I think, at heart, I was always a musician. I would always have a tune in my head and would spend my free time messing with an instrument or audio software. My heroes where rock stars. However, as I grew older, I felt pressure on myself – from both myself and from others – to fit into a certain expectation.
I wanted to live up to those expectations, so music became secondary. I pursued a degree in engineering to live up to those expectations, but I never felt like I fit in. I continued my musical development after classes as an outlet, but it wasn’t enough. Upon graduating, I realized that there was a difference between who I was trying to be and who I actually was, so I began a musical journey of finding myself.
As a young boy, I went to music school to learn to play the piano. That knowledge helped me to learn how to play the guitar and drums. I listen to a wide range of music genres. After twenty years of playing in hardcore and metal bands, I started with the project Wake Forld because I wanted to unite my favorite music styles.
In an industry of saturation, as today’s music business should be seen, it is tough to stay focused on the artistic part. Understanding your band as a business is an often heard advice. Much more, there are books written about it. On the other hand, the WUMP Collective pursues the strategy to stay full of integrity, This, by supporting each other as kind of a family.
Sorry men, the music year 2018 belongs to the women. At least when you look at this year’s line-up of Eurosonic Noorderslag. Probably the first festival of the year, the trendsetting happening in Groningen, Netherlands, offers a stage for more than 100 emerging bands from all over Europe. And surprisingly many artists were women.
And To In A – What a strange title for an album and song by the Austrian music quintett 5K HD, our featured artist of this week. Does it have a meaning at all? Or is it just a kind of sound language? There is a simple explanation, how the band’s front-singer and lyricist Mira Lu Kovacs came up with it: Poetry.
Our second Artist of the Week in 2018, #30 of all time, is Polen Mentor from Plant City, Florida. The international collective has just released their first full-length conceptual album/project, The Conscious Evolution. It encapsulates the ideas of Urban decay/Mass consumerism, the lost occult, modern day science/the Conscious Evolution and embodies trip-hop, fresh, sensual, sexual, occult, dark and ominous, industrial, tribal, organic and timelessness…