I saw KYY live at Mörkaste Småland back in September and I liked what I heard so I had to set up an interview with the band. And here is what they have to say. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release and album, that it sorta is for real now?
KYY: We love what we are doing and create everything in a very relaxed but focused manner. Music and the development of the band came out naturally. We don’t have any worries on how many copies will be sold or if people will like the album or not. But it’s ok if there will be success.
When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
KYY: This is something we haven’t thought about before actually. We had no goals other than we didn’t want to sound like basic Finnish Black Metal as it is known. If we are releasing a record, it means we achieved what we wanted to do and therefore we are releasing it.
When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
KYY: Some people have shown us some response so far at the gigs and of course it’s a nice feeling if there is something happening in the audience. It doesn’t feel so weird if people know songs because when you are releasing new material, then it is available for people to listen to it and know the songs. If we wouldn’t like people to hear our music, then we should keep all of it inside our rehearsal room.
Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and artwork for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
KYY: I don’t know if there’s any relation between lyrics and artwork of an album with the sound of it. We actually didn’t pay attention to those kinds of things that you asked. Creating the lyrics and the artwork for the album was a natural process. There is so much devotion during the creation process of the album and thus we are actually not so much interested in what is happening after the release.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
KYY: This band is a great alliance of five people and it has been great to work together so far. If you mean the whole Black Metal scene as a greater community, then not really. Nothing has changed because we have been in the scene before the band started as a band member or audience.
How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
KYY: If we come up something totally new, we may use as it is or add some elements that makes it sound bit more like Kyy. We don’t have boundaries. If it sounds good to us, we can use it. There needs to be variation, but we work all the songs to be perfect for the band.
What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
KYY: Influences may vary from movies to literature, from music in general to nature. But the source of the inspiration is One and manifests with many masks and forms. If you look close enough to our lyrics, you can understand the message.
We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
KYY: I think this kind of question must be addressed to a label. We are not in this for money and we don’t get any salary from it. We are doing this for different reasons. As far as we see, our label is doing a great job and we are glad to work with them.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
KYY: If people want to spend their money to digital format it’s fine to us. Additionally if a person buys an album in digital format and if that will lead that person to buy the album in physical format, that can be also a good thing. Kyy is a Black Metal band and there are still supporters of physical records in underground metal. Only physical is real!
What lies in the future?
KYY: More of Satanic Black Metal and many more lands to be conquered.