This DUNKELNACHT is a French band despite the German name. Check them out. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
Heimdall: Surely, the vision has changed. With the years we have become much more professional, much more organized on recordings or tours. The most important point is that we have become less gullible about “music business”:-) how does production, concerts, tours work. What we are looking for through this project is a certain artistic rigor while having fun, traveling and performing. We are always sincere in our approach, trying to write the best songs and lyrics, to be in tune with ourselves and our audience.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
Alkhemohr: Because LA, NY or London are such cool places? Mahattan is not New York. Buckingham palace is not London. I could speak about one little unknown Island with just the sea and the wind. It could be a very cool place too.
Music is not based on this. Less again now that the internet exploded. We can record there, play there, have a label from there, etc. Well, to answer: no, people speak about our albums, our concerts and it’s a good thing.
When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
Alkhemohr: Say that we don’t care about good feedback, that would be a lie.
For sure that is important to share what we’ve created and for sure we enjoy to see fans have some interest to buy our merchandising and to come to see our shows.
It’s like a good relation: we must give and we must receive.
Anyway, the fans reactions have no influence on what we create and on how we do it.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
Heimdall: Time is the key. Spontaneity is an essential ingredient but without hindsight it can lead to an incoherent or immature album. Time is the biggest challenge so. Everything on the album comes from a long process of sorting and arranging songs, you have an abundance of riffs to organize. That’s the same for the lyrics. When we arrive at the recording, this is where the songs come to life. In addition to the technical aspect, we spend hours recording the most relevant takes, the most brutal catches :-).
I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
Heimdall: Analog recording is the true spirit of music because music is waves. It’s not a matter of combined 1 and 0 of the digital data. We recorded our first split CD in an analog process. Analog devices provide a warmer, a more realistic sound, especially for the mastering process. However, digital sequencers (DAW) allow us more flexibility, editing and complex routing. Furthermore, digital devices become closer and closer to the analog world. For all of us, the compromise is in order, using the best of both posibilities.
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
Alkhemohr: For my part, it’s a nice feeling because we always work until a sort of saturation. When it’s finished, I know all parts, all notes, and I really need to stop to listen to it. After that I take a break and just can’t wait to have the album in my hand.
At the end after we finished an album I really can’t wait the responses from the fans.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
Alkhemohr: Lyrics are really important. There is the music, there are the lyrics and there is the cover. So lyrics are 33% of the final product.
I can only write about subjects that touch myself. Humans’ the system, religion, politics, nature. All thematic’s can be good if it’s intelligently criticized. In any case, Art is made for the mind.
Ever since I first got into metal the artwork has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does artwork for album covers play in the world of the band?
Alkhemohr: Well, 33% too :-). Artwork is very important for a band because it can be a representation of the music. And it’s the first thing that people will discovered about the album. So it can be natural to create it by yourself, if you are able to do it.
Obtain it by some other artist can be interesting too, because it would be another look about your own Art.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
Heimdall: Yeah! Excellent question! They’re always pleased that we come back in their town! Some cities, especially in central/western Europe don’t have so many metal gigs. It’s not like the “saturated” amount of gigs of western Europe. This allows us to “occupy the field”, to grow the fanbase even more and meet new friends 🙂 This way the degree of recognition is growing for sure.
What do you see in the future?
Alkhemohr: To grow even more. New tours, new fans and for sure new albums.
Heimdall: Keep creating and touring!