This is a band that I totally forgot about until their CD dropped in on me. Then it dawned on me that HAGGEFUGG is a rather cool band. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
When did the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-It is hard to tell a precise date, when Haggefugg first was “founded”. At first it was merely a funny thought during a late night carousal on the bank of the river Rhine. The day later we started to experiment with bagpipes and drums. People joined and went again. But then somewhere during the second half of 2014 our line-up became more static and reliable each week. So it came to be, that we rocked our first stage on the 31st of January 2015… our “birthday” so to say. The initial idea and purpose stayed until this day: Having a great time with good mates and crazy crowds. The more fun we can deliver to the crowd, the more we get out of it.
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 are not sure whether we can define our sound. Sure, known bands of the genre influenced each of us more or less (In Extremo, Feuerschwanz, Saltatio Mortis – to name just a few). But since we also Traditional or acoustic instruments always add a small distinguishable nuance to the sound, since each piece of wood sounds a bit different. But alltogether we try and play around until we like what we hear. This can differ from song to song, as you can hear, listening to our latest review: “Metgefühl”. The sound ranges from Metal, over punk to folky tunes.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Songwriting and other creative processes of Haggefugg are also a rather dynamic thing. Each of us can present their ideas and try to convince the rest. Once we start rehearsing a song, suggestions will be made and the song lives through a longer phase of refining.
The hardest part is definitely the recording… Mainly because of its costs, as so many small- and medium sized bands can surely relate to.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before they are fully ready to be launched at an audience?
-Yes, definitely! We made this mistake before. You’ll end up with a song that only your friends will “like”, because they don’t want to offend you, haha… But we learned from it and know a few people by now, who will be painfully honest in their critique, when we present a new track to them. This is highly valuable to us.
I for one feel that the change of 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 recorded music?
-We grew up in a time when Cassettes got replaced by CDs and CDs by mp3-streams. Filesharing and (illegal) downloading was an omnipresent topic on schoolyards – only children rarely care about legality – and the topic had just become an issue in media. We don’t want to repeat all what is wrong with music business stremingservices and CD-sales these days, as we are sure most people know by now. Only they seem to care not much… until it may be too late and the underground died out. On the other hand, we can observe a strong will to “support your local underground” from time to time. People know they could go online and stream the music, but still buy the CD at the merchstall after a concert, to so they say “support the band”.
So, yes. Music as we knew and our parents knew and know it will probably change a lot… and probably to a high cost of diversity in the underground scene. But it is also thinkable, that people become more sensitized for the issue again and start boycotting the stremingservices. Most likely though there will be both. But since this is very speculative, one thing is clear: Bands will have to perform more and more live, and stand out with their performance.
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-So far the reactions are mainly positive, which gives us a huge motivation to carry on and work on new material. The use of medievalish instruments and traditional sounds brought up the most curious questions, for the medievalrock scene is still pretty small.
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 smalltalk, that lead to an openingshow for Russkaja here in Köln. What an awesome night!
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a band?
-Playing in a band did not really change the feeling of being part of a greater community, as the scene already gives you. It doesn’t matter if you are a musician, od the random guy, having fun on a concert.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Yes! With today’s technical possibilities everyone can sound good on CD. But no CD can give you the thrill of a live concert. Be it on stage, or in the audience. Once you see a band performing live you’ll connect memories to it and remember. Especially if you play gigs with other bands and start “sharing audiences”.
What plans do you have for the future?
-Aim for one goal after another. Play bigger crowds, but still appreciate the packed clubconcerts. Keep on going. The next Album will come!