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Pozdrav bandu „CENTEGO“ iz Srbije, iz Novog Sada. Hvala vam što ćete nam dati par informacija o vama za DOTKOM.

  • Kao prvo, otkad postoji „Centego“ i predstavi članove grupe ?

-“Centego” je zvanično formiran 2015 godine, posle 2 godine nastupanja i sviranja starih pesama u akustičnoj varijanti i ponekih obrada. Počelo je tako što se Oskar preselio u Vesteros (Westeros hehe), 2011. godine, i postao prijatelj sa Matijasom Tiselijusom, gde su se ideje i ukusi o muzici poklopili. Ubrzo je počeo rad na kreiranju muzike.

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  • Da li ste od početka bili duo i hoćete li i ubuduće tako nastupati ?

– Da, mi smo oduvek bili duet. Obojica preferiramo i uživamo da radimo kao duo, iz više razloga. Mnogo je lakše doneti produktivne odluke, kad je manje članova uključeno u priču.
Definitivno želimo da nam se, u budućnosti, priključi još više članova, sa kojim bismo mogli uživo nastupati, kako bi performans bio kvalitetniji. Ali što se tiče pisanja muzike, najbolje funkcionišemo kao duo, tako nam najviše odgovara.

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  • Gde ste dosada svirali i da li za live nastupe imate stalni bend ili iznajmljujete muzičare po potrebi ?

-Imali smo par svirki tokom proteklih godina, uglavnom, akustična varijanta, na različitim scenama. Generalno nam se najviše svideo nastup na “NarCon” festivalu.
Ponekad imamo za gosta bubnjara, ali uglavnom smo samo nas dvojica, propraćeni sa nekim dodatnim gitarama i matricama.

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  • Ja bih vašu muziku opisao kao alternativni elektro pop- rock. Da li se slažete ? Kako bi opisali žanr vašeg muzičkog izražavanja ?

-E, baš kul sto si spomenuo taj izraz – electro pop-rock! Uvek je jako teško definistai svoj neki zvuk žanrovski, zato što ne želis da “forsiraš” ljude da misle da je ta muzika nesto specifično, samo jedan žanr. Mi smo sebe okarakterisali kao elektro pop, sa primesama rock-a i apsolutno se slažemo. Takodje ima i primesa hip hop-a.

 

  • Kad sam vas prvi put čuo podsetili ste me na „Kent“. Da li vam je još neko to rekao ?

-Hahaha, nikada nismo čuli da nas je neko poredio sa njima, ali Oscar jako voli “Kent” pa je moguće da je, isti, bio mala inspiracija kod komponovanja. Čuli smo da nas porede sa Linkin Park-om, odmah posle izdavanja “Tvivel

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  • Zašto pevate na švedskom kad je engleski univerzalni jezik muzike ?

-Oskar : To je jako dobro pitanje, ja kao pisac tekstova mnogo volim švedski jezik, osećam da koristeći ga, mogu da izrazim mnogo više osećanja. Naravno da je to izvodljivo koristeći engleski jezik, ali sve što inače možete da čujete u svetu je već otpevano i napisano, baš zbog korisćenja engleskog jezika kao univerzalnog jezika. Već sam prevodio neke stare pesme, ali se uglavnom izgubi smisao poruke i čini mi se kao da smo napravili nešto što je kao neka knjiga, članak, koji je več svako pročitao, što baš i nije zabavno. Razmišljali smo da snimimo neke pesme na engleskom, tako da ko zna šta će se desiti u budućnosti.

  • Na vašoj FB stranici pominjete izvođače i bendove koji vam se dopadaju. Navodite s jedne strane, Justin Timberlake-a i Kent, a sa druge The Haunted i Meshuggah. Neobično, bar za mene. Šta vi kažete o tome ? I šta još slušate od muzike ?

– Matijas i ja imamo jako širok spektar, tj. širok dijapazon, što se tiče muzičkog ukusa.
Obojica smo bili metalci, kad smo bili jako mladi. Odrasli smo slušajući bendove kao sto su : The Haunted, In Flames, Behemoth, Meshuggah i tako dalje. Kako vreme odmiče i kako si sve stariji, naučis da ceniš neke druge stvari, tj. neke druge žanrove. Obojica smo svirali u različitim metal bendovima, i ako pažljivo poslusate refren pesme “Ilska” mozete čuti uticaje, ne baš Meshuggah, ali nekog možda metalcore benda. Trenutno slušamo raznorazne žanrove i podzanrove kao sto su : pop, metal, hip hop, elektronsku muziku, filmsku muziku i muziku iz video igara.

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  • Imate li muzičke uzore ?

– (Oskar : ) Uh,to je jako teško pitanje. Rekao bih da, svako ima različite idole i više stvari koji utiču na njegov život. “Promoe” (Švedski reper) je odličan primer korišćenja reči kao neku vrstu oružja, ali i kao pozitivno motivacionu stvar.  (Matias : ) Mnogo volim “Periphery“, pogotovo njihove gitariste, zbog čistog tona kojeg snimaju u studiju, a koji isto tako, uspeju da postignu i uživo. Svidjaju mi se i njihove melodije.

  • Dosad ste izdali dva EP-ja. Možemo li da se nadamo i full-length albumu ?

– To bi bilo jako dobro, ali sve najviše zavisi od toga kako ce proći naš poslednji EP.
Pričali smo kako cemo raditi EP albume, umesto full length albuma, zato što je to način na koji danas funkcioniše muzička industrija, može se reći da je to najisplativija varijanta.
Bilo bi odlično da snimimo i full length album, možda u bližoj budućnosti, kad budemo imali dovoljan broj pesama.

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  • Kako ste zadovoljni vašom izdavačkom kućom ?

– Trenutno nemamo izdavača. Menadžment, reklamiranje kao i izdavanje plaćamo iz sopstvenog budžeta. To radimo zato što volimo da kreiramo muziku, kako zajedno tako i individualno.

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  • Gde mogu da se nabave vaša dosadašnja izdanja ?

– Našu muziku možete kupiti na Spotify, Itunes, Apple music i tako dalje
Sto se tiče drugih stvari koje mogu da se kupe, tu su futrole za mobilni, koje pravimo po porudžbini. Novčanici i koferi se takodje mogu kupiti po povoljnoj ceni. Mogu se poručiti i majice, ako postoji interesovanje za iste. Samo nam pišite, i svaka porudžbina se da srediti vrlo lako.

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  • Kakvi su vam planovi za budućnost ?

Trenutno živimo jako daleko jedan od drugog, oko 600 kilometara. Dogovarali smo se da se uskoro nadjemo na nekom mestu i da pišemo novu muziku. Zahvaljujući današnjoj tehnologiji, možemo vrlo lako da podelimo sa ljudima nase demoe, preko interneta. Juhu! Šalu na stranu, sledeći korak će biti snimanje spota za neku od pesama sa “Kubler Ross” EP-a.

Hvala na razgovoru ! 
-Hvala i vama, veoma cenimo vaše interesovanje za naš bend , pozdrav!

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Greetings from Novi Sad, Serbia. Thank you for doing this interview for DOTKOM.

  • Tell us about ,,Centego“. When was it formed, and what are the members of the band?

– Centego was formed officially in 2015 after 2 years of performing acoustic with old songs and some covers. It started with Oscar moving to the swedish town Västerås (Westeros, hehe) in 2011 and becoming friends with Mattias Tiselius, where the musical sides of both matched very well and so we started on the music right away. In short, making music together was a fact between us.

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  • Were you a duo from the beginning and will you stay like that in the future?

 – Yes, we’ve always been a duo. We both enjoy working that way for many reasons. It’s easier to make productive decisions with less members. We definitely want more people to join us live in the future, to make the performance as good as it can get. But when it comes to writing music, a duo is what fits us best.

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  • How many concerts have you played at? Can you name the best ones? Also do you rent musicians for live concerts, or you have definite members that play with you all the time?

 – We have been playing some gigs throughout the years, mostly acoustic ones on different kinda scenes. Overall we liked the “NärCon”-festival best so far. Sometimes we have a drummer guesting us live but mostly it’s just us two and some guitars/backtracks.

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  • I would describe your genre as alternative electro pop-rock. Do you agree? If not, how would you describe the genre of music the band is playing? 

– Cool that you mention that! It’s always hard to set a genre on your own music. Because you don’t want to “force” people into thinking that the music is something specific. We’ve been calling it Electro pop-rock-isch, and we can absolutely agree. Maybe with some hiphop-touch as well.

  • When I first listened to your songs you reminded me of a band named `Kent`. Has anyone ever said that to you before?

-Haha, no we’ve actually never heard that one before. Oscar likes Kent a lot though. So it’s possible a small inspiration shines through. But we have heard Linkin Park more than once after the “Tvivel”-release. As random as it’s cool indeed!

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  • Why are your songs sang in Swedish, when English is thought to be the universal language of music? 

-(Oscar:) That is really good question. I, as a lyric writer, love Swedish, there’s so much meaning and feelings you can express and bend through our vocabulary. Of course that’s equally possible in English as well. But everything you hear has already been sung or written etc. (Because of the universal language). I’ve been translating old lyrics before, but it always feels like i lose the meaning of that specific song. New words comes out as a manuscript that’s already been read by everyone. And where’s the fun in that? Although we’ve been talking about making some music in English, so who knows maybe something will happen in the future!

  • On your FB page, you say that you like Justin Timberlake, Kent but on the other hand you also add The Haunted and Meshuggah on that list. It is quite strange, for me to say at least.  Do you have anything to say about that? Besides, what other genres/bands do you listen to except these ones?

-Me and Mattias has a really wide music taste. We both started out as metal-heads when we were kids. Listening to stuff like The Haunted, In Flames, Behemoth, Meshuggah etc. But as far as your age and experiences goes, you learn to appreciate new stuff.  We’ve both been playing in different metal bands as well. If you listen to the chorus on our song ‘’Ilska’’ you can hear some influence, maybe not Meshuggahs, but other metalcore acts. We listen to all kinds of music these days, pop, metal, hip-hop, electronic and movie/videogame-music.

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  • What are your influences? Do you have any musicians that are considered to be your idols?

(Oscar) :  -Hm, hard question. I would say that you have different idols and influences to different things. Promoe (svedish rapper) for me is a great influence in how you can use your words as a weapon, but also as a motivation-self-healing-kinda thing. (Mattias) : And i likes Periphery a lot, especially their guitar players. Mostly how they get such a clear tone on the record and live gigs. And also of course their melodies.

  • For now you have 2 EPs. Can we expect a full-length album?

-That would be awesome. But much depends on how much the latest EP will spread. We’ve been talking about doing EP’s instead of albums because of todays music industry and how it all works. It’s more of a win-win situation today. But a full-length album would be the awesome, perhaps sometimes in the future when we have enough songs. 

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  • Are you satisfied with your publishing house?

-We don’t currently have anyone publishing for us, we do all our PR by ourselves and we release everything out of our own pockets. We do this because we love making music, together or individually. 

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  • Where can your merchandise and EPs be bought?

The music is on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, etc. When it comes to other merch we’re able to produce mobile cases when someone orders it. Wallets and hard cases for a cheap price. T-shirts and such can be added if the interest is there. Just write to us and we can solve it very easy!

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  • Last but not least! What are your future plans?

-For the moment we live about 600 km from eachother, but we’ve been talking about getting together for some music writing real soon. Thanks to todays technology, we can write and share all our demos through internet. Woho! Jokes aside though, next stop will definitely be a new music video from our EP “Kubler Ross!

  • Thank you for your time!

 And thank you, we really appreciated this! Take care.