MORAST is another cool metal band you should lend an era or two to. All questions answered by J. (guitar). Anders Ekdahl ©2017
You have one of these names that tell me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
Morast: It wasn’t really hard. We were thinking about a few names that were okay but nothing really clicked. At some point we came up with the idea of using this German term that fitted our dismal sound quite accurate. Raw, bleak and uncomfortable.
Is it harder to write songs that are somber and melancholic than it is to write “happy” songs? How do you create that kind of void like ambience?
Morast: For me it isn’t hard because when I write songs I never have the intention to write beautiful or happy music. It wouldn’t feel naturally. Our goal always was to create a somber, sometimes melancholic atmosphere. Btw, if I would ever come up with a happy riff, F. (vocals) would destroy it.
Do you notice that there anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
Morast: We don’t care about having a large enough following. If people like what we do-fine, if not-listen to other stuff. You know there are millions of bands out there trying to do their thing. Most fail. I hope we can create something artistically worthwhile that has substance. Not only for us but for other human beings as well. There’s already enough junk out there…
When you started the band did you do so with a clear intent of what kind of music you wanted to play? How hard was it to come up with a sound all your own?
Morast: Yes, we had an intent but it wasn’t to sound like this or that band or genre. We are searching for something that is dark, heavy and our own. Our musical backgrounds are so diverse and everyone in the band feeds our sound with his individual approach.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
Morast: From my perspective it is more like something larger within myself. I don’t feel like being part of a movement.
When you play the sort of music you play do you feel that you can have whatever you like as art work for the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
Morast: In my opinion the artwork should emphasize the music. A lot of bands go for the save choice regarding artwork, definitely in the metal scene. It isn’t always a bad thing to use the expected but I like art that breaks out of the mold.
I have a great fear that the change in how people consume music today will eventually kill music as we know it. What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
Morast: Sure, people definitely consume differently in these days. Sometimes I think that’s really strange but as long as there are good bands with substance out there I don’t give a shit.
Is the era of great arena tours as thing of yester? What kind live scene is there for bands like yours? What does the touring circuit look like today?
Morast: There are still venues and people that are enthusiastic enough to organise shows. Tours are a bit more difficult for bands on a level like us but possible if you don’t mind playing in front of 3 drunks on a Monday evening, haha.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
Morast: It can be everything and nothing. We enjoy playing live, meeting people and having a good time if you know what I mean.
What would you like to see the future bring?
Morast: World peace or Armaggedon. I’m not sure.