Icicle

 

BREAKING THE ICE WITH ICICLE


What do you do? What is your musical specialty?

Writing/composing, performing, arranging, producing... music. Been at it since I was 16. It's a passion, a curse, salvation, connection... It is the language that everyone speaks.


Do you work alone or in a group? If in a group, who are the others you work with?

Both.


Is there a web address where one can listen, see, or read some of your work?

Yes: https://soundcloud.com/icicle-band


List any awards, competitions, or other acknowledgments you would like to mention.

None.


How did you begin making music? Who introduced you?

When my two best childhood friends bought me a bass guitar for my birthday and we formed our first band (with no name).


What was your musical education?

None.


When did you realize that making music could be a way of life for you?

From day one. Nothing ever has felt as close or as essential ever since I picked up the guitar.

What is your creative process?

Jam (with players; alone; with loops and beats...)


When do you have your most lucid moments, in the morning or night?

No pattern.


Have you ever awoken with a melody created from your dreams?

Yes.


How do you know when a song is finished or needs no more changes?

By the way it makes me feel - if it sounds complete then it is complete. If not, then back to the drawing board. Often less is more.


How did you discover your creative territory? How would you describe it?

By listening to a lot of music. And yet, very little when I consider how much more there is out there... My territory - what territory? I still don't know where or what that is... I am still working on getting my sound. And I think this will never happen. Because the search of my sound is my actual sound.


What part of your job is your least favourite?

Managing, book keeping, promoting, administrating.


How often do you practice?

Sometimes every day; other time not at all for months.


How do you feel right before going out on stage?

Pumped and excited.


Which musicians or groups have been inspiring to your career?

Depeche Mode, The Cure, The Police, The Clash, The Roling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Pink Floyd...


List three songs that are key to your life.

A tough one... Maybe: "Another Brick In The Wall", "The Forest", "Rock Lobster".


What should be done to stop piracy?

I don't know but it must be stopped. Even if it means selling songs for half a dollar or a quarter... I don't know.


What type of music do you detest?

Insincere and cheesy.


What time did you get up this morning?

6:30 a.m.


How do you sell yourself? What has been your experience with record companies and representatives?

I am (and have been) a do-it-yourself all the way. No luck with record labels. Not too eager to pursue them either.


What other things have you done to make a living?

An extensive list...


Have you ever played on the street or in the subway? How much did you collect each day?

Yes, as low as $15.00 and as high as $100.00 (in a day).


Who would you play with, without a doubt?

Too many to list... But then again - I've never played with them either. ;-) So, who knows?!


What advice would you give to someone starting out in the business?

Make sure you love it and never give up. You're only as good as you think you are. Take chances. Meet new people. Play a lot.

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Born and raised in communist Bulgaria, Krassy (Icicle) grew up with a few tight friends who were true music maniacs. Being one of them as well, he studied and analyzed every note of the repertoire of his favorite bands (Pink Floyd, The Police, Depeche Mode, The Cure…). With a little help from his friends (band mates) he bought his first bass guitar - a Fender Music Master. It turned out to be the best investment he ever made, for it changed Krassy’s life.


Following years of ardent practicing and playing in garages and clubs, the skilled musician fled from his native country and landed in Montreal one freezing-cold winter day in 1990. His brother-like peers from the band The Clouds accompanied him in this new and exciting adventure. At the time they were passionately devoted to the 90’s psychedelic rock. After many subway and club gigs, considerable magazine and newspaper coverage, and two full-length albums, the members of the band decided to explore new horizons, this time separately.


In 1996 Krassy joined the band Chiwawa. Produced by Steve Witfield (The Cure, The Mission, The Trash Can Sinatras) and recorded at The Mission’s studio in Bristol, Chiwawa’s first album The Sick World of Yona quickly won the attention of the media. Becoming a core member of the group, Krassy composed and sang a major part of Chiwawa’s seven albums worth of material.


In 2014 Icicle released his first solo album, “Resurgence”. Multifaceted and very seasoned, this 13-piece oeuvre represents a passage door between the past and the future, a quintessence of lessons learned and dreams that lay ahead.

His second album, “Theorems” (official release date – September 15, 2015) cements Icicle’s musical path where pop, rock and funk elements reminisce of the 80s, 90s and 2000s. It curls upward on a journey of his life’s spiral.