Antonio Kowatsch is a Slovak composer and musician, currently based in Hanau, Germany. He was interviewed by fellow musician Beaver Sheppard.
BEAVER SHEPPARD—Where do you get your inspiration?
ANTONIO KOWATSCH—I draw my inspiration from nature. Just like everybody else, I suppose.
BS—What pushes you internally?
AK—My musical curiosity. I like to explore and dive into as many musical genres as humanly possible.
BS—Your latest album “Starchild” sounds a lot like a soundtrack for a Sci-fi movie. Coincidence?
AK—It’s funny that you mention it and no, it’s not a coincidence. The original inspiration for the album was the soundtrack for the movie Interstellar, which was composed by Hans Zimmer. I really liked the sound of it and thought that I should create something similar. And when I heard the music from the title sequence of “Stranger Things” I knew that I just had to do it. It also had that same signature sound which I was so fond of.
BS—Is Pluto a planet?
AK—It’s definitely not! It should have never been designated the status of a planet in the first place. It also baffles me how many renowned astronomers have weighed in on the debate and chosen the “factually wrong side”. Pluto is a Trans-Neptunian object or TNO in short, that’s all there is to know.
BS—What is up with the unusual song titles in your last album?
AK—The song titles that I used in my album “Starchild” were all carefully chosen. Everyone of them bears the name of a prominent star within a star constellation.
BS—Do you like stars?
AK—Yes, I like stars. I’ve always been fascinated by astronomy. That’s why I decided to give my latest two albums a “space theme”. “Broken Realities” has song titles that pertain to astronomical occurrences and jargon. “Starchild” on the other hand focuses on the names of stars.
BS—Why is exploring musical genres so important to you?
AK—Well, most artists these days like to stick to one specific genre. And while that’s totally OK I think one should try to break out of that self-imposed bubble every once in a while. Just like Stephen King and G.R.R. Martin. While they may not be musicians the same principle applies. Writers also tend to stick to only one genre.
BS—Who would you like to collaborate with if you could pick anyone?
AK—Hans Zimmer, duh.
AK—Johann Sebastian Bach aka the godfather of harmony. Arguably the greatest composer of all time. His understanding of the counterpoint is unparalleled.
BS—What’s your favorite song?
AK—Probably “The Lady in Red” by Chris de Burgh.
BS—Batman or Superman?
AK—Superman for sure. I know, I’m in the minority on this one but I’ve always preferred Supes to Batman. I’m not saying that Batman isn’t cool. I just like Superman a tad bit more. Comic-wise I have to admit that the old Batman comics, the original Detective Comics, were superior.
BS—What’s your biggest regret so far?
AK—I don’t have the time to be bothered by regrets. It’s not like I can hop into a time machine and change things. So why even bother?
BS—Are you more Monopoly or Pictionary?
AK—Pictionary! I like both games a lot but Pictionary is just way more fun in my humble opinion. Especially because I’m really good at sketching.
BS—What’s the best thing about living in Germany?
AK—The food. I’m not even a big foodie but the food here is pretty good. And so are the sweets and German chocolate. And don’t forget about the country’s rich architectural history. There are so many castles and century old buildings here, it’s quite astonishing.
BS—When/how/where/why does your best music come out of you?
AK—Mostly late at night in my bedroom. That’s usually when I’m most creative. Creating music is really cathartic for me, almost therapeutic. With that being said an emotional impetus is always at the beginning of every song or album that I create. The process itself is rather straightforward; come up with a theme, embellish it with harmonies, let it sit a day or two and then get back at it to make some minor changes. Otherwise I’ll get composing fatigue. Music is like a good wine, you have to let it sit for a while. After that it’s “tally-ho”.
AK—Classical music and IDM. I just like how timeless classical music is. With all the different music genres that exist today classical music is the only one that has managed to stand the test of time. IDM on the other hand is a rather interesting electronic genre that I’m also very fond of. It’s way more sophisticated than regular EDM.
BS—What would be your ideal date?
AK—Hmm… that’s a tough question. I like to keep things simple. A long walk in the park and a thought provoking conversation sounds just fine.
BS—Fly or be invisible?
AK—I’d much rather have the ability to fly. Being invisible may be seem like a cool ability at first but it’s not that useful. You couldn’t really do anything with it except stalk people. It would only be useful if one could also turn objects invisible. In that case one could become a master thief. Flying on the other hand is a pretty practical ability. It would allow me to reach my destinations in a timelier fashion. And, it would also imbue me with the ability to shoot the best aerial footage. How awesome is that?
BS—Alright, that wraps up the interview. Any last words for our readers?
AK—Yeah, stay frosty folks.