Interview with Nickholas Koniwzski

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مصاحبه زیر مصاحبه سیاوش گلابی است با Nickholas Koniwzski روس . نیکلاس سال 2007 پروژه انفرادی Aesthesys را شروع کرد، پروژه ای که سال گذشته تبدیل به گروه شد . این گروه (پروژه) یکی از بهترین پست راک های روسی است که تاکنون کارهایشان را دنبال کرده ام . ضمنا اگر سری به وبسایت آنها بزنید در قسمت Related Projects می توانید با دیگر پروژه های مرتبط با Aesthesys آشنا شوید . در انتها خوشحالم که ایده مصاحبه ها کم کم در حال رشد است . از مطالب مشابه و غیر مشابه دوستان برای انتشار در این بلاگ استقبال خواهم کرد .

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Siavash: How did everything begin? When and why did you start playing?

Nickholas Koniwzski: All that started when I was 3 years old and began to learn music as violinist and I was doing that till I was 14. Then just lost interest in becoming a professional violin player, and so I dropped music, but it was just a little break – two years later in college I decided to buy electric guitar, and that’s how music came back into my life to change it completely.

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Siavash: Where does the name Aesthesys comes from?

Nickholas Koniwzski: It derives from acronym for “An Exceptionally Simple Theory of Everything”. I wasn’t searching for the name, it just stroked me when I was reading this article about Garrett Lisi’s new theory – physics can be really inspiring. Later I’ve found that besides the similarity with a word “aesthetic”, there’s “aesthesis” which stands for “perception” – one of the keywords of my world view and even understanding of how these sounds appear. For me it was a sign that there’s no better name for this project.

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Siavash:  How do you describe your music?

Nickholas Koniwzski: I don’t consider it as mine. The process of recording all the compositions is more like transferring, not the actual creation. All these melodies I hear in my head, hear them completely, so I myself do not add anything, just fixating what there is. And I believe that it comes not from my sub-consciousness or something alike – its’ source seems to be somewhere in outer sphere, like ideal world described by Plato.
I think that to describe something you’re supposed to know it well. I can’t say that about melodies I record, it’s hard to listen what came through you. Furthermore, for me it’s almost impossible – so I avoid it as listener. When it comes to performing, all these things get really different, so obviously that intolerance doesn’t effect on me when we are practicing. So, my answer remains empty in the matter of description of that music.

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Siavash:  What kind of music do you listen to?

Nickholas Koniwzski: Despite the fact that the vast majority of stuff I record can be tagged as “post-rock”, I prefer to listen a slightly different music. My favorite bands are more “avant-garde” \ “psychedelic”. There are also classical composers in my top like Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Bruckner; and I consider myself as a big fan of dark-jazz and modern European jazz (especially the residents of ECM label). But the best way to answer this question would be sharing the link to my last.fm profile (last.fm/user/schizophrenoid)

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Siavash: Which famous musicians do you admire?

Nickholas Koniwzski:  First name to mention is Toby Driver (composer for “Kayo Dot”, “maudlin of the Well”, “Tartar Lamb”) – my biggest musical obsession for the last three years. I’m deeply in love also with creations of Daniel O’Sullivan (“Mothlite”, “Æthenor”, “Ulver”) and Emil Emos (“Grails”, “Holy Sons”, “OM”, “Lilacs & Champagne”).

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Siavash:  What are your 2011 top 3 albums?

Nickholas Koniwzski:  Tartar Lamb – Polyimage Of Known Exits
A Winged Victory for the Sullen – A Winged Victory for the Sullen
Grails – Deep Politics

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Siavash:  Tell us about your other projects like Курс Кая, Crayon Medicine Enclave and Nickholas Koniwzski?

Nickholas Koniwzski: The one I’d like to start with is Crayon Medicine Enclave – a duo we formed with my school friend, professionally trained clarinetist Daniel. I just discovered avant-garde music like Kayo Dot and he seemed to like it too – so our very first motivation was to create something like that. I was making the most of music, while he guided the process by offering certain amendments and writing the clarinet part. We did 4 untitled demo tracks in half of a year, and then the whole thing stopped because of our interpersonal issues.
Курс Кая is absolutely different case – it all started in 2009 when one friend of mine named Alex and I tried to make Aesthesys a band. We didn’t succeed in that and like 8 months later he offered me another concept – he writes poems, I do music – that’s how it began. A few months later we gathered people to turn it alive, and that made me more confident in the matter of gigs – we’ve played a lot and it was a great experience. For now it seems to be kind of frozen, so I have no idea what will happen to this project next.
Things I publish as by Nickholas Koniwzski are quite different from Aesthesys, that’s the reason why I chose another moniker for all bizarre and eclectic sketches. These are seeds of something forthcoming I plan to bring to life when I’ll be ready for this, but there’s a lot of things to learn first, so it’s a long-term plan I’ll disclose a bit later.

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Siavash:  Recently Aesthesys has become a 4 member band. Tell us more about Aesthesys new members.

Nickholas Koniwzski:  Three new members who agreed to help me with turning this project into something worthy. Eldar who plays guitar – I know him for more than two years now, and he was the first person I though about when an idea of making Aesthesys a band became obsessive. I called him next day and we met to discuss it, he said yes, and I wasn’t alone in this anymore. Then I found Arsenty to play drums and Dmitry the bass player – awesome guys with a serious attitude, experience and willingness to share this burden – because there’s hard work to do and we’re doing it already. So I’m very happy to play with them and I hope that will remain that way for years.

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Siavash:  Are you going to record a new album this year?

Nickholas Koniwzski:  Well, it’s a good question. I do want to know the answer too, because it’s not in my power to know exactly what’s going to happen with the flow of music I can capture. But there’s new material, and amount of new stuff is growing. The next Aesthesys’ album I want to record in studio – as you may know, all our stuff is home-made – that was alright at the beginning, but now we are supposed to grow in every possible way. And the sound quality is one of the most important things, obviously. So there’s no certainty about when will the next Aesthesys album appear, but there are high chances that something will come out this year under Nickholas Koniwzski moniker.

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Siavash:  At the end, is there anything you want to add to this interview?

Nickholas Koniwzski:  Well, thanks for reading all this, listen to good music and remember that there’s a whole universe of things to discover – go and explore it. That’s all, folks!

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Thank you so much, dear Nickholas for participating in this interview

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Aesthesys (Website)

Siavash Golabi

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