Abysmatic is an experimental electronica project from Bulgaria.
How would you describe your music?
We’re playing a pretty unique mixture of industrial metal and electropunk, which could sort of be described as The Prodigy meets Static-X. Growing up during the nu-metal era, that sound obviously shaped a lot of our musical preferences, and when UK dubstep and drum and bass blew up around 2008, it seemed like a natural progression of the idea of combining pop and dance music with a really heavy sound, so we tried to come up with our version of that.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
Abysmatic was founded by producer-singer-songwriter Dennis Nikov and had its first official release in 2013. Completed by Hristo Simeonov on guitar and Dobromir Vulkov on drums, the band has since released 2 LPs, numerous singles, and has been a constant presence in the Bulgarian alternative scene. We just recently released our definitive self-titled album, a single from which was picked up by Bulgarian national rock radio and which in turn led to us landing local opening spots for artists like Combichrist and Leeroy Thornhill (ex-The Prodigy).
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
Nine Inch Nails, The Prodigy, Bring Me The Horizon, Die Antwoord… Lately alternative pop artists like Grimes, Poppy, Ic3peak and some new synthwave stuff like Perturbator and Scandroid.
What inspires you?
Music is by far the most visceral art form, as it’s capable of provoking an emotional reaction from a person almost instantly. Writing a song that manifests a very specific feeling is fascinating, as it’s almost like creating a little world, and this is what inspires us.
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
We definitely develop existing songs and ideas on the road, however the main writing happens in the studio, where we can take our time to try different things out.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
That would probably be Disembodied. It’s just a straight up drum and bass banger that always gets the crowd moving.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
I think a tour that unites all of the new alternative pop and hybrid industrial bands like Die Antwoord, Death Grips, Ho99o9, Poppy, Grimes etc. would be amazing.
What are your current thoughts on the music industry?
I’m not overly optimistic about the way things are going to be honest. The mainstream has been locked into trap music for almost a decade now and doesn’t seem to be moving in any direction. The underground market on the other hand is oversaturated with amateur artists, which is really devaluing music as a product in the eyes of the audience. I think we’re starting to see the mainstream trying to break new ground with alternative pop acts like Bring Me The Horizon, Grimes, Poppy etc., however I feel the democratisation of the underground by the internet made things harder for artists to get noticed instead of the other way around.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Last summer we played this festival in Serbia and apparently the local artists who were going on before us were really big with the local 12 year old kids, so suddenly we couldn’t leave our hotel because of a Beetle-mania like crowd of children that had the building surrounded.
What are your future plans?
Currently working on a couple of new singles and planning to shoot a new video soon. We’re also developing a couple of interesting side projects like a special synthwave live show, as well as an old school 2D RPG game that will feature our music.