Interview with Gabor (Guitars) of Resolution 13 and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
Gabor: Resolution 13’s music and sound is hard, down tuned guitar riffs, ultra low bass frequencies, supersonic synths, a war battalion like drumming and vocals from hard growling, note screaming to clean, pure vocal work. What this band offers is to be a good hard smashing live band, an overdose of both hard-heavy and beautiful harmonies in industrial-like music.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
Gabor: While the band is located in Helsinki, Finlnand; I myself am from from a little town in Hungary, from the triple border of Hungary, Austria and Slovenia. The rest of the band is from Helsinki. How I came to make music..? Well.. I am coming from a family of musicians. My father has been singing, my mom used to be a teacher of music (and math), my younger sister plays the clarinet and my older sis studied the guitar. I started my music studies when I was 6 years old and my first instrument was tenor horn, which is a pre-instrument for trombone for small kids. I studied in the local music school for about 12 years, including 4 years drums and playing in the local brass orchestra and all kinds of trios/quartets/quintets/etc formations. In the meanwhile I learned playing the guitar by myself at home, starting by taking my sisters classical guitar without permission and learn
rock music on it.. haha! We then formed some bands in school, one being a black metal act and it was awesome! and horrible too… haha!
Then, in conservatory I started studying guitar as second instrument and later, when I moved to Finland, guitar became the main interest..
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
Gabor: We have lots of inspiration from industrial metal artists, like Fear Factory to progressive music, like Devin Townsend’s stuff, or Vola.. But also Slipknot, or Mushroomhead, just to name a couple. Our concept is a melodic, but aggressive music with cathy melodies and choruses, often like movie soundtrack sounding metal. We call it sci-fi metal and not only because of the unique sound we created, but also the lyrics take the listener to and intergalactical prison planet, that is called “Resolution 13” and the stories are that the songs tell are forged there, about prisoners battling to survive..
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
Gabor: Right now we are in the finish line to release our second album, that is called “Derelict”. The goal is to try to get it heard by as many potential fans as possible.
We are a live band and the the ultimate goal is to play as many shows as we can. But even though we all are experienced musicians and achieved winning talent competitions, have done tours abroad and played on big festival, we had yet no luck finding a booking agency that would collaborate with us organising shows, or getting the band on the road. But yeah.. Playing live is what we love the most.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
Gabor: We were chosen the regional winner on Emergenza festival in 2019 out of 80 bands and also brought home the best singer award. That was pretty cool. The other thing that I am very proud of is getting the band signed with a record label. The label is Sliptrick Records. And while we know that getting signed nowdays is usually not necessarily a great thing for a band, but if labels start to be interested in your band, that means that you are on the right path, your music is finally appreciated and you are doing something right. That is something that we really needed at this point.
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
Gabor: We were never good with promoting ourselves. We didn´t really know what we were doing the first time we released an entire album. I guess it went kinda down the drain..
But this time we have put our heads together and started to think, we started to figure it out. I have a precious friend from Hungary, from the band Witcher, who helped us a LOT!
He gave us a lots of tips, winks, advices from his long experience dealing with labels and PR companies and without him we wouldn´t have found Sliptrick Records either.. We learned a lot about the matter, doing our best to be present and do the work and we shall see soon, how it all works out..
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
Gabor: So far we tried finding spots ourselves to venues and events and then we have an amazing friend, who works in the industry. He took us many times in the past under his wings and booked us festivals, tours, one-off shows. We call him our “Godfather”.
No shows booked at the moment, but we are working on it.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
Gabor: I am a little bit old school guy regarding this matter. I love the physical releases, I love to open them up and find out whats in the booklet while listening to the music. On the other hand, I listen to music all the time at work and it´s convenient to have all the music you want available with you. As an artist, I guess my bands generation already accepted that that we are not gonna make it only playing our music.. I think nowdays it´s important that you are not expecting financial benefits when you release something and you think of the whole thing as a hobby. That way you don´t kill your motivation. Accept, that this hobby will cost you money, time and effort and the best you can hope for is that maybe you make some of your investment back and hopefully you manage to get your band on the road.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Gabor: Probably some song from Ed Sheeran.. Haha! Then with the money I gained I´d be able to play all the metal I want the rest of my life..
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
Gabor: I don´t even know where to start.. Not gonna poke anyone now, let´s just say that there is so much music and mostly generic crap floating out of the industry, that it´s harder and harder to find the gems, the music to my liking. People are very blinded by the trends and so everybody thinks that they have to play the same music, otherwise they are not cool..?
This not only true to the pop and rap world, but more and more present in the metal scene as well.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
Gabor: With Resolution 13, we continue creating and we really enjoying the work. Right now a new video is being prepared for one of the next singles that will be released before the full length. Soon we´ll start writing new tunes, but first we´ll have a beer together this Friday to celebrate the release of Paradise Circus. 🙂
I have black metal project too, it´s called Deimhal. We are just finishing recording the first EP and soon it goes to mixing. Stay tuned! 😉
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
Gabor: Our social media sites are updated regularly and of course we are also present on Youtube and all the streaming platforms.
For merch, please visit www.clownstars.com
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