Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (https://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
Martikor: Martikor is a post-metal project influenced by many different genres, from ambient to extreme music. You can find traces of sludge, doom, black metal, post-rock, and ambient music.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
Martikor: Martikor is based in San Francisco. I’ve been writing music for a long time in different bands and settings, but I think with Martikor I have found how to express myself best both musically and emotionally.
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?
Martikor: I love music and listen to music a lot, but my influence for writing mostly comes from life experiences, something that leaves an impact on me. In terms of textures and the ambiance of the music, I also get inspired very much by other art forms like literature and film.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
Martikor: Art helps me understand life better and find the beauty that I can not see otherwise. I seek some sort of emotional connection in art that I can’t find anywhere else. As for my own art, exploring my emotions and hopefully connecting with other people is my goal.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
Martikor: This is the very beginning for Martikor, but there were moments during the writing process of Soliloquy that I kind of surprised myself musically! I felt pretty proud in those moments!
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?
Martikor: It’s definitely difficult to get recognized, but I personally love the fact that now many more artists can share their art. I think the positives outweigh the negatives.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
Martikor: No shows scheduled yet. We still need to work on a couple things to get ready for playing live. Hopefully that will happen in the near future.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
Martikor: I think it works differently for different artists, based on how recognized they are and all that. Personally I think with those services exposure is the main benefit.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Martikor: That’s such a difficult question! This is not related to my music at all, but I’d say Gymnopedie No.1 by Satie. It’s such a beautiful composition!
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
Martikor: Nothing specific really!
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
Martikor: Mostly focusing on getting things ready for playing some of our songs live. I’m also always working on new music!
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
Martikor: You can find our music on Spotify, Apple Music, Itunes, and Bandcamp.