Chapter 1 [2011 – 2013]

The name

First of all let’s explain the meaning of Svet Kant and its origin.

Svet Kant is a word-game in Slovenian/English and is mainly related to the concept “Holy failure” and/or “denial”.  The message behind this is that without failure there is no learning, and without learning there is no inner growth. As well, it is related to the concept of denial, i.e. “can’t” (Kant) meaning that if proposed, there is actually nothing that can’t be done, all is inside our head and depends on how much sacrifices are we willing to make to achieve that we think we can’t dol.  Originally the band was to be called “antropophobia”, but due to the fact that this name had already been used, it was better to look for a name that combined this two languages in order to narrow the possibilities of using a name that had already been used.

The creation

Svet Kant began as a side project lead by Santiago Kodela while playing at trash metal band “Malicia”. Even though having different musical varieties, something was missing and the need to explore new limits of the kind of music lead him on a quest to expand and reach for personal unknown musical limits.  Santiago wished to explore not only more extreme music, but also more melodic combining them correctly to be able to create different moods and emotions within each piece.  Additionally, the need for lyrics in English to be able to reach more fans, and the challenge of conducting this project, boosted even more all of this which began just as mere wanderings.  In year 2010 Santiago parted ways kicked from his band, for reasons that will not be detailed, and this did not stop the momentum but contrary it motivated him even more, challenging his will will despite the unexpected situation.

Bringing “Loneliness” to life.

The original project was formed by Santiago and Malicia’s drummer, friend of one of his brothers.  The project grew and recording dates were planned and scheduled. Santiago would take on the responsibility of recording all tracks except drums. However, during the first week of recording (July 2011), the person he most counted on and needed decided to walk away from the project due to time and availability issues, leaving him on his own.  Not one single time the idea of cancelling this crossed his mind.  A new recording studio was sought after; fortunately Santiago did not only meet a great professional, but also a great person; producer Ramiro Pacheco from Muzic Records.
After arrangements were set and established, the project needed to start looking for drummers that would fit the level this kind of music required, and not much time passed since Svet Kant came across Santiago Sauza, session drummer.

Rehearsals went along until new dates were scheduled, set for late December 2011 / early January 2012.  The drums were recorded between these months and everything was on track and according as scheduled.  While recording the drums, the possibility of incorporating a bass player came along with the appearance of Federico Gervan (brother of one of Santiago’s life-long friends).  The situation was explained and Federico was exposed to the pressure of learning and recording the bass line in a couple of weeks.  Lucky for the project, he was up to the challenge and exceeded all expectations; however, due to the fact that he already played in another band and also was attending college, he ought to walk aside the project leaving his imprint as a guest appearance.

After the bass recordings were done, it was the time for the guitars.  These took quite a time due to the amount of arrangements as well as the complexity and technical difficulties of some passages; and most remarkably to the fact of recording a classical guitar track seeking and achieving all and transmitting the different emotions this type of instrument gives the possibility to.

Once the guitar tracks were done, the real tough and challenging part arrived, recording the vocals.  Not wanting to leave any element to chance, and knowing the importance of the vocal instrument, singing lessons started with a classical conservatory teacher (Marina Aranda).  Each piece was worked in detail to be able to capture the essence of the lyrics and express them correctly, focusing on giving different moods and expressions to the melodic parts of the vocal lines.  The growled sections were mainly practiced by trying to imitate the bands that influenced Svet Kant, but also looking for detailed and defined techniques for this kind of singing, taking as main influence Melissa Cross’ instructional DVD’s (“Zen of screaming I and II”).

On April-2013 Santiago left Argentina and re-based in Dublin, Ireland; where he continues with this classical music studies.  In here, Svet Kant produced and released its first full LP “Loneliness”, only time will tell where all of this will end at.  However the confidence and perseverance of what started a project will surely catch the attention of all good-music lovers.


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