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Polish progressive rock/metal band OSADA VIDA have been around since 1997 and have been making their name more familiar in recent years with their two last concept albums, Three Seats Behind A Triangle (2006) and The Body Parts Party (2008).

November 2009 (December in the USA) sees the band’s new album, Uninvited Dreams, being released through Metal Mind Productions. In light of this, bassist Lukasz Lisiak and drummer Adam Podzimski have answered some questions regarding the band, its past albums and the new release.

1) For those unfamiliar with Osada Vida, can you give us a brief background of the band? How did it come to be? Your musical influences?

AP: Osada Vida was set up in 1997. Lukasz and I created the band in 1997 as a trio. The members of our band had changed several times and the same was with our music. In the year 2000 we recorded our first demo album “Moment krytyczny” (The Critical Moment). Since then we have recorded two more albums: “W drodze na ksi??yc” in 2002 and “Osada Vida” in 2004. Our music was changing, developing you can hear it on our previous albums. But the year 2005 was very crucial to our band. We invited the new guitarist – Bartek Bereska – and released an album “Three Seats Behind a Triangle”(2006). We try to find an inspiration in every good piece of music. No matter if it’s pop, jazz, metal or even classical music.

LL: Together with Adam, we wished to play our favourites’ music: Rush, King Crimson, Camel, early Porcupine Tree, Talk Talk and a stuff from 4 AD. We never chose any style or never called it a give name. We simply wished to play the music, which we felt, we loved, enjoyed and we wanted to listen to.

2) In case you didn’t cover it in the previous question: Is music your main or only profession? What’s your musical background?

AP: Let say that music is our main occupation. We dedicate a lot of our free time to it but we must do something completely different for living.

Lukasz is working as the main manager in the logistics corporation, Bartek studies chemistry, Rafa? is an aplication programmer and I am working in orphanage as an educator (and of course I try to teach kids listening to good music). We don’t have any special musical education but each of us was taking some private musical lessons.

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3) What is the meaning of your name? How did you choose it?

AP: Let me tell you a short story: In the area of today’s Benin, there’s a small village. Its inhabitants live far from all civilisation but in perfect harmony. Their newborn babies are given to phytons that look after them and protect them. This village is called Osada Vida.

We chose that name because that Osada Vida was a place where people lived in their own way, with their own rules. They didn’t care about the world which was outside their village. I think that members of the band are like that people from Osada Vida. We create our own music, an unusual mixture of sounds which could be inconceivable to some people but it’s just our music.

LL: And why did we choose the name? Well, our first gig was approaching and we had to decide at last.

4) At Prog Archives, you are listed as prog-metal. But then again, you might not be that heavy o r that edgy as to not appeal to people who dislike metal. How do you see yourselves?

LL: We don’t follow one style only, you can’t close us in a one drawer labelled “prog rock” or “prog metal”. We don’t calculate or combine with music artificially – all we create is coming out of ourselves. We don’t want our listeners to think during OV’s concerts: “Will he make a mistake or not?” or “Will he miss the tune or not?”J I’m talking about those “shreding maniacs” J Progressive metal? Sure, we are old-school headbangers! I mean me and Adam (Podzimski, the drummer) have been inspired by Anthrax or Testament, so it’s clear we perform some kind of metal, isn’t it? J All I say is: we’re releasing the third official album, we’ve had a few gigs, a lot of reviews in different languages have appeared in many places. In my opinion, the listener who’s interested in our CD, surely knows or at least is aware of what he can expect to find there. We believe that our listeners are fully conscious, seeking freshness in music. We do our best to provide them with what they look for.

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5) How did the public and the press receive your last album in your home country and abroad?

AP: As we could see our album was warmly received in Poland and abroad. But I’ve noticed that probably we have much more fans abroad than in our motherland. A lot of flattering reviews are sent to us from Poland, whole Europe, The USA and Brasil. In February 2007 our album “Three Seats Behind a Triangle” was chosen as the “album of the month” in the Progressive Rock and Metal Webzine in Brasil.

LL: All our previous albums are – I think – uncompromising. In case of all three, we always had some plans and concepts. As for “TSBAT” we had the whole story described, I mean well-selected lyrics. Next we had to compose the music, which would express the content. Creating “TBPP” we wanted to have shorter, simplier and more melodic songs. As a result, our fans divided into two groups: of those who prefer “TSBAT” because it’s more complex and plain. And those ones who prefer lighter and smoother music. Well, it’s hard to please everyone’s taste… That explains why we had no limits while making the new album. The only limit was the space on CD.

6) Tell us about the concept of your last album, The Body Parts Party? who came up with it and how?

AP: When we’d finished our “TSBAT tour” we started to think about a new album. Lukasz was composing all the time. He was bringing new musical ideas at our rehearsals so the music was composed very quickly.

After as serious and difficult topic as “TSBAT” was, we wanted to do something funnier and easier to understand to an ordinary man, so we decided to make an album about people’s characters and attribute their features of character to the interior organs of human body. We chose several organs which, in our opinion, describe people’s characters in the best way, in the meanwhile, I hit on an idea about the title of our new album. Lukasz is the main composer of our music , but also Rafal and Bartek did a really good job. Me and Ola wrote lyrics and you can hear the result of our work.

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7) Is there a new album in the works? If so, what’s it like; is it a concept album as well? Is it stylistically similar to Body Parts Party? What can you tell us about it?

LL: The brand new album is ready. It’s again a concept album titled “Uninvited Dreams”. It will be released on 23 November in Europe and 1 December in the USA. As previously, our drummer – Adam Podzimski – is the author of all new lyrics. We’ve always avoided to be literal in our lyrics and nothing’s changed this time. The title of album explains the whole content. Dreams have fascinated people through years. Let’s look at all dreams interpretations created in many culures and centuries, at all fortune-tellers and astrologists, even scientists who tried to study dreams. We focused only on on “unwanted” ones. Each of us must have experienced bad dreams, that you hurriedly wished to forget as shortly after waking up. Another time, although you wanted to dream about pleasures, no pleasant things appeared – just the black hole. Taking into consideration the fact, that we sleep through 1/3 of our life, such situations are frequent. Why? Because stress, nerves, sadness and everyday problems inevitably accompany our life. Sometimes, you plunge into a bed with a small hope, that night will bring the desired solution and the change into better. This is what the new CD is about – probably the saddest one of Osada Vida (as for lyrics). It’s not a secret that we rather try to express the content through sounds, not through words. I don’t feel as a vocalist, knowing to express all emotions, which we want to express with our music. Therefore our albums are played intrumentally in 70%. This is also the case currently, although we prepared a few vocal surprises. I deeply believe, that they are really positive and make the whole album look fantastic. I will not reveal more details – you have to wait for release J As for the music: Working on this album was a fantastic experience for me. Mainly, because we returned to an old way of composing. I mean the one before “Three Seats Behind A Triangle”. So, there was no situation that we worked on a given, completed song, that came to somebody’s mind, I mean of us four – we simply met on sessions, playing and feeling which of our common ideas would be most suitable for the next step. Such an attitude resulted in totally non-comercial, uncompromising material, where the shortest song lasts almost 9 minutes! (not mention Bartek’s “spanish” surprise – which the Fans will listen soon J) . We treated the new album with no rules, no borders and no limits. Therefore the new songs sound more like if we played live. There is a place for unlimited Bartek’s great guitar solos, and for Rafal’s keyboard crazy rides, and for Adam’s drum craze – of course all in good balance and taste J In my view, it’s an incredibly precious CD for a Listener who searches not trivial, complex music, which you have to understand, listen into deeply, discover and be part of. Consequently, it’s definitelynot music, which makes you feel bored quickly. We traditionally mixed all music styles, that we love ourselves: rock, metal, jazz/fussion, prog, electronic and even funky. I strongly believe, Osada Vida has such Listeners.

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8 ) Do you plan to tour or support this new album with live shows?

LL: Definitely yes. We wish to play more concerts now. We would like to follow 2 or 3 – week long tour, not only one day concerts. Well, we feel a little bit like Alan Parsons :) Seriously – it’s not an easy topic. It seems to me that people are unwillingly leaving their homes to go to concerts. For us, live shows means pleasure, but also costs that we must cover. It’s clear obvious. Therefore we aren’t planning any concerts outside Poland. But of course, who knows? Everything depends on promotors, so… go on! :)


9) How do you feel your previous releases compare with this current new album? Are you still satisfied with them retrospectively?

AP: Our debut was made without any rush, we had plenty of time and it caused (in my opinion) that TSBAT has many thought-out compositions but the production is not good enough. I hope that “TBPP” is a more mature album. We didn’t have a lot of time to make it but in the recording studio we could count on our experienced friend, Marcin Chlebowski, who helped us a lot. But “Uninvited Dreams” I like the most. It’s difficult to compare these three albums ‘cause I can’t be objective J

LL: We’re really pleased with our albums, mainly when we talk about compositions. Of course, we would surely change a lot of things on our previous albums such as mix, mastering, I’d probably change my vocal parts :) But we can’t regret any steps, decisions, because they were caused by our level of knowledge and experience. We also had more financial barriers at that time.. Anyway, we’re not ashamed of anything. Why should we be ashamed of not being able to read at the age of 2? :)

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10) What’s your attitude towards progressive rock? Do you listen to it? Like it? Think it’s just pretentious? Do you feel comfortable with being listed as a prog-rock/metal band in PA and other prog rock/metal websites? Do you feel “at home” with other “more conventional” prog rock acts?

AP: Every member of our band likes progressive rock (more or less). Every one , I feel so, listens also another kinds of music. But I think that we all like to listen good music and I hope you can hear it in our songs.

LL: I’ve always found it hard to classify ourselves. On our new album “Uninvited Dreams” happens a lot in various climate, tunes, tempos and structures. It’s not important for me how it will be called or classified. Really.

11) What other prog (or non-prog) bands from Poland do you like and/or appreciate their music? Apart from the bigger names (the likes Riverside, Indukti, Collage, Amarok, Gargantua, Laboratorium, SBB, Quidam, Satellite, Believe, Skaldowie etc) what is the state of prog-rock in Poland? Is it thriving or more of an underground movement or depending on the genre played by the individual band?

What about non-Polish prog bands? Do you have any favorite prog bands or musicians (doesn’t have to be an influence, just your personal preference)?

AP: I think you’ve enumerated most of Polish bands that we like and appreciate but there are still some worth to mention like After…, Division By Zero or Animations. The condition of Polish prog-rock improves and it makes us happy but it is still the beginning of the long way to appreciate this kind of music in our country. Favourite bands? Oh there are too many J. We love Rush, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Genesis, ELP, Yes and all classical prog-rock bands. I think Porcupine Tree is the band that made, that OV was created. We all extremely like this band.

LL: I love listening to Muse, Foo Fighters, Peter Gabriel, but also Mastodon, Tool, Slayer, Europe. As for prog rock, I’m keen on Flower Kings, Pain Of Salvations and of course the whole classic prog stuff. But there’s the whole lot of bands which are just more or less perfect copies of prog rock big names, like Pink Floyd or Dream Theater – it doesn’t get to me. Besides, I love RUSH! :)


12) Is there any band or musician that you’d like to collaborate with or have him/them play on your album?

AP: There are many artists that we would like to collaborate with but as far we haven’t talked about it. Who knows, maybe in the future?

LL: Geddy Lee, Peter Gabriel, Daniel Gildenlow, Jorn Lande and John Lennon :)

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13) If you had a very generous funding, what kind of album would you do, or are you doing it already?

AP: If we had a very generous funding (dreams oh dreams) we would invite the most illustirous musicians and release an album which probably…..wouldn’t be our album J. But talking seriously, if we had a very generous funding we could devote to music entirely. We would have our own recording studio and the top-drower music equipment. But I’m sure that we would still play “Osada’s” music. Fortunately money doesn’t influence on men’s creativity. But up till now we don’t have problems with a large amount of money.

14)  With the spreading of the iPod culture and mentality, do you still think there’s room for this kind of music, which demands the listener attention and devotion? Would you consider compromising your artistic intentions and aspirations to gain more financial success? Do you still believe in the concept of making albums and not single songs? Will you keep up making concept albums as you have done before?

AP: I think that many people are fed up with “mind-blowing music”. I believe that they want to listen the music that can offer something more. There are not many things better than holding a good released CD in your hand and listening to the history that the artist wants to tell us. Music is not our job so we don’t count on financial success so we don’t have to think about the compromise.

LL: For us, it’s very important to have an original and attractive artwork to give for our Fans. Rafal Paluszek always takes care of it. You won’t get it with iPod :)

15) How would you persuade an open minded person to listen to your music? You can also give a short description of your musical style. In other words, promote your band!

LL: Through our music we want to move your imagination, give some moments of relaxation and provide you with positive emotions. I hope it is the case. Be with us and show us that what we do – especially for you , our Listeners- makes sense and gets where it really should, to your hearts and minds. Best wishes and great thanks to all Fans who are supporting us and listening to Osada Vida ‘s music. All the best!

Links:

Official website - http://www.osadavida.art.pl

Band’s Myspace - http://www.myspace.com/osadavida

Band’s Youtube channel - http://www.youtube.com/osadavida



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 13 2009 at 21:51
Assaf !!!  Excellent interview with one of my favourite Polish bands.Their debut is still my favourite.Really looking forward to the new one.  Was glad to see them mention the band AFTER... who hopefully will be on our site soon.  I hope this interview will get some people to check OSADA VIDA out.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 15 2009 at 08:20
Hi John,
Looking forward to the new album as well. I deliberately didn't listen to that video I posted above cause I want to listen to album as a whole when I get it. Shouldn't be too long now.
Hope more people give them a listen. It's not an easy band to get into but it's well worth it.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 17 2009 at 02:54
great interview Smile pity their albums are near impossible to get hold of in NZ, especially on a now-tighter budget. But I'll definately be keeping my eye out for some of their stuff
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 22 2009 at 07:01
Hello!  Three of their albums you can buy here: www.rockserwis.pl (english version) To everything was clear, this is not my shop!
Probably the best Polish progressive rock shop.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 23 2009 at 08:33
A brilliant interview by a band I knew nothing about until now. I must check them out (I see a little Christmas prezzie myself to coming up!).
 
Cheers for posting this Avestin. Smile


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