LUMNOS are a very prolific project that everybody into atmospheric black meal should lend an ear or two. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When the band/project came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-I play acoustic guitar since I was 12, and I wrote my first song I was 13. In 5th febuary 2015 – one day after my anniversary – My father gave-me my first electric guitar. After that I decided to create my first Metal Project. I was listening Lustre, Elderwind, Annorkoth, Melankoli, Summoning, Caladan Brood, Saor and I wanted to record something like that, something to make people feel in a great state of mind. The I created Lumnos.
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?
-I consider myself a very creative person. I abosutely love to create new things, nice and beautiful things. I’m always writing new stuff, in 2017 I think I released more than 12 releases (Albums, EPs and Demos). Usually my main influence is the nature and esoteric texts that I read.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-My latest Lumnos release took me two weeks to record. Usually I compose and record at the sime time so it’s a very free creative process.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-I never had this kind of problem, because I take my music as my work, so I try to be the most organized as I can be. Personally I don’t like to release singles.
I for one feel that the change in 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 music?
-I don’t how much damage free download causes to labels but I’m gonna talk my opinion. I tried to sell my digital music for a standard price of 5U$, then I tried to sell it as “name your price”. I have to say that when I put “name your price” I sold a lot more. I know this do not applies for physical copies but one thing I can say, people who wants to download music for free they will find a way to download it. I think that the future for music is the digital market like Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp. I think that the Bandcamp is the best thing the have happened to artists in a long time.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-As I said before, my music is about creating a great atmosphere for people feel identified and in a good state of mind. When people come to me and say that my music makes them feel better or at least comforted it is the best response that I can get. I think that it’s funny when people come to me and say the the best track of an album that I release is the track wich I liked the less.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-I totally agree with that. For example my latest album with Lumnos was produced by B. M. wich is one of the main influences on my music and there’s a guest session of Unknown(Melankoli, The Lost Sun) and both of them are from Russia (14.442 km or 8973 miles from Brazil). So if wasn’t internet my music would not exist for sure.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-Playing in band makes me feel responsible and honored. Because it’s a great for me to make albums better and better. I’m 20 by now I can say that I’m only in the beginning of the journey to become a influence and a great name in the scene.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Actually I never played live but I think it is very important. The reason I didn’t play live yet is that there’s no musicians in the town willing to perform Atmospheric Black Metal. But I keep searching for possible members to live shows. I hope my next interview will be about a tour or something like that haha.
What plans do you have for the future?
-As I just said, my plan for the future is to perform live shows. I think that it would be a giant step im my carrer I’m focused on that. And also I hope to release new albums soon. I already release 3 albums this year and I’m in a new project called Dreams of Nature. So there’s a lot of songs coming!