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July 2015

Interview with Lars from Wallachia (norway)

3776-01Hello Lars, I’m glad I’m talking to you now. Tell me about your new EP, how it’s gonna be called? I’ve heard that the album recording that has been scheduled for June will be cancelled and delayed a few months, unfortunately. The artwork will also be done by Laura Sava?

Hello Miruna, and thanks for inviting me.
Because of the live-plans for August and investments in musical equipment, flights for rehearsals, hotels and anything related, it took its toll on the budget I had already planned for the album recording, and for those reasons I had no choice but to delay the album recording a few months. Even though we’ve already started to do some recordings of guitars, orchestral/keyboard stuff and also had a session with female vocals done last week. The idea of doing an EP prior to the new album came to me since we’re already doing some “test recordings” of the live-material, including some stuff from the upcoming album, and we wanted to do this special EP featuring the entire live line-up as what we do is basically a one-time event (now to begin with, at least). So it’s a 3-track EP that goes under the name “Carpathia Symphonia” and will have a playing time of approx. 22 minutes. The plan is to have it available around the time of our concert in August. As regarding the artwork for the new album, we will this time go back to using photographs taken by my Hungarian friend Tamás Vámosi, just like on our demo/EP & first album. These shots were taken during our trip through Transylvania in July 2014. If it’s gonna be Laura Sava or someone else behind the editing and layout this time around, it’s still not sure. I’ve had a dialogue with Laura, and well knowing that she’s very busy with several bigger illustration jobs, so it depends on what she manages time-wise. And after all she’s purely an artist and don’t really work with design and editing type of work, so we’ll see now in the months ahead.

The ‘WALLACHIA’ project started in 1992, and from 1992 to 1995 Wallachia was a solo project of yours. Tell me more about the solo project, how did the idea for the project take root? what inspired you to start this journey?

I created Wallachia in my early teens and from the very beginning I wanted it to be a one-man band, as first of all there were really no scene for this kind of music up here, and especially to find a drummer was a difficult task. I was heavily inspired by Bathory and Burzum, and how they more or less were fully one-man bands were also a big inspiring factor to me. I kept practicing drums whenever I was able to, and were asking the more experienced musicians in my town about the process of recording in the studio, etc. But in the first couple of years nothing happened apart from me writing the material that would become the demo. In the summer of 1995 I hooked up with Eystein Garberg (now known from Norwegian folk metal band Lumsk) who was in the same situation as me, living 200 km’s away from my town. And we decided to do Wallachia together as a duo; me doing the guitar, bass and vocals, and him doing also guitar as well as keyboard and drum programming. So we bought this 1st generation ’80’s drum machine (which would be perfect for artists like Modern Talking, etc.) from the studio of my mom’s band, and during 4 – 5 weekends in the summer – autumn of 1995 we had completely rehearsed and arranged the demo-songs, and in November we booked ourselves into the studio and recorded the demo over a couple of days. So much thanks to Eystein the whole process with realizing Wallachia went very smooth, and I am very thankful for everything he did with the creation of this band. And it made me realize that I depend on having someone to help me out realizing the recording, as I am basically after all only a guitar player. The early – mid nineties was a blooming time for the underground scene, and it was inspiring to see how people at your own age or a few years older were creating these monumental albums, which they still remain today. And it was the need for saying something, for expressing your soul and thoughts, which in these days one can do in different ways too. But music is for me the most powerful tool of expression, as it hits all the senses, and most of all something you can feel and connect with in a spiritual and emotional way.

The album Shunya it’s way different compared to From behind the light? Why did you changed your style? How was Shunya received by the public?

Well, from my point of view we haven’t changed our style, but rather evolved the sound naturally over the years. And it’s a 13-year gap from the debut until our latest effort “Shunya”, and also we have done the “Ceremony of Ascension” album in 2009, which makes this transition in a pure audial sound even more natural. We didn’t take away or change any elements in our musial sound, but rather added to what was already there, and that’s the biggest difference from the debut album and up to what we’re doing now. Even on the 1st album I would say that the music was quite eclectic, but that became even more evident on the 2nd album – our most experimental one up to date, as also having Stefan coming into the band and recording process and adding some of his own touches with the keyboards and effects, which are partly more ethnic and Eastern influenced in sound. The biggest change, or rather improvement, is perhaps the way that I do the vocals nowadays; purely without any effects/harmonizer as to how we did on the early stuff. It’s much more raw and primal, and closer to my original intention now since from the 2nd album. And everything we do is basically what we instinctually feel evolves the sound. Now with the upcoming album I think we have songs that are more close to the 1st album than to the other two, so it’s like a natural circle of evolution within the so-called frames you set for yourself. Shunya is our most well received album until now, as first of all it’s more cohesive sound- and music-wise compared to the previous album. Those who embrace it seems to get beneath the feelings I put into the songs, and I’m happy that people see the total picture of the album – meaning the music, lyrics and artwork as a full-bodied entity.

For the first time in Romania as a band on stage. Why don’t you play in the geographical romanian region Wallachia?

At least I get to visit and travel through Wallachia itself this year, and I am looking much forward to that.
It all comes down to the booking and the location being set in Transylvania, as it’s the first time we’ve been able to confirm yes to play a show. When Doru proposed the idea for us to play at DBE, I had to ask the guys if they were up for the job and finally realize a Wallachia live show. So within a week’s time I had gotten a yes from all the guys that help me out; with Stefan and Paal already being a part of the whole studio process, then to also have Grolig and Thomas stepping in was a great relief to me.

It will be the only concert for this year?

It’s the only booking we have confirmed so far at least, so we’ll see what happens ahead. At the moment we are set to do this one and only event before starting the full work on recording the new album.

What can you tell me about your personal view on black metal? Is it different now than 20 years ago?

When I first got into black metal music in the early nineties, it was like for many else at that time coming from a death metal background and discovering a new creation taking shape from the same foundations. And I’m into this form of music nowadays for the same reasons as back when I first got into it. The rebellious aspects of the music appeals to me the same, as that’s the whole basis of black metal in the first place. Rebellion, opposition, the quest for truth and individual liberty; to be free from doctrinal rules and totalitarian ways of thinking and being bound to live by – such as we see in religious governed states even now in our time and age, unfortunately. Black metal as a music genre has evolved over the years, for good and bad, and some might say it has been dilluted and not have the same aura of mystique any more. Maybe much thanks to how it became more accessible with the growth of the internet as a medium, and how some pushed into more of a purely “Disneyland” entertainment thing rather than the more obscure artistic form it originates from. But that’s basically the same fate all subcultures have shared at one point or another. Death Metal, too, reached a peak where it got mainstream and nearly died out by the middle of the nineties, only to get even more extreme and be revived stronger than ever, and one can say the same about black metal too. Many of the great bands are the ones who have always been doing it, when it was totally underground to begin with, when it got big and popular, and through the hard times when it nearly died out, and they are still here doing it for the right reasons, for personal satisfaction most of all. A lot of my favorite bands come from the early – mid nineties, but also bands I have discovered the past 5 – 10 years have an equal high impact on me, so I’m just happy to see that there’s possible to still create and surprise when there’s so many bands and releases out there. As I have grown older and have a broader perspective of the world and society, of myself as person too, one grows a larger sense of understanding, empathy and tolerance, naturally. And at the same time the rebellious flame and anger towards injustice, abusive power, corruption, totalitarianism – the opposition and repulsion towards such things grow even stronger and thus also more important to speak up against. And that’s why black metal as an artform hold great importance to me. The freedom of speech, equality and individuality are the most important aspects in our lives, I think.

What do you love so much about music? How would you describe your musical progress over the years?

As a child I grew up with music being an important thing in my family, as my mother was vocalist in a 60’s styled pop-rock band. And from her I got the same emotional connection with music, I think. At an early age I just knew that I wanted to play guitar more than anything else, and finally for my 13th birthday I got myself an electric guitar and amplifier, and from then on it has been no turning away from music. My cousin who is one year older than me, got me into a lot of the metal stuff, basically from I was age 7 – 8, and I was 12 years of age when I got into the more extreme bands at that time. Getting into the more extreme stuff only opened up more doors and allowed a lot more dynamics come into my (musical) life, to have a larger spectrum of connection and expression. I have always liked music that have a sense of sadness and melancholy to it, a more reflective, realistic and meditative quality. There are songs for any situations in life, and some times we need music as a way of being understood, finding tranquility with ourselves, and also to have music that is uplifting and motivating, a sense of feeling that nothing can break us. It’s both the pure physical connection and also the intellectual and emotional connection with music that are important, and especially when all those are combined. There are a few artists that really manages to move us in such a way that we feel they are speaking directly to us, and that’s the most amazing feeling and experience with music. I simply need music every day.

Thank you for your time. It was a pleasure talking to you. Do you have some words for Romanian fans?

Thanks for the interview and the pleasure was all mine. I want to thank the Romanian fans and friends, and hope to see some of you at DBE in August. And I look much forward to visit your beautiful country again.

 

made exclusevely by me aka Vitriol. This interview can be also find on the site I work on Eragon Vibes. Here is just my personal blog

Interview with Fredrik Norrman (ex Katatonia) October Tide, Thenighttimeproject

q: Hello Frederik and thanks a lot for accepting my invitation. It’s an honour for me. Let’s star with the beginning; you were part of many bands as: katatonia, October Tide, Fulmination and now you started a new project named THE NIGHT TIME PROJECT with Tobias Netzell(In Mourning) and Nicklas Hjertton, could you please tell me details? When can we expect the debut release?

Hi and thank you for taking your time to make this interview. Yes i started this project after i quit Katatonia. I had some unused ideas left from my time in Katatonia that didnt fit October Tide. I also felt i wanted to do something that didnt had anything to do with metal. I asked Niklas who i had been playing with earlier if he wanted to join . I did some sessionwork in his old band Mandylon. Tobias invited himself:)

8 songs have been recorded and the mix is almost finally complete. Just a few more adjustments. It will be released by a small norweigan label. More news about that soon.

q:Tell me about your impact on music since 80’ and the emotional touch of both music and lyrics. Each band you were a part of wears your mark. Tell me, how do you do it? Every band, every album and almost every song you were involved in so far is depressive and melancholic. Is it because your work is related to your nature or are you just channeling all the dark thoughts through the music you make and play, this being a means of escaping them?

Most songwriters/musicians got their own style and i guess i have mine;) I grew up with early Iron Maiden and Kiss and such very melodic bands. Those bands had a strong impact on me and have followed me to this day. I dont see myself as a depressed person so i’m not sure where the melancholic part of my music comes from. I’m swedish so its just probably that;) its dark here most time of the year, must be affecting us in several ways.

q: Now it’s around two years since Tunnel Of No Light was released… Tell me how are you satisfied with it now? Any new materials for this year or maybe next one?

I’m still satisfied with the songs, they turned out pretty much the way i wanted. Perhaps the overall sound could have been a bit better or should i say different, but its nothing that bothers me.
All songs for the next album is actually written. Just lyrics and vocal arrangements left. The songs are a bit more complex this time but still lots of leads and melodies.

q: October Tide had three different vocalists so far and many more other members. How do you choose the people to work with? Do you organize any auditions for that? I am asking you the same about your new project THE NIGHT TIME PROJECT.

We basically search among friends and friends friends. It worked good so far;) i sincerely hope we’ll keep this lineup now. The same for Thenighttimeproject. Searced among friends….exept for Tobias who suggested himself:) which was great cause he did an amazing job with the vocalmelodies.

q: It seems that your musical path is in many times crossed with your brother’s, Mattias. You’ve been together in Katatonia and now he also joined the band October Tide. Is there any special artistic chemistry between you two?

I dont know but he’s a great bassplayer and many like his playingstyle. Theres also not many bassplayers around here so it was quite natural to ask him. We also play together in Trees of Eternity 🙂

q: Tell me about the lyrics. You made them? They are made to go straight to the heart
This is perhaps a bit strange but noone in the band write lyrics for OT. Alex do write but only for his more brutal bands;) So we’ve brought in some good friends to help out with the words. It’s been working just fine so we’ll continue working that way.

q: Any changes since you quit Katatonia? Good or bad. Do you miss those times?
Actually mostley positive things came out after i quit. I got alot more productive. I didnt do much in the end and i guess i suffered from writers block. All that dropped when i quit. But i do miss the guys and the touring part. Since there’s no money involved in OT theres quite difficult to go away on long tours. To come home after a month with no money is not an option. But we’ll hopefully make at least one shorter tour for the new album.

q: You toured and perfomed almost all over the globe. Did you ever came to Romania? Would you like to come here?

I’ve played in Romania with both Katatonia and October tide:) had the best of times every time i played there so i most definitely wants to go back.

q: We have been talking only about music but what about your personal life? Do you live by music? Do you think a band could make a living by making music?
No i dont make a living out of music, not even close to. I dont think you can make much money unless you’re a huge artist or do alot of touring. Music should obvioulsy not cost anything today and its too easy not to buy cds. Like Spotify where you pay almost nothing and can listen how much you want. Ofcourse i use Spotify myself but i buy as much music i can afford. Specially vinyls these days.

q: Thanks a lot for your time and I hope you enjoyed answering my questions. Would you like to say something for your Romanian fans?
Bring us back to Romania!! Have a nice summer and thanx for the interview.

http://https://soundcloud.com/thenighttimeproject/empty-signs?in=erydiam-wintermoon/sets/the-night-time-project

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