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Interview with Ken Holewczynski of Epoch by Celtic Slavic Webzine Serbia

Martial music continues to create amazing performers, who are trying to fight with music against the politics and the New World Order. One of them is Ken Holewczynski, and his musical project Epoch.

Why the name Epoch? When did this project begin?

Ken: The name Epoch reflects my opinion that we are currently, and perhaps constantly, living in a period of history of great change and upheaval. The constant pressures of over-reaching government, capitalistic manipulation of world markets and currencies and the corporate controlled media are reaching a point of absolute absurdity.

Reflecting the current global economic, cultural and social crises, and the methods by which both are intertwined, Epoch uses its music to expose the machinations of the extremism of all points of view present in our current time. However, Epoch recognizes that despite the advancement of time, time has stood still, or maybe has even reversed.

The first Epoch material originally appeared as one of the first Arts Industria releases on cassette in 1993 and later on a VUZ records (Duisburg, Germany) split CD in 1995. Despite the lengthy time between those release and now, I had always had this project on my mind as something I wanted to refine and use as an interpretive commentary on both U.S. and global politics.

Your musical direction is martial industrial. What has influenced you to create such music?

Ken: I actually have many influences that have lead up to the martial industrial sound of Epoch. I started writing music in the early 1980’s, heavily influenced by the industrial music I discovered at Wax Trax! Records in Chicago, such as Front 242, Frontline Assembly, SPK, Cabaret Voltaire and others. But specifically to Epoch, Wax Trax! also introduced me to Laibach and Borghesia. While Laibach has been a consistent artistic influence, in recent years Arditi, Atomtrakt, Von Thronstahl and Spreu & Weizen have influenced me in one fashion or another, in addition to other artists such as, Parzival, J Orphic, TSIDMZ, Waffenruhe and more. While I love the pure, martial industrial sound of such artists as Arditi, I obviously also still incorporate some electronic style form my 1980’s era.

The first excellent album is followed by a second album even better. In your music criticizing the New World Order, Capitalism, do you think music can fight against the politics?

Ken: First, thank you for the compliments as working in a vacuum on music can certainly give you s distorted opinion of your own work and you need intelligent outside opinions to know if you’ve going in the right direction.
Epoch is just one voice of many that I think have become louder in recent years, whether it’s music, prose, painting, protesting, civil disobedience or what have you. This was how I chose to express my disillusion of democracy and the free market system, which continues to benefit only those in power or already wealthy. Not that this is a new subject and history always shows that this is a struggle that has been fought for centuries, but people are easily lulled into false security, and patriotism now means to nod your head in constant agreement with what you are told. Here in the US, people love to declare how the political party they are affiliated with holds all of the answers to protecting the greater good, when I find most politicians to be on some level sociopaths. Many of the samples used on the Epoch are obviously historic, but point out the same promises made to generations of a better life, ending war and poverty, when if fact nothing much has changed at all. It’s all an illusion that the media continues to propagate.

Is capitalism really new fascism?

Ken: Capitalism as a global economy has been a driving force behind regional and world politics for quite some time, but in the recent economic downturn, I think its obvious that corporations even more so, control what really happens on a large scale. More than anything, we wage war over business interests and not for humanitarian reasons. We’re told it’s for security and the protection of freedom, but we all know that’s a manipulation of the masses and to retain control.

In the global economy, money equals power. Money equals freedom. The working class exists to enrich the lives of the upper 1% and many people simply fill their lives with needless consumerism. I think people are beginning to realize this as the stock markets continue to drastically go up and down based upon optimistic reports from so-called experts and the actual spending habits of the average person.

One thing that has always struck me as absurd was a comment made by George W. Bush in the aftermath of 9/11 in which he was giving a speech and told people to, of course, continue with their daily lives but also to “continue to shop.” As if shopping was a patriotic duty after a terrorist attack.

You are a member of Eurasian Artists Association. What does it present for you?

Ken: I became part of the EAA to become a bit more educated in various viewpoints on globalization and what it means to people in other parts of the world. People are finding they are giving up bits of their heritage in the homogeny of globalization. While America was built on immigration, European countries have rich histories and identifications that some are not wanting to let go of. The EAA explores this, plus likes to question the authority of the supposed superpowers. I find these things interesting and important. Obviously the EAA is focused on issues relating to Europe, but again, the interest of the globalists affects all of us.

J Orphic/TSIDM/Z Epoch - Unsere Weltanschauung promotional artwork.

What are your plans for the future? Maybe a concert in Serbia?

Ken: Currently I have a split album with J Orphic and TSIDMZ that will be hopefully released soon from UFA Muzak in Russia. The title is Unsere Weltaschauung and I’m very much looking forward to it’s release. While I have no plans to play live, but I would love to travel to Europe. I have corresponded with so many people predominantly in Eastern Europe over the last twenty years that I would love to finally meet some of them face to face.

And in the end what would you like tell the readers in Serbia?

Ken: Though I’m American, I am of Polish descent, and understanding history, I know the Baltic States have had their share of attempted consolidation, invasions and independence. It is a region of great struggle throughout history where heritage is important. I’ve been in contact with many from the Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovakia, Germany and other eastern countries for years and I’m glad to be introduced to your readers in Serbia.

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