Hail Dómhnall. First of all, I wanna know what made you create Adabroc.
Dómhnall: I had been writing and recording music under a different project named Ever for a couple of years but had never been entirely satisfied with the outcome. Eventually I decided to switch from the Melodic Death Metal style of Ever to a more epic atmospheric Black Metal style, which I found more fulfilling. I also wanted the theme of my music to focus more heavily on my Gaelic heritage and decided to name the new project after the village on Lewis where my father came from and where I currently live. This was the birth of Adabroc.
Is there any particular reason why Adabroc has remained a one man band? Have you ever thought of availing yourself of the help of other musicians?
Dómhnall: I feel that Adabroc is too personal a project for me to bring others into the writing process. It is very much my own and I wish to maintain complete creative control over it. However, it wouldn’t be out of the question for me to recruit other musicians or singers to contribute performances on future releases, but I have no specific plans to do this.
Since you can’t confront with other ideas during the writing process, how do you develop your songs?
Dómhnall: The creation of a complete song can sometimes be a long and painful process. I may hit a dead end for weeks before eventually developing a piece further. On the other hand, some songs are written in their entirety in a brief burst of creativity within a single day. Although progress can be slow, I personally feel that the process of composition would be hampered by the competing inputs of other musicians.
With “Eilean An Fhraoich” you have reached a sound more defined and mature; how is your music evolving and what influences it?
Dómhnall: If there is a specific direction to the evolution of Adabroc‘s sound it is not a conscious process. The development of Adabroc over time reflects my constantly changing musical tastes, and there is no telling what shape future releases may take. While currently my biggest external musical influences are artists in the vein of Drudkh, this may not be the case in a year’s time. One important difference that separates newer material from old is that in the composition of more recent releases I have been more focused, with a specific sound in mind from the very beginning of the writing process each time, while in the earliest releases I was less sure of what the eventual outcome would be.
Many of your songs are instrumental. Do you always start with clear ideas or does the choice of using, or not, lyrics take place afterwards?
Dómhnall: I always know from the beginning whether a song is going to have lyrics or be completely instrumental. I usually have the general structure of an entire EP planned out from very early on in the process, including a general idea of the lyrical content, or not, of each individual track.
At a lyrical level, the relationship between man and Nature seems to be your favourite theme. Where do you get the inspiration from?
Dómhnall: The lyrical content of Adabroc originally didn’t take such a direction but over time I have indeed increasingly drawn on themes of nature when writing. This is mostly because “Tùrsa” and “Eilean An Fhraoich” were composed while I was living at home on the Isle of Lewis and drew great influence from the natural environment and landscapes there both lyrically and musically.
Speaking about your future proposals, do you have anything planned? Has any label shown interest in your music?
Dómhnall: It has just been announced that a limited edition digipak release of “Tùrsa” will be out soon on Le Crépuscule Du Soir Productions. As for new material, I am not currently writing anything but I do have a rough plan for a future EP and I will most likely have something released by the end of this year.
Besides Adabroc, you are also involved in a Melodic Death Metal project called Tungolcræft. What can you tell us about it? How do you reconcile these two “souls”?
Dómhnall: I recently created Tungolcræft because I wished to resume writing in a style more reminiscent of Melodic Death Metal. It provides an outlet for musical ideas that would not be so well suited to the sound and theme of Adabroc and is influenced primarily by the very earliest works of bands such as Dark Tranquillity and In Flames. It is for the time being very much a side project in relation to Adabroc, but the two complement each other nicely.
Thinking about Scotland, Valrog are the only Black Metal band that comes to my mind. What can you tell us about the local music scene? Are you in touch with any bands?
Dómhnall: It seems that Scotland has yet to develop a strong, coherent Black Metal scene of its own and I am not very well integrated with other artists. I am also currently studying at university in Manchester and therefore spend much of my time in England these days. However, important individual artists, past and present, that come to my mind include Cnoc An Tursa, Askival, Àrsaidh, Maelstrom, Haar and Vostok.
Going back to what was said at the beginning, do you think there could ever be a live show of Adabroc or do you exclude it a priori?
Dómhnall: There will almost definitely never be a live Adabroc show as the songs were not written with a live setting in mind. I think it would be very difficult to reproduce these songs on stage while remaining faithful to the atmospheres that are the main driving force behind the music.
Thank you for your willingness. The last words are yours.
Dómhnall: And many thanks to you too. Slàinte mhòr!