship Satan” was released in the end of 2019, and we performed Finnish leg of the album release tour, right before Covid-19 hit the world which ruined all plans for the album’s promotion. We were pissed naturally like everybody, so we started making new music to ease the frustration and here we are.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
AS – Ach so! My biggest non-musical influences might be Aleister Crowley, Alejandro Jodorowsky and David Lynch I think, maybe Quentin Tarantino also, Mihail Bulgakov too based on the book of “The Master And Margarita”. I take lots of influences from literature and movies anyway, list is endless. Also, I have so much musical influences that it is almost next to impossible to start naming them without excessive and boring namedropping, but I have been influenced as much by The Prodigy than I am by Deicide and Tool or Turbonegro to paint you a picture!
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
AS – I can share the immortal words of Homer Simpson here, I have always had only one dream, to achieve my many goals. Common theme in them is that I want somehow my musical and artistic goals meet my personal goals. One of them is that I want to see the fundamental religious mentality disappearing which is not limited only to organized religions, but also to any kind of ideological structure people follow blindly. I guess that I will figure out how to do that with playing industrial metal, while doing it. Anyway, I want to summon the aeon of Satan, but also I like to travel, for which the role of mystic and touring musician works fine I think.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
AS – Nowadays we all take part of songwriting, but yours truly is still the primus motor in that aspect as well. Lyrics are all by me, but some by me and Hekate Boss together. There are lots of issues and themes I deal with in lyrics, but it all begins from existential pain. I want to get to the point of that and then figure out solutions for it, which is why I write in the first place. I need to blow some steams, I need to reflect. Satanism, Occultism, Philosophy, Psychology came along pretty fast because they all offer interesting solutions for this. And because the world is also a fucking joke, dark humor, satire and black comedy came along as well. Also random stream of consciousness and emotions that takes place when you face this existence with awakening consciousness is important part of my approaching as well. Trust the ones who seek the truth and run away from those who claim to have found it.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
AS – In the beginning of the band I did read Sun Tzu’s “The Art Of War” and I thought this could be nice way to promote your new band instead of music business shit. Then some promoters started doing the work, but I told them to read it too. But many of the things we did back then were mostly “you don’t dare to do this, nobody would” kind of scenarios, hah. Clowning is serious business.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
AS – I used to work for record labels in the past, and that part of me knows how important physical sales are in order to keep the circus on the move, not only in major label level, but also in the underground. If this side gets weaker, all the scenes are just stuck seeing the same faces again and again and again until nobody remembers how the meal was prepared in the first place.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
AS – Säkkijärven Polkka by Viljo Vesterinen. It is one of the best, if not the best musical composition ever made.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
AS – Herd mentality. Religious fundamentalism. Hypocrisy. Conservativism. Sycophants. Posers. Double standards. Ignorant confidence of the idiots. People who talk the talk, but not walk the walk. People who don’t like hockey. People who likes hockey. And maybe also the people who are over-compensating their insecurity of their world view by acting out arrogantly and needlessly hostile towards the supposed adversity or counter point of view only because they are afraid of the real dialogue. And also the concept of humanity seen as an excuse for regressing weakness instead of transcending possibilities. You know, the usual ones.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
AS – To be honest, I can’t think of a single one, because it is all a continuum. I just recently saw someone’s car with King Satan bumper sticker in it in the traffic, it made me weirdly proud. But in general, I am kind of proud that I have been able to execute my artistic process for this many years already without getting exhausted, with the help of excellent group of people, not only my band, but the whole live and music video crew and other staff too! And while doing it, being able to reach people with such deep levels with it.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
AS – We are working with our third album as we speak, but we wanted to release one single before that and “This is Where the Magick Happens” will be released 27th May 2021 to show more metalized side of our work, which will be the direction we are headed now. I am also directing music videos again as usual. No rest for the wicked.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
AS – Well, this Covid-19 kind of ruined this side pretty much, but after series of cancelled shows, there is still light at the end of the tunnel, and in October 23. we are supposed to perform hometown show with Fear Of Domination and Stereo Terror DJ’s if the pandemic will be ceased by then. The reason you should be there? It will be first show probably after the lockdowns, so we will party like its 1999. Or harder.
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