I am Gene Single – a young man from Ukraine, who composes and records weird heavy music.
When your band was created?
I started this project using name Santiago Paskuda in 2012.
What the style do you play?
I don’t really know how to define it and I feel confused myself. Probably combination of different kinds of metal, elements of witch house and darkwave, maybe something else, in different songs in different amounts. With specific vocals.
How could you describe your music by several words?
Desperate. Dark. Heavy. Melodic. Catchy melodies.
What is the main theme of your lyrics?
Upcoming album “Tornado Dreams” is mostly about my personal feelings about my existence. Probably it will be close to some listeners as well.
Previous works (on “Cradle my Rock” and “Girls of Porn”) had more humour in them. But again, not very kind.
What would you like to achieve with the band activity?
There is no chance to become a rich rock star anyway, so it’s just an attempt to satisfy my instincts of a social animal, which are becoming less and less relevant with years.
How many gigs you have played so far and maybe you visit another countries with concerts?
I have never played live and most likely will never do.
Is there anything very important about your band what SHOULD know fans and labels?
I don’t use dynamic compression or peak limiting to maximize the volume.
What the formats you would like to see your releases, CD, Vinyl, Tape…? And how do you see future of physical releases?
CD-R, written of FLAC files, is the cheapest and the best option for my digitally recorded music, if it is listened on a Hi-Fi stereo system properly, not even necessarily an expensive one. I have never explored seriously the vynil format and cannot compare, but anyway it’s a matter of taste. The only thing that makes me upset is that people, even die hard music lovers, don’t usually listen music properly on a good stereo to receive all details and character of music. And that’s why modern music is normally spoiled with compression to make it better for cheap equipment, so there is even no option to find a good sounding modern release, since 95-96.
Mine is not recorded at an expensive professional studio, but anyway it sounds better on a Hi-Fi stereo. So I would prefer it to be listened on it, just for the price of a blank CD-R.
Physical releases are going to extinct with time, I think. Even Hi-Fi music lovers already have an option of keeping music in FLAC files in Hi-Fi storage vaults instead of CDs or vynils. But the vaults are still too expensive to replace CDs completely, and you still need a separate digital player apart from the vault to play music from it. But probably it will become cheaper in future.
When you will get label deal, would you like to help to the label with promotion from your side, or you want label do all without your help?
It depends on a label. The more it does instead of me – the better, of course. But I don’t mind to participate.
What’s your reaction towards negative opinions about your music?
It’s a matter of taste and it’s completely normal if it’s not someone’s cup of tea. And the way of expression of one’s opinion is a matter of intelligence. I will not be offended if someone says something aggressive or laughs at my music. And probably will even agree.
And last question, how do you like our webzine, do you have some remarks towards its look or functionality?
It looks nice, comfortable to navigate and to read.
Gene Single is a young man from Ukraine, who composes and records music as a solo artist and releases it through internet.
In the beginning the project got the name Santiago Paskuda and was supposed to be an adult film industry-themed music, however then the direction was completely changed to heavier and darker sound and themes.
In 2012 EP “Girls of Porn” was self-released online.
2014 album “Cradle my Rock” was released by a couple of small netlabels and by New Zealand metal label Satanica Productions on CD.
The upcoming album “Tornado Dreams” is ready and is going to be released under the new artist’s name Gene Single. It has mostly “metal” sound unlike many of previous songs, though it is still a combination of specific singing, metal rhytm guitar (heavy,- black-, death- and doom-metal elements in different songs in different amounts) with heavy synth background, melodic keyboard and guitar solos. There were also made significant improvements in recording and mastering, which removed the flaws, that prevented the earlier recordings from getting more attention and better promotion.