I would be to stretch the truth to say that I have any clues as to what DIGIR GIDIM means but as a band name it works wonders. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
A band sets the tone for the band. With the right name you don’t really need any sort of declaration of intent. Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
Utanapistim: Find band’s moniker hasn’t been so arduous, ’cause what we clearly defined even before the project itself it has been the entire concept. It puts together name, music, lyrics, graphic, lack of identity and nationality, entirely congruent with what the concept is. Our official explanation of what the moniker means, it’s just one. Digir is a cuneiform determinative, used to indicate the deity. It wasn’t pronounced, and it could be transliterated with a simple D in the top left, beside the name of the God/Goddess. Taken as a standalone term it also could indicate the God Anu, or also the sky, so it’s a symbol which and it’s devoid of any pronounciation, of any sense of Ego, yet inordinately loaded and important Which contemplates elevation through the return to the primordial essence. Nullifying the Ego which is polluted by civilization, empyrical doctrines, limited ideas of religion. Modern religions tend to distort the sacred scriptures for
the sake of limiting the scope of beliefs and turning them into slavery. The most ancient civilization, the Sumerian/Mesopotamian one, holds the potential to return to this principle which was uncorrupted
before other cultures, to achieve self-determination through a series of stages, arriving beyond the good/evil dychotomy as it was conceived by successive religions, all of this in the presence of the Gods and
the God within us, a ghostly God which is dimmed by human stupidity. The association with the word “Gidim”, which means actually ghost, is perhaps clear at this point.
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
Utanapistim: My approach in arranging music and instruments is totally instinctive. We don’t put a deadline, we are never in a hurry. Music, in this debut album, reflects all the interior chaos of the human being, to be dealt at different stages for reaching a self awareness.That’s why our proposal is so chaotic, it’s a journey absorbed just by few within multiple interpretations. The technical influences we have are coming from different type of music, even if by now we can mainly be associated to a dissonant black metal.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
Utanapistim: No, there is no difference. We do not think about when we compose, we compose and record just at the right moment. Think to much does pollute our proposal. Some arrangements of course may be necessary, but our product is basically primordial, instinctive and aligned to the concept proposed; the return to the primordial essence.
Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
Utanapistim: The process, of working and recording in studio, is gradual, instrument by instrument up to the vocals handled by Lalartu with his lyrics. Also Lalartu records the vocals at the right moment, totally instinctive and at that very moment in studio, without being prepared. Concernig live gigs, no way. We would never play live, for a philosophical and coherent choice to our message and concept.
We would never play live also due to the fact that we are not interested in having to do with people in a way too direct and closed. The only contact with the real is through our albums and music.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
Utanapistim: Even if nowadays it’s so easy to record and propose music through dedicated websites, having a label is essential. It’s essential for us not just to have a label, but even more to have a label which
comprehends our message and becomes for us the sole tool for exposing what we do and propose it in a credible, professional and coherent manner. Years ago, when internet didn’t have so much power, was surely better. By now too many words, too much excess and surface and few substance.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
Utanapistim: As positive aspect we have the easy access, which helps to divulge a message even if it’s in contrast with the concept, but at the same time also negative aspects are involved. The negative is that
everybody can say everything also without knowledge of the facts, and the artist’s intimate way to express music is listened by all, even from who does not deserve to reach the meaning, so everything becomes
less intimate. At the end, I think there are more negative than positive aspects. When you record an album, it’s inevitable that can be listened by whoever and we are aware of this. We are also aware that, at the end, the same proposal will naturally select who truly understand the message and will follow us from whom will hate us without understanding the message but just listening it passively. We don’t care about the second one. Natural selection is what we demand.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
Utanapistim: A cover is essential to express visually your concept. A cover for being judged majestic has to be totally coherent with the whole concept expressed. That’s what I think.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
Utanapistim: No, no national scene. we are not interested the national scene or what happens musically in our country. There’s been a lot of arguing about our native land. To reach a neutral awareness, it’s necessary to completely detach from society, to avoid its polluting effects. Digir Gidim have no boundaries, no nationality, no group identity to taint our physical and spiritual dimensions. Faceless, Digir Gidim stay
within the non-existing in order to exist. No matter what role human experiences and pre-judicial relationships may have assigned you within society. The goal is to find our true self and, together with
it, our true liberation.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your
worries as a band?
Utanapistim: We don’t care particularly about these issues. Unfortunately this reality, which should have been an artistical, musical, diverse, intimate and plausible reality; with the time has been absorbed by the ego, consumerism and globalization of the whole system. Although we personally have clear idea on the bad that is going on, we prefer to keep Digir Gidim distant from all those aspects and specific opinions,
trying not to care in any way.
What lies in the future?
Utanapistim: You never know what the future holds. Only be based on present built on past. The desire is almost certain to release a second and maybe even a third album. The only truth that we know is that ’till when we feel the need to express ourselves we’ll do it without compromises.