With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to KALDVARD. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
A band name sets the tone for the band. With the right name you don’t really need any sort of declaration of intent. Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-It was quite hard to figure out a name for the band. Kaldr wanted it to be an old norwegian word that no one would understand, so he did spend a lot of brainpower to think about it and doing research. Eventually a friend of him came up with the word “kaldvard” (it’s a real word). That just means “being cold/chilly). “Han var kaldvard” (he was cold).
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
-The same guy who mixed our first album was also the man behind the mix on the second album. Egill W. Nyheim (W. Studios). On the first album we didn’t know too much about what we were doing. We ended up with a mix everybody approved, but with what we had.
On album number two we had a lot more “stuff”. New plugins, new guitar, new bassplayer, better understanding of the daw we worked in etc etc. So with Kaldr and Egill focusing on the mix, Egill being the chef, we would say those stood for the sound, and the two other guys got to comment and say yes/no.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Well, it’s kinda right. When Kaldr plays a slow heavy riff the feeling is different. You ever seen those memes of what ever, and the text is “slow heavy metal playing”? In those parts of a song you want it to be dark, magical, “scary”, tough, cold etc. So you can say that the goal is those elements, and in the faster parts of the song it’s, well, faster, angry, cold but melodious. Hard to explain…
Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
-We have never played live. But we can imagine that a lot of our songs would be awesome live!
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-After over two years with Kaldvard we quit thinking about getting signed to a label. A band our size do not need a label. We do everything ourselves. From recording, mixing, putting it online, promotion (Grand Sounds Promotion helped us this time), printing cd’s. If the band were to get bigger we would want some support in our backs. But then we would have turned to a manager in stead.
We can’t say the up’s or down’s with being signed or not, but we are satisfied with things the way they are right now.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-There’s a loooot of music out there, so we think it’s hard to get the die hard fans, and get them to stay. But we are not in the 80’s-90’s anymore, so the industry is very different. Everything is avilable to everyone. And that is of course a good thing, but small bands like us know that the fans are limited. Luckily we love to make music and don’t have high costs with making it, so if someone likes us we are happy.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-Heh, there are so many different covers. We do not like “overdone” covers. We like clean, simple covers. Sometimes one that can set words on the album as a whole. Or a cover that is mysterious and you don’t really know what it is. Some abstract covers are very welcome!
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-We feel that we provide music that can relate to all the others, but the lack of playing live is probably one reason why you perhaps don’t feel quite like the rest. But thats okay. We live our normal lives and then we make music.
Metal in Norway is very big and we have a LOT of great bands. But the big audience is maybe to find in other countries. A big norwegian band has their big fanbase in another country than Norway perhaps.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-The worries, and the thing that has happened, is that on those platforms you drown in all the other band. So you don’t get those plays you want, you don’t getting the place you want unless you pay the platform a lot of money etc. If you have 5000 followers on facebook and post a song or a picture, maybe only 1000 people sees it. Unless you pay facebook of course…. But then you get shitloads of people who don’t really care about your music at all. So, it’s hard to be seen on the platforms we use.
What lies in the future?
-The future for us is for us to wait out the covid-19, make another album and begin on new songs. We have some songs already, but the work stopped a bit with the epidemic. We are planning to meet again soon!
We are also planning a new music video for one of our songs. But thats just scetches in our minds yet.