Who's this Klanger? An interview with Artem “Archie” Dyadichkin

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We're back with another episode of Who's this Klanger?! This time, I sat down with Engineer, Archie, to discuss his background, favourite games, and rock music...

Archie, tell our readers about your working background and experience.

“I recently graduated with a B.Sc. in Media and Computer Science from HTW Dresden and was lucky enough to find a position as a Game Engineer here at Klang. But, working on Seed isn't my first project, oh no! During my time at university, I was working as a freelancer for various projects as a gameplay-developer and programmer, most-notably the VR project, Cosmotic.”

With that in mind, how'd you end up working at Klang?

“After graduating, I really wanted to realise my dream of becoming a game developer as I've been a huge gamer since I was a kid. I was looking online at game studios across Germany and Klang really stood out. In fact, Klang was the first studio to actually respond to my speculative application, so it was meant to be!”

So, what excites you most about Seed?

“It's funny because I originally thought that Seed was going to be a small, cute indie project. But now that I'm a part of the madness, the scope of the project is so much bigger than I was expecting...and way more ambitious.

There are so many cool concepts with interesting gameplay mechanics in Seed, it gets me super excited as a gamer.”

Are there any games that have inspired you?

“Well, this could be a long list, but it's probably best that I keep it short...

I love the games developed by Naughty Dog, such as the Uncharted series and The Last of Us. I'd say that my favourite game of the past few years is The Witcher 3. I love games that have an emphasis on player choice allowing you to feel like you're the character you're playing.”

You're a guitarist, right? Do you play in any bands or have any music projects that you'd like to plug?

“I'm still looking for other musicians in Berlin to play with, and I've posted in a few forums. Back in Dresden, I was in an instrumental progressive metal band called Devio Hail, but we never released a record. Those guys are still playing, though.

I'd love to have a band here in Berlin and be able to dust off the guitar!”

What are your favourite bands or musicians of all time?

“I'm really open to a lot of music, but I'm mostly into rock and metal. I like a lot of the music coming out of the 80s and 90s, especially grunge. I love a band called Failure, one of the more obscure bands coming out of the grunge scene. Their album Fantastic Planet is one that I'd totally recommend. It's iconic!

There's a band from back in Dresden called CEDRIC that I really like. They've just released a new album that is really killer!”

Stay tuned, readers, for the next part of Who's this Klanger? coming to you soon!