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Shadowdream Interview

Interview with Rastko / Shadowdream.

๐Ÿ. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐๐ซ๐ž๐ฐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฃ๐š๐ณ๐ณ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐š๐๐ ๐š ๐๐š๐ซ๐ค ๐ญ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ข๐ญ?

The love of jazz came from my father and his collection of old vinyls such as Art Blakey, Coltrane, Charles Mingus... However I did not think much about it while I was a kid and went to discover other musical styles and genres. As I grew older and more mature to appreciate the jazz I got back to it. Then this whole loophole opened and Iย started to look for different jazz musicians and bands, which finally led me to the darker side, the one I am implementing as well. I startedย to work on my own dark side of jazz, aa it gave me the possibility of creating thriller and crime films without a camera.

๐Ÿ. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐จ๐ฉ๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ?

When creating music, there is no ultimate goal for me to make people feel something, I only create a vessel which they can board in their mind. This can take them to all sorts of emotional plains. I try to createย basically a soundtrackย to a non existing film - a film which each person can create in their own mind. With that comes a vast array of individual feelings for each one ofย theย listeners,ย or at least that's what I hope happens.

๐Ÿ‘. ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ซ๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ค?

It is not a preparation per se, but more of a lifestyle which puts the music on paper. A lot of cinema, a lot of differentย music, a lot of stories picked here and there and of course obligatory time for myselfย to process all of that. There is a good Stoic exerciseย I practiceย - every now and then I go to the cemeteryย and sit/walk there, collecting my thoughts among the silence of the dead. After a while being surroundedย by the dead, when you get back to the busy streets you kind of feel even more alive and collected and that gives me the strengthย to put my thoughts and ideas in music and other (creative) work.

๐Ÿ’. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ค๐ž๐ž๐ฉ๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž?

ย I think the realization that I don't have to be limited stylistically, ideologically etc. in music. If I would have to do only one style of music without any experimentations, limited to only one theme, I would quit in no time. There are so many undiscovered musical and thematic journeys through which I can reinvent myself, that, for example, I have no idea which genre or style my next albumย will be.

๐Ÿ“. ๐–๐ก๐จ ๐๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐ญ๐จ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ?

There aren't any specific musicalย artists or artists in general that influenced me. Or better yet, there are just too many. I could mention, as music goes, Cypress Hill, Urfaust and John Surman, but they are just some personal favorites of mine, which do not necessarily influenceย each album. I am more interested in exploring different peoples stories, experiences, be them positive or negative, interpret them and put them in musical tones

๐Ÿ”. ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ ๐ž๐ฏ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฏ๐ž๐ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž?

I guess looking back at it, I can see my own evolution with the music. From the kid trying to go to the extremes, trying to prove something to someone, to just being a plane old me doing something thatย fulfills me. No expectations, nothing to prove to anyone. That is why I guess my music evolved, or better yet matured.ย 

๐Ÿ•. ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐ก๐จ๐ฅ๐ž๐๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ก?

Wormholedeath is not just a label, but a family. And as such, an artist is not being treated like a name on the contract, but a creative person whoย has unlimited support from theย personel. That is what I get from Carlo, Natascia etc. I think that is the highest compliment I can give them.

๐Ÿ–. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ ๐จ๐š๐ฅ?

Well, I guess it's to find a way notย to repeat myself in the creative process. To reinvent myself as much as I can. While this is happening I will be on this journey, when it doesn't anymore I guess the goal will already be achieved.


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