Marcin Pająk was born on October 21, 1982 in Kielce. Musician, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He started his adventure with music as a teenager, his passion was instilled by his older brother, who at that time listened to Pink Floyd’s music for hours. Inspired by the Floyds, Marcin decided to develop his interest in music and started looking for new musical genres, and here came the fascination with heavy sounds. His stereo began to reverberate with the sounds of bands such as: Metallica, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Sepultura or Pantera, but he never forgot the music of Pink Floyd, he felt that the compositions of Gilmour and Waters fit and reflect his soul perfectly. At the age of 17, he began attending the Yamaha music school in Skarżysko Kamienna (Poland) and thinking seriously about music. Again, his older brother played a key role here. While he was learning to play the bass guitar, he showed young Marcin a few licks and from that moment the musician felt that this was the direction he would like to follow in his life. After graduating from music school, it was time to check his skills in real life. He took his first steps in the heavy metal band Stone Heads from Kielce. Wanting to get to the sources of his main inspirations, Marcin decided to go to Great Britain, where in 2004 with the newly met drummer Tomasz Faustus started his music adventure in the heavy metal band Out of Heaven, founded on his own initiative. Both gentlemen liked each other and continued their cooperation for the next several years. While working on their debut album Out Of Heaven, for which in unexplained circumstances all material was stolen by the bassist and released in Brazil. At that point they left the band and joined the band Schist. In 2009 they released their first album. The debut titled “Tribulation” received very positive reviews and caught the attention of the underground metal world. In the meantime, the band have completed the material for the new album and was preparing to release it. Unfortunately, the successor of “Tribulation” never saw the daylight, the work was interrupted by the unexpected decision of Tomasz Faustus to return to Poland. When Schist suspended his activity, a big emptiness appeared in Marcin’s life, which the musician decided to fill with a completely new and completely different project. As the artist says, “… after Schist broke up, I felt internally that I should take the future into my own hands. At that time, I was surrounded by the sounds of King Crimson, Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Riverside and Dream Theater. I knew that my new project should take this direction, a more progressive direction!”. And that’s how Marcin Pajak was born. Meanwhile, Marcin plays guitar in the well- known fans of Polish metal Thetragon. It was where he met El Gordo Murkin the singer with whom he collaborated on his solo albums. With El Gordo Murkin, Marcin also had the pleasure of working on one of his albums called Murkin “No Known Cure”, where he met W.R.Ona a bassist with whom he later collaborated on his solo albums. Marcin Pajak’s debut album “Who I am” from 2014 is set in a much heavier metal sound, it already has many features of the new Prog Rock direction. The next album “Other Side” from 2019 is already a classic of the genre. We hear inspirations from artists such as Steven Wilson, Rush, King Crimson, Porcupine Tree and Pink Floyd. Very interesting and extensive arrangements, varied rhythm and great sound take the listener into the world created by the artist, almost like he invited us into the “Other side”. Especially the opening track “Between the Skies”, in which the outstanding singer Wioletta Gawara performs vocally, her operatic vocals give this track a very sublime and mystical tone. On the other hand, the vocals of another guest of El Gordo Murkin on the songs “Foreseen” and “Every time We Seek the Truth” fit perfectly into their dynamics. It is impossible not to mention the vocal of Krzysztof Jaciow, the actor and musician of The Wifebeaterz, who sang in the title “Otherside”. An interesting fact is that the cover for the album and its predecessor “Who I Am” was made by artist / painter Artur Kmita. “Other side” is very coherent, captivates with melody and great sound, but leaves a certain dissatisfaction. We have the impression that this is just the beginning of the journey through the magical world of Marcin Pajak’s progressive sounds and the best is yet to come. And this is evidenced by the artist’s following albums “Last Day” 2020 and “Last Day in Poland” 2021. The Last Day album is another new version of the artist, which differs from its predecessor, the artist experimented here with industrial, art rock and even jazz at the times, enriching his instruments with a saxophone in “Last Day Pt.1”. It is worth mentioning that Marcin Pająk records all the instrument parts on this album by himself in his private studio in London. The album was created almost all year, it was released on November 13, 2020. The cover for the album was designed and made by the artist himself. “Last Day” is an album almost complete. Melodically “These Moments” at times highly improvised “Nothing Is Real” and “Release me from my fear” leave us no illusions that we are dealing with one of the best compositions of Marcin at that time. The whole thing ends with a kind of tribute to the Dead Can Dance track named “Talking with Spirits”. How the artist managed to create such a unique atmosphere, only he could tell about it. Contact with nature through the sounds contained in this track seems almost tangible. The whole album “Last Day”, as the artist points out, is a vision of our way through life with all the ups and downs, difficult relationships and culminating all these struggles with the Last Day. The next album is the artist’s first concert album. “Last Day in Poland”. As the name suggests, the songs from the album “Last Day” are presented in concert form with live musicians. The album was recorded at the Cultural Center in Chrzanów (Lesser Poland Voivodeship) on May 15, 2021. It is worth mentioning this album due to the group of musicians who participated in its implementation. Piotr V. Gawlik on drums, Piotr Sitkowski on keyboards, Michał Powązka on solo guitar and W.R.Ona on bass guitar. According to many critics and reviewers, the compositions from “Last Day in Poland” enriched with a number of improvisations are a perfect complement to their predecessors from the studio album. “Last Day” and “Last Day in Poland” make us even more eager to learn about Marcin Pajak’s further work. On 10/12/2021, when the premiere of the artist’s fourth studio album was planned. “Sound of the Trees”, because that is the title of the album, is the first album to which the artist invited musicians he was previously working with. All the compositions, guitar, vocals and keyboards belong to Marcin Pajak and were composed in his private studio, while the percussion and bass parts are the responsibility of Piotr V. Gawlik and W.R.Ona. An interesting fact is also the participation of Michał Wojtas from Amarok, who recorded the keyboard parts in the song “Escape from Reality” and the well-known from the earlier album by Wioletta Gawara, who honored the song “Lost in the Crowd” with her vocals. The album “Sound of the trees” consists of ten different compositions recorded partly in Marcin’s private studio in London and in Warsaw’s “Nebula Studio”. It’s also important to mention Piotr V. Gawlik, who painted the picture for the front cover of the album. Soon after Marcin Have released the album he has started work on the next album which had to be a concept album about the man traped in the maze. All work took eight months to complete the album and new musicians joined him along the time in this project. Marcin has played all the guitars and sang when Piotr Sitkowski recorded the keyboards, Wiktor Świerczek played on saxophone, Wojciech Gulis played on bass guitar, Piotr V. Gawlik known from the previous album on drums and Marek Smok Rajss on percussion. It’s also important to mentioned all the animations and cover which was created by Natalia Jonderko Śmiechowicz from N.Station Studio. The album entitled “The Maze” was released on 21/10/22.

 

 

 

 

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