In the first of our ‘Five minutes with’ series. One of our favourite Czech musicians, Roman Empire, answers some of our slightly deranged questions.
How would you describe the music that you make in one sentence?
My music is an expression of my observation of the world using electronic devices, acoustic instruments, vocals and self-made samples.
What are your three biggest non-musical influences?
Inner and outer world.
You can take five records with you on a desert island. Which ones?
I’m sorry but I cannot choose only five. Here are some names:
J. S. Bach, L. van Beethoven, A. Bruckner, R. Wagner, C. Debussy, E. Satie, A.
Schönberg, A. Berg, K. Stockhausen, L. Nono, G. Scelsi, G. Ligeti, Kraftwerk, B.
Eno, Miles Davis, Pink Floyd, Neu!, The Doors, Depeche Mode, Front 242, Front Line
Assembly, Nine Inch Nails, Led Zeppelin, Beasty Boys, Cypress Hill, Rage Against The
Machine, Nirvana, Joy Division, The Cure, Alice in Chains, Múm, Björk, David Bowie,
Massive Attack, Portishead, Sneaker Pimps, Radiohead, Thom Yorke, Iva Bittová, Lamb,
Ecstasy of Saint Theresa, Meshuggah, Autechre, Recoil, Télépopmusik, Tricky, The
Prodigy, Sigur Rós, The Chemical Brothers, Martin L. Gore, Efterklang, Orbital,
Shpongle, Underworld, Air, Biosphere, Daft Punk, Max Richter, Jerry Goldsmith,
Boards of Canada, Frost, Blue Iris, Dead Air, Roman Empire.
If you had to lose one of your senses, which one would it be and why?
Smell, because I don’t want to lose any other sense.
What makes a perfect music venue/nightclub?
Great performers and excited audience.
What’s the best piece of music that you’ve ever made?
Usually every new one.
(but we’re going to link to this one, anyway)
If you could only say one word for the rest of your life, in any language, what would it be and what does it mean?
Fuck! -It means I am pissed off because I cannot say anything more.
What advice would you give your ten-year-old self?
I would tell my 10-year-old self about four events in the future, so he (I) would save four human lives.
What is the strongest emotion for making music?
If you can imagine a single emotion as a colour, then it is up to you if you want to create a single-colour painting or make it more colourful.
If you were interviewing yourself, what other question would you ask (and what’s the answer?)?
What is your definition of art? – It’s honest work based on not meeting any demands or expectations from others.