The electro dark band that steals the show
They have been a band since 2014, they come from Rhodes, but they currently live and createtheir music in Athens. They have made great steps in the alternative music scene, with 10 releases so far and this bright career does not stop here. They have just signed their collaboration with Metropolis Records and on March 12 they release their new album Singles & Rarities. Certainly, this collaboration will give us a lot in the future. So, let’s meet Kristal Ann and Toxic Razor better.
Guys, how did you meet each other?
At a student party. Quite simply, as people usually meet each other.
Tell us a few things about your first steps into music before Paradox Obscur was born. How did you decide to become Paradox Obscur afterwards?
Toxic Razor: When I was in Rhodes, I had started a project called Resistance of Independent Music. When we met again in Rhodes we decided, that, because we had a lot in common, we could do some things together and so we decided that Kristal Ann could start as well.
Kristal Ann: We started together because I wanted to support the project that Toxic Razorhad started. I like to get involved in more teamwork and so we started Paradox Obscur. Inthe meantime, I also started my solo project,
Which was the main inspiration behind the band’s name?
Concerning the name, we wanted something that reflected a darker, perhaps colder sound.Musically, we wanted to move into more simple and minimal directions. The project Resistance of Independent Music also had more natural instruments, such as guitar or bass,so with Paradox Obscur we wanted a purely electronic direction.So far, you have done important collaborations as Paradox Obscur.
Tell us a name with whom you would love to work with.
Kristal Ann: Because I generally like beautiful voices, I would love to do a duet with thesinger of VNV Nation, Ronan Harris, or something with Stephan Groth from ApoptygmaBerzerk.
Toxic Razor: There are many remarkable artists that we would like to collaborate with, notonly in the electronic dark scene, but also in the more alternative and metal scene, which isthe one I have been listening to for many years. Οf course, every collaboration depends onthe chemistry between the two artists, so it does not always work.
What do you like to listen? Which are your music influences, the ones that inspire you?
Kristal Ann: I started listening to a lot of classic rock, i.e., Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, RoryGallagher, all those classic rocks that made history in music. Then, I turned my attention todark jazz and contemporary dark jazz. I like blues very much too, i.e., all these more classicthings, so I do not know how I ended up listening to electronic music. Whoever listens to ourmusic can distinguish various influences within the sounds we create.
Toxic Razor: I listen to different things depending on the mood, darkwave, psychedelictrance, electro, synth wave, EBM, metal. Of course, my favorites are the electronic musicand metal rock, but I mostly lean towards black metal which is also my favorite music genre.
Which is your favorite song when you are on stage and what song do you see that the audience loves a little more when you perform live?
Surely, Dark Fortress. When we open our lives with this, the audience will definitely start todance in its rythm, but also, whenever we sing Flesh and Cold November, we see a greatresponse from the audience. Mainly, we can talk about our older songs because we have notsung the new ones in front of an audience yet. Their release coincided with the pandemic, sowe do not have any feedback yet.Which is the best advice you have been given in relation to music and by whom?When we were living in Rhodes, we were somehow isolated and we didn’t have relationswith a lot of people, especially with people who listen to this music genre, so generally wehave not given any advice. Whatever we managed to do, we did it ourselves, it was anoutcome of improvised and personal work.
What is the most beautiful and the most difficult part of being a musician in Greece?
In Greece, it is definitely difficult to be a musician, especially in this music genre, becausethere is no support from media, there is no possibility to do much, and the scenes arelimited. Also, there aren’t any appropriate halls, with the appropriate audio equipment inorder to realize whatever you have in your mind. As for the most beautiful thing, it is difficultto answer. The truth is that we have not done many live shows in Greece, most of them areabroad, so we do not have a wider view of the audience that follows or listens to Paradox Obscur here in Greece.
Which was the most memorable concert for you, in which place?
In Berlin. It was incredible, the vibes were very intense, with a lot of people, with people who really came to have fun, to have a good time, to enjoy it. There were a lot of people who did not know us and yet, we saw that they had become one with our songs.”
You are now in your 10th release. You began with Peripheral Minimal Records, then with Young & Cold Records, and now you signed with Metropolis Records, which have collaborated with big, known names and I was very happy to hear about this collaboration. Tell us a few things about this collaboration but also about the new album that we are waiting on March 12. ‘
The collaboration begins now with a collection of songs that were existed in various onlinecollections. The album will also contain an unreleased track and it will be released on March 12 with the title Singles & Rarities. It was something that we had in our minds, we wanted todo it at some point, to join all these songs together. Then, the proposal from MetropolisRecords came, so, since we had the material gathered and we are actually writing our nextalbum, but we have not completed anything yet, we suggested these songs to be released first.
If the pandemic leaves us, what we can expect from Paradox Obscur in 2021?
Is there any plan, any possible concerts?So far, we see that things are difficult for 2021. There are some dates for lives abroad, butthey are open because we cannot know what will happen, we are all in lockdown, so we donot know whether these lives will take place or not. However, in 2022, we will definitely doseveral things.The pandemic was also a big minus for the promotion of SYNΘESIS, because the album wasreleased at the beginning of the pandemic and we could not do any live to promote it. We had arranged various things, and some other proposals were open too but, unfortunately, inall this mess, everything was canceled.
You previously mentioned something about a new album, can we expect a new release?
There will be a new album in 2022. We are currently working on the new songs, which westarted recording last spring, during April-May. In fact, they are songs like the single that wereleased last month, Universe, which was recorded during these recordings, but it did notmatch with the rest of the songs that will be in the album so, we decided to release it as asingle. The album is by 80% ready, it needs a little more work, but we will finish it, we are onthe right track. However, until 2022, we may release some singles in between.
I would like to thank Paradox Obscur for the honor to be at the Persona Grata Live Radio Show with me.
You can listen to Paradox Obscur music:
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/25xk4G8ue1fryBd3ac1Qw3Apostolos Grabovas