Derketa at their first ever gig, January 15, 2011 - (photo - Brian Pattison)
Glorious Times recently caught up with long time friend Sharon Bascovsky from Pittsburgh death metal legends Derketa. In Death We Meet.
Sharon - I don’t know, I really love the Pittsburgh scene and think we have something special here. It still exists today actually. Maybe it’s all of the fumes we inhaled growing up from the Steel Mills we had that polluted our air. It’s a very honest and dedicated music scene, and everybody supports each other no matter what metal genre you’re in. The metal people enjoy punk and hardcore, and vice versa. Everybody that was around 20+ years ago is still around and involved in one way or another. We have a lot of great bands and I think it’s simply the fact that we all play an instrument and it’s only natural to want to create music and play with friends. And of course there were quite a few of us that have the morbid in us to create death metal; we all grew up watching the old horror movies which aired on regular TV, before cable TV came out, it must have all factored in somehow.
Sharon after Derketa's set, with Robin Mazen and John McEntee in the background - (photo - Brian Pattison)
Sharon - No, I wasn’t playing in any bands back then. I went back to school and was focused on getting a career going for myself. I wasn’t really into the changes that were going on in the death metal scene so I didn’t think Derketa would have been received well. It was such a short lived band and it seemed like Derketa was forgotten. I did miss
Terri during Derketa's debut gig - (photo - Brian Pattison)
Mary during Derketa's debut gig - (photo - Brian Pattison)
Kam Lee joining Derketa on stage at A Day of Death 2011 - (photo - Brian Pattison)
Sharon - I wish I knew. It’s been hard with studio availability and everyone’s work schedules for all of us to meet at the studio to finish mixing. And trying to get everyone to agree on a cover hasn’t been easy. We’re waiting for another idea to be drawn up. I’m at a point that I’m considering just uploading the songs for free, not having any cover, and taking the loss for the studio cost. I just want to get this out there, there’s been so many delays with this recording and I’m just tired. I’ve never experienced anything like this before. It’s like fighting a losing battle with everyone not being on the same page when it matters. I have more song ideas and I want to focus back on writing and
Sharon at A Day of Death 2011 - (photo - Brian Pattison)