The first time I saw this band’s name I mistook them for the Swedish black/death metak band Ancient Wisdom. But ANCIENT VVISDOM is an entity all its own. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
We live in a world where there are literally millions of bands to check out. What do you have that sets you apart?
-First off, thank you for the interview. I’d have to say that Ancient Wisdom is a project that moves to the beat of a different drum. We’ve literally used bones, chains, railroad spikes, whiskey bottles, bamboo sticks, machetes, goat hooves, and a number of other layers to create our sound. Since our first release, which happens to be an official split LP with Charles Manson. Which is something no other band has ever done before. A vinyl only release, one pressing which has long since sold out.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-The name found us. I had the moniker AVV before the idea of calling ourselves Ancient VVisdom came along. I wanted to infuse the past, present and future of occultism encapsulated in our band name. Given the lyrical content, the connection to an old world spelling which pays tribute to the fallen vvitches who gave their lives for Satan, paganism and witchcraft, the name seemed to take its own form.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-I grew up listening to rock n roll. Discovered punk rock and underground music at a young age with my brother Michael, Ancient VVisdoms electric guitar player . Then found as I matured I gravitated towards darker or more occult themed content. That would be the change that set everything apart for me as I listened more closely to what I was actually taking in. Then it became all about that and nothing else could fill this void. The emptiness of everything else lost in the haze of an endless fire. So as for modern bands I listen to right now, i really enjoy bands like Electric Wizard, Grave Pleasures, The Black Angels, Uncle Acid and The Dead Beats, Scorpion Child, Jess and the Ancient Ones, as for bands that inspire me as a song writer, Roky Erickson has my #1 slot, always has. Shortly followed by Danzig. Who’s always been a huge inspiration and influence of mine.
What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
-I think people will always appreciate a physical copy of an album they enjoy. So there will always be a need for some collectable format. Digital music is a great way for people all over the world to have the opportunity to check out, what would be otherwise unattainable music. So it’s a double edged sword. I think all of it has its place though.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when your out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-This doesn’t really concern me. I’m confident that music will find its way of evolving into a new age of listening and listeners. There will be formats that come and go, but as long as there is angst there will always be rock and roll.
What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-Art is crucial. It’s a very important part of any band . When paired with the right artwork the music really has a chance to connect on a higher level. The visual gives you an insight into a deeper level of understanding the meaning behind the over all project. On every Ancient VVisdom release there is symbolism that is representative of a higher level of consciousness. Take a closer look at our artwork on all our albums, you’ll see what I mean.
Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
-I prefer the old methods, tried and true. Playing shows, printing merch, crearting a local scene. This social media age has a lot of learning to do. Not everything can be uploaded. You can’t upload experience. You have to be there to enjoy it. The only way to do that is to forget the rest of the world for the night and enjoy the show!
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-I feel connected to my circle. I call my “cold circle” . Very few are invited in. Locally we have a scene growing in the underground, here in Cleveland Ohio. The new church of Satan has been hard at work, gathering new followers and we will soon have our day. I feel one day that the occult rock world will allow for the scene to stretch across the entire globe. Occult rock worldwide.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Anymore we tour when we have offers and when it makes sense. Touring is a great way to spread the word of Satan to the masses but only when the time is right. You want to maximize your output so the words reach as many people as possible.
What will the future bring?
-The future brings worship to ourselves and destruction for the human race.