Interview with Moloch

MOLOCH is a Polish electronic music / black metal artist based in Opole, Poland. His music can be described as eerie, dark an sinister yet melodic and sometimes even romantic. Hailing from the land of Frederic Chopin, inspired by sci-fi & horror B-movies’ music comes a classically-trained multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Fabian Filiks. His musical alter-ego, MOLOCH, has already gained some recognition. Now the time has come to fully unleash his scheme.

Since his debut in 2006 Fabian Filiks has already released a handful of albums under different names, including 5 full-length releases and 2 Eps. His most notable work was with the black metal act Zørormr in which musicians like Mike Wead (King Diamond), Cezar Augustynowicz (Christ Agony) and many more participated. Now, after over a decade of different musical ventures Fabian Filiks returns as MOLOCH with a compilation of his works of dungeon synth / dark ambient.

Check out his double album on Bandcamp.

Headphones For Robots: Who is Moloch?
Moloch: I’m an electronic music / black metal artist based in Opole, Poland.

HFR: How did you start making music? Could you tell us a bit about your musical and non musical influences?

M: As a kid I learned to play the piano for 4 or 5 years. It wasn’t perhaps the most solid and classical education but it I even played some small, closed shows. But that was in the beginning of the 90’s. Many things changed over the years but my passion for music hasn’t changed a bit. In the meantime, I learned to play the guitar, the bass, started some bands, failed to get out of the rehearsal rooms and in the end debuted in 2006 as a solo artist. I come from a musical family. Perhaps we were no Von Trapps, but then again a lot of my kin was in a way involved with music activities. So am I. As for the influences it can be anything that resonates with my soul. Both in terms of fact and fiction, movies, games, films and other music as well.

HFR: You have just released “The Vatican Cellars”, a massive 2CD compilation entitled. What is the story of all these tracks?

M: Last year (2016) marked the tenth anniversary of my debut release “Withering Hopes”. I started to record music back in 2004 it was 2006 that started it all for me. Since then I released two more albums within the dungeon synth / dark ambient genre. And switched to black metal with Zorormr with which I recorded 3 albums and one EP (with a fourth album coming 2018). I think that I wanted to have a sense of closure for that electronic music period in my “career”. But as I started to think about doing a compilation of those old tracks I figured out it could be also a good way to start things up and dust off the keys (laugh). I think “The Vatican Cellars” as an album can work as a great introduction to my music. You have tracks spanning from 2004-2011. You have history and a promise of the future as well…

HFR: What was your approach on writing music? Which are the steps you make when songwriting?

M: I’ve always believed that music has to be about something. Sound should have a narrative. Should tell a story. It doesn’t always have to be so obvious A to Z. But I believe in storytelling in music. I look for inspirations everywhere. Mostly I get that from books and pop culture. There’s many of that in my tracks. I love the old horror movies, old sci-fi flicks as well. So it all resonates in a way in both how my music sounds and what it’s all about. I tend to make a layout of a record I intend to do and compose in a pattern. I always try to have meaningful titles. So they always give you a glimpse of what you can expect from a track. Then I lay the tracks, record everything and polish the sound till I get what I wanted.

HFR: Could you tell us a bit about your “go to” equipment? What do you use when writing a song and which are your favorite instruments?

M: Since the beginning, I used only FL Studio and a simple Key Rig 49 key controller from M-AUDIO and an Alesis Io2 interface. Nowadays I have two interfaces, Line 6 Pod Studio UX2 and Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. For my main controller, I chose the Nektar Impact LX61+. The additional controller is Code 25 from M-AUDIO. I also use AKAI MPD 218 while I’m arranging drums. I have a simple set of 2 ADM-5 studio monitors by Reloop and some smaller ones from Fostex. For recording guitars, I use ESP LTD EX-360 axe and F-104 bass. And that’s about it. As far as the synths go I tend to use not so much sounds. Less means more. So I’m all about good bass, good drums, and church organ. I think you can never have enough that church sound (laugh).

HFR: What do you plan next?

M: Alea jacta est (laugh). Now it’s time to release something absolutely new. And that’s what I’m working on right now. A full-length concept album deeply rooted in the style of the 80’s horror soundtracks. I do fight my way to play live shows, and I’m open to any kind of collaboration. So if you want me perform I’m here to indulge you…

HFR: Last words?

M:  Thanks for having me! It was a pleasure! Don’t forget to visit my Temple at http://facebook.com/templefomoloch for the latest updates on everything Moloch \m/

Support Moloch:
Facebook: http://facebook.com/templeofmoloch
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/moloch84
Bandcamp: http://templeofmoloch.bandcamp.com
Website: http://www.templeofmoloch.com

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