Can you tell us a bit more about your background and how you became an artist?
The first thing that comes to my mind is listening to "Stairway to Heaven" at the age of 12. That was the moment when I had become acquainted with my vocation. The thirst to learn more about magick in music got stronger. To quench my thirst I gazed deep into the abyss and drank from the bitter waters of self-knowledge. I was brought to the realization that there is a choice in all you do. I took the choice to be who I am with no compromise.
Which artists have inspired you in your creative process?
Anything that stimulates me to be creative. Everything from Beethoven to the work of Alejandro Jodorowsky. An open mind is the key to real inspiration.
What is your creative process like and how do you see the relation between music and the occult?
My personal view is that the occult is an omnipresent factor in music. It is the current that flows through everything. I use that energy and transform it into something tangible while doing my best to maintain the purity of the source from where it originates. Music is a catalyst for pure energy.
Put the tree of life in front of your inner eye: at the top (Kether) is the initial spark and the inspiring source that sets the creative process into motion. As that spark moves down the tree, it becomes clearer and clearer what it truly is. It becomes denser and denser until it manifests in Malkuth.
Do you know the feeling when you are listening to a song that makes you cry while reminding you of something long forgotten? Chances are that it has passed through the process described above.
Are you working with certain concepts in mind or do certain images 'manifest' while being actively involved in occult practices?
I use the concept of "Musical Meditation". It all begins with a spark - a moment of inspiration. Then I follow that spark to see where it wants to lead me. If it is a place worth going to for me and the listener, I let that spark turn into a flame. It means becoming aware of the subject I am dealing with and finding the right musical vocabulary to translate it into a more perceivable form. In more grounded terms it means that I sit down with my instrument and put all my focus on the section I am working on.
I try out different things while observing my inner reactions. When I am feeling a profund emotional response while playing, I know that I am on the right track. You have to be willing to be confronted with very strong emotions if you want to bring your art into alignment with that initial spark. That process is repeated with every single aspect of the composition.
From the structure to the arrangement to what the individual instruments play. Every single note must be infused with intention. This is not an intellectual process, even though the rational mind may help at certain times. It is about focusing your pure will on the very thing you want to manifest.
What do you believe is a key element in creating a good composition?
All the theoretical knowledge in the world amounts to nothing if you are not willing to put it into practice. In every field of art it is important to know your craft. However, if you truly want to become a master, you have to face your emotions and get your hands dirty. You might feel intense and uncomfortable emotions, yet that is the beauty of true art. It wakes you up from idleness.
What do you feel makes your work truly unique and your own?
Every artist has a unique voice. However, the hard part is listening to it. That is true for me as well as for you, dear reader. It takes work to embrace your own uniqueness.
There will always be people who tell you otherwise. Totally disregard them and follow your heart! The more you ignore the utter hogwash of self-proclaimed "experts", the closer you will get to your own true self.
Anything else you wish to share with our readers?
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Niko Biberger on behalf of 777