ENTARTUNG

With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to ENTARTUNG. answered by Vulfolaic. Anders Ekdahl ©2020

Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-No, it wasn’t hard all. We knew what we wanted and what implicit symbolic meaning we wanted to attach to the name. The importance of the name can’t be underestimated nor overrated. Other band names might have worked equally well.

Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-Our sound is deeply rooted in early 90’s black metal. We’re too firmly grounded in reality to have “heroes” when it comes to music, but there are a number of 90’s band hailing from Scandinavia, Eastern-Europe and Greece that had a major influence during our musical upbringing.

When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-No, not really. Obviously there is much more room for all sorts of arrangements during slow segments, but especially on this album, we cling to an organic and quite stripped down sound. The core is quite traditional: guitars, drums, bass, vocals. We are not interested in filling in every single frequency in the spectrum; we want our music to be dynamic.

Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-We performed once a couple of years ago in a legendary Dutch club; so yes, our music works live. We have four albums under our belt right now, so more than enough material to compose a compelling set list.
We have no preference when it comes to live venues. All of us have plenty of live experience; we have done it all, ranging from tiny pubs to large halls, from indoor to outdoor, at home and abroad. The only thing I personally dislike is playing an outdoor festival while the sun is still up, when you can’t fully use stage lights and such.

It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
-No, the album still sounds very fresh to our ears. We’re extremely critical of ourselves (and each other) and weren’t in a hurry while writing/recording/mixing, so it was a very thorough job during which we explored multiple options.

Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-We have left matters such as promotion to the record labels we’ve worked with; we prefer to devote our time and energy to creative manners. As you say, it’s a bothersome activity we gladly let somebody else take care of.

To me artwork can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-In the last couple of years, we were mainly interested in having a traditional painting as an album cover. We try to stay clear of digital art.
People who get their music digitally probably don’t care at all, but we still try to offer worthwhile artwork, taking advantage of the possibilities of the CD and vinyl medium.

Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
-No, we aren’t part of any scene and hardly ever socialise with other people who play music that is considered similar to ours. We are mainly interested in doing our own thing without any outside influence, without caring what other bands might do or believe. We have determined what path we will follow when we started this band and have no intention in straying from that.

I could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is you experience with the live scene?
-We come from a world that is very different from the world as it stands today. Indeed, back in the day we used to get our music in a very traditional way. We got great albums and even demos from neighbourhood friends, we got to know new bands at local underground gigs, received (and passed on) flyers, read fanzines and wrote letters and traded music with people from many different countries.
I prefer those days, of course, but times have changed and we have adapted. I’m still an individual who gets physical albums because I want to read the lyrics, see the artwork and experience the whole as it was presented by the band/artist. Yet, if some people prefer to use some digital platform: the option is out there. My personal preference does not matter, you can get our albums the way we intended … or not.

What does the future hold?
-Death and destruction.

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