With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to DUNKELNACHT. Answer by M.C. Abagor (vocalist). Anders Ekdahl ©2019
When you release a new recording does it feel like you have to start a new a couple step back because so much time has passed and so many new bands have entered the scene since the last album or do you just pick up where the last one left?
-If I may speak for all, I personally have the idea that we try not to be influenced by other bands to much. Not visually, not musically (at least not to much), and just overal. We intend to have it all our own way, and to be creative on all these points that feels right to us.
Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc. What we do try/intend to keep is the melodic and yet heavy/smashing/solid wall of sound qua music.
-Well not quite. We intend to be creative and to try new things or methods for recording. The same counts for artwork, aesthetics And qua art we try to keep working with the same trademark logo, so that if people see this logo it is more easy recognizable to the keen eyes, thus said, that if people see this logo on a flyer, etc. That they instantly (more fast) know ahhh, that is us.
How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know that you have the right lyrics?
-At first you have to be creative. For example, with the recent album “Empires of Mediocracy” our bassist (Alkhemohr) thought of a concept and used the tracks as chapters explaining or telling the story about the “Empires of Mediocracy”. At first you have an idea in mind, and then you have to figure out how to bring this idea into existence physically. If you have found a way, you start to forge so to say. And from one thing comes another, in time you will shape it all one by one until the piece is complete.
I am old school. I like really cool album covers but from what I’ve gathered some bands tend to spend less on art work because people don’t buy records, they download songs. What are your feelings on this?
-Personally I don’t agree on this subject. If people really like your music and they want to support you, they will definitely buy your merch. And for us the music is just as important as to the aesthetics and the music itself. Thus we intend to craft a well thought through piece of art that we see fit as fancy and complete.
Do you ever feel that you get misinterpretated because of the music you play?
-For those who know us, no. For those who don’t know us maybe sometimes. Most of the cases, we receive a very positive response due to the professionallity that we offer.
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?
-Yes and no. Nowadays, people can find us more easily due to social media, etc. But maybe that could indeed lead to less dedication to a certain band. In any case those who really like our work support us for sure and I can say truly that we definitely have some solid fans around the world.
Back in the days you had to trade tapes if you wanted to hear new unheard of bands. Today you are just a click away from discovering new acts. Do you feel that this development in some ways will do more harm than good in the long run, that it will eventually kill off music as we
-Well maybe yes and no. Back in the days you have what you could find. But now you can search for that kind of art that you really want. And I don’t think it will kill of the music in that fashion but with the huge market of music that could lead to less dedication.
I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
-From my perspective that’s a big NO! To keep it simple money buys. It’s actually very easy to pay a bookings agency to book a tour, or to pay a (big/famous) touring band to join the tour. Think about buy in or pay to play.
If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
-What is important to us is that we are able to provide the best show that we can.
We want to deliver a good show with good sound and light quality, that is why we bring fog machines and lights, etc. The crowd and the fans are very important to us. Thus we will do anything in our power to deliver the best show that we are capable off.
What does the future hold?
-In short: more shows/tours, and more releases we hope/want to play for all the fans out there, may it be in Asia, south America or wherever they are from. In any case keep an eye on our pages and hopefully see you at one of our shows