Interview with KT of Thaumaturgy 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?
KT: As an artist the description is really pretty simple. I am attempting to create extremely dark and powerful music that at this moment is coming out cavernous death/black metal. I can’t guarantee it will always be that way in future releases as the music evolves. I try to depict the darker aspects of our universe and the journey to eliminate the distinctions between the self and it. This sounds slightly abstract but that’s likely what adds to the unsettling atmospheres to Thaumaturgy’s music.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
KT: I’m from a very small town in Kansas and was introduced to music and guitar playing at a very early age. I probably started playing guitar regularly around age 11 and was interested primarily in metal since that age, though I wasn’t introduced to more extreme death and black metal until a bit later. Making music has been a staple for me for most of my life at this point; I’ve played in a number of metal bands, some of which have released music and played live. I’ve always been drawn to metal because of the power, darkness, and beauty in it. It really has helped to shape my worldview overall.
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?
KT: Outside of all the incredible music that inspires what I write, some of which is beyond just extreme metal, I am most inspired by the natural world and our (humanity’s) relation to it. I attempt to make music that mirrors the darker aspects of life and my attempt to integrate those things into my worldview as beautiful and necessary (death, plague, emptiness, etc.). This usually comes across as a sort of occult narrative in the lyrics. Some examples of groups that have certainly influenced my music are: Incantation, Beherit, Averse Sefira, Dead Can Dance, and Tangerine Dream.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
KT: My aspirations really are pretty simple. I’d like to make the best possible powerful and dark music that I can. It’d be great if that music was received well by people who listen to it. But if I can only get it out to a few small groups of people around the world who enjoy it, that’d be good enough for me.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
KT: So far the proudest moment was right after the release of the first EP “Charnel Gnosis”. There was far more positive reception for it than I had expected. This is being written before the release of Tenebrous Oblations and I am certainly hoping it will be received as positively as the EP.
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?
KT: I’ve had a lot of help from the labels I’ve worked with. Adirondack Black Mass has put in a lot of work finding ways to get my music in front of people. This was pretty necessary for me because I certainly have no idea how to do that stuff. We live in an interesting time for artists where sites like bandcamp can push out their music to listeners quickly, which can be a positive. But this has also led to a saturation of new groups and it can be easy to get lost in that. It’s complicated to say the least.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
KT: Unfortunately I’m the sole member of Thaumaturgy so live shows aren’t likely in the near future. Though I am in talks with some other musicians at the moment and there may be shows featuring Thaumaturgy in late 2023 or 2024. Nothing certain there but it’s a potential.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
KT: Downloading music online has always been something I’ve been okay with. I know some would like to make a living off of their music sales but I’m aware that’s not happening in the world of underground metal so I encourage people to download my music wherever they can find it. I’d rather it be out there.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
KT: This one is tough because there are quite a few I’d be happy with. I’ll have to settle on Unto Infinite Twilight / Majesty of Infernal Damnation by Incantation. It’s an absolute masterpiece and is a 16 minute death metal song that’s incredible all the way through and doesn’t lose momentum at any point. That being said I’m also fine with not having written it, just glad it exists.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
KT: Not a whole lot of complaints here, just wish so much of the music out there didn’t suck. But that’s probably a tall order. I also consider underground metal as somewhat outside the “industry” so it’s not something I have to worry about too much.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
KT: I’m in the very early writing process for new Thaumaturgy material. Potentially something for an EP or split depending on how things go. I’m also working on demo material with a couple other musicians for another project, but that one I’ll keep secret for the moment.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
KT: The main place would be the Thaumaturgy bandcamp page. Everything I’ve released is there along with some pictures and a short description of the music. Otherwise I’d check out the Adirondack Black Mass page and the website of Triumvirate of Evil Records.