Our first interview from Turkey! Coming from Istanbul, DAHAKARA (that means “blacker” in turkish”) plays a technical black metal heavily influenced by atmospheric, progressive and outer space music. Here he will talk about his music, the scene in Turkey and the last wave of protests in there. You should really check this guy’s music out!
Please, describe the music and aesthetics of Dahakara.
Childhood memories and inspirations play a prominent role in Dahakara’s style. The output however comes in shape of a more avant-garde form. For instance, the debut album “Evil of All Decades” was planned as an experiential homage to some certain old-school inspirations but revealed in a more reformist approach. Latest one, “Low of Wisdom” is mainly about matter and space. The idea was always there -full of boyish dreams about stars and indefiniteness- then updated and exposed as a somber, contemporary realism. Dahakara is one of my side projects. Since I describe myself a worker of arts and have many other musical endeavours, I would say that Dahakara is the most personal and it helps me create a private, darker incognito.
You are the first band I interview from Turkey, so I should ask you to tell a little bit about the Black Metal scene over there. How is it like? Do you have many bands, live gigs? What local bands would you recommend?
Well, to be honest, I know so little about the black metal scene in Turkey. I mean the current one. Back in the late 90s it was sure a scope, but the good old underground scene changed so much and today it’s merely a communion. Still, we have a few cool venues and festivals that you can enjoy your favourite metal bands, but that’s it. I don’t know much about new bands nor do I care. Never heard anything innovative and ingenious for a long time. Witchtrap was a legend though, back in the heyday. Also Leviathan, Sarnathium, and Pagan were great.
This question has nothing to do with music, but I’m very curious. Were you involved on the last wave of prostests in Turkey? What is your vision about that?
We were heavily affected by the whole process -in the days of uprising and the aftermath- But we chose not to be vocal about it in the band. Days of enduring, days of sadness, days of lament… But these transformed into something particular and brought in some special kind of understanding, solidity and freedom to our environment.
Dahakara is almost an one-man band. You do all the music, vocals, but have one person that does the engineering and post-production, right? What is your process of making music and how is exactly this relationship in the band?
I create the concept, then write and perform all music. Then Fr. Sven comes in for recording, adding, subtracting, altering. We are each other’s ghosts in the process. We both act like our alter egos.
Your latest album, “Low of Wisdom” is being released digitally and on a limited edition on cassette. Do you plan to release it on cd or vinyl as well? Why chose tape?
I just love tape. That warm white noise of high bias plastics. Grew up amongst hundreds of cassettes. In mixing process bands often add tape saturation in their sounds to gain that analog/lo-fi texture nowadays. Digital imitates analog, how 21st century is that! We think it fits to the overall concept of the album -static of reels, void noise etc.- Besides it’s a revival and we support it. Currently, we don’t have any plans for a CD edition, but Low of Wisdom would sound great on vinyl. Now it’s a shout out to all vinyl pressing labels out there.
One thing that striked me when listening to your music was the “spaciness” of it. You have all the elements of black metal, but you include several other things on top of it as well. I liked especially the use of the synths, that creat an almost cosmic aura to it. What’s your main influences to make this kind of music?
It’s the whole concept actually. I describe this album as a curious journey to the matter. But of course the main influence is space. The space of it all. The space of and around it. It’s the most cold and desolate you can get. Now this generates cosmic nihilism (cosmicism) and leads to an inevitable frown on to the redundancy of humane philosophies. Then you get low on wisdom and that’s the whole story behind it.
Still talking about spaciness, I think this can bring lots of imagery to mind when listening to Dahakara music. Do you agree with that? If so, what images comes to your mind when you listen to your own music?
Yes I agree. It also accompanies to the whole concentration process whilst you’re digging into the tracks. Dust, cosmic colour palettes, geometric formations, deep dark emptiness… But I think we’re still limited in our visions about outer space and space related dreams. All we can fantasise are those that we’ve acquired from the world’s greatest monuments and works of art, thanks to Hubble, Chandra, Spitzer and the other wonders. But this will change in the future, when you listen to this album, say 100 years later, you will be imagining according to that day’s improvements. And that will be shaping your perception on things. So excited about the next generation James Webb telescope as well.
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