Martin Mrskos is the man behind the fresh and ambitious Czech rep. label known as Horus CyclicDaemon.The label has released some very good and almost ground breaking compilations but also bands like Musterion, K. Meizter, Ossaserpia and This Morn’ Omina.
Chain D.L.K.: Tell us the idea behind your label. Do you have a mission?
Horus CyclicDaemon: It was already mentioned in my interview with BLACK Magazine that I am looking for “nova er rara” (new & rare). A bit like Star Trek’s “Where no man has gone before”.
Chain D.L.K.: You have made some very good compilations in the past. Talk to us about them.
Horus CyclicDaemon: Each time it is a good idea. And there also has to be a strong visual background for each track. Sometimes it is not easy to come out with supported ideas. I think I will leave this point for at least a few years now but I must confess that I got a fantastic idea again. But this time I would like to invite new artists only, perhaps no exception (although one never knows…).
Chain D.L.K.: What can you say about what is happening right now with HORUS CyclicDaemon?
Horus CyclicDaemon: Well right now I gather my strength to envision the future of my label. I think about a concept to avoid any second release of any artist on my label.Many labels want to be successful. I contemplate on first releases only. To find and after first release to pass on another label. To descry. To unearth. That is alchemy.
Chain D.L.K.: I know most label owners don’t like to speak about favorites but I am sure you have some (of your released) albums that are. I make it easier for you. Please mention three albums that are your highlights on HORUS CyclicDaemon.
Horus CyclicDaemon: Well, that is a pretty delicate matter since I would make somebody angry (smile)… But – why not – right now: Ossaserpia: Music For Solve et Coagula.
Chain D.L.K.: Tell me, if you were to be remembered for something one day, what would you like that to be?
Horus CyclicDaemon: The one who created himself.
Chain D.L.K.: What music do you listen to most often now? Any preferences?
Horus CyclicDaemon: Classical music. Rolf Lislevand: Nuove musiche (ECM). Amazing baroque!New sound: Cymphonic: Phonema Sacrata (DataObscura); I got strange visions and ideas when listening to this sacred musick. The Circular Ruins + Off The Sky: We All Fall Down (DataObscura); another great release. Nick Grey & THE RANDOM ORCHESTRA: Regal Daylight (Milk & Moon). Nick is phenomenal, pure bard.
Chain D.L.K.: Do you have any response from your bands listeners?
Horus CyclicDaemon: Sometimes, a handful of devoted. But year by year more and more.
Chain D.L.K.: Many of the releases on your label are cinematic. Both Musterion and K.Meitzer are like films. Any comment about that?
Horus CyclicDaemon: No comment.
Chain D.L.K.: Your releases are always very special, often big booklets (more like books), special paper and more. You want to create something unique and special around your releases. Please talk about it.
Horus CyclicDaemon: The world becomes ephemeral. People are losing their sense of archives. Lo! Right now people are mad about e-downloads. Well, iTunes is fine when I go for a walk but me personally like old fine paper with strange perfume of colors, hand made things etc. What to say more?
Chain D.L.K.: Will your label be represented on festivals soon or are you considering something else? (DVDs, live show or something else).
Horus CyclicDaemon: No. Although I am contacted and asked to recommend some group or to provide people with contacts to artist I released. That is fine.
Chain D.L.K.: Now that the label has become established with a number of releases do you feel as if you have achieved your original goals?
Horus CyclicDaemon: No achievements, I am just on the road (Jack Kerouac).
Chain D.L.K.: Do you personally recruit new artists or do you find artists through demo submissions?
Horus CyclicDaemon: I wait for proposals.
Chain D.L.K.: Please discuss the artists on your label. Are you in good contact with them or is it strict and short?
Horus CyclicDaemon: I insist on very special relationships if possible. To grasp means to know.
Chain D.L.K.: Do you feel as if the HORUS CyclicDaemon music has the potential to communicate or inspire something spiritual in the listener?
Horus CyclicDaemon: Sure. This is my mission.
Chain D.L.K.: Do you feel as if your label has established a solid following of listeners?
Horus CyclicDaemon: See above please.
Chain D.L.K.: Last. Is it something you want to add?
Horus CyclicDaemon: My motto: To want myself always new each day. (I hope it is correct English.)
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[interviewed by Ivan Racheck] [proofreading by Edward Wilkinson]