A month ago, when releasing Dziecka first EP, I asked Jakub a couple of questions about his new project, the music and… so if you’re interested, here it is: /Dziecka, the first few words/

miki:
[…] Let me ask you about a few things… how did you come up with the name „Dziecka” („Childrens”) not „Dziecko” or „Dzieci” („Child” or „Children”).

Dz:
I wanted to provoke a dissonant reaction in the recipient and to make the feeling of detachment from reality very clear from the very first moment you approach the music (so actually before you play it and just read the name). The language of a child during its development is fascinating and is full of declination errors (especially in a language as complicated as Polish) like the one in the name of the project, and many other errors that show in what an amazing way new concepts are acquired, created and abstracted by the developing mind. How experimental music „thinks” is, in a way, similar: it resorts to means unacceptable in traditional approach to creating music or to what we may call a „controlled error”. So the name of the project kinda reflects that.

miki:
I have a 17-month old child myself so I agree – it’s totally abstract! What about the names of the compositions? A pure child-like abstraction or is there any message behind it or a reference to anything?

Dz:
I have a two year old daughter and she is a kind of an inspiration. The titles are just like the music itself. They are not supposed to convey any message. They are meant to exist in the space around you along with the music but to evoke different reactions than words usually do. They are meant to „sound” in your head more than „mean” anything.

miki:
I get it. At first I thought it’s a kind of a story that includes some message, there is this reference to North Korea. And as for the word cluster, I must admit that you managed to achieve what you planned: North Korea, the last child, the square island, the fickle whales… (translations of Polish titles) keep banging back and forth through my mind every time I read the titles. The only element that doesn’t seem to fit (but maybe that’s why it fits more than anything else) is the front cover – it’s too orderly, comparing to the titles and the music.

Dz:
The cover is orderly, square, cold and grey… it corresponds with the title and the element of anxiety and cold that is present in this music. I didn’t suggest to Michal (the designer of the artwork and the co-author of the compositions) what it should look like, but he perfectly got the idea.

miki:
Is this the first ever release by Dziecka? How long has the project existed?

Dz:
Dziecka has existed since mid-2013, in the period between summer and autumn I experimented with sound at home, on my own, and that’s how and when six compositions were created. I write/record/create/edit/program all tracks by Dziecka and Michal adds tracks, beats, melodies (one of the most audible works in the two tracks on our EP is the melody that starts somewhere around the 4th minute of „Blizniaki…”).

So Polnocna Korea EP is the first ever official release. There were three more tracks available elsewhere, but I decided to combine these two tracks because this is the direction that I decided to take. Everything will develop slowly, I’m planning to buy and make some new equipment that will enable us to perform live and this approach will surely influence the new material.

miki:
New, unknown or little-known projects are what I like the most. I have a few gems in my label’s collection, things that no-one had heard of before but now they release their music in other labels on cds, cdrs, cassettes. I haven’t heard of vinyl yet, but who knows… (enough self-promotion for now… what I wanted to say is that I like the new and the unknown, or maybe that’s my chauvinist-egoistic part of me that takes pleasure in saying „I was first!”).

The equipment, software, playing live… will surely influence your music, especially if you want to perform live something that you crated at home. And what equipment are you going to buy?

Dz:
What I need is a looper and some effects so I chose zoom g3x (which is a guitar multieffect with a looper for the price of a standard looper) and a tablet. I use plenty of wicked Android apps in my smartphone. I have a little Soundcraft mixer, an electric guitar (with a bass D string beside the regular strings), toy-keyboards, we will use laptop on stage, some cassette player, other guitar effects (delay, distortions, equalizers). And DIY instruments: pvc flutes, simple percussion instruments, next summer I’m going to visit Tanzania with my wife, doing some field work there, so I’ll do some field recordings there and buy instruments (drums, marimbas etc.).

miki:
Wow! That’s what you call a one-man band! I though you’d say „a mixer, some effect pedals, a laptop, some software…” and that’s it! A different question: Why are you going to Tanzania?

Dz:
My wife is a linguist, Swahili, the language spoken in East Africa, is the field of her study and the subject of her doctoral thesis, she is going to conduct research for the Polish National Science Centre.

miki:
Swahili, yeah, right� I’d rather talk about effect pedals, distortions and loopers 😉

Dz:
we’ve already spent a year there. You can find some more info (in Polish) and pictures here: http://bezgranic.blog.polityka.pl/

miki:
Geckos under the ceiling! Now that is cool! I’d like to have such a creature at home but I’m afraid I wouldn’t have enough time to take care of it and it would feel sad and lonely… but there it seems to enter peoples homes, even without any invitation!

Dz:
Yeah, it was interesting as hell! We once had a venomous snake in the loo, a few malarias…

miki:
Nice! If I ever went to Africa (as a person with no idea) I’d be afraid of being hunted down by some tribesman with machete. I think I could stand snakes. By the way: do you teach any exotic language, or something more ordinary?

Dz:
I only teach English 😉