Originally formed under the moniker Unseen, the dynamic four piece
around Polish guitar maestro Mauser (formely guitar player of Poland’s
renowned metal band Vader) finally decided that something incorporating
day and night, light and darkness would suit them best. A label for
their music which is melancholic and a little dark at times, yet catchy
at the same time. Something that would put a name to the bitter-sweet
twist of Aya’s highly melodic vocals topping the driving force of the
underlying guitar riffs. This unique mix easily makes UNSUN’s
debut album “The End Of Life” one of the most promising releases of the
Consolidated by the sheer passion to play intense music, Mauser and Aya
knew upon their first rehearsals that it was their destiny to create
music together. Right from this supernova it was clear that UNSUN
was not supposed to be just another side-project for Mauser, but his
personal way of exploring new music. Thus, he and Aya started looking
for other exceptional musicians to make UNSUN a full-time band.
Very soon Vaaver from Indukti and Heinrich, who also plays bass in
Vesania, teamed up with Mauser and Aya to form the high profile band
they are today. During ice cold winter days at the end of 2006 they
entered the studio to record their first demo “Whispers”. It didn’t take
long until UNSUN caught the attention of various labels
throughout Europe and in 2007 they finally signed a deal with Mystic
Production in their native Poland. The ink hadn’t fully dried yet when
Mauser and Aya already started writing the first songs for what should
become their debut-album “The End Of Life”, which was recorded in Poland
in Studio-X at the beginning of 2008 and will see its European release
on September 22nd with UNSUN’s new, world-wide partner Century
Apparently there is much to talk about and therefore we had a little
chat with Aya and Mauser, here you can read what they had
to say to the readers of Metal-Experience.com
First of all, congratulations on the release of your
debut album ‘The End Of Life’ which came out in Europe recently.
Thanks man, we try to be the best.
We all know that you recently left Vader after a long
time to focus on Unsun, so we won’t talk about it anymore. Let’s talk
about Unsun now.
Mauser: Ok. I’m glad to hear it.:)
Could you start off this interview with a short
introduction of the band, info on how the band was formed and the origin
of the name for our readers?
Mauser: When I saw Aya, and when I heard her voice first time, I knew we
were gonna play together sooner or later. She had so much passion and
she was so involved in music that it had to end up like this if you know
what I mean. We talked about music and the style we want to play. I am a
metalhead and she listens to a different kind of music. I tried to
combine our music styles. I added heavy guitar riffs to her voice and
that was exactly what we love about it. We booked studio Hertz in Poland
for our first demo as we had two songs already done. And then we started
recording a new promo for the labels. At that time we had no idea what
was gonna happen in the future. After that everything was simple. I had
so many riffs in my mind, and I started to compose new songs. Aya worked
the same way. Sometimes Aya would suggest that I make some changes in my
riffs, and I would modify some parts for her. Everything was going so
well. Our album was taking some kind of form and we were so excited.
Actually when we listened to our demo again and again, we had a clear
view of what the sound of our album should be like. She has a sad
sound-I like that and I can arrange good parts for it. Everything was
making progress. I was absolutely sure that our way was the right way.
This is like the short genesis of how UnSun was born, and how
everything's happened. We just wanted to play together and we did it...
Aya: If we talk about our name...UnSun this is something between
darkness and light, day and night. The contrast in this name is perfectl
for our music. According to the dictionary UNSUNned means “thing which
can not be exposed to the sun”. When we chose the name we didn’t want to
be the next band with a long name, because it doesn’t sound good. We
searched for something remarkable and we foundnd the short moniker UnSun.
This name is sound, intriguing, it is not obvious, and most of all it is
simple to remember. The contrast of this name is perfect for our music.
How did you launch into writing material for ‘The End Of
Life’ and did ideas come easily so that you just had to write them down
or was it more of a careful composing thing?
Mauser: Aya and I had good ideas for this album, and we just started
writing. Some songs were written by her, others by myself. It was not
hard for us to do stuff like that because we like this kind of music.
Everything is straight from our hearts and is true. We are so involved
in our music, this is our passion. If you have these kinds of feelings
it's easy to write good songs.
What were the goals you had in mind when you started to
record ‘The End Of Life’, any elements you definitely wanted to have on
Aya: The recording process was very important to us, from the beginning
to the end. First the arrangement of the songs, then the recording of
the instruments, drums, bass, guitars and finally vocal lines and
arranging them. The arrangement of the instruments was done by Mauser,
and the vocal lines by myself. This was a long and exhausting process
though satisfying for us in the end. When we were writing the songs we
wanted to give people a positive injection of energy and let them
reflect somewhat on life and soften them a little (that is why I wrote
"Memories" "Face the truth" ). We wanted people to listen to these songs
and to feel the same things we felt when we wrote the songs, the lyrics,
and when we were recording. The sounds on "the end of life" are our
emotions. There is pain, grief, madness, anger, love...these emotions
are known by each of us. Producing the album was very important to us,
this was done by Szymon Czech& Marcin Kielbaszewski from Studio X, where
we recorded "The End Of Life".
Was it a conscious decision to do it this way?
Mauser: O yeah absolutely. Me and Aya have talked about Unsun a lot.
Everything was clear when we started recording our album.
Who was responsible for writing the songs and the lyrics
on this album and where do you get your inspiration from? What would you
say are the main themes in your lyrics ?
Aya: If we talk about lyrics... In my lyrics I talk a lot about death,
vanishing and generally about the pain of the life, this all results
from my personal experiences from recent years of my life. Many people
that I was close to have gone and the one I was closest to, I was there
till the "end". Maybe this sounds odd, but death just has a huge
influence on my texts and the vocal melodies. Bands, movies, and books
had an insignificant influence on me, I always chose my personal way.
This way I escaped from influences. Only this way it is possible to make
something innovative. something new..only our emotions. Almost all the
all songs on ‘The End Of Life’ were written by Mauser, he did a great
Could you please describe the implications of the title
‘The End Of Life’, what does it stand for and is there a special meaning
Aya: death is a part of our lives. Sometimes I think about it a lot,
and I can’t agree with the fact that someday I'll be gone. You will be
gone and so will every man, everyone you love, you like, who is near
your heart. This is a very important topic. This problem is declining
our considerations about the meaning of life. But there is the other
side this of question, the better side. When something is ending, it is
not always sad or the worst thing. The End may be the beginning of some
good things. So the title of this album can be interpreted twofold. We
lost many friends lately, we would like to dedicate this album to them.
This is like a tribute for all these people.
Is your music written independently of the lyrics or do
you try to reflect lyrical ideas through the music?
Aya: Mauser wrote the songs and I wrote the lyrics. When he’d done his
part I started to write the melody lines. I always search for music that
has the best feeling for my lyrics.
How important is it to you that people pay attention to
the lyrics apart from listening to the music?
Aya: That is very important to me.
What is the utmost important ingredient for a song
according to you? Is there any typical way that an Unsun song comes into
being, and how can we imagine you work on new songs?
Mauser: Writing is absolutely natural for me, it’s like breathing:) The
process of creating the songs was typically like with the other bands I
was. You just sit down and write. Natural stuff. If I find some good
riffs in my mind I just record them on my computer. Anyway, the first
thing I do is the guitars and then the samples. I also program the drums
for my songs. When I’ve done all the instruments, I mix it all into one
piece. And then finally I have all the songs.:)
What comes first, lyrics or melodies? Is it like you sit
down and write a new song because you need more material now or do you
wait until you get an idea?
Aya: There was a diversity. Sometimes the lyrics came first and other
times it was the melodies. Many of my lyrics I wrote such a long time
ago...of course like every artist I’m not content yet with my work on
this album, I think I could do better. On the next album I'll give more
of myself. But think that ‘The End Of Life’ is still a good album.
How did the recording process proceed, did you work
differently than on previous albums you did with Vader and how much time
did you spend in the studio?
Mauser: I had the whole album, I mean every song ready before entering
the studio. I recorded everything on my computer first, and when
everything was done I sent the demo to the other members of my band.
They just learned the songs and we just started recording everything one
more time in the studio. The whole process of recording was the same
like in Vader. The drums first, then the guitars and samples…At the end
Aya recorded all the voices, and we started mixing everything. We spent
like one month and a half in the studio. But it was just a regular
recording process. After that, the production of the album took like two
months. A lot of work and stress, but we made it.
Overall, are you pleased with the outcome of the songs or
would you have liked to have changed anything in retrospective?
Aya: We think that ‘The End Of Life’ is a very good album. This is our
first album, and we are searching for our musical path all the time. We
don’t want to change anything on the album. Maybe only this, we would
like to have a bigger budget for recording...we're looking ahead and
that what we didn't do on this album, we'll do on the next.
What about the CD are you most proud of?
Mauser: We are proud of ourselves because we did a great album. Our
future was decided for us, we have great perspectives for progress.
Are third party opinions (press, fans, etc.) on your
music important to you? Or are your music and band the only things that
Aya: Artists can’t be caring about opinions. An artist must be
independent and he can’t give up his opinion. The most important thing
is music, we create our art and you can accept it or not.
I’d like to talk about your personal goals nowadays,
specifically as a musician. Is there a particular area in your playing
that you are still working on?
Mauser: I’m always trying to be a better musician. I watch other guitar
players and I try to learn some new tricks. That’s why I play different
kinds of music styles, not only death metal. I’m still growing and
learning. Trying to be the best I can.
Which song is your favorite one to play live? Which song
do you find is the most challenging one to play live?
Aya: The most challenging one to play is “On The Edge”, but only for the
guys, for me it’s great, I very much like to sing it. We all think that
the best songs to play are “Bring Me To Heaven” and “Blinded By Hatred”,
but the rest of the songs are still good to play and sound very heavy
Who are your greatest influences - both in terms of
composition, as well as your guitar playing?
Mauser: From the past I like Joe Satriani’s style, but now my champion
is Zakk Wylde. He has so much passion when he plays. I like this style
very much. The bands Linkin Park and Disturbed have also really inspired
me. I tried to do some good riffs on this album, I tried to do something
that I like. Everything is straight from my heart and is really true.
Unsun is my vision of this kind of music, my passion, something special
for me. It's like my philosophy, my life. I just try to be the best.
Tracking back a little bit, when you were just getting
started out playing as a musician, you obviously put in quite a few
hours honing your technique. What was your practice routine like,
especially during that period compared to now?
Mauser: In the beginning I was educated in music school. My first
instrument was a violin. And then I discovered the guitar. A really
great instrument, the neck with the frets, six strings, it sounded great
to me. I started playing the guitar when I was 14 or 13. Don’t remember
exactly. But it was a true love for this instrument. My next experience
was metal music with the heavy sound of guitars. I practised different
scales for a few hours a day, I started playing in some metal bands,
learning tricks from my friends. And now I’m still learning, nothing has
changed. The same story every day. If you don’t learn you are stuck in
the same place. When I compose a new album I try to find new guitar
riffs, played new solo's, new tricks. I’m not looking back, I’m going
Can you tell us a little about yourself and the kinds of
things that motivate you in your writing, your poetry, and your lyrics?
What are you personally into?
Aya: I have always loved poetry and music. I ‘ve been writing it from my
childhood. When I want to do a good poem I must wait for good moment of
course, for an impulse. I write when I am a sad. I put to my whole heart
into my art. My life experience is very helpful during composing. I
have a very deep sense of art.
What have been the highlights and low points throughout
Mauser: Highlights...You can do what you love. You have a lot of fans.
People looking at you and trying to be like you. It's nice. But
sometimes you get really tired of it. Always on tour, far away from your
family. That really sucks. But this is my profession, I’m a musician.
Free will, my choice. I don’t wanna cry.:)
Are there any particular bands who’ve been a big
influence in your song writing, metal or otherwise? Which album has been
your biggest musical influence, one that made you think “this is what I
want to do!”?
Mauser: Oh yeah. Linkin Park, Disturbed, Korn. I like those bands so
much. And their music was a push to do something with UnSun. It was like
an impuls. I've realized I want to play this kind of music, heavy music
with a clean voice. But not like heavy metal bands, just like those
How would you sum up Unsun to someone that has never
listened to the band?
Mauser: Well, this is music for people who like bands like Linkin Park,
Disturbed or Evanescence. This music is for everybody who has an open
mind. Music with heavy riffs and a female voice. It's hard to say about
your own music. It’s better to hear it than to talk about it. I think
people can find something in our music, something they like.
The gothic scene exploded the last couple of years in
Europe, a lot of bands seem to have popped up. So In your opinion, what
makes Unsun stand out compared to other bands?
Mauser: You’re right, the gothic scene is huge, but we are not a gothic
band. In our musci you can find rock or metal style elements. We are not
a typical gothic band as Aya's voice is more pop than gothic. But to the
press we are the next gothic band. It's so funny, I never listen to goth
bands. Anyway, I think we can find our place in the rock-metal scene.
What is your opinion on the ‘Gothic’ scene these days, is
there anything missing in the scene?
Mauser: I don’t know a gothic scene, and I can say nothing about this.
I've never been a part of this scene. I don’t care about this.
Where do you see the band going within the next couple of
years, and where do you see the band’s musical direction going for the
Mauser: It's hard to say where we are going today, because this is our
first album. We are still learning and searching for a new experience.
We have to wait and see what's up. Our album has just been released. We
are getting good feedback from our fans. We have a long deal with
Century Media, so we have a lot of time to think about our future. For
now I’m waiting for a tour with UnSun. I wanna show the people what
UnSun is like live. It's time for promotion, interviews, shows,
promotion again etc.:)
Any last statement?
Thanks for your support and see you on tour.
Aya, Mauser & UnSun
Thanks for your time.
Aya - Vcals
Mauser - Guitars, Samples
Heinrich - Bass
Vaaver – Drums
The End Of Life