10 Questions with Jakub Zytecki

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Jakub Zytecki is probably better than you at guitar. Shaun Hamilton got a chance to ask him a few questions about how he got to be so much better at guitar than you.

Fresh from releasing one of my favorite prog rock albums of last year, Wishful Lotus Proof, as well as some of my all time favorite prog CDs in general, Disperse guitarist Jakub Zytecki took a bit of time from his busy schedule to join us here at The Toilet. Read his insight into his work and find out what’s in store for the future. Oh, and a get a simple yet tasty salmon recipe!

For those who don’t know about you, tell us a little about your history and influences.

JAKUB: My name is Jakub, I’m a guitar player of a Polish rock band called Disperse. We released two full length albums already, and I made my solo record in the meantime as well. We’re currently working on the third Disperse album.

I read on the internet that you did the first Disperse record at 16, and some say you did it at 18. When did Disperse actually begin?

Well, I was actually 15 when we were recording our first demo album, but the making of the first LP happened when I was like 16 I think. We started Disperse during fall of 2007.

What would you say is different between that and your solo album, and what made you go solo?

I think I just wanted to go back to my family house, be closer to nature and live alone for some time. For some reason my album happened to be a lot darker than Disperse’s stuff, also considering the fact how the new band’s record is probably going to sound like.

Is there a story on your solo CD? If so, how did that come about?

There’s no one common story for all tracks, each song has its own little world I think.

Did you make the music first, then come up with the concept? Or did you already have the concept in mind?

I usually have a little musical concept before I start to write, but the lyrics come later. Except for “The Sea’s Only Gifts…” where all the lyrics, music and vocal lines were written together.

I’m amazed that you were only 16 when you started working on the first Disperse CD! Do you have any classical training, or are you self-taught?

I was in a primary music school that I went to when I was 12. I studied the classical guitar there, but if it comes to an electric guitar, I’m self taught.

Who are some of your guitar heroes and inspirations?

Definitely John Petrucci. He was like the biggest hero ever. After him and the whole Dream Theater period, I started listening to guitarists like Steve Lukather, Eric Johnson, Allan Holdsworth…

I’ve had Polish cooking back in Chicago, but *hands you a chef’s hat* what are some good Polish recipes you’d recommend, or some of your own personal recipes?

Haha really? Well, the dumplings AKA “pierogi” is definitely the most known Polish thing, although it’s basically just a cake with mashed potatoes and white cheese in it. There’s something weirdly good about it though. My own recipes? I don’t know haha, I just eat salmon all the time. Toasties with salmon, cheese and pesto is something I adore, but it’s pretty damn heavy.

What’s next? Another solo CD, or another Disperse CD?

Definitely Disperse. After all the band members’ rotations again and having Mike Malyan in the band now, we feel such a strong connection, we really wanna focus properly on this group. We love the way how the new album is shaping up and can’t freakin’ wait to share it with people. I don’t feel the need to push my solo thing now, but who knows what’s gonna happen in the future.

Thanks for the interview! Anything else you’d like to add?

Thanks for the interview, all the best!

Check out Jakub’s releases on Bandcamp and stay up to date with his work through Facebook, Soundcloud, and YouTube.


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  • Dubs

    I love pierogies.

    • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

      So, so tasty.

      • hey, a guy needs calories in order to slay with steel! ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    • That’s what I’m having for dinner tonight.

      • Dubs

        I eat mine with salsa cuz Texas.

        • Nice, I usually just douse mine with hot sauce and feel like shit afterwards. But, a straight up Polish pierogie dish is my preferred go too. Butter, bacon, and onions.

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      mmmmmm yea

    • Waynecro

      My grandmother used to visit us and make huge batches of pierogies. They were amazing. There are a few places online from which you can order homemade pierogies that are pretty decent. For example, Millie’s Pierogi makes an outstanding cabbage pierogi.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      They’re so good.

  • EsusMoose

    Huh didn’t know Disperse was polish, liked that release but never knew anything about the band. Great interview

  • cool, laid-back interview, Shaun!
    never heard of these guys but i’m digging what i hear so far. sounds very similar to David Maxim Micic (which is a good thing)

    • RJA

      Thanks for the gift man! Haven’t heard this Paroxsihzem yet but I did hear their split with Adversarial and loved it so odd are good.

      • haha, i was like “what do you give the man who has everything?” good reminder about Adversarial too, i thought i had some but may turn out being incorrect

    • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

      Never heard him, but feel free to toss me a song to nibble on.

  • COAL ROLL

    But what about Pączki’s?

  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    I enjoyed Living Mirrors quite a bit, but had them pegged as a “their next album could be great” type band. Happy to hear their third is coming, and also had no idea about the solo stuff. Enjoying it so far!

    • EsusMoose

      Kinda thought they’d be one of those did a promising debut but never got around to making more type of group, happy to hear they’ll make another

  • Good work, Shaun.

    I don’t dig the “djenty” tone, but the vocalist is good.

  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    Nice work Shaun, you Windy City Hustler!

    • i KNEW it, he still lives in chicago…

      • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

        And you don’t really live in Baltimore since The Wire went off the air.

    • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

      Haha thanks!!!!

  • Spear

    Ey, this is pretty cool. Vocals kind of remind me of Tesseract. Cool interview, too!

  • Dubs

    Thanks for the interview.

    • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

      De nada, oh Supreme Leader For Life Of America. 😉

  • RustyShackleford

    Nice stuff! And solid interview. Man I haven’t jammed any prog for awhile, but that guitar playing is top notch. Shit I need to practice!! Yup!

  • DVRKBEVRD

    why’s he look so sad

    • DVRKBEVRD

      i only lasted about a minute into the video but this guy seems cool, and he can rly widdle those diddles

    • EsusMoose

      Cause he live in Poland. (I enjoy giving shit to Poland cause a friend is from there)

      • DVRKBEVRD

        the Poles got it bad, then, still?

        • can’t be worse than the Finns

          • EsusMoose

            One is imaginary so that’s probably better than living in an actual grey boring hellscape

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            *lives in an actual grey boring hellscape*

          • Michigan?

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            He said grey boring hellscape, not a bullet ridden version of Winter’s Bone.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Are we talking about Poland or the midwest?

          • EsusMoose

            Basically the same thing but one has a metric fuck ton of freedom

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Chicago actually has the highest population of Polish people outside of Warsaw.

          • EsusMoose

            I know Milwaukee also has a fairly large Polish population and now yeah I know a few people from Chicago’s Polish people land

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls
        • EsusMoose

          Nah, from what I’ve been told it’s pretty alright, but I may remember something about the educated moving to germany as wages are better. I don’t think that’s right and may be thinking of other areas so that with large amounts of salt

  • Waynecro

    Thanks for the awesome interview!

    • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

      Thanks!

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Cool interview, hadn’t heard about these guys before. Can’t wrap my head around if I like it or not, the “djenty” tones and sounds aren’t usually to my likimg, but the songs are good.

    This solo stuff is great t

    • Same here!

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        And here!

    • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

      There’s not really much djent in their music overall. Much more on a proggy end of things, a la Riverside with more riffs.

  • Max

    That cake sounds weird.

    That music tastes weird.

  • Óðinn
    • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

      Thanks!

  • Óðinn
    • DVRKBEVRD

      theyre all cashing in now

      • BobLoblaw

        Thats been out for awhile now.

        • DVRKBEVRD

          never miss a chance, do you, Blobblobblaw?

          • BobLoblaw

            You get pretty butthurt over anything dont you? That MW shirt HAS been out for awhile so they are not “cashing in on it now”. You shouldnt tear up at benign responses to your posts but since you did already, Ill say you were probably offended by that image of your candidate.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            my candidate? bernie sanders?

      • Óðinn
    • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

      Mine?

      • Óðinn

        Was it not?

        • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

          Oh yeah, that post with the Municipal Waste shirt! :-p

  • Guppusmaximus

    While he may be a rising star in terms of his axe work, he’s no Guthrie Govan
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2t6OIa4d-c