KULTIKA is a very interesting band that I just discovered. As I wanted to know more I had to interviréw them. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-The name simply springs from the inner self, you have a calling to express a certain reality that you feel, and then the name, concept, music it simply flows away in great harmony. I think it is a name that can fit very well certain independence not a constraining type, we began in a sludge/black metal fashion, then we developed into a doom/post metal act and nowadays we turned to a more progressive music.

What was it that made you want to be in a band in the first place?
-Well back in the nineties almost all my friends were in a band, so instinctively I started to play with them in different acts, it was nothing planned, we didn’t have internet or modern devices to fill our time, everyone was into American death metal/early European black metal and played football. Only after a few years when I really began to learn how to play proper an instrument, I started being aware of having a meaning and a concept in the music.

As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-Everything it can influence my state of mind and I can draw inspiration from different, diverse things…nature, society, books, cultural parallels…

When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-It depends, when I played in Negura Bunget and traveled all around the world, I had this feeling, because I meet all kinds of people and I saw many places…but nowadays honestly I am not interested in this aspect, I do everything for myself, I know that my music due to today’s technology it is reaching far out on the globe, I read reviews and receive tour offers but I don’t want that much to be a part of something.

How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-Everything should be on the same level, visual and sound wise no compromises in this process.

What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-I read a lot and this reflects in the lyrics as well, the concept should go hand in hand with the music…without a proper lyrical background the music doesn’t have any value for me.

Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-I think it is still relevant, we have great albums releases out there every year…sure the digital era killed the incomes of the artists and now everyone has to tour a lot to survive (if you want to earn a living out of this thing)but the bands adapted, I mean today merch thing become very expansive and creative, you get great products and packaging, really cool t-shits and other accessories, so I don’t think it a negative thing after all, you still receive from an artist from vinyls to Cds, even tapes for example so if you are nostalgic you still can get the same products like the 80s only in a better quality format.

Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-I think like we are today’s it will last a few years because in my opinion everyone gets a share of what are the desires.

How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-We like to play on a certain selected dates, we are not playing everywhere and in under any circumstances, we do not earn our living out of music, for us music is a bonus in our life, a serious hobby that we like very much, that’s why we like to respect our live performance and our audience with a format that includes beside sound also a visual aspect, to create in the end a sensorial experience.

What lies in the future?
-A new album, this summer we are scheduled for the recordings and hopefully by the end of the year it will be out.

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