Peter Shallmin (ESCAPETHECULT, Kamlath) put together an avant-garde grind project called Stench Price featuring members of Brutal Truth, Necrophagist, Cynic, Hail of Bullets, Paganizer, Putrevore, etc. The project’s self titled EP can best be described as grindcore with offbeat bossa/samba and lounge music unlike anything I have heard before. Once I heard it, I had to know more about the mastermind behind this supergroup of sorts. See what Shallmin had to say after the jump.
How did you first get into playing music and have you achieved the level of success that you always hoped to achieve?
The level of success, the point is very subjective. What is the success? The amount of sold CDs, publications, reviews? Most likely, but being in a social life. Personally, I care who, where (in which country, continent) and how many people have heard my music. I’m trying, moving, and seemingly not resting for a long time. What I wanted to do — I have already done. I still have targets that I want to achieve, but for the most part, it’s more ambitious projects at the crossroads of art and music.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, debased and praised? If you don’t have a story please tell us any embarrassing story.
I have no interest in the commercial component of the project, I spent a lot of money for its implementation and STENCH PRICE’s budget is comparable to the normal budget of a major band. The important thing for me is to write music and create an EVENT, unusual, exciting, which connects the unconnected things, different creative minds. The EVENT that brings the reaction, different reactions. It is amusing to observe that practically every review begins with an assessment of who and whom has collected and which commercial effect should I achieve, only pointing out all these BIG names that for sure will bring buckets of cash.
Don’t you think for a sec that I just wanted to gather them all together? Across the oceans and distance. To collect for the first time ever a diverse and fascinating and freaky team that can work and produce results. Damn it, before you open your mouth, think first – I’m from Siberia, where there is nothing to do with show business or big names or a big metal community. Make it better than me, organize everything like I did (or even better) and feel the thrill of the process and the results!
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
The worst thing, in my subjective opinion, that we didn’t create anything new in music — everything that we play today, was created by our fathers. We just vibrate in their rhythm and create our own “pictures”, but it’s only reruns. Sometimes they are very successful and the whole world vibrates with these harmonies.
Today, the music becomes louder, more aggressive, faster — yes, life, speed of life has increased flows. Remember the albums of the eighties, the nineties — they are light and warm. Aggression, rebelliousness of the time cannot be compared with the current state. We live in a supersonic world. Music is no longer a mystery, secret, a rare and memorable event. Every minute lets out albums, singles, songs and styles. Each new album becomes obsolete the next day. Or even faster. Thousands of albums, styles and artists are burying the “predecessor”. We actually stopped to listen to the entire albums. This is a favorite time of the button «skip. Today we have no time for the music. It is sad. But this is truth of the times and we don’t know what awaits us further. Of course, there will be new talented musicians, new approaches, innovation, but by the time our generation is buried it will become the “property” of the new generation.
Today’s metal (pop, jazz, classic…whatever) is, of course, music, sometimes seemingly individual and personal, but still retains the feeling that something and somewhere we have ALREADY heard.
The most remarkable thing that happened with the MUSIC and musicians, in particular, now that there are no limits or restrictions — you can work with musicians all over the world without leaving home. The level of music technology reached great peaks, today, almost nothing is impossible. Only your own desire and you can even work with anyone wherever you want.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
I’m 40. One day my classmate invited me to listen to a new record, which brought his older brother. In his absence (the brother) I first heard the band called very strange, Kiss … a few days later I learned about Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Accept –- it was a blast. But the first album in my life that completely changed my mind was, is and will stay “Master Of Puppets” by Metallica. Then I found my bands as Voivod, Death, Bathory and Primus…
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
No issues connected with my social life I wanted to explain in my music. I just take a guitar and music flows or not flows…
What’s the stickiest you have ever been?
I beckon unusual projects, truly original, not similar artists to anybody, who has their own style, touch, charisma. Connect impossible things, to push the limits and overcome barriers. Yes it is a difficult path, but sometimes I’m not interested in any other way.
I experiment and will continue to do just what I want to with MUSIC, ART as I see and feel it.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
Just listen to the music, really listen to it carefully, pay more attention. Your criticism, your words are directly or indirectly dependent on the fate of the musician… A hard working musician.
What’s your goal? Are you thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
I’ve played with many projects throughout my musical career. A world domination, why not? STENCH PRICE will give it a good try. Invading one? With pure Siberian vibe I do it via KAMLATH. I’ve started the cult with my own ESCAPETHECULT. I played bossa and house music. So many great musicians around the bowl I’ve worked with already. To say seriously, I just want to be heard. The more audience I can cover with my music the better. I create music not for myself. For the listener. For this Planet.
When you’re not listening to, writing or playing metal, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently?
I was always in and around music. In it I will stay until the last breath. She brought me a lot of joy and loss, I live life breathing music, I set myself the goal driving by music. It gives me the strength, spirit, and all that I represent from itself in the social world. I listen to it every day, I can just sit and listen, no matter what artist, pop music, metal, jazz … it doesn’t matter. It is important that it was genuine, and then it will always be with me.
Many thanks to Peter Shallmin for his time!