MICHAL CICHY (Rubufaso Mukufo) – Just mystery…
Michal Cichy var trommeslager i Cerebral Turbulency, et tsjekkisk grindcoreband med hele seks fullengdere på samvittigheten. Han slår for tiden takten i et annet grindcoreband som kalles Rubufaso Mukufo. Dette er den naturlige oppfølgeren til CT siden hele 3 av de 4 medlemmer som var med i CT nå er å finne i Rubufaso Mukufo. Michal har også sitt eget plateselskap kalt Khaaranus Productions, som også er selskapet bak utgivelsene til Rubufaso Mukufo og de fleste til CT. Michal har spilt trommer i snart en halv mannsalder og her er hans bidrag til The Blast Beast Series.
What is the force behind you being a drummer, that is, what keeps you going?
It´s very simple – when you like to do something then it enforces you itself to keep you doing it.
You are playing in a genre where both technique and speed, together with groove, are important ingredients. What do you think is the most important of these?
The most important is to play the best combination of all mentioned elements. What is the best is relative, of course, so let´s say – your own best as you think and feel.
Which drummer has inspired you the most throughout the years, and what would you have said to him/her if you had the chance to meet him/her in person?
I re-took many various elements or parts from many various drummers. Just when I hear some interesting piece – I am going to try to learn and play it too and to use it in some song ever… For example Kia from ex-Rotten Sound plays the way of drumming which I really like a lot!!!
Which is best while rehearsing alone: systematic progress or full improvisation?
We have never used improvised songs. Always it goes as the riffs come the first almost whole skelet of song made on guitars, then drumming and voices in the end… I guess it´s standard way for many bands.
Do you have any "core rehearsal tips" that have given you a lot of progress in your drumming?
Now I don´t understand what exactly you mean but surely it must something intimate ;-)))
What is important for you while rehearsing new songs/riffs with your band? Is there something in particular you do or listen for?
Only thinking how much powerful combination and drumming order to use and play to enjoy and like it.
What is, in your opinion, the biggest challenges for extreme drummers (or, generally speaking, drummers), and what can you do to work them out?
Not only for drummers but musicians at all. I think it should be to improve their technic and processes of playing, to practise new elemets and save them to their "instrumental ideas bank" and use them in right time in right songs because it can makes your extreme band more attractive even you play just some kind of untechnical, unprogressive and unavantgarde music.
Wrists or fingers? Heel up or down? Why?
Depends on kind of the beats. Middle fast or fast are done/finished by wrist and the fastest by fingers (you can beat by wrist as well but it is easier and more effective to blast the fastest beats by fingers…). Slower parts are played from the elbow knuckle BUT all in all also by playing the fastest parts – there are connected whole arms to the process even only fingers are moving!!!
You must have rehearsed for an insane amount of hours to be as good a drummer as you are. Do you think it is worth it, and have you ever thought about quitting?
First 8 – 9 years of drumming I practised quite offen and hard to can play as many whatever as possible… In last years I work on myself less and less ;-((( due to not so much time as before and also the smaller enthusiasm with growing years on the age you know… 20 is 20, 25 is 25, 30 is 30 and so on…. ;-)))
While playing at a concert: are you 100 % concentrated about what you are doing, or do you notice some of the mood and energy among the audience?
Mostly I enjoy as playing itself as the surrounding. I can´t say I concentrate on playing because I know the songs very very well so I better concentrate to release some power to the drums and to the people before stage. But there are also days when you feel bad during the playing. It is not just loose and free. No one can see/hear it because the playing sounds still same but you yourself know that you felt strange at the moment and you didnt enjoeyd it. I talked about it with many musicians and each of them knows it as well and there is no explanation why it happens even when you are in good condition at the time… Just mystery.
Is it expensive to become a drummer, and what does it take outside all that can be bought for money to become a clever and good drummer in extreme metal?
Depends how good instrument you want. You can buy cheap shit with not so good sound and technical quality or you can invest more and you will be also satisfied more.
And then some about your equipment:
I collected my final set about 8-9 years since I start the band… I better don´t mention here my first equipment but gradually I changed it part by part to actual combo:
– old basement (kick, toms, floor tom) YAMAHA Power Special (not available on the market since long years ago…)
– snare YAMAHA "Maple Custom"
– double pedal PEARL
– cymbal set PAISTE Alpha (two heavy crashes 18", heavy hi-hat 14", china 18", rock ride 20", splash 8"
– all the cymbal stands are the highest series of YAMAHA (my darlings 😉
Which snare drum and configuration do you like the best? 12", 13" or 14"? And which material? Wood, steel, brass or bronze?
I have 14"/3,5" – full maple wood (it´s total bomber, this woody guy!!! ;-)))
What kind of pedal(s) do you use? And which "settings" fits your style the best?
Oh, just mentioned above… The pedal is the oldest member of that set as I grind it exactly 10 years now!!! …and I must confess some parts of it are quity pissed off … but still working well generally and it´s important, isn´t it?
As always, we are rounding off with you picking the next drummer in these series. Pick a drummer, and explain why he/she deserves (!) to be one of our Blast Beasts.
First of all I would like to know who just picked me to be here, he, he, he!!! As for me I would recommend you the guy from Divine Heresy. I don´t know his name (but I don´t know many people along their names so it is nothing against nothing 😉 And why he deserves it??? I don´t know if he deserves it or not but I can see/hear that his work is good work, that´s why.
Anyway, thanx for space to appear here!!!