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Demoness Ipek of Wykked Wytch

Interview by Lucifera

This is taken from the new bio: In the Summer of 1999 Wykked Wytch secured a bassist and recorded 2 Songs Ripping Flesh and Shallow Grave which were intended to be on the new album. Instead the band made 1000 Sampler CDs to be given away for free at the Milwaukee Metalfest. The band played Milwaukee Metalfest XIII on Friday, July 31, 1999. It would be the last show with the Something Wykked line-up. At the metalfest, an English promoter was very impressed with the performance of Demoness Ipek, and offered the band a European tour with Napalm Death in September. The band members had mixed reactions of the news.

Ipek took the offer on behalf of Wykked Wytch. After the tour was set, the band members decided to leave the band without notice. They expressed that their daytime jobs were more priority than the band, they just wanted to stay local. The band members were also not contributing anything new to the band progression. Vocalist/Frontwoman Demoness Ipek, was too serious for the other band members, they were holding her back, so she decided to move on. In August 1999, The Demoness decided to reform the band with the same name, with brand new backing members. WYKKED WYTCH, 1996This time she wanted to push the boundaries of Extreme Metal. The bandís musical style would change and become darker and embrace a more extreme approach, where the band could not dictate Ipekís vocal style (not just growling).

Now she could expand and show where her real talent is. The new songs wouldnít have the Death/Thrash style of 1996 ďSomething Wykked album. Immediately, thereafter Ipek had an overwhelming response from various musicians from around the world. While searching for new members Ipek came in contact with Sage, the guitar player from Evil Divine. Sage would add his excellent guitar work to the newly reformed Wykked Wytch. The new-lineup would also include ex-Narcolepsy bassist Thamuz. Other new editions to the band would be the use of drum programs and synth, to add texture and brutality. With Wykked Wytchís new permanent line-up established, the band would move forth in their new atmospheric/hateful direction. The band has already began writing new material for its album, prepare for the sheer intensity...


1.Ipek, on your bio, there is mention of 2 albums released on Devir Records in Turkey. Which albums were these and what style of music? Where they solo projects?
Ipek: Both albums were solo projects. The music was more melodic pop-rock style that I performed in my early teen years. Both went to Top 40 in Turkey when I left the country.

2.How did Ipek and the rest of the band members meet?
Ipek: I met the ex-guitar player of Wykked Wytch through an ad and we started auditioning other musicians, until we found the line-up for the first album demo.

3.How do you feel about all this response to Wykked Wytch? Did you anticipate such response?
Ipek: It feels great to be acknowledged and respected in the Underground music scene. I paid my dues, working hard and I still am. There is still a lot of work to be done. I do anticipate a much stronger response in the very near future, with my new band line-up.

4.What differences do you see from your days in Europe until your recent success with Wykked Wytch in the states?
Ipek: Well the music scene in the US is not very good. In Europe everyone wants to go out and see bands and then buy your music. In the states itís the opposite, there is not a big turn out in the club scenes here. It is very discouraging for the new bands. In the states if they don't hear you on the radio or MTV no one wants to see you if you are underground.

5.What music where you into prior to your interest in metal? What lured you to the underground scene?
Ipek: Before I got into metal I was into Classical, Opera, and Hard Rock. When I saw Mercyful Fate and Testament shows in the '80's, I saw the crowd's energy and the loudness of the music really turned me on. The fans were true fans, not your MTV generation.

6. What are Mark, Pat, Harry, and your favorite bands and who are each of your influences?
Ipek: As of 8-99, they are no longer in the band so I can't speak for them. My favorites and influences, old and new: Testament, King Diamond, lately, Emperor, Cradle of Filth, Hypocrisy. Any band with strong metal roots.

7.Which were the best bands to play live with during your tours? Do you have any wild experiences to share about your shows?
Ipek: The best bands that I have played with on tour would have to be Napalm Death, Oppressor, and Testament. During the Los Angeles, show at the Whiskey with Oppressor and Malevolent Creation, the club owner switched our time slot with another opening band. The other band got mad and stole another band's equipment thinking that it was ours. There was a lot of commotion because of that.

8.Describe what your live shows are like for the readers that are starting to discover you?
Ipek: I would say that Wykked Wytch shows are full of energy and theatrical. Very interesting to see a female doing brutal music, people don't usually expect that.

9.There seems to be a rise of female artists in the scene. do you see this as progress? Are there any female artists you enjoy?
Ipek: Actually, when I started I knew very few females into the underground scene. I think there was intimidation by male musicians, and females were discouraged. I feel like I have influenced some females in the underground, but I still don't see any brutal female singers. I usually see more melodic soft singing.

10.How did Wykked Wytch end up contributing music to Pete Jacelone's movie Psycho Sisters, and Dead Student's Society? What are these movies about? Which songs did you contribute?
Ipek: Pete Jacelone liked the music and wanted to use one or 2 songs. Psycho Sisters was about 2 sisters that castrated men. The song that was in Psycho Sisters was Wytch's Sabbath. Dead Student's Society was about a crazed poetry teacher that killed her students, that movie also had Wytch's Sabbath and Farewell to the Coven... These movies are ultra low budget...

11.Did you think East Coast's Metal Meltdown on March 13th in NJ was well organized? How did you feel about that show?
Ipek: The show was organized well for the 1st time, no festival is ever perfect. Despite the brutal weather and bad food, there was a lot of music and that is what the festival is all about. My show was cut 5 min short and a lot of technical difficulties. I really wasn't too proud of the March Meltdown show. We are playing again at the March Meltdown in 2000.

12.What is the title of your latest release? Is it anything like Something Wykked This Way Comes?
Ipek: The last released material with the old band members was recorded in July 1999. The release was a two-song promo for the album called Dispelling the Myth, the songs were called Shallow Grave and Ripping Flesh. With the departure of the 3 band members, the album was never completed. 1000 CDs were made with these 2 songs and given away at the Milwaukee Metalfest. The music was a lot heavier than Something Wykked. Currently I am writing new material with my new band members for a brand new 2nd album, which is untitled right now.

13.What does each member of the band do, aside from Wykked Wytch?
Ipek: Everybody has daytime jobs, nothing career oriented. Our career is our music, but we still have to pay the bills.

14.Does it get difficult to keep track of business with albums being sold through HELLION RECORDS in Germany and SIS MUSIK in Turkey?
Ipek: No, we know how many we send and usually get paid up front.

Demoness Ipek 15.You've been featured in several magazines and zines, how do you feel about the way those interviews where conducted and interpreted?
Ipek: Good, I've always had good interviews and they've all of been interpreted correctly. I actually have about 3 more interviews to do after yours!!

16. Is there a question you would like to have been asked?
Ipek: Well no one has asked me if I'm possessed by a demon when I perform onstage.

17. Here's a more personal question, where do you stand on matters of the occult? Are you deeply interested in witchcraft and do you practice it or is there another philosophical view you hold deeply?
Ipek: I don't belong to any cult or organization. I don't feel like I belong to this earth either. Nothing in this world amazes me or impresses me, to make me go WOW. So I feel that death maybe more interesting than life. Death is Definite, Life Isn't. I've chose to perform dark music, and lyrics surrounded by death. I'm very deep emotional and have a real hard time understanding me. Thatís why my music is not for the average person, its not for fuckin' pussies.

18.There seem to be many girls starting out in the metal scene, is there any advice you can give them from the experiences you've had?
Ipek: Do what you believe in and don't let anyone stop you and don't turn down any gig in the beginning. Know who your friends are and your competitors, educate yourself in the business that you are in.

19. Any last wykked words?
Ipek: Hail to the New WYKKED WYTCH. We can't be defeated. A big FUCK YOU to all past band members that didn't have the balls to stick around. Thank you for the support of females in metal...

We are also playing the November to Dismember festival in San Antonio, TX on Nov 5-6 with Danzig, SOD, Morbid Angel. The first show with the new members in on Fri. Oct. 29th 2000 in Defiance, OH. Itís the fifth annual Monster Party with Malignancy, Regurgitation, and 10 other bands. Thanks For the interview. I'll keep you update on happenings Metal Forever.

Wykked Wytch
c/o Demoness Ipek
PO BOX 751
Ft. Washington, PA 19034 USA

Ipek, thanx for doing this interview for Endemoniada Zine