Please tell me how you came up with the name of the band. What’s the story behind “The Polar Dream”?
The name came up from a dream I(Kosmo) had, i was in the middle of an arctic lake, and was so vivid that i wasn’t sure if that dream was just a dream or if it was happening for real. So we decided to name the band after this dream.
What were your biggest inspirations while composing songs for your two albums, “Follow Me to the Forest” and “Kiev”?
“Follow me to the forest” was our first LP and it meant a lot to us. Every song on the album is emotional and melancholic. Some of the songs on the album were on our first EP. They are old songs, our first songs. Inspiration for “Follow Me to the Forest” involved every experience in our life until that moment. All of us have very similar but at times different preferences in music. We love instrumental music, cinematography, photography, traveling . “Kiev” has a different feeling, it feels darker than “Follow”. We were inspired by Russian musicians and writers. The history of “Kiev” is that it takes place during the World War in Rusia.
What adjectives would you use to describe your songs?
We think our music is an invitation to imagination. We have heard a lot of people describe our music as “cinematique”. Like an old movie from the early ages of of cinematography. You can put “Un Chien Andalou” by Buñuel and Dali along with any “Kiev” song and it will fit it perfectly. It has that ambiance. Like a very cold day in winter.
If The Polar Dream could compose the soundtrack of any story what genre would you choose? Why?
It would be something between Verne, Kubrick , Godart and Zelda. Mellow, deep, sophisticated; the escence of chilhood. Everything, regardless of how old it might be, can be new in the eyes of a child. We are the soundtrack of our own lifes, our story is our genre…
Has any novel or film had an impact on your music?
There are a lot of films and books that have influenced our music, along with several artists, painters etc. Among the books that have influenced us we can mention , “El Aleph”by Jorge Luis Borges, “Personae” by Ezra Pound. Regarding films we have “Los amantes del circulo polar” by Julio Medem, “2001..” by Kubrick. “Pi” by Darren Aranofsky, “Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind” by Michel Gondry, “The Seventh Seal” by Ingmar Bergman and we can continue with a very long list.
How has the internet helped you in your career?
The internet has given us the oportunity to share our music worldwide. People from all over the world can listen to us. We are very lucky to live in an era when you can share your ideas, music, feelings all over the world.
Where do you think the online music industry is headed? What are the challenges that artists face?
With the internet and the fast growing social media, artists have pros and cons. One of the benefits of the online music industry is that we can manage our music and can be close to our fans, without the need for a big record company. Unlike in the old days, when if you did not have a contract, it was very difficult to reach your real fans. Destination is always uncertain. However, it is the long way ahead that makes the jouney amusing. The only challenge that artists must face is the ability to carry on; to keep your creation alive, kind of like Frankenstein. It is all about challenging yourself, and defeating yourself.
To how many platforms do you upload your music?
We are on a lot of music platforms. We are on Spotify, Bandcamp, iTunes, Cd Caby, Amazon, Google Music Store, Deezer, Muve Music, Omnifone, Rhapsody, Rdio, etc
What plans do you have for the year 2015?
We have a lot of surprises for 2015. We’re planning our second UK tour, along with some Europe cities. We also are planning a US tour. We will begin with the recording of our 3rd LP, planned to be released at the end of September.