Interview With Peter of Vader
Vader is one of the pioneers of death metal and one of the most eminent death metal acts in Poland, Europe and the world; they are the archetype that three generations of death metal bands follow as law. Vader completed 30 years of ‘death-y’ life and they go on to prevail and succeed the throne of Morbid Reich in the capital of death metal, Necropolis! Metal-Rules catches up with Piotr ‘Peter’ Wiwczarek to talk about the upcoming release of their new effort TIBI ET IGNI, Rob Halford, Lemmy, Metalcore and Nu Metal and finally life and death…
Metal-Rules.com: Hello, Peter! I am very happy for this interview and greetings from Greece! First of all, how are you doing? And where are you checking in from today?
Thanx for greetings my Friend! I am at home right now. Pretty much rare event in my life, to be honest 😉 Usually I tour or travel somewhere, you know. This is but only few days I may spend with my Family. In Friday I come back to the studio in Bialystok to continue my work on the new album. The whole December and now January are the two months I was very busy and Vader guys as well. Even now, in this very moment I work with new lyrics and leads. Can’t wait to hear the ultimate result.
Metal-Rules.com: And we even more!hehe! So, I would like to ask you a question that will make you travel many years ago. When you started Vader, could you have possibly imagined that 20 years later you’d still be together? I know that many line-up changes Vader have been put through and you are the only constant member of Vader. In other words, you are Vader.
I could only hope, that we may stay together. Y’know – line-up changes were following us since very beginning, so all what was happening in all those years did not shock me as much. One exception – Doc (w.n.: He means Krzysztof “Docent” Raczkowski who has passed away). We were together for really long time and those moments were very fundamental for Vader and our style. The days, when I had to say goodbye to Doc were definitely of the hardest ones. That was however one of those decisions, which give you any chance to continue in the future all, what you love to do.
Metal-Rules.com: How did you come up with the band name? It just was because you are fan of Star wars or?
Yes. I am „Star Wars” enthusiast. I really like the idea and the whole story created by Lucas. However I’m not that „crazy” kinda fan. I know such people and I totally support this passion. The name came up many years ago, at the beginning of 80’s, when we were looking for a proper name for an extreme Metal band. There were some nice names, from which I remember only „Terror” at the moment 😉 We all in the band were pretty much under „Star Wars” influence. There was 6th episode premiere in those days and VADER came up pretty natural as great name for such kinda band like us. Long time ago…. far away behind the iron curtain…the whole story began.
Metal-Rules.com: A lot of bands are more respected in other countries than their homeland. How is Vader received in Poland?
We are same respected in the whole world. Vader never was really pushed by media or special promotion. We have but die hard fans around the world still following the band. Some of them know us since very beginning…. Poland and local media in our country does not give Vader real attention but this is general problem for the whole Metal scene. We live parallel to all this „business” so nothing really hurt us. We still are able to do couple tours in Poland every two years so we have many Fans. Should I expect more? 😉
Metal-Rules.com: Vader has been playing for the past 30 years. I’m sure you had many difficulties throughout this time… What makes you always keep pushing forward?
Passion for Metal Music! The only reason, why and how I get through all those problems in past three decades is because I love Metal. The only difference between first and last 15 years of Vader existence is professionalism and responsibility. This is not „just playing what I like” since so many people are involved in each next project and since Vader became my main and only job. Me and all those chosen to be part of the Band the recent years still strongly believe in potential of Vader and this keeps us away from routine. The world around us keeps changing but does not touch the core of Vader. We evolve but we stay Vader tho. And we love it… 😉
Metal-Rules.com: Can you tell me a little more about the lyrics that you usually write. What’s the thing that inspires you?
Life and Death… I don’t care how cliché it sounds but this is true! I could even define all in a word „life” because it does include everything. I describe my feelings in my lyrics. They are not of course just plain stories taken from my private diary… All emotions are put between the lines, set in stories more or less coded.
Metal-Rules.com: How important is it to you that people pay attention to your lyrics apart from listening to your music?
Lyrics were never priority in Metal to me. However they are so they should be at least significant. Vocal was more an instrument to me. I put an attention more on expression then on meaning. More on rhythm then on words themselves. Atmosphere were always created by some pictures. That’s why english is so much better to create, what I want. In last years but I changed a bit the whole way and lyrics became more then just next instrument. I also started to „sing” in less grindcore style-if You know what I mean. It makes sense now. I have way more to say, even if still use the same set of words. It’s called „experience” 😉 Stories written by me are more personal today. Interpretation is but still kinda free to listeners. This was always very important to me. Imagination is a key to understand Vader…if You really wanna get deeper into our dark Art.
Metal-Rules.com: You are about to release your next album, TIBI ET IGNI instead of the previously announced name STRAIGHT TO HELL. Why did you decide to change the album’s name?
That was only „working” title. Since I have a name – I feel like I started something already. Next chapter… It never happened I think, that first name was the ultimate title for a new album. „Straight to Hell” was a „compass” to me. I knew the main concept for new stuff and that name gave me some creative motivation. After I get deeper into the process I found „Tibi et Igni” better title for new Vader tho. Fire is not maybe as conceptional like „blood” was on „Impressions…”. It is however a main theme.
Metal-Rules.com: What’s new does Vader bring by this upcoming release regarding the previous album? What’s the new thing on it?
I is not me, who’s gonna judge it. There are some „different” songs on „Tibi..” like „The end”, „Hexenkessel” or „Worms of Eden”. It is not but any revolutionary moves in Vader’s creation. we are not a band who needs to change direction every few years to feel good and more progressive. I measure „progress” with different factors. We do evolve with every next year and with each new member joining us. We don’t realy need to play different and add new „philosophy” to it. Some bands like to do it… Vader is Vader.
Metal-Rules.com: How did you get into playing music?
Natural need I guess. I live with music around since very beginning. It was a matter of time, since I start to play and create in my own. I started with what was available in Poland in late 70’s and beginning of 80’s. Abba or Bee Gees or some local pop. Then came Hard Rock when I was 14-15 years old. Black Sabbath was my first step into something serious I think. Then came Judas, Motorhead, Accept and all that New Wave of Heavy Metal. I started to play bass, then guitar in Vader – just after we started to play together. Then You know… Slayer came out and all has changed 😉
Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on other kinds of music?
Who cares? 😉 Of course I do listen to other styles of music. I can’t call myself as the one who like everything, however I have my favorites same in classical music and pop. All depends on mood… I am not as hard core orthodox as I was in 90’s, though 70% of all music I listen to is still Metal. I love soundtracks as well or some sort of music from 30’s or 40’s. Really hard to name all what I have in vinyls, CDs or mp3 😉
Metal-Rules.com: Is there any Greek metal bands that you really like or want to share the stage?
We did share stage with Greek bands plenty of times. Bands like Rotting Christ or Septic Flesh are specially close to me. I know also Inactive Messiah and Suicidal Angels. Good people and great Metal \m/
Metal-Rules.com: And now I would like to discuss about some deplorable events. We are in the middle of 2014 and recently three big metal persons have passed away… Ronnie James Dio, Peter Steele and Paul Grey (SLIPKNOT) and finaly Jeff Hanneman (SLAYER) Are the last 4 years the most depressing years of heavy metal?
What can I say? The time has come… It was way too early of course, but…we live to die. All those personalities You just mentioned will still live in Their works. They were very influencing men also for me. Respect Them…or die!
Metal-Rules.com: What do you think of today’s music industry in general?
Once we kept saying that „business kills the Art”… Nothing changed in this matter. Today Metal business helps to become a star to many. Sometimes this way to the top is not really natural – like it was in the past. Selling spots on festivals, buying cover pages on bigger magazines, pushing „new talents” … this is pretty common today. Metal scene was always proud and ambitious and such kind of politic was alien in this music. Much changed in last 30 years tho and there is just bunch majors (I’m talking just about „big business” now of course) left in Europe, which are at least trying to keep the spirit.
Metal-Rules.com: Is technology part of your life or are you still a “romantic”?
Can’t these both factors exist together? I am „romantic” and that was (and is) the reason WHY I love and create Metal for so many years. In my work however I use pen and paper even today. I took years until I started to use my Mac and Cubase to create riffs. A „vintage” kinda guy , Y’know 😉 I love but all gadgets like my iPhone (sometimes I think, that I am addicted ) or notebook. My life is dominated by traveling and those toys make it way easier to me.
Metal-Rules.com: I have beholden that heavy metal changes through the decades. Heavy and Thrash metal dominated over in 80’s, Death, Black and Power metal in 90’s and Metalcore and Nu Metal in the 00’s in general. 2010 was the beginning sign of the new decade. What do you see for the future?
Metal is Metal – good or cheap. This ”style domination” is run by record companies and magazines brainwashing fans since several years. In 80’s many different Metal waves could exist parallel and have their enthusiasts . Selling is but better if You push and promote particular one style to take then profit in a season. I’ve got a filling, that all those „Metal sorts” counted by You above are still important for those who follows. Popularity on first pages in color magazines do not matter to them. Metal Core or Nu Metal? What the fuck is that? I think that some US labels keep trying to „discover America once again”. Y’know: with putting several great dishes to one pot You can’t create a top delicious masterpiece but damned shit…like exactly happens in our stomach. I have no filling about this „creature”. I just do not get it. What’s gonna happen in the near future? We’ll see Dude 😉 It looks and sounds like some „old Metal touch” is coming back again. Emotions and riffs became more important then technical circus…again. And this is good in my opinion.Technical abilities are not a problem – of course – but can’t be an Art itself. If I go to Metal show I don’t give a fuck about how many arpeggios a guitarist is ready to play or which is BP the drummer is able to hit his snare…C’mon! The other problem is „a show” itself. I always thought that Metal is much more then just music. I love Rob Halford for leather jackets and spikes or Lemmy for His bullet belt BUT first of all for great music and performances! Some bands today think more about the image then riffs they create. Metal is still a Music tho! Y’know what I mean, right?
Metal-Rules.com: If you could pick only one musician to work with, who would that be and why?
I like to work with different type of men. However loyalty was -and still is – so important factor to me, as you work in team. The whole Vader story was builded on loyalty, passion and hard work. So not a name is important to me but character of a person.
Metal-Rules.com: Could you respond to the following terms in just one word or sentence:
Thrash metal: Glorious Past
Politics: pride and filth
Prison Break (TV series): killing time
Black Sabbath: the Beginning
Metal-Rules.com: Peter, thank you for this interview. I wish to you and the rest guys of ‘Vader’ all the best!!!
I thank you very much for the nice chat dude!!! Hope to see You in HELLada!!! soon 😉 Horns up \m/