Artyfiction are a four-piece progressive rock band from Poland.
How would you describe your music?
It’s progressive music. On our first album, we were more like a progressive art rock band. When working on recent material, we sound and play heavier, while preserving all progressive quirks and edges.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
The story is quite typical – a few friends met up and decided that they wanted to play uncommon music. The root of Artyfiction dates back to 2014 when Darek (keyboardist) joined them and put his pieces on the table. The band started to rehearse seriously, and later Mirek (bassist) jumped in. A couple of concerts and Paweł (former drummer) joined. Soon after that the band decided to record their debut LP.
Jacek (former vocalist) joined and, later, Wojtek (guitarist) completed the line-up for “Preliminaries” (2018). Soon after recording it, Jacek left and we were auditioning vocals, even briefly playing with one. After some time though, we took the instrumental route and started working on “Firing Line”.
After composing and recording the whole album, Paweł left and Kuba (drummer) jumped into his boots. As you can see, there has been a lot of turbulence and replacing of people on the way, but now we are finally united, strong and ready to publish and promote “Firing Line” in autumn this year.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
Every one of us is inspired by different styles so it’s hard to be precise here. The common denominator would be bands like Rush, Tool, Opeth, Dream Theater – we all like them. We do not have a single favourite band or musician, rather than that we listen to a lot of various stuff, from classical, through rock to jazz.
What inspires you?
Creative and interesting people. Sometimes, simple conversation can light the bulb in the head and lead to a song. We’re inspired by situations we encounter every day, that augment emotions – be it a quarrel or a date. We read a lot of books – fantasy, novels and poems. The trick is to read it very carefully as often things are not so obvious in books. Read some fragments a couple of times and you’ll create different pictures in your mind.
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
We write things on the fly and jam together, that’s right. When entering the studio, we prefer to have it ready in most parts, leaving only some space for ornaments here and there and things that don’t change the piece fundamentally. The best melodies come in silence, sometimes it’s enough just to focus and let the brain do the rest. Then you get the melody and build the rest upon it.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
We’ve just finished recording our 2nd LP, so we haven’t had many occasions to play the songs live, but we like to play more energetic songs. From our 1st LP, Scamper is our favourite. There are some new candidates to hold this title though, like Inflamer or Stiction from our new material. We enjoy every song we play 🙂
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
We’d love to play with an orchestra or participate in a movie soundtrack. That’d be a great adventure with different points of view and obviously a lot of work. We’d also love to tour the USA… that’s the plan.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
Now it’s more about business than about the art. Really bad music is very popular and supported, it also sells well. We do not understand it sometimes, mediocre clips reaching hundreds of millions of people and being favoured by them. Thankfully, more ambitious and interesting music still lives and expands slowly. We don’t expect people to like what we like, but there are some standards below which we wouldn’t go. It’s music, the art and the beautiful way to interact with each other, we should take a lot more care of it.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
The funniest would be a drunk man doing perfect somersault, that was something we remember 🙂 Weird things happen when strangers get into our music and then, feeling connected they start to talk. People want to be heard, but sometimes, when the time comes, they just aren’t quite ready with the speech and talk nonsense. Most of the weird situations come from this, fortunately, we have not been arrested or eaten alive yet ;).
What are your future plans?
We have a really good LP Firing Line to publish. The music is done though we are working on the graphics and music video still. We have scheduled some shows in autumn but we still want to book more. We will for sure try to go abroad and reach new audiences.
As we currently play instrumental music, there’s a big need for visualisations and so on. Thankfully the band is in great shape and we are eager to compose and create more music. We would also consider playing with some more famous bands. For sure we want and need to grow and be heard by more people.