Das Interview habe ich per Email geführt und so
meine Fragen in englisch gestellt, auf die Indra dann ebenfalls in
englisch geantwortet hat. Da meine Sprachkenntnisse nicht die besten
sind, habe ich mich entschlossen, den Text in englischer Sprache ins
Netz zu stellen. Ich denke, man versteht auch trotz der nicht ganz
korrekten Grammatik, um was es geht. Viel Spaß beim Lesen.
You offer in 2006 at the first time your cds in
germany at two different labels. In the past you put out many cds in
your home Rumania. How many cds are that and how many years you make
INDRA: I've been making music since my childhood. I was 8-9 years
and remember how I had clearly in my mind, in the process of composing,
some symphonic parts and other sounds and effects. I used to walk to the
school picturing in my mind that I was playing different instruments and
beautiful melodies. However, I was very attracted by the strange
effects, by some genuine sounds, by a different approach to the depths
of the mind through the sound. In the '90 I understood that the only way
to get to my inspirations was the synthesizer technology. That is why I
quickly plunged into the mysteries of EM. As in a full desire for
expressing all the waves of sound from my soul and mind, I released on
the market many albums, covering different styles in EM but still
keeping together the characteristics of a certain vector which surely
defines my own style. There are 31 albums in my discography;
nevertheless, only 17 are yet available. Some of the first creations do
not suite anymore to the standard quality of sound. Still, for the sake
of the fans, some of them would be probably released on the market in a
not too far future. In 2006 I entered the German market through Spheric
Music Records with the album 'SIGNS'. The boss Lambert Ringlage made a
very good job. On the other hand, all the other available titles are
distributed in Germany by Cue-Records.
Do you offer some CDs as CDR?
INDRA: Most of the titles are offered as CDRs but the quality is
very good. However, the last albums, as well as the 12 CDs comprising
the Special Edition (which started with KALI) will be released as
How did you come to the electronicmusic?
INDRA: At first I played as a drummer and then mostly as a guitarist
with some bands but there was not 'enough room' for expressing my ideas,
if you know what I mean. Even playing the guitar I was intensely
searching for some cosmic kind of sounds, some different effects, using
diverse effect pedals. In that period, Pink Floyd had a strong influence
upon my inspiration. Then suddenly I came to the idea that the real
field of acting my feelings in music was the EM. In doing that, I had
already been 'prepared' by Klaus Schulze... Some of my good friends from
Denmark believed in my enthusiasm and helped me bringing about my first
home studio. Soon after, I had started to create my own universe of
sounds... and still working on it!
Stephan: What kind of Music do you play in the early bands?
INDRA: In those times I used to play as a solo guitarist, at first
with ROCKING and then with the progressive-folk band ECHO. However,
the real performance was in the case of ROCKING as we played a kind of
progressive rock music, something related with the style of PINK FLOYD.
My personal style was like 'slow-hand', infused by a long, delayed and
sustained sound which gave more presence to the solos and kept the
audition to the top. Even starting with that period I was very
interested by playing strange sounds (I used some effect pedals and
genuine kinds of touching the strings) and I stayed many hours aside my
friend from keybords, searching together particular sound effects. My
interest was to create a special atmosphere so that the human
subconscious mind being profoundly influenced by the whole harmonic
Stephan: The Projectname INDRA and many of the Coverartworks are
asiatic style. Whats the reason about you/your music and asia or india?
That's because of my great interest comcerning the oriental philosophy
and practice. I've been studying it from 21 years and naturally I found
many things to be revealed in a special manner through the music. As for
my stage name (INDRA), this is a very special story... It is related
with an astonishing spiritual experience I had many years ago, during a
special retrait; I was performing a special yoga meditation technique
which required special environmental conditions. One day the great hindu
god INDRA appeared in his very splendour before me, overwhelming me with
his extraordinary effulgent radiance. I know this is hard to believe in
present days; nevertheless I know very well what I was living and
feeling then. Suffice to say that INDRA told me that he will inspire my
music and he was also willing to help the humans to become aware of the
hidden realms and beings of the Universe. He also told me that everyone
could contact him providing with sincerity in one's heart and real
aspiration for that. To help this spiritual communion between human
being and himself, the great god INDRA told me that listening carefully
to my music will ease this kind of esoteric experience. One has only to
try sincerely in order to check it for oneself.
Stephan: A great
part of your music is like Klaus Schulze’s stile. Is Klaus an musical
idol for you?
there is a certain influence from Klaus Schulze's style in my own
compositions but saying he is a kind of idol for me is far too much. I
respect and appreciate at best his musical work, which is included in
the so called Berlin School style. As a matter of fact, I consider it
the most elevated style of electronic music, if we take into
consideration the link which has to be created between the mind of the
listener and the music itself. It is the most profound and complex style
of EM in its core. This I love the best. But there are also some things
to improve here; in my opinion, there is a lack of imagination in Berlin
School music and the 'structure' of the music could be somehow changed
to a better 'presentation' to the listener. The trance-like state of
mind has to be obtained not really trough very long ostinato sequences
but through some little melodic parts and variations in it so that the
listener keep always awake his/her attention. The true inspiration is
crucial here. Klaus made the pioneering work; now we have to develop it
and make it perfect.
Tracks on „Signs“, this cd is the only one who came out at the spheric
music label, are different to the “Berliner Schule” sound, that you use
on many other cds. Why did you change the german label for this cd?
INDRA: “SIGNS” is really something special in my musical
activity; it is really like many 'signs', amprents of apparent different
styles which still combine into the one encompassing way of playing
music. The vigilent listener could feel it after repeated auditions.
Nevertheless, I like making music in different styles (ambient, new-age
and even techno-trance, along with the Berlin School style) but this is
mainly to express a greater pallette of feelings, ideas and archetypes
in our lives and in the cosmic one too. I thought it would be for the
real benefit of the listeners. In the end, this is the true aim for I
there an electronicscene in Rumania?
We can not talk actually about any activity on the electronic music
scene in Romania at the present.That's why myself am envolved in
different musical projects outside my country. It's like the prophet in
his country, hahaha! Hope soon in the future the taste for the hidden
message of EM will enter the soul of my people. However, there are some
who like very much this kind of music and they listen carefully to it
having strong and full of common sens opinions concerning it.
Stephan: Did you
played live in the past in Rumania?
I had several live concerts in Romania (the last one was on the 1st of
November 2006 in Bucharest) but Open Air Festival from Germany was the
really start for my performances dedicated to the foreign people. The
fact is that the long distances do not allow a rich activity in this
sense, due to high financial expenses. Still, I'm very glad that Germany
was the first country where I performed live; it's like a tribute to the
great masters of EM who showed us the way.
the feeling you get home from this gig in Schleiden?
The feeling is that of a great plesure having known other famous artists
and get in touch with their ideas and projects. But the real
accomplishment is from the listeners' part, because thus I had the
opportunity to perceive their kind of sensibility and also receive
their response to my music. Taking into consideration that it was
Germany, that was a real challenge!
offer a 12CD-Box called „Special Edition“. Why? Do you have a lot of
material? And is the material new or is it old stuff?
The 12 CDs 'Special Edition – TANTRIC CELEBRATION' is going to be a
major concept and work too in the EM domain. It is related with the Ten
Wisdom Goddesses (or the Ten Great Cosmic Powers) from the hindu
spiritual tradition. So I conceived the whole structure of the project
into 10 CDs, each for one Great Cosmic Power; there'll be also the 11th
CD with a theme about the Divine Couple Shiva-Shakti and the last one,
the 12th CD, about The Divine Absolute (in the tantric tradition it is
called Bhairava). Even the idea of this Edition may seem too 'oriental'
and new age, still the music is far far away of what the listener is
accoustomed to in this direction. The general style is Berlin School
music and I may say that people would enjoy most of the tracks. There is
a certain rezonance between the huge energetic spheres of subtle
influence coming from every Great Cosmic Power and the music dedicated
to it in the respective album. So the listener could try to get access
to this very elevated state of consciousness using as a proper support
the music of the the album he/she likes. For example, the first CD
(KALI) of the series has been already released on the market and one
could easily realise the 'connection' I was talking about. Some of the
musical ideas of the tracks which would be included on the next albums
from the Special Edition were settled down during the course of time,
but the major part of the work (round 90%) is done in the present. So we
talk about a brand new musical material. And my expectations are to add
in this way something interesting to the Berlin School style in EM.