Photos by Špela Peruš
The second band in this new interview series is fresh stoner/doom/sludge trio Woygn from Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia. The band – featuring two Britof members – released their first four-track EP »Ascendance« on May 29th, 2023.
Can you say a few words about your band?
We’re Woygn, stoner metal with a touch of sludge, psychedelic and doom. We come from Carinthia, Slovenia. The band was started somewhere around 2020, when I had a pile of riffs and a new sound that I just had to shove into a new project.
What was the biggest challenge for the band this year?
Finding a drummer and getting the band ready to finally play some live shows. Since we recorded »Ascendance« as a 2 piece, we had to find either a bassist or a drummer, but Alex is such a beast on bass and he already drums in Britof, so we got his brother Luka to play drums for Woygn.
What can you be most proud of this year?
We released our first EP »Ascendance« this year and we are extremely proud of it. We already have some new things in store and can’t wait to have enough material to hit the studio again.
What was your biggest regret (this year)?
Missing a few live shows because we had no drummer. Also not getting our EP on vinyl, but there are plans for this in the future.
What was the best concert/tour this year and why?
None because we didn’t play any haha! Well, actually we did a secret show for a friends party and it was a blast. We do have some live dates now where you can finally catch us on stage.
What was the biggest surprise on the music scene for you?
How the overall cost to tour got so high that even big names cannot afford it anymore. Also how some venues take like 50% commission on band’s merch, it seems like everything is pushing down on musicians until they can’t take it anymore.
Where can we see you live next year (concerts/tours)?
For now we have our first live shows confirmed, the first one is in Jalla Jalla, Ljubljana on 27th of December (well, not next year but the very end of this one) and the second one on 3rd of February in KMKC Kompleks, Ravne na Koroškem (Slovenia).
What are your plans for the next year as a band? What do you personally want the most?
To do as many live shows as possible and have the songs ready to go into the studio again. I have a lot of riffs and material ready, some songs are already done, but we still have to get together and flesh it all out. I’m really hoping we could have at least 4-5 songs ready for another EP, I don’t want to take too much time between releases.
How can people best support your band?
Tell your friends about us, share our music, come to live shows, buy some merch or give us a penny over on Bandcamp.
Do you have any message for your listeners?
I’d just like to thank every single one of you who took the time to listen to our music, we really appreciate it.