Greetings Carey Knight / Dotåbåtå. How are you at the moment?
 CK > Good but very busy...

How would you describe Dotåbåtå's music to people that have never heard it?
 CK > If they are familiar with the genres it’s a mixture of Noise, Doom, Black Metal, Post Rock and Ambient with hints of other things now and again. For people who aren’t familiar with such genres, it’s a hellish mishmash of horror sounds ungodly rumbling, and haunted guitar and a lot of noise... most of the time anyway...

You have done huge amount of releases after you started in 2006. You have now 24 releases and your coming list has more than 10 releases. Where do you get all that inspiration to make so much great music?
 CK > Most of my inspiration comes from imagery and writings, what I endeavour to do is capture those scenes, ideas and feelings with sound. I also listen to a pretty large amount of music from a pretty wide range of genres, so I’m sure that has an influence...
  Also whenever I buy / find / make new gear I have to try recording with it, probably half my recorded material is a trial recording of some piece of gear...
  Half the reason I have so many releases is because I record everything I play and release the majority of it, although I’m trying to limit what I release now, so I can hopefully raise the standard of my releases...

Can you name any artist or band that has influenced you most to make music?
 CK > Like I said I listen to a lot of different music, truthfully I can’t really think of which band or artist has been the most influential, but the following bands have been very influential:
  Oren Ambarchi - (very influential in my use of loops and low tones, and the way I preform)
  Grails - (One of my favorite bands to listen to and very thematic, which is something I like to do with my music, I never achieve it nearly as well as these guys though...)
  Sewer Election - (my main noise influence, everything about it I find inspiring, from the equipment used, textures and tones, to the structures; to me this is pretty much perfect noise)
  Blue Sabbath Black Cheer – (A big influence, these guys completely capture horror)
  Really the list could go on forever though I’m mostly influenced by other noise artists, doom, grind, black metal bands and various other experimental artists etc...

How do you compose your tracks? How much your tracks are improvised?
 CK > I would say about 99% of my tracks are improvised, often I will set up a pile of gear, press record and see what I can do. Sometimes I might have a preconceived idea of what I would like to do or where I might want to take a track, but often it may unfold completely differently. Usually if I set out to record something I will set up my gear for the type of track I feel like making, whether it be a more ambient piece, a pure HNW (harsh noise wall for those not in the know) or something more guitar related for instance. Then I just see what my fingers (and voice) can do. Occasionally I will do some subtle overdubs of extra effects or field recordings.

Tell us little bit about your studio equipment. What kind of instruments and stuff do you mostly use?
 CK > My main "instruments" are my hollow body (or "jazz box" if you will) 6 string guitar with extra thick strings, my ratty old bass with again extra thick strings (if you haven’t already realized I’m a fan of low end), I also use contact microphones with various objects such as shakers, metal, glass, toys, you name it really... Other than that I have a few cassette decks (some with extra/odd features that allow me to warp tapes) that I use for source tapes that I make, I also have a digital field recorder that I use for making source tapes etc...
  As well as that I use a few acoustic percussion instruments such as bells, chimes and shakers.
  I have a large selection of effects, including fuzz, distortions, pitch shifter, delays, reverbs, equalisers, compressors, phasers, loopers, and so on...
  Then finally I have a selection of microphones that I use for vocals and to record all of that.
  Also I almost forgot I have a mixer, 3 tape recorders (I prefer to record to tape, and keep as much of the process analogue as possible, most of my effects and so on are also analogue), and a computer/interface set-up with pro-tools (which I don’t really use much unlike a lot of musicians/producers out there..).

You run Cantankerous Records with Kyle of Fuck, The Retarded Girl. Can you introduce your label to readers? What kind of music CR releases? What was main reason to start own label? Does it take much time and money to run own label?
 CK > Cantankerous Records is a small DIY label based in Victoria Australia run by Kyle and myself. We have released mainly noise music, but we like to release anything we feel needs to be heard. For instance we have released black metal, ambient, experimental/jazz, grindcore, fastcore, electro etc.
  Starting a label seemed like a good idea at the time. We had a couple of ideas for releases and no label to take them to, so why not?
  We like to have releases with individual and intricate or elaborate packaging, having your own label is one of the only ways to do this. Also it is a good outlet for my (visual) artistic side, as myself and Kyle make most of the packaging and artwork for our label (some is done by the artists).
  It can take a lot of money to run a label, but we usually release things based on how much money or stock (tapes, cds, papers etc) we have. The label doesn’t make money (it actually costs me quite a bit...), as most people do trades, and materials can cost quite a lot, but the label isn’t about making money it’s about getting the music out there and being true to the artistic ideals of the artists. As for time, it does take quite a lot of time, that’s why we have such a backlog of releases. At this present time we have about 8 releases in the works, plus more on the way...

Last, let's discuss about your other projects. You have also other projects like "Prior of Scorn" and "Fisting Maggots". Can you introduce these projects to readers?
 CK > I have quite a few “side” projects; as yet many are still in the "work in progress" stages.
- "New Miracle Force" is the jazz/experimental/noise group that I have been in since about 2003, it has gone through many evolutions, but hasn’t done much in the last couple of years, although I do still have some recorded material that I keep forgetting to mix and master for a release...
- "Snuff Budgies" – a noise due with Kyle from Fuck, The Retarded Girl, we have some (now sold out) poor quality old recordings, and we recorded some new material a few weeks ago. Everything is live improvised experimental noise, with quite a bit of variety...
- "Prior of Scorn" – my solo black metal project is still in the works, one song has been completed, others are partially done, as yet it is unrelenting raw black metal, but I’m planning to make it a bit different to the rest of the crowd...
- "Fisting Maggots" – my solo (as yet) grindcore (etc.) project, still a work in progress...
- "Deep Vien Thrombosis" – (as yet) solo electro project, dirty beats and synth action, still in the beginning stages...

Thanks for the interview Carey. You have the last words.
 CK > I think I’ve said enough...