As with most things in life there are always hidden gems waiting to be found. It might be an antique chair, an expressive painting or in this case, a sound that draws on the music of the 90s and produces an artistic project.
Meet Djinn, the man behind Celladoor. He remains the main member behind the artistic project and other people can come and go as they please. An interesting idea that can only suit the most creative of minds. There is no stability or consistency, but the free flowing nature of the project allows for experimentation and the opportunity to dabble in whatever inspiration pops up.
Where does the inspiration for the Celladoor sound come from?
It’s hard for me to say for sure. I think, ultimately, how I feel is what inspired the sound – it’s like a sonic description of the place in which my consciousness resides and it’s a place that is constantly morphing and changing. How I feel has lead me to deeply connect with a lot of music and all of that music has heavily influenced my style. Bands and musicians like Placebo, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Kryptic Minds, Massive Attack, Korn, Slipknot, Linkin Park, Limp Biscuit, Deftones, Bongripper, Queens of the Stone Age, The Doors, Johnny Cash, Simon and Garfunkel and Nine Inch Nails just to name a few. Conceptually, I can’t say I know of a band like us. Our music comes from the swamp.
Does the thought of being the only permanent member cause you to feel anxious towards the future of the project?
Funnily enough, that is the exact reason I am not overwhelmed with anxieties about the future of the project. This way, it does not depend on anyone else other than me and I trust in my dedication to it and in the music. I feel the day this project ceases to have a future will be the day that I die. Until then I will find a way to make the music wherever I am, in any way I can, and with whoever is around and able. I’m just a human-shaped radio. I will continue to broadcast the music sent to me from the swamp right up to when I am called to return and the fuse in this radio blows.
Does the show go on even if people drop out right before a live show?
If by drop out you mean nobody turning up to see us, then for sure the show would go on. I relish in the opportunity to play my music because it’s when I feel closest to myself and most connected to others – closest to home. The show must always go on if the ball is in my court. That goes for if band members drop out before a show too. If the venue will still have me on, then I will pull out my acoustic and jam up there on my own. I just love to play my songs and share them with others.
What do you think of Kurt Cobain? I find your vocal styles to be similar.
I really vibed with Kurt Cobain. He was among a few specific singers who managed to make me feel less alone in a terribly lonely and shitty period of my life. I think above all it was his lyrics that drew me in so much and the way he delivered them. I guess we sound alike because we feel similar about things. He is one of my favorite vocalists, but I feel he’s one of many to have influenced my style. A few other names worth me mentioning are Jonathan Davis, Brain Molko, Chino Moreno, Marilyn Manson, Trent Reznor, Eddie Vedder and Corey Taylor. I channel a lot of things into my vocal performances. It often feels like the only way I can express some of the things I think and feel.
The latest Celladoor release is Alchemy. What is the track Down about?
That’s a tough question. My songs are not bound to any one true meaning because I believe the truth of anything is more than any one of us can comprehend. However, that doesn’t mean they’re not worth interpreting – quite the opposite really. I can confirm they do mean something, but there will always be more meaning for you to discover. I write my songs to be quite ambiguous so that the listener can form their own meanings and hopefully help to teach them something about themselves – they certainly help me in this manner. I can tell you roughly what ‘Down’ means to me presently… Today, I think it’s about living in the aftermath of a total obliteration of self, and how separate that can make you feel from this world and your own bodies instincts. Ultimately, it’s about the proclivity this has to send a person on a downward spiral.
Do you design all the artwork for the music you’ve released?
I have been lucky to know a lot of incredible artists who have, for one reason or another, produced a piece of art that I felt fit perfectly with the intended release. I did have a hand in designing a few of them, for example: the art work for our third album ‘Temple’ was based on a specific vision I had. My friend did an awesome digital painting of it after I described it to him. I feel really privileged that such awesome art has manifested around my music and I am massively grateful to all of the artists for helping me to realize the albums. It’s a true honour to have had them lend their talent.
What does art mean to you?
I suppose art, to me, is something that has been created in the process of expressing truth. It’s the most beautiful and raw form of an idea. I believe anything can be done artfully.
What do you hope to see in the future of Celladoor?
It’s hard for me to know exactly what I want for Celladoor in the future. I suppose I am willing to admit I am not entirely sure. I think the one thing I can be sure of is that I want it to be shared by more and more people. I want it to be a creative force in this world – one that knows no bounds.