Oh boy. It has been a bloody long time since I last heard anything by GLITTERTIND. But I am glad to be able to hear something new from them now. Answers from Torbjörn. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-I am really proud about the record and at the same time it feels kind of vulnerable to release it. It does not sound like most of the things being released these days. This time we did not want to edit too much, compress or master things in an undynamic way like most of the music today. We wanted to sounds to be more natural and very dynamic (not conforming to the loudness-war at all). I am proud of it, but at the same time it feels kind of naked.
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
Glittertind (glimmering tine in English) is the second highest mountain in Norway and got its name under the national romantic era in Norway. It has fairytale like connotations in Norway. To name your band after a mountain which is such an ambigious symbol is something I think is a good thing. Man against nature and nature against man.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-I am really grateful to those people and it means a lot to get positive feedback. At the same time we do not compromise with our own art and hope people who like this and that in the past understand that the past will never return. Hopefully they will join us in our musical journey and if not, that is also ok if they want to listen to something else.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-I think when the visual and the musical go together that is something good, but still we don’t want to explain everything of why we look like this with the particular album. Hopefully the way we look and the music create a curiosity for fans and listeners to explore and think for themselves.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-It is really important for the same reason I mentioned in the previous question. The visual arts might open up for the listener so he puts something in him/her-self when listening to the music. The music and art will hopefully live its own life with the listener and the right artwork can be an entrance to this process.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-I think there is a huge downside with social media making the world even more superficial. And also I think one easeliy can get hooked on confirmation, attention etc. instead of focusing energy on stuff that really matters. It can be mental pollution, a time thief and also Facebook and Youtube are highly problematic multinational entities profiting on music that they do not pay for. Youtube for example has a lot of content they pay little for, they really do not create anything of value themselves, but still they earn a lot of money. This is really kind of parasitic behaviour. Facebook also poses a large democratic problem by lettting rich people manipulate the masses by giving a lot of information on demografics, what they like etc. In my opnion there should be a global control of these capitalist entities so that they are unable to exploit people the way they do now-adays.
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-I don’t feel like being part of a massiv community, and most important community for me is my collegues, friends, family and fiance. But doing music is definately something that gives me meaning in my life, but it is not everything even though it is important.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-I think the music scene in general is in an extremely unhealthy situation. We have streaming services that barely pay for any content, and exploit artists. We have major record companies buying up distribution (also the indie distribution companies) so they get most of the money and control over the market We have mostly electronic music being favorised both by audience, radioes etc. these days and real musicians have less and less space. Musicians also tend to produce records without any human soul, it is extremely edited, tuned and fixed like there is a tone of make-up on everything you hear. It is like getting a dish with tons of salt and sugar in it to add flavor while really the music is strangled and destroyed in the process.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We will tour in Norway this spring and hopefully we will be able to tour some more outside of Norway. It is not easy though, because we are 6 musicians and that cost a lot of money..
What will the future bring?
-We hope the best things are yet to come. But the best thing about the future is that the future is free.