The Creative Process #15 Ziggurat

Except art are there any other external or internal factors that influence you when you create, if so what are they?

I feel like the music I’ve making in Ziggurat has had a more darker, dramatic tone due to my increasingly negative view of society as of recent. Also, I’d say travelling affects the stuff I write for Zigg. For instance, the first track off our Preface ep was motivated by a trip to Germany/Austria back in February and in making the production for the song “Botheration” I was influenced by a past road trip through the Navajo reservations in New Mexico.

The Creative Process #11 Luna Amară (w/ Mihnea Blidariu)

What are the actual steps that you take when you are creating? Do you need to enter or go to a certain setting in order to get creative?

Oh, no. Ideas don’t wait for your mood or favorite creative set up. Sometimes they come to me when I’m on the street, or when I’m making love, or when I protest, or when I just smoke a cigarette out on the balcony… I try not to write them down on the spot, but rather to keep’em in mind and play them on repeat there until I go to rehearsal and show them to the boys…

The Creative Process #9 Philipp Rumsch

What are the actual steps that you take when you are creating? Do you need to enter or go to a certain setting in order to get creative?

For me, the best environment to create something is set up by having a lot of time, no disturbance through internet or people and a pleasant, quite atmosphere and enough food and coffee ;-). I can work very good at home.

But sometimes I have to compose in between appointments, rehearsals etc. which can be inspiring too, because then you do not overthink things to much. 

The Creative Process #8 Dance with the dead

What do you consider the most important traits that a song and an album must have before you consider it to be completed?

The songs have to tell a story. Take the listener on a journey.
What are the actual steps that you take when you are creating? Do you need to enter
or go to a certain setting in order to get creative? It usually starts off with a melody hook or a riff. Then we build the song off of
that. Whatever’s triggering the idea, whether it’s a beat, guitar riff or a synth
chord. Then we’ll start puzzling the song together.