BORGNE

BORGNE is Swiss black metal band that impressed me so much that I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-Borgne is a Black Metal band from Switzerland with some Doom and Industrial influences. Formed in 1998, the 8th album is out right now. Borgne started with a regular black metal sound, then some influences emerged and it became total chaos.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-The name was quite easy to find. Borgne Means «one eyed man» you can see life with your living eye and death with your dead eye. Borgne speaks about the kingdom of the dead. I wanted a short single word in french.

Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-In the past, I used to listen to a lot of bands like Darkthrone, Mysticum, Mayhem, Emperor… quite usual but also a lot of grind, death and tons of classical music, electronic and industrial bands.

When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-When I stared Borgne I had no internet, only few cds, vinyls and tapes. I had as well a couple of mags to follow the scene. Before Borgne I played in a couple of bands here in Switzerland. The kind of bands that makes you start a one man band…

I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I remember when the cd started to kill the vinyl and tape format and now they are back stronger than ever. I believe that the digital is great to discover things and when you like it or when you want to support a band you buy some merch. I love cds, vinyls and tapes of course and I’m using digital stuff as well. I think it’s about the new generation and also there are too many bands now, too many releases at the same time. Just try to search on Metal Archives how many releases in 2017? It’s mind blowing…

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-I worked with some very good artists in the past for the artwork and now with a Swiss one, «Labo-o-kult», they make amazing artworks and tattoos. They know exactly how to translate music into an image. I always start an album with the music and the lyrics then the artwork comes. I ask the artist to listen to the songs and get inspired and I give just 1 or 2 keywords. I’ll be always surprised by what they do! Cheers Labo-o-kult.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-I’m not the good person when it’s about promotion. I know how to create how to play and how to record. That’s it.

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-I don’t care about something bigger or grander. I just want to share my music with the ones who like it. If I wanted to be famous I’d have started something else than Black metal. Our music is here to say fuck to the commercial music business and I still don’t understand why some black metal bands want to be as famous as AC/DC.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Borgne is playing some gigs yes, many single shows and festivals. We did 1 Canadian tour and 1 European tour up to now. We had many offers to make some tours but we want to do it when it will be the right moment with the right bands.

What will the future bring?
-Who knows? I don’t have a flying Delorean yet hahah. I want to follow Borgne R/evolution as I always do. I left many bands a couple of month ago to be more focused on fewer bands so I hope everything will be fine. Thanks for the interview.

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