Just after their concert that literally transported me, I meet the two spirits hidden behind Harakiri For The Sky in their backstage. Behind this deep and engaging music there are two really adorable and sensitive people who are really interested in their fans as you will discover in the interview.


Can you introduce us Harakiri For The Sky ?

M.S: We are just two musicians who make music that we like. There’s nothing more to add. What is important to us is that we do things that come straight from our hearts. We’re are old friends making music together.


How would you define your sound ?

J.J: We play post black metal.


What are the main differences between black metal and post black metal ?

M.S.: The digital influences.

J.J: To me there are two definitions for post black metal. On one hand it is black metal that is mixed with post rock. On the other hand, it means that it is a style that has evolved from original black metal style and it is “post” because more than twenty years ago that original black metal style was different.

M.S: It means that there are new elements added to this original style.


What are your main influences in original black metal ?

J.J: Burzum, for example.

M.S: All the classics like Mayhem.

J.J: Yeah, the classics like Darkthrone, Satyricon and maybe for me also many bands like Naglfar.

M.S: Winterland.

J.J: Dissection.


What can you tell me about the feedbacks received about “Arson” ?

M.S: I think they are even better than the ones we received for “Trauma”.

J.J: Yeah me too !

M.S.: Yeah because of course we had more promotion. But the biggest step for us was to record with real drums and I think it’s just more mature in general. I think that with every new album we find how to better combine his lyrics and my music.

J.J: We begin to understand each other more and more over the years. In the beginning we often had discussions over the lyrics and the music. But nowadays it is like we already know where the other wants to have which elements.


Do you also discuss the composition with the musicians you play live with ?

J.J: No, they just get the tabs to learn them.

M.S: When it comes to album, song writing etc., It is just us two. When it comes to playing live, I send everything to the musicians in order to them to rehearse before coming on stage.


How is the collaboration with the stage musicians ?

M.S: They are awesome, we are good friends now. We have been playing music together since 6 or 7 years now. They are not just hired for the live, they are good friends.


Isn’t it difficult to render the atmosphere of the album on stage?

M.S.: I don’t think so because the other people who play with us are very much into it and they feel it. It is not people who gets paid only to play live, they really like it and they are into it, so the atmosphere is the same in live, at least in my opinion.


You played “Calling the Rain” from “Trauma” without the introduction, why did you cut into the song?

M.S.: Simply because our songs are really long, and we are allowed to play a certain time on stage and we have to fit it into 60 minutes. And if we add our intro’s, it’s just too long.

It’s a song that we didn’t played in the last tour and people really wanted to hear. So, we made a kind of compromise.


What’s next for 2019?

J.J: Start writing a new album maybe.

M.S: I have already written two songs. We’re going to take it easy, we don’t want to hurry.


What about touring ?

M.S: We have festivals and concerts plans in Romania, Greece.

J.J: There should be no other tour after this one for this year but there will be separated gigs and festivals shows.

M.S: We are already talking about playing in Israel and stuffs like that so. We didn’t play a lot before but now Central Europe is kind of overplayed.

J.J: we want to make a kind of break after this tour.

M.S: And we don’t want that people get bored seeing us. That’s why we are trying to focus on different area’s now.


Are you planning to play in festival in central Europe ?

M.S: We have “With full force in Germany”, “Motocultor” in France. Earlier, we will play at “Dark Easter Metal Meeting” and “Stockholm Slaughter”. We will see if there are other festival added.


What is your favourite place to play, festivals or smaller venues ?

M.S: I like both, but I think that the atmosphere is better in small venue like here, when we are closer to the audience, you can look straight into the eyes of people and see how they react about the show.


Do you think that you fit into a poster like today’s with Sojourner and Draconian ?

M.S: To be honest, I think it’s interesting to have a tour package where not every band plays the exact same style. I think both bands are atmospheric, and they reach kind of the same audience. We do not have the same public than their and that’s what is interesting, people who don’t know us will get to know us. Besides that, they are super great people and we have had a great time with them on tour. It becomes like a little family and it’s something that you don’t have all the time.


What’s your point of view about today’s metal scene ?

M.S. : It’s hard to make a point of view because it’s just so huge, varied. I cannot even follow the albums who get released. they are also many new bands but it’s hard to discover them because you have like every month a lot of releases, it’s impossible to keep up, unfortunately. But anyway, I think it’s really cool that there’s a lot happening, that the genre is not dying out.


Which album from 2018 would you recommend ?

M.S.: Mark Of The Necrogram by Necrophobic. That’s fucking amazing, for example. I don’t listen to much metal.

J.J: I was really into the new Svalbard album.


What’s the best thing about being a musician in 2019 ?

M.S: It’s always the same, when you try to express yourself with music and it reaches people, it means something to them, and it touches them in some way, I think that’s the best thing. I think music should be something personal and it should tell a story.


What’s the worst thing then ?

M.S: The worst thing would be to loose the fun in what we are doing.

J.J: Being away and apart from your beloved ones, to me, this is the most difficult thing about being a musician or in a touring band.


Are you professional musicians or do you have another job ?

M.S: No, we have to work on the side but it’s at least starting to pay off.


Do you hope to be only a musician one day ?

M.S: For me, it would be great, it’s like the most important thing to me. But I want to keep the possibility to do something, because you never know what can happen.

J.J : for me, it would be to unsure, I need a fixed job because otherwise I would just have nightmares all day long that someday it’s over and then I have to start again. I don’t need many money but I need secureness.

M.S: we don’t want to be dependent on doing shows we don’t want to play just to pay our rent or something like that.

J.J: we also don’t want to write music just to sell it. We write music that we love and if people like it’s great.


Any last words to our readers ?

M.S: I wanted to say my gratitude for all the support we’ve been receiving over the last years and it’s great to see that more and more people are getting into it and are dedicated. That’s really motivating. We also like to get contacts with the fans who tell us their story and what it means to them.

J.J: I really liked the story of a Syrian refugee last week.

M.S: Yeah, in Essen, in Germany there was a Syrian guy who was a refugee who told us the terror they had to endure there and now he can finally listen to music and play it freely. He told us how they started a band together and how we inspired them.

J.J: that’s one of those things that gives much back


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