The music producer Stas Sursyakov a.k.a. SiSTAL fills his compositions with musical mystery, which causes the listener to dive into a meditative and hypnotic state. The true thing for him is not what he sees, but what he feels when he observes. And the sharper the feelings, the more desirable it is to express them through music. SiSTAL believes that music can tell more about a person than the person himself/herself and therefore one has the opportunity to see the world through her/his perception.
With atmospheric rhythmic structures and minimalistic sound textures, SISTAL’s album occupies the threshold between ambient and techno. Let’s see what he has to say about it!
In one sentence, how would you describe your album?
A thin dance vibrating through the doors that have been closed for ages.
What was your favourite memory or experience in producing the album?
Every person sooner or later asks himself the question of who am I? I think that our being is an empty vessel. From it you can draw knowledge and skills. All the answers we need are inside us. Jesus spoke to his disciples: if you do not lose yourself, you will not find yourself. He said that we must follow our own emptiness.
If we divide the seed of the fruit from the tree, then we will see emptiness. But from this emptiness grows a tree. There is a void in the center of the seed. The same can be said about people. Emptiness is the unknown for our understanding. But it is an empty vessel through which we can contemplate, enjoy and feel the depth.
Unknown – is a void in which I am dissolved and feeling the totality of my existence.
How do you describe your approach to sound design and minimalism?
The music is everywhere. You can hear it, even when you are in silence. And from all the sounds that are around us, I choose only those that are close to my inner state at the moment of inspiration.
Soundcloud Preview: https://soundcloud.com/d-m-t-records/dmtc055-sistal-unknown-ep-preview-mix
Released on: https://dmtrecords.bandcamp.com
Stay tuned and keep it dark, minimalistic and technologic!
Interviewed by Lisa Teichmann aka Schnuppofsky