Would you describe the core basics of your label our readers, please.
SP > Saturnian Productions' function is to be a channel for Art which ideological message and formal manifestation unifies together along with strong and serious Occult and Esoteric emphasis.
What is your label's ideologic foundation, and what originally caused the label to come to be? How was the name "Saturnian Productions" chosen?
SP > No strictly ideological commitment to any movement, but in Occultism and Esotericism (as they are not ideologies no more than the word 'religion' is) in general yet with specific tendencies. Our cause lies strongly above the Idea of Oneness manifested through the glasses of darkside of existence. We see that there are certain ideals and archetypes that defines this "darkside of existence" and we see that there are different ways to approach and represent these ideals and still be able to radiate from the same fountain.
The cause to be is the same that said above in the first question but to spesify: There were and still is a lot of bands whose ideological message is very strong, but the music is not and the other way around too. We wanted to form a channel which would support and inspire these two things to be together strong by our policy and our releases. Art is a totality both in lyrical and musical manner. And the name 'Saturnian' was chosen in order to reflect the archetype Saturn, which is Satan - the one who asks the important questions on the path of self-enlightenment.
There aren't too many labels solely focused on releasing occult music. As all of your different releases are themed around deeper occult knowledge and exploration, I'd like to know how did you come to choose the medium of music to spread and deliver occult knowledge?
SP > I think it was only a natural continuation for the tradition started. I see Black Metal has from the start owned a certain mystical marriage with the ideas coming from beyond of that existence we normally keep as 'reality'. And music itself as a form of art do not exclude so much from the experience itself of which we see very important when it comes to the understanding of Occultism. Occultism is much deeper than the written theories, much more nuanced than the books of philosophy since they are just symbols which refer to the experiencing the world of archetypes as they are and for this means we see Art and in this context - music as a living symbol which can transfer the experience more pure and holistic.
In what way are the label activities satisfying to you yourself; is it allowing and helping the bands go further on their path, or perhaps to give them more of devoted listeners?
SP > The grand purpose for the records released through Saturnian Productions is to preserve the Black Art for those individuals, who may feel they're connected in a some way not only to a formal manifestation but also the meaning beyond the form. Something for those who move with plain curiosity and for those whose everyday living is a serious statement of Occult philosophy.
How have you found the bands that you've released this far - or have they found you? What kind of criteria does a band have to meet in order to get a release under the banner of Saturnian Productions?
SP > At first, our first releases were associated with our close relatives, but then at some point it began to expand from a small circle into a more bigger planes: artists found their way almost "from nowhere" to work with us. Of course there were situations we suggested some kind of a co-operation with our affiliates - some accepted the offers, some didn't. We have not any specific criterias within the label, but certain sense of devotion to an idea one wants to manifest through the artistic form is needed. And it should be clearly enough that we have to own a good intuition with artists we're dealing with.
All of your releases this far have been by Finnish bands, aside of your sixth tape-release by the French Ysengrin. Is there a specific reason behind this?
SP > There's no specific reason for Ysengrin-tape being released through SAP - their first album, "T.R.I.A.D.E", pleased us with its quite original sound; Renaissance- and Hermeticism-influenced approach also caught the attention. Accidentally (well, no such thing as accident...) came to talk with mr. Guido. Soon after that, a co-operation began to take its shape.
Your first seven releases were tapes, but the most recent one, the debut full-lenght of Arvet, came as a CD. Do you intend to fully switch to CDs from now on, or what was the reason behind Arvet's "Aijna"-album being released as a CD?
SP > "Aijna" was originally intended to be released as CD - and when we heard the musical emanations from "Aijna" first time, there were no other choices left but to do as was planned. Its authentic way to reach the deepest levels of metaphysical ground needed the way to get published to a wider audience.
You run a distro on your homepage alongside your label. What kind of criteria does a release have to meet to be distributed by you - do they perhaps have to share the main occult views of you and the bands you've released, or are they chosen case by case?
SP > Choosing records we want to distribute isn't that restricted, so we take them case by case. Even if we're very open-minded when it comes the content of the particular record, there shouldn't be major contradictions for what our label represents.
It doesn't take a genius to see that you're a strongly ideologic label. Have you ever thought about expanding your releases to span further than music, for example to literature or visual art?
SP > Other formats interest us greatly, but due to financial circumstances, it is not possible to put in motion all the visionary plans under the banner of Saturnian Productions. But if we look this thing through the glasses of an idealist, it would be more than great to be a channel for the Black Arts in any other forms too - and maybe that kind of expanding will happen in future.
Regarding visual art, do you have to approve of the visual side each band has chosen for their album, or do you let the artists do as they wish?
SP > Usually our artists know what they want with their visual presentation; we've done such small matters as cheking the layout, working with technical things, etc. It has been a good thing that our participants have a strong vision for what the result should look like.
You've decided to remain anonymous, making the label represent itself instead of being portrayed as a brain-child of a number of individuals. Why?
SP > It has always felt only natural not to expand our personalities using Saturnian Productions as an instrument for lower ideals; not to be restricted into a temporary world with its laws of human pettiness.
How do you spread the word about your label and it's releases, or more specifically, how do you find the devoted individuals to whom the releases are meant for? I automatically assumed that you aren't too interested in album sales numbers.
SP > Always thought that we don't try to force with the promotion, it should be other way around: those who've found something special from our products, will promote us by spreading the good word.
What are your plans for the label's future? Do you have any upcoming releases you'd want to announce yet?
SP > Label's future is unforeseen, but our intention is to keep releasing such releases which will surely serve the higher purpose. What needs to be said that it doesn't mean stagnation in any way, so of course we're bound to follow the current of change - something unexpected may or may not happen in time. No new releases are being planned at the moment.
Are there some publishers of occult music and/or literature that you'd like to mention to people interested in your label and releases?
SP > We have no interest for namedropping, but of course for those people who're truly interested of finding something marvellous on the field of occultism, could turn their faces towards the Ixaxaar Publishing, Fulgur and the Azazelin Tähti (The Star of Azazel).
Thank you for the interview.