Interview with Caoimhin , Atmospheric Black Metal /Neo folk
1-    I understand you have released a new EP, can you tell us more about it and its musical orientation?
I consider our new EP “The Age of Wolves” as a kind of tribute to my love of nature - namely, the pine forests and mountains where I grew up. It was the perfect upbringing for a black metal musician! Back in January of 2016, when I initially started writing music for this project, my main focus was to make the sound as organic as possible. I was doing “research” in the genre – going back to the roots of black metal by listening to early Burzum, Darkthrone…etc. It sounds cliché, but they are revered for a reason! Wolves in the Throne Room, Ulver’s black metal trilogy, Agalloch, Winterfylleth, and even A Forest of Stars and have had an influence on Caoimhín. And I am always listening to loads of Alcest, Les Discrets…etc. 
As far as production and “sound” went, I wanted to hear my hand moving around on the frets of my acoustic guitar (that nice squeak sound, you know?). All that good, natural sound! It was a very different approach to writing music for me, because I had grown used to trying to clean up my production sound as much as possible. I had been writing post-black metal as a solo project called “In Search Of…” for the past 5 years – very polished and “pretty” music. But composition for that project grew tiring and repetitive (I began to realise what Markus Siegenhort of Lantlôs meant when he said, “Post-black metal is dead”), and I began seeking after a darker sound. Because I am also a film score composer, I understandably turned to horror movie soundtracks – namely, Mark Korven’s score for the 2015 film “The Witch” (The fact that the whole score was composed and recorded on a broken cello is just so cool). 
2-    Why did you choose this musical genre and how does it relate to you personally?
I suppose I answered this in my answer to the previous question, but it is worth mentioning that “Skinfaxi” by Walknut was the very first black metal song I ever heard, so that rough sound has always been in the back of my head.
3-    What are your main influences and where do you get your inspiration from?
Inspiration is very often a hard thing to come by, and it only avails itself upon you when it chooses. I’ve gone months without writing a new song I really like, and other times, music seems to be just pouring out of me. I grew up having recurring nightmares, and the musical inspiration I’ve gotten from them is some of the strongest I’ve ever experienced. But on a day-to-day basis, it’s always waxing and waning.
4-    What are the lyrical themes and how did you come to choose them?
During my final semester at university, I decided to research things like Witchcraft, western European Paganism, Germanic mythologies…etc. The search brought me to things like the Malleus Maleficarum (Witches’ Hammer), the Satanic Bible, dark poetry, and the like. However, the most influential piece of literature I found was the Poetic Edda. I’m not sure how I came to the decision, but ultimately I decided to use various stanzas of the Völuspá as the lyrical material. I also came across Aftonland by Pår Lagerkvist, and I may yet use that in the future. 
Currently, I would describe Caoimhín’s lyrical themes as solely mythological. However, if I do indeed begin to use Aftonland, things like man’s relationship to “god” (or gods), introspection, and death will come into play. 
5-    What is the meaning of your project’s name?
Well, my name is Kevin. “Caoimhín” is the old Gaelic form of the modern name Kevin. I guess I just grew up with that word always in the back of my head. I just like the way it looks. 
(Also, it’s important to note that the correct pronunciation of Caoimhín is close to ‘KWEE-VEEN’, but I pronounce it as ‘COW-im-HEEN’ when I’m referencing this band, just to differentiate the two)
Tell us more about the band and its members, who does what?
Initially, it was just me. But then, one day I got brave and decided to contact Tom Simonsen and Cecilie Langlie, whose work in Havnatt, Omit, Skumring…etc. I really adored. It was actually Tom who offered to work with me, and that was very surprising! Back in November, when I was first composing “Níðhöggr”, I decided that the song needed a harsh vocalist. I thought about doing it myself and Tom also offered to try, but neither of us felt like we were cut out to do it. So I decided to hold a fun competition! Musical friends and strangers from all around the world tried out for the part, but ultimately I decided upon Andrew Malone. (And I’m so glad I did!)
Around the same time, “Víðarr” was being re-recorded and mastered by Tom at his Secret Quarters Studio in Norway. He pulled in a friend of his, Kjetil Ottersen, to perform bass vocals. So that marked the completion of our studio line-up:
Kevin Pribulsky – composition
Tom Simonise – composition, guitars, programming
Cecilie Langlie – female vocals
Andrew Malone – harsh vocals
Kjetil Ottersen – Male bass vocals 
It would be very cool to have guest appearances in the future, too! 

6-    Are you planning any gigs soon? If yes where and when?
Unfortunately no. My time now is being used up by writing music for various projects (Seradain, Disheartment, The Unknown…etc.), and by finishing up composition and demo recordings for the full-length Caoimhín album.
I’m also on an extended holiday of sorts in England. However, playing live is definitely something I want to do. In fact, my best friend and I have a dream of playing festivals like ProphecyFest, Dark Bombastic Evening, Roadburn Festival…etc. That’s our ultimate goal, and I’d kill to make it happen. 
What are you plans for the future, any new albums on the horizons?
Always! Big things are happening for this new project called “Seradain” that my friend Liam Rehders and I just started. We’ve begun drafting the full-length album, which we hope to sign to Prophecy Productions.
And, of course, Caoimhín are hard at work on our upcoming full-length album “A River Bears Westward”. 
7-    What would you like to say to your fans and the people who supported you?
To keep it simple, I would just like to say “thank you”. It’s still very surreal to think that there are people in the world who really truly like the music I’ve written. I wish I could get to know all of them, or at least one day buy them a drink when they come to shows. But for now, I’ll leave it with this: I’ll be attending several black metal music festivals in England and Germany this summer (ProphecyFest, Dudefest, Acherontic Arts Festival…etc.), so if any of you are there, too, just let me know. I’m always open to meeting new people and making connections!
8-    Finally, anything you would like to add before we finish this interview?
I think that’s about it. Thank you very much for this interview! I hope to do more in the future.