It would be an understatement to say that this has been an eventful year for Mariusz Duda and Riverside. As the year began, they were riding high on the success of “Love,
Fear, and The Time Machine,” and it seemed things couldn’t be going better. But life doesn’t always cooperate, and February saw the tragic gut-punch of losing Piotr Grudzinski, which left Riverside’s future indeterminate for a time.
Duda himself, as I found out in the interview, lost his father some time after that.
It’s a lot to take, but some how Duda and Riverside soldier onward, as their recent announcement to continue as a three-piece attests. I was fortunate enough to be connected to Duda for another conversation (my first one can be found here), as we discussed what he and the band have been through and where they are going from here.
Progarchy: Well, it has been an eventful year for you guys … how are you holding up?
Mariusz Duda: Thank you so much, every day better and better. You know, time flies, and time also heals our wounds a bit. This year for me, personally, has not been good because I lost my father in May. So if you just imagine three months after Piotr’s death, I had a death in my family. Piotr was also my family. Anyway, this year was not so happy, and I just needed time to recover. But now I feel better and I have the strength to talk about Riverside and some other stuff, both in the past in the future.