With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to DIM AURA. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
You have one of these names that tell me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Not that hard, i came up with Doom Aurora, and Ferum liked the sound of it, but later suggested Dim Aura, where instead of thinking of threat & discomforts as an exposition to one’s life, to focus on the process of dying that the spirit of man endures.
The competition is a killer these days so please tell us why people should buy your latest album?
-People should do whatever they find fit. When we first started, we were on the same mindset to not
Re-invent the wheel.
We just wanted to do our music, rock our balls off and play our approach to the music that we love best.. in the process of it all, we found that people can relate to what we do and support us ,and I would like to believe that in this environment people are not subjected to any influence other than their taste.
Do you notice that there anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
-Not really. We started the writing process of this album 4 years prior to the album’s release. We tried to compose the music that was dictated by our own life’s experiences and journeys. We draw inspiration from what out destiny’s dictated for us. Along this, we earned the attention of our fans through videos shot during live performances, an EP release on the end of 2016, and the opportunities to share the stage with artists from our genre, Bolzer, Necrophobic, Sargeist,& Watain in our homeland, and many others in two performances abroad in festivals such as Meh suff’s open air in 2014 & Steelfest in 2015.
When you started the band did you do so with a clear intent of what kind of music you wanted to play? How hard was it to come up with a sound all your own?
-We were set to compose black metal music. As mentioned earlier, we thought (and think) that there is no sense to re-invent something by different approaches and special arrangements & contractual concepts in the composition of our songs. As to our sound.. we had the privilege of working with friends and professionals who contributed to our experiences along the way on this . The result is judged by our fans &following. But this concept evolves endlessly, since we believe that sound is an acquired taste.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-The band- or pack-or tribe or family is always something bigger than just an individual. Obviously, it feels great!!!
Do we feel that we are part of a movement? I don’t know. There is no resurgence in this genre, the true core remains the same, and late years people are drawn more & more to it. it is a way of life for us after all.
When you play the sort of music you play do you feel that you can have whatever you like as art work for the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-We enjoy our creational freedom. We do whatever we like without taking into consideration the sensitivity of the spectators. As selfish as it may sound, it is also our artistic approach to say and show whatever we find fit. Just like you can’t oppose to others ideas & expressions, it is futile to impose it on yourself. A great album cover in my opinion was Macabere’s “Sinister Slaughter”, since you can understand just by looking at the cover what you’re getting inside
I have a great fear that the change in how people consume music today will eventually kill music as we know it. What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Digital releases aren’t music, people are killing music. Digital Releases and technology are a great thing, it is up to people always to operate better judgment.
You have the opportunity to buy and obtain art. You can steal art, and consume it in the same way.
For obvious reasons, if someone can’t understand the urge to accumulate a record collection, that’s his loss. A sad reality for musicians in this genre, accept for maybe 5%, the majority can’t make a living out of this. And even if that was possible, we probably would have found a way to fuck it up too. But in my humble opinion, the multiple options of offering music consumption is a good thing.
Is the era of great arena tours as thing of yester? What kind live scene is there for bands like yours? What does the touring circuit look like today?
– When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
We all have to keep day jobs, families, careers. So we play gigs, not as often as we like, more accurate to say is that we do it when we can. It is not a party for us, it is a performance ritual. We respect that our fans \participants arrive, and we give 100% to each performance, without holding back on anything, Full throttle forward. If people pay to see you, you have to give them what they are paying for.
What would you like to see the future bring?