Kosta Bayss is a self taught multi-instrumentalist from Montreal Canada, best known for his band APVTH and founder of Goetic Records. Bayss has written and produced his own music since his very young début in 1994, hiring stage musicians for live performances and learning as much as he could along the way; If he didn’t know how to do something, then that thing would have to be learned.
A painstakingly long process that would ultimately have him handling everything completely by himself (from making all the music, to designing all web content for his band and indie record label). What started as an ambitious, badly recorded demo cassette, has evolved into heavy metal laced with orchestral arrangements fueled by countless influences, amongst them, Black Metal which had partly influenced his very early recordings, and early Thrash Metal for its brutality. Bayss returns to his roots by creating Episcopal Holocaust and released this bands first 3-song EP on August 31st, and is set to release APVTH’s third studio album (seventh, if you include early demos), ‘The Necropolis’ on October 31st.
What’s the first thing you would say to someone when they ask you to describe yourself as an artist?
That I’m an uncompromising control freak who can be quite difficult to work with.
How long have you been in the industry?
I started extremely young in 1994 when I had just started playing guitar. I immediately started writing music and wanted to record my first demo but when you are just starting out and have limited ability and zero budget, finding anyone to put their faith in you is next to impossible. I was extremely naive but also extremely bull-headed. In the end, I wound up producing that demo myself with the help of a friend and it was horrible (laughs), but the fact that I was able to do it made it a success to me. I created Goetic Records that same year and released it, which was me basically handing it out to who ever wanted a copy.
Do you have any projects out now?
I’m about to release APVTH’s third studio album, or seventh if you include those early demos, on October 31st. I can honestly say I have never been more proud of anything as much as I am of this. Also, I just released an EP for a new band called Episcopal Holocaust.
What inspires your music?
Human strength. Our ability to overcome and rise above almost anything.
Where are you from?
What artists in the industry inspire you the most today?
Anyone who gives their life for this without thought of negative consequences.
What makes you different from most artists today?
Placing myself first on the list of who I want to please with my music. It really just comes down to this; when I die, what am I leaving behind? As opposed to, how can I generate a million hits on youtube right this second.
What do you want your future fans to know about you?
That I never compromised or bowed down to anyone. I always did it my way.