Rock'n'Roll Wordist Klemen Globochnik
Filter of Lies in 13 Steps (2007)
Massacre of Average (2008)
dREamALITY (coming out in December, 2009)
When and why did you begin writing poetry?
I think I was 16 or something. I don’t remember what was the reason that I tried to shape something in verses, but I remember that I loved writing long letters to some girls back in the beginning of the high school (laughs). And I didn’t even think that much about a point, I just wrote things about my favorite music and my feelings at that time. That was my first touch with writing.
What inspired you to write your first poem?
It was the band Rage Against The Machine, I was listening their song Darkness. I just picked some words that sounded cool from their lyric and put them together. I liked the rebellion in it although I didn’t have a clue about a politics. It was not even a poem, more just a few lines. After that I started to write daily and for a year or so I wrote just in English language. Than I heard about a Slovenian band Siddharta. As a test I wrote my first secret love poem in mother’s language and immediately I was totally overwhelmed by the result. I did not write in English for around 6 years.
What type of poems do you write?
I like to go to extremes and blow things up a bit. The black and white writing technique is really important, because you must make people to pay attention and that is certainly not gonna work if you will be too conventional and mellow. At least that approach would not work on me. I combine different styles of writing, not just poetry. It depends on the theme and what I did previously.
Are your poems based upon personal experiences, from your imagination or a combination of both?
Things I say in poems are not usually based on my life and also not usually something that ever ends up in conversations with people. They just mostly exist in my head and I give them life by thinking and writing about them. And sometimes they are not even thoughts, just scraps of something that can eventually become a thought. But whatever I write somehow gives me a relief, which I think is the reason why I started to write in the first place. Poems are my therapy and I believe that they keep me “normal” and grounded.
You are currently working with the band LastDayHere. What can you tell us about this project?
This is my third project, somehow based on music that I like. This time I picked nu metal band LastDayHere. The title of it is dREamALITY. It will be out in December 09 issue of a music magazine Rock Hard. The release package will include the booklet with my poems and graphics done by the designer Barbara Fojkar a DVD - Making of dREamALITY, which will be a documentary and some bonus stuff.
What about a concept?
The place of a story is located in two realities, the one we live and a dream. Realities consist of elements that combine dreams (Beliefs, Passions, Perceptions, Intentions, Sympathy, Inspiration, Results). Protagonist (The Fallen One, No.1) is dreaming away the story. He gets instructions for his daytime dreams in night time dreaming. It’s almost like a book how to make your dreams come true.. in a poetical language.
How do you get along with members of LastDayHere?
For me it’s a pleasure and an honor to work with them, because they are really supportive and enthusiastic about it. We are gonna do shows together, starting hopefully in the beginning of 2010. This will be something new for me as well for the band.
What can you tell us about your previous projects?
I did the first one Filter of Lies in 13 Steps in 2007, which is based on the painting exhibition of Marilyn Manson, titled “Les fleurs du mal”. I developed the concept of a human being more and more opened in time. I wrote 13 poems, we could say that I did some kind of a poetic development of ideas that Manson had thought of visually. In 2008 I continued with a project Massacre of Average, which draws inspiration from a song Il a modras by Siddharta. It tells a story about distorted personas, whose actions are sometimes unpleasant and dangerous, but they have one noble goal… to bring art on a higher level. Their mission is to save art from decay.
Do you still exhibit them?
I exhibited both projects, Massacre of Average is still actual. I also plan to do the same with dREamALITY.
Is this the type of work you see that you can develop more in the future?
I think all my projects are meant to develop, because I never limited them by saying: “This is meant just to be just this or that”. Even in the beginning they were not just poems books or just designs, but combination of both which I ended up exhibiting. This is why I call them projects and project is a multi layered thing. But I found the “fountain” that I like to drink from, which is music. That will (hopefully) remain the same.
What kind of approach do you use to promote your work?
Mostly through printed, TV and on line media. I organize exhibits and publish my poems and some designs on my official website: www.klemenglobochnik.com. The path I chose to do this is really wide. For example, in December 09 I have the exhibition of Massacre of Average in Skofja Loka (Slovenia) in a pizza place. Guest will have the chance to order a menu Massacre of Average of special food and drinks just in time of exhibition. At the end of this year I was also invited to do an exhibition of MOV in Budapest (Hungary) in a place called Szimpla.
Do you like traditional poetry?
The ones that I like are not traditional. I don’t have the proper attitude towards traditional poetry, so I can’t even talk about it. I read some things, but English ones were usually too hard for me to understand as a whole and Slovenian ones bored me (laughs). Besides, my real heroes are lyricists, not poets. These are the people that got me into writing.
When working on a project do you set aside specific times of the day to write or do write only when the creative inspiration is there?
I don’t have a philosophy when it comes to that. I just gotta be struck by something powerful. If I like something, the idea will come sooner or later. I bless my work with that belief. For example I was stuck one night on a bus station in a capitol of Slovenia (Ljubljana) and it was a fuckin’ cold night and I had to wait for the morning...
meanwhile I was forced to get busy with something, so I wrote the poem titled Life, which later ended up in dREamALITY. I spend most of my time thinking about my projects and whenever I have a quiet time with myself, I do it.
When writing do you have a ‘plan’ for the poem already set out as you start or do you let the shape of the content evolve as everything comes together?
In write outlines. It’s like I would create a skeleton and after that I grow bones and put them together. Then I just need the right skin for it.
I develop a concept and detailed background of it, like I would write a book. I put my thoughts on a paper in paragraphs and the last paragraph sums the message of it together. Inside this shell I can afford the diversity of using everything that suits to what I wanna say. Other times I just have a line of a word, so you gotta make up a theme at that moment which is more challenging, more uncertain and more free formed.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging when writing?
It’s always a challenge every time you decide that you wanna write something. After a while you start to repeat which forces you to search for new ways of expression, to tell similar things always on a different way. With dREamALITY I was testing more ideas and see how they behave inside the context of a work more than ever before.
What do you find is the hardest part of writing?
I used to sit hours sometimes just to find one word or a verse that would fit into idea. There isn’t any rule about writing, just not every moment is appropriate for it. After a while you are skilled to recognize when is that right moment. But when you have a certain idea what to write about, the usually just flow spontaneously.
Who is your favorite poet?
I like the Slovenian poet/musician/singer Tomi M. He encouraged me to start writing in Slovene language in the first place. Before that I didn’t think that you can do something interesting with Slovene words at all. It was almost like a rebirth of a language for me. I also used to always respect lyrics from Marilyn Manson, and think at the same time: “Phew, I can do that too!” (laughs).
What is it that really strikes you about their work?
In poetry I like the imagination and the flexibility. I think poets should go beyond words of everyday use, and if they have a gift to see everyday life in metaphors, even better. And I gotta feel it, that is the most common test about a quality of something. That can be the way that words are put together or the straightness of a message.
Do you do any other type of writing besides poetry?
I try to do a wide spectrum of writing... back in the days I was doing some short stories, prose verses, some porn stories, I was writing a book and quotes. Today I work as a music journalist. But I try not to compare poetry with anything else, because it’s really specific and more undefined than anything I just mentioned.
Do you consider yourself to be a poet or performance artist?
I was searching my place for a long time and I still do. For 6 years I wrote lyrics for my band Hoffman and at that time I saw myself as a lyricist. I also went to some poet contests but I just didn’t feel as a poet, which is funny... so I refused the traditional reading of poems. But I always dreamed about performing my art inside a context of music, so performance artist sounds good to me (laughs).
Do you think new poets should try to get their work state by a traditional publisher first or do you think it is ok to go put the work on the internet to build up a fan base first?
Usually it’s hard to get a label, because they will tell you that poetry is not something that sells. They will tell you that maybe you should start writing children stories or teenage literature. I decided that I wanna present myself through exhibitions. Internet is a priority and why not use it?! With just doing the old school way you can wait for a publisher for another ten years really.
How do you feel about poems now being available in an electronic format with the added benefits of being able to add sound and video?
It’s more interesting than traditional reading, that’s for sure (laughs). I think it’s just about the way things are presented. For new generations of people everything has to end up on PC. I also believe that a lot of people write something in their rooms, just do not have guts to present their creations to anyone. That proves that writing in a wide form is still interesting to most of us. To present poetry in a visual and audio way will grasp more interest, I think. People just need to see it as serious fun, because that’s what it is for us artists.
Do you have any advice for new poets just starting out?
Write. Write a lot. Do not let others to tell you that you suck at writing. You gotta figure that out yourself. Otherwise you are good. Write even more.