EPITIMIA I just got to know of but since they impressed me I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-We didn’t have any clear purpose to making a project. At that time we were looking for new ideas after the unsuccessful experience of playing in a previous band. We experimented with style and sound and spontaneously recorded the first demo. At first, we did not expect that it would grow into a project, but time has passed and we now realize that we had chosen the right path of development.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-We never tried to achieve a unique sound in our music. Trivially speaking, we always did what we like and the way we like it. The basis of our music is always black metal, but the remaining elements depend on our tastes at the time of working on the material.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-It all depends on the circumstances. For example, the creation of the last album “Thread” was emotionally difficult. We went through a creative crisis, so the work was so prolonged.
Usually the process of writing songs goes like this – we, A. and K., gather at home and compose guitar parts, then we record drums and vocals in the studio. Mixing and mastering also take place at A.’s house. The most difficult thing with all this is to achieve a creative understanding, when all the project members are agree with the result to which they should strive.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-We love conceptual art. For us, a separate song is not the bearer of a big idea. It may be a component of this big idea, but it will be fully revealed only in the context of the album. For us, working on the full-length recording is not only a creative work, but always a moral and spiritual growth. It often takes time. So, it is unlikely that we will release single compositions only in order to maintain attention to ourselves.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-This is normal if artists and publishers receive income from the music product. But making a profit should not be an end in itself in the creative process. The industry gives, on the one hand, great opportunities for downloading music for free, but, on the other hand, wide opportunities for its monetization and distribution. As practice shows, people are ready to support musicians with donations, the performers have various ways of independent promotion of their work. We live in times of great changes, and the future will depend on whether we can adapt to these changes.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-In general, listeners and reviewers note the eclecticism of our music. Speaking about the already-emerging reviews of the album “Thread”, I would like to say that people are trying to analyze not only the genre aspects of music, but also to catch the meaning of the work. We are pleasantly surprised with that feedback.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Probably the most impressive thing is that people from various places are interested in our music: from guys living in small Russian villages to the owners of large farms in northern Norway. When you communicate with your fan, who lives in a thousand kilometers away from you, it is an indescribable feeling.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-We do not give concerts, so all our communication is made through the internet. However, in recent years we have contacted with a huge number of musicians, artists and labels. Of course, it helps us to feel as the part of the fellowship. Creativity gives a sense of involvement into a great work, and it is wonderful that there are people who share your interests. Without Epitimia it would be impossible.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Of course, concert activity gives the great opportunity to expand the audience. But Epitimia does not perform live, despite the fact that we have similar experience in other musical projects. Rehearsals and concerts take a lot of time and effort, and it is really hard to find musicians who would share our creative vision.
What plans do you have for the future?
-We are currently working on a second compilation of re-recorded songs, continuing the idea of “Memories Devoured by Noise & Echoes”. At this work, the compositions will be radically re-arranged, so in fact it can be perceived as a separate album.