Hi Dave, Alex from "The Metal Observer" here, how are things in the
Hi Alex, things are good over here; the first snow of the year has fallen this morning.
“Aurora Borealis” was self-recorded this past summer and released in September 2006. It is the first full-length release and includes two songs from “Demo 2005”, those being “Under The Northern Fullmoon” and “
Where would you see the biggest differences between the demo and the album?
By far the biggest difference is in the recording quality. As I self-record all of my material, I have complete control of these aspects. There were better tones used all around; from the guitar tone, to new drum samples, different keyboards, to different microphones, everything was much clearer.
As far as the music goes, I feel that there is much more dynamics in the new songs and the songs have matured in the writing process.
In the studio you are a one-man project, but you also have a live line-up. Have you ever thought of also bringing some of the other guys into the studio?
At this point, I don’t plan on bringing anyone else into the recordings of
Have you ever run into passages, where you wanted to go further, but did not, because you reached your personal limits?
There are always personal limits in creativity and I have run into situations where I would like to expand but could not for various reasons. This is common in music and once one can go around these obstacles, these limits become smaller.
I hear influences from MOONSORROW, some FALKENBACH in your music, where would you see your main musical influences?
This is very true; MOONSORROW and FALKENBACH are very important music to me all together. My influence lies in the music of
Something also worth mentioning is the artwork, which has been done by Kris Verwimp, which information did he get from you to create his masterpiece and why did you choose him in first place?
Kris has done a very good job on the visual presentation of “Aurora Borealis”. For the most part, Kris paints from music… and I had left him to do such. We spoke about general framework ideas for the cover, but the rest was his creativity from the music of
Do you think that giving someone a package like this might make them actually rather buy the CD than simply download it?
I do believe that reading inside of what an artist has to say does encourage support, yes.
Lyrically you seem to deal with the Nordic myths, could you elaborate a little more about the lyrics on the album?
The lyrics are tied with stories of the north, yes. Further, the discussion in
Had you originally wanted to form a full band or was it a conscious decision right from the start to do it all by yourself?
The original thought was for a full band. In this period of time this was not very possible so I went forward myself with the equipment that I had.
With the EP and this album, did you create any label interest yet? And what would a label have to be able to offer you for you to consider it for
There is no label interest as of yet. I have distribution help but there have been no talks of signing from any labels. I cannot really comment on the specifications that a signing would have to offer… I will see with time.
What is your personal favourite and least favourite song of
This is a difficult question; By far the most personal and meaningful song to me is “Journey To Ever-Eternal Skies”. With the smallest amount of lyrics of any
All songs of
What are your goals for
The original goal of
What do you do when you are not making music? Last time I checked bills didn't get paid by enthusiasm and creativity, they still want money…
I am a student now, so this takes time I had before. In the free time that I have, I focus into
If your music was an emotion, which one would it be?
How do you define success? Only in terms of sales or is there a different definition of success for you as a band?
Since the first person bought “Demo 2005”, I have considered
Anything beyond this is bonus.
If you could not compose and/or play music, what would you do?
What do you love to hate in today's music industry?
Do you think that there still is a real underground, as there had been many years back?
Not on the same scale years back, no.
There is still one, though.
What made you start to play music and form a band in first place?
I began music at the age of 10, this was on the guitar. It was only within the past few years that I had taught myself keyboards. I have always self-recorded everything I have done, as far as I can remember.
Which album in musical history would you wish was yours and why?
This is very difficult. I suppose that this question indirectly asks for my favourite album.
In this case, I must choose either WINDIR – “Arntor” or SUMMONING – “Oath Bound”.
These are both very important albums to me; I would solely want them to be mine to know that I had composed them.
How important do you think is the internet nowadays to promote an up and coming band?
The internet is a very useful tool for promoting your music.
The internet can broadcast information to a wider audience faster than ever before, very useful.
If time travel was possible, which historical period would you like to visit and why? What would you miss the most from our time?
The Viking Age, of course.
I’d imagine that I would miss electricity most.
What would you do, if you were sitting at the bar, Lemmy came in, sat down next to you and ordered a big glass of milk?
Tell him that I saw him on the 30th anniversary tour. He would then exchange the milk for beer and we would jam.
Just as a side note - what do you think of "The Metal Observer"?
Great source of Metal you have here, Alex.
My traditional last question is: What is your favourite question about
Ich weiß nicht!
2005: Demo 2005 (Demo)
2005: Demo 2005 (Demo)
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