New single off Slovakian musician/composer Patrik Korinok’s ‘On the Way to Antartica’ yet to be released album. Although don’t regularly post via EAP, I myself am a fan of (neo) classical music. At least the non-pretentious kind, which this piece qualifies as such. The description below sums it up rather well:

“Despite its minimalism it still manages to build up enough tension and diversity to keep you interested in listening. It creates a rather chastening mood of realization that brings you back down to the bottom of things; in a positive way. Not sad or depressive, but rather firm and honest in terms of acceptance and feelings.”

June 15th marks the release party via Deadred Records/Starcastic Records. And so I decided to have a quick ‘one on one’ with the man of the hour himself.

Q: You probably get asked this quite a lot but why the moniker I Am Planet? And while we’re talking names/titles, how did you come up with the new album title? Have you yourself been to Antartica?

A: I love everything about the universe and astronomy. I like to watch stars and planets through the telescope. I even created my own space suit, just for fun –astronomy is my little hobby. So I decided that it would be nice to have a monniker which refers to something like that.
Antarctica? No, unfortunately, I have never been there, but it just became my big inspiration because of its quietness and ‘purity’. I like nature and everything natural, and I try to compose when I do not think very much. In my opinion: thinking kills creativity (especially in art). It is very useful to use your brain for technical things, but the main substance of song should be created by some ‘higher principles’. And my job, as a musician is to capture them into my songs.

Q: Does being from Slovakia influence your music in any way? If so, please elaborate.

A: I think it doesn’t. Slovakia is small country, but on the flipside, there is more freedom for minority genres because, especially classical, there are not many musicians here who make this type of music. But I’ve met fantastic musicians here. Especially my violinist Martin.

Q: Do you have a classical music background or are you self taught? (I’m not implying anything btw)

A: I do not have any music education. I’ve played guitar since I was 15 and for a long time that was my only instrument. 5-6 years ago I started to play piano and last year I finally started to play violin. On the one hand, it is very practical to have no musical education because you are not affected by some “school” habits. If you can create a powerful music idea, it’s good if you have theoretical and technical skills to transform this idea into a quality musical piece. In the near future I want to learn some more about sheet music, and other theoretic stuff which would be very useful for me.

Q: Quiz time! What ranking did Slovakia place at Eurovision? (Don’t worry. I won’t hold it against you if you don’t know : ) ).

A: I have no idea :D, I’m not very interested in this kind of program.
BIC: Ditto! (Rather relevant sidenote: Ukraine placed first. She sang with such conviction though!)

Q: Do you have a ‘home away from home’? (ie favorite hot spot, chill out destination, etc.)

A: Yes. Now I live in the center of Slovakia, between the mountains, but I was born in the East, where I still like to return and chill out for a few days. I also love to travel. From foreign places, my favourite is Greece.

Q: What music do you like to listen to the most?

A: I listen to a lot of British music, and also Icelandic musicians. Some Slovakian bands, and anything interesting I’ve found on SoundCloud or elsewhere. Usually in the evenings I listen to classical music, especially string quartets.

Q: What do you hope to ‘accomplish’ (if anything) with your music? What effect do you hope it has on your listeners/audience?

A: I love to play live with my violinist and violist, so I would like to play little bit more often. And also it would be interesting to compose score music for film. I am always happy if someone writes me that he/she likes my music, or someone feels good when he/she is listening. For me, that is the best reward. My music is melancholic, for someone it could sound even sad, but that is the truth which I offer.
BIC: I personally don’t consider it so much melancholic but rather ‘in depth’ (refer to the following answer).

Q: Do you personally feel as though neo-classical music is currently underrepresented among European based independent music? If so, what can people who are directly involved do to change this IYO?

A: Maybe there is a huge space for electronic music at the expense of other genres, but it must be said contemporary/neo-classical is not music for the masses, which is not a bad thing. The majority of people are accustomed to listening to simpler things. That’s the fact, but even this is not a problem. If it has a quality, sooner or later, people who like neo-classical music will find their way to it regardless.