Structures and Shapes _ Interview with Ontal

Had a chat with Darko Dekode and Boris Noiz from Subotica, Serbia who make industrial techno/rhythmic noise under the name of Ontal.

Ontal are joining Mslwte & Sawf for a special 3hr subsekt 017 which will be broadcast on Fnoob on Wednesday 26th December 2012 (Time TBC) and will be available on soundcloud after transmission. You will be able to join the event on Facebook shortly.

Get ready for the blackest christmas ever..

Good afternoon folks!

Boris: Good afternoon to you too!

Cheers for agreeing to do this interview, so how did you guys meet?

Darko: We met in 2001. We did graffiti.

Boris: Yeah, we did mostly throw-ups with a few colours and some street art stuff.
A few years later we found lots of common artists and genres that we listened to

Interesting! Where in Serbia was this? What kind of genres did you both have in common? Also, what kind of street art did you do? Was there any specific ‘message’ behind any if it?

Boris: Well, this all happened in our hometown – Subotica. That’s in northern Serbia, the city that is closest to the Hungarian border.

Darko: At that time we played loads of new music such as Dubstep, DnB, Electro / Glitch

Boris: That was around 2004/2005, but just to make it clear, we played and supported Dubstep from Combat Recordings, Rag & Bone, Planet Mu, not the commercial crap 🙂

Oh the other question haha, ok, well, I wasn’t doing much street art as Dekode because I was into illegal places and doing throw-ups, mostly with 2 or 3 colours. Darko’s motive for his street art was futurism, machines and all that, right Darko?

Darko: Yeah, machines and all sorts of structures and shapes that came out of my head mainly apocalyptic stuff, that is.

Haha, I think you have nearly answered my next question… What sort of similarities are there between your street art and music do you think?

Darko: Nice, well, we haven’t been doing street art and graffiti for six years or so, we transformed all our graffiti talent into music.

Boris: Well, one of the similarities is also the sort of adrenalin that we had when we did the illegal pieces on streets, it’s now also reshaped to our energy and sound structures, except that we won’t get in trouble for making tracks hehe.

Ahaha. From where does ‘Ontal’ draw inspiration?

Darko: We mostly get our ideas from various Sci-Fi movies, all sorts of music and our life experience.

Boris: Sometimes we get ideas from basic machine sounds that we hear outside, but mostly we experiment with rhythms and field recordings applied with lots of distortion and we have a finished track or even a few tracks in no time.

Oh interesting! You must be armed with a field recorder at most times then! What kind of Sci Fi films / books would you be referring to?

Darko: Mostly movies from Ridley Scott, Stanley Kubrick, Danny Boyle and also some non Sci-Fi stuff from Todd Solondz, Jean-Pierre Jeunet… and plenty more that I can’t remember now.

Boris: we don’t read that many books as compared to listening to music, discovering new genres and experimenting with sounds, but the authors that I appreciate are Phillip K.Dick, Isaac Asimov and H.P. Lovecraft.


Hi I’m Rachael and I love exploring different thought processes and ranges of emotion through the medium of music. Music has caused me to find people of similar mindsets and build beautiful friendships. There is nothing more enjoyable than dancing and feeling the frequencies flow through your body while getting lost in a cacophony of sound, which drenches the senses so soothingly. I also really enjoy reading, ranting and researching.

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