Long time no interview in this zine. Horn Project is interesting entity and it was an absolute pleasure to do a chat with them for my webzine. Here it is:
First of all, hails from Croatia and welcome to Kraykulla Webzine. Could you tell a bit more about musical entity called Horn Project for readers who didn´t hear of your opus yet?
Thanks for the invitation, Horn Project is a Melodic Black Metal project. I think everyone should listen to it and make up their own mind.
As I understand, you are a one man black metal band, did you play live yet, or are there any plans maybe to play live with session musicians?
Yes, that’s right, Horn Project is a solo project. However, without the help of Christian Wieser (drumcomputer, guest solos and mix) and Max Carreri (voice) the album would never have been made. Since it is a solo project and I don’t have much time, there probably won’t be any live gigs. Let’s see what the future brings.
Your debut album is coming out in October. How was the writing and recording process? How do you write songs? What comes first, riffs or lyrics? As far as I understand your lyrics deal more with spiritual and mythological themes. Are you a spiritual person? What do the lyrics mean for you?
When I started the project in 2018, everything was new territory for me. I have never recorded professionally. But with the help of Christian Wieser I learned quite quickly to deal with the programs. First I wrote the guitar tracks and sent them to Christian who then programmed the drums. As soon as I had the mix I could write the bass and keyboard. I always had a concept in mind, but wrote the lyrics as soon as all the songs were finished. For many years I have been dealing with spiritual topics, especially shamanism, natural philosophy and buddism. Spirituality has nothing or at least almost nothing to do with religion, if at all there are small remnants in religion. In my opinion, religions are only about power, while spiritualism is about one’s own development. The more one deals with spiritual topics, the better he can understand oneself and thus live better or, better said, accept many things more easily. Therefore, it was clear to me from the beginning that I have to deal with spiritual themes.
How did the cooperation with Planet K Records come about? Is there going to be physical release or only digital?
I uploaded some songs on Bandcamp where Planet K Records noticed me and reached out to me. Thanks again to Planet K Records for the professional support. The CD will be available digitally and also physically.
How is the underground music scene in the place where you live?
I live in a rural area where there is a small but dedicated scene. I think South Tyrol has a lot to offer in the field of metal, we really have a lot of talented musicians. Innsbruck or Munich is also not so far away so we can see bands from all over the world.
Are there any notorious or scary urban legends in the area where you live?
Yes, there are many legends and tales that revolve around a man named Pfeifer Huisile. In the legends it is said that he had a pact with the devil and there are many crazy stories about how he brought disaster among the people.
Let´s talk about horror. Do you love horror movies and literature? If you do, what are your favorites? Mine are old Hammer horror movies and found footage, also golden era slashers from early eighties.
No, actually I hardly ever watch movies. I’m more of a documentary person. Mainly nature and astronomy documentaries.
I read somewhere that black metal isn´t black metal if it is not Satanic. Do you agree on that? I personally don´t.
There is certainly a small Satanic scene, but I think that most Black Metallers are philosophical or rather shamanic in nature. Maybe it only looks like that to me because I am like that.
What are plans for immediate future? Classic for the end, is there anything you would like to add? Thank you!
Let’s see how Illusions of Maya is received. My goal would be to release a 2nd album, it will take a few years but the will is there.
I want to thank all the people who made this project possible especially Christian Wieser (Drumcomputer, Mix, Guest Solos) Samuel Stelzer (Album Cover) Max Carreri (Voice) Felix Tock (Video) , Hannes Grossmann (Mastering) and Planet K Records.
And a big thank you to you Kraykulla Webzine!