Please introduce yourself.
Precaria: I am the main man behind Precaria, for which I use the pseudonym Hermit Ov Tehom.
When was your band created?
Precaria: The band as a concept started out in 2004, at that time I composed the songs that could never be released until 2013 with the help of the new drummer, there was never a real activity period with Precaria in the past, everything remained in ideas and there were no gigs, until 2010 in which (as the new drummer joined) we began to play live very often and began recording right away that pending old stuff on a very limited tape that features the old artwork that was made for the demo (but never used) 6 years before. So in conclusion, you can technically state that the official activities began on 2010, although the concept was conceived way before.
What style do you play?
Precaria: A malformed style of orthodox black metal, violent, chaotic, intense and oppressive.
How could you describe your music by several words?
Precaria: Acausal, devotional and transcendental.
What is the main theme of your lyrics?
Precaria: Well, I would like to clarify some point here. Evolution through experience is one of the only factors that can be valued of being human. Through experience we develop what’s necessary to continue progressing on our path… My lyrics at first were very nihilistic, then depressing, then hateful and now they have a balance of hatred with left hand path themes. I always wrote in a misanthropic way (not just for the sake of doing so, but because I am really this way) so you’ll find the lyrics of the old songs to be on an anti-all posture. Years later, I went through the most severe depression I had. Yes, I suffer from it since a child. But by my age I have proved that no doctor, no mental institute and no meds will help (in fact they just get you worse), and from my current beliefs, I see depression as a mundane human weakness, and this provides me the way to fight it and bypass it. Easy, if it resembles more ‘humanity’ within me, it must be eliminated. I do accept that my brain has irregular ‘injuries’ that have been causing the chemical unbalance throughout my life, because I’ve seen their graphics [location and sizes] (yeah, just as the common cases of serial killers: living in isolation, depression, plus brain damage and a chaotic childhood, lol, I’m the next threat for society). What makes me better is that I know how to channel those impulses, and it is through black art. It doesn’t just keep me away from doing something dumb, but is also showing me things that otherwise wouldn’t have been revealed, deeper things that I am willing to express with the lyrics that are being written for future material.
What would you like to achieve with the band activity?
Precaria: Spreading the chaos is one of my purposes on this plane. Performing live and delivering studio work are ways to make more present all of this. Through this black art flows the dark energies that must be delivered to this world. I’m just doing my job here.
How many gigs you have played so far and maybe you visit another countries with concerts?
Precaria: Unfortunately there is not a journal in which we’ve marked gigs and dates. I can just tell you that we have been active playing live since late 2010 and have opened to some mainstream black metal bands, which I really don’t feel proud about. There are no interesting bands being brought to the country, always the same ‘old-school’ fellows (its what these people request, I guess). And we have been invited to other countries like Greece, Russia and Ukraine (until now), but I’m the only member that is in conditions to travel, Opposus Discordia lacks documents as the passport and visa and Necrum Caprio has a serious job that makes it almost impossible for him not to be busy with it. I’m also planning to moving for a while to my hometown in Texas, getting some money there and see where I go to live, possibilities are limitless and I can be pretty much of a nomad. This would mean splitting up Precaria’s line-up, but by that time the band will have grown up much more and will probably be easier to find at least 2 or 3 members that could fit, the hard thing will be that they can stand my personality, (lol, there have been ‘castings’ of guitarists and bassists that tend to just change their mind and leave because it’s not what they expected. Rehearsals are to rehearse, not to waste the time drinking and socializing, as rude as it can be, but that’s the way it is with me, full commitment) and I’m always very demanding with the members to get better and better and strive to deliver more than their 100%, because I’m conscious of what Precaria’s purpose is, and its not simply a band, its much, but far much more than that, musically and ideologically…
Is there anything very important about your band what SHOULD know fans and labels?
Precaria: Let the music speak by itself, listening will tell you everything you need to know.
What formats you would like to see your releases, CD, Vinyl, Tape…? And how do you see future of physical releases?
Precaria: Well, for sure having an analog version of the release is always important, at first, I wanted to release the full-length debut album in Vinyl but finally released it on CD, because on Vinyl it was almost like the cost of making the double number of CDs I could press. There was no economic help from anyone and that’s what my possibilities let me do at the time, in fact, I still don’t recover all what was spent, add an artwork from one of the most expensive designers and all the studio time of the production periods… In what conditions do you think I ended living? Yes, doing everything by yourself is incredibly hard if you aren’t good at maintaining jobs/interacting with people. A fine Irish reviewer said something I want to quote here “Superbly conceived and executed ‘Precaria Ex Humanitas’ contains six lengthy tracks of sublime, spiritual old-school blackness that stretch out across 52 rewarding minutes. This is the rare antidote to mainstream, horrendous pretenders and I just hope some label has the courage and / or means to one day grant it a vinyl release. Stunning.” Yeah, hopefully a label offers to release the proper Vinyl version I could not give it… About your secondary question, I can assure you that the physical will always remain alive, even if everyone now listens to lossy mp3 mutilations of the real audio, there will always be true enthusiasts and collectors or people who simply likes your stuff and will support you by buying the physical release. So they will not die!
When you will get label deal, would you like to help to the label with promotion from your side, or you want the label do all without your help?
Precaria: As for now, all the promotion has been independently done, having presence on the wide networks to be notifying news and making easier to get in touch with the band, delivering our music to stores like iTunes, Amazon, CDbaby and to streaming apps/sites as Spotify, Last.fm, Rhapsody, Deezer… Having youtube presence on channels with decent amount of subscribers, having the material reviewed and featured on webzines and printed fanzines, going to the post office to send albums various times a week… Precaria has been its own label, (label which is called Desavenencia) no one taught me how, its simply what’s natural if you want your band to grow, you just take the initiative and get your work to be known. So I am now so accustomed to it that having a label would not be a reason to stop doing it, it wouldn’t be like “Thanks, I leave the job in your hands”, never, it would be more like a “Let’s boost this thing together”.
Whats your reaction towards negative opinions about your music?
Precaria: Observe, analyze, learn, that’s the key, not giving importance to worthless opinions. I do appreciate objective critics, as how the guitars saturate in the record (no one has told me that, but I know it). Opinions will always be valued if they are meant to say something useful, but I don’t base the stuff I do on what someone has to say, that would kill the essence of everything. If someone mails me a hating email criticizing the stuff (it has until now, happened 3 times and all the senders have been from my local area! I bet they also have bands. They don’t even bother to use IP masks), when this happens usually give a cold ‘thanks for your feedback’ and that’s all, they probably realize that their attempt to attack didn’t give results. And to any band that worries about those type of comments, just let them comment, if you let them affect you, they are winning the battle. Just be true about your music and do what you think is right to do, always strive to improve for your own, not for the eyes of the rest.
And last question, how do you like our webzine, do you have some remarks towards its look or functionality?
Precaria: Its always nice to see that someone is reviewing, interviewing and promoting at the same time, my only words would be to keep it up and never let your flame dim out.