|Quick Introductory Interview.|
|1. Who are you and how did the band get started?
We are Haiku Funeral, and although weíre based in Marseille, France, neither of us is French. Dimitar Dimitrov (vocals, electronics) is from Bulgaria. My name is William Kopecky (bass, vocals) and Iím from the USA. We first met shortly after I came to France and one of Dimitarís groups was looking for a bassist. I listened to the demo, which was a mix of black metal and industrial. I decided not to join the group but I liked Dimitarís contributions to the group immensely and asked him if heíd like to try playing as a duo. We had our first recording session on Halloween night of 2008 and Haiku Funeral was born.
2. Why did you choose Doom, and how would you describe your style?
Haiku Funeralís music is a fusion of dark psychedelic doom and experimental black metal. It's sometimes deep and ambient, sometimes groovy industrial prog. Not really an established style but a soundtrack for the surreal nightmarish poetry we vomit. Our music could be called Doom in that itís pervaded by a doomy, apocalyptic atmosphere. We play "Doom" not so much as a musical genre but more as a psychological state, a black sounding of the darkest parts of our being.
3. What would you consider to be the high point of your career so far?
Dim: We don't think there is something like a career for the underground dark/extreme bands like us. Only the pleasure of doing it - the ritual. Every week, we try to reach the highest point of creation. Every record we do is a meditation and a personal achievement. And when it comes to live expression, our best experience was in that dark and magical place Christiania in Denmark.
4. Which three bands most influenced you?
Wm: Weíve both been personally influenced by a lot of bands in different styles of music. But as Haiku Funeral, weíre not really influenced by particular groups. Weíve never tried to sound like anyone else but Haiku Funeral. If anything, weíre most inspired by the dark hallucinogenic, ritualistic atmosphere we create whenever we work together.
Dim: Lots of experimental metal bands who add electronics and samples, processed voices, distorted drum programming, also some ebm and old school industrial acts, the psychedelic rock classics, a little bit of electronica. Definitely not three bands, not even close.
5. What are your plans for the near future?
The first plan is to release our new CD Nightmare Painting and promote it. Weíll also be working on our huge backlog of material--and recording new tracks--for future releases. We also plan to do a collaborative recording project with sax and wind synth player Roger Ebner (who plays in my experimental rock/ambient/darkjazz group Yeti Rain) and Dimitarís drummer (with whom he plays in the black metal band Corpus Diavolis).
6. If there is anything you would like to add, the last words are yours.
On Halloween of 2012 Aesthetic Death Records will put out our third full-length release (fourth release overall). Itís called Nightmare Painting, and itís Haiku Funeralís best work both musically and professionally.
Dim: Spread the disease!