|1. How did the band get together? Where did
you get the band’s name from? How did you decide on it?
Michal 'Mike' Pawluc: In autumn 1999 Wojtek and Jarek decided
to form an absolutely new, independent project. They played a few
rehearsals and invited Szymon to join them. All the guys were short
after quitting their previous bands (Kobong, Vader and Prophecy),
and were desperately looking for something fresh, different. They
gained enormous energy from their playing and so Nyia was formed.
The name itself describes an unidentified pagan demon of ancient tribes
which lived on the territory of what is now Poland. Everybody enjoyed
the name, short but arresting everybody’s attention. So it happened.
2. Where did you pull your influences from? Include bands,
books, movies, environment, etc.
Michal 'Mike' Pawluc: We pull them from so many various sources
that it seems impossible to list all of them. But you are right, literature
or movies influence me a lot and probably the rest of the team as
well. Sometimes it is enough to go out just for a walk to find an
interesting matter to be used later in a text, or meet a sound that
you would like to interpret in your own manner. Millions of things
take place around us and we keep our senses vigil, thus we’ll
never get out of ideas.
3. How would you describe what the bands sound like?
Michal 'Mike' Pawluc: Can we go to the next question? Because
all I can say is – listen to the album and you’ll know.
Let me quote Jarek’s description of Nyia’s sound “...it’s
a kind of break-core with elements of rosary nihilism.”
4. Some of the band members have been in previously established
bands. Has it been easier to get this band going then previous experiences?
Michal 'Mike' Pawluc: In fact all of us have played in quite
well-known bands. Apart from the “Three Fathers of Destruction”
I mentioned in the first answer, Maciek played bass for Christ Agony
and I tried to shout louder than the rest of Prophecy. And I think
it helps us because we’re more aware of our abilities, which
in turn makes us more confident. However, this also causes greater
expectations from each other as well as from the whole.
5. What is the band like live? Where is the bands favourite
place to play?
Michal 'Mike' Pawluc: Nyia live is like... George W. Bush’s
apologies for his mistakes. I mean you do not see both very often
though you shall. It’s a pity or even becomes a shame, but we’ve
played only three gigs this year. I can’t explain why. So, any
place to play is our favourite one.
6. Are there any plans for a tour? If so tell me about them.
Are there any crazy stories you would like to share from touring?
Michal 'Mike' Pawluc: We planned a Polish tour in November,
arranged everything, all the more and less important details were
worked out, but... our strategic sponsor resigned from cooperation
and we had to postpone the tour until spring 2005. This is the only
crazy story that comes to my mind.
7. What do you see in the bands future?
Michal 'Mike' Pawluc: Apart from the 2005 tour plans, we
are obliged to prepare new material this year. So, next weekend will
be devoted to the recording of the new album demo. We’ve booked
X Studio in Olsztyn. And in December we are to record the whole new
stuff. I can give you its working title which is “More than
you expect”, and in addition I can say that we’ve invited
Mick Harris to work on a remix of one of the songs.
8. What is in your music collection? Tell me about it! What
are your favorites?
Michal 'Mike' Pawluc: Well, I think it’s not yet a
collection rather a first (spiritual) aid kit. I enjoy any good kind
of music; therefore I have rock, jazz, classic or ambient albums.
Last week favs? Definitely Juno Reactor “Labyrinth”, Bjork
“Medulla”, A Perfect Circle “Emotive”, Isis
“Oceanic-Remixed”, new Nick Cave’s double album,
a bunch of old Kyuss, Zakk Wylde, Mr Bungle, cEvin Key, Muse “Absolution”,
Meshuggah “I” plus vintage Temple Of The Dog and many
9. What do you do in your spare time?
Michal 'Mike' Pawluc: We do not have a lot of spare time
as all of us work at least 8 hours a day, some 3 or 4 hours more a
day we spend on rehearsals. And if there’s still a bit of time
left we try to spend it with our women, whom we all owe so much! And
if by any chance there’s still a free second or two we read
books, watch movies and FOOTBALL!
10. Is there anything you want the metal world to know?
Michal 'Mike' Pawluc: No! Nyia is not a metal band. And I
don’t believe that the so-called metal world can open its eyes
wide enough to see Nyia.
Thanks for the interview!
Michal 'Mike' Pawluc: Thank you too!!!