If you love TV-shows about actual ghosts and spirits you will like the ambience that surrounds GESPENST. This is some scary stuff I tell you. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
GENFÆRD: We want people to feel the chilling touch of death accompanied by the inevitable decaying of both body and soul.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
GENFÆRD: The name of the band was thought up many years ago before even becoming an actual band. The name came soon after the project was started by Genfærd. The initial idea was to make a form of black metal with a sort of horror atmosphere, focused on the unknown and mysterious. Gespenst is the old Danish word for ghost adopted from German.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
GENFÆRD: We have been inspired by a lot of different things. When talking about bands, the inspirations are many, but mostly the old Scandinavian bands such as Burzum, Mayhem and Darkthrone, but at the same time also newer stuff such as Krohm, Nyktalgia and Evoken have had an impact when writing the music. It has been mostly black metal, but sometimes an idea can arise from something completely different.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
GENFÆRD: As stated earlier, the name was chosen a long time ago. The band was a one-man band for quite some time during the writing process of Forfald, with most of the sound concepts figured out. But it was not before actually recording most of the tracks that we actually found the sound most suited for the music. We find that the sound really fits the concept as a whole, but it was not until we started mixing the tracks that things started to fall into place. For instance, finding the right guitar distortion sound for music such as this, is not something to be taken lightly. We used a lot of time on this.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
GALSKAB: You’re right to some extent. I think actually that the EP format is getting more and more popular. However, I think that an album with a set of songs that reflect a period of the life of a band, with a particular sound and flavour is something that is not going to disappear just yet.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
BOTH: It’s very important to us. Nowadays a lot of people will be satisfied checking out the cover and listening to the music online. But for us, artwork and music compose a full entity that bear each other. Therefore, we have put quite a lot of energy into working closely with artist Nils Brem to develop artwork for the record that matches perfectly the music.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
GALSKAB: Absolutely. In the 90’s and start of the 00’s, we would send flyers by snail mail, and you would need a lot of dedication to get your networks going. Today, this is all gone. You have the choice between a) staying unnoticed and not sharing your music, b) doing promo work in social media, c) have an active label that does all the promo work for you. Social media is quite an un-black metal thing to do, and it would not have been accepted at all a few years ago, but times change. I think that only the means of promotion have changed. Th goals are still the same: you’re still trying to reach out to a new dedicated audience.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
GENFÆRD: It does of course have an impact on you as a person, when you are working to create music containing utter darkness. You are trying to summon certain strong feelings in the listener, so it’s only natural that you will also be touched by your own work. When you put on a live performance these feelings are magnified, making the whole experience unique. The way that we do it always makes it feel like this is much more than just music.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
BOTH: We have as of yet to embark on a tour. We have done some promotion of the new album with a couple of shows in Denmark, but we are looking to play more shows in Europe. We would also love to play in Sweden!
What will the future bring?
GENFÆRD: As of now, we are working on getting some more shows, but are also getting ready to write the next album. We are at the planning stage of setting up our next dark experiment. Things have slowly been set in motion for the next chapter of Gespenst to be written…