MYRHOLT is a Norwegian one-man black metal band that you should check out.Anders Ekdahl ©2018

A band 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 is my surname. I found it to be perfectly fitting since this is a one-man band. It is also the farm where my grandfather grew up so it somewhat describes where I come from.

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?
-Everything started with the release of “A Blaze in the Northern Sky” so Darkthrone naturally plays an important role. Burzum and Gehenna also need to be mentioned. I think all three bands was pioneers in creating something unique. I still get shivers from listening to their early work.

When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-I don’t think so. Never really reflected on the matter.

Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
-I’ve never played live with Myrholt or its predecessors. I guess it would work fine though since it is pretty organic stuff.

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?
-I would prefer it was like before. I support the idea of making demos until you sound good enough and then signing to a decent and preferably idealist label that would publish your work based on the overall quality and feeling. At the same time I have become eccentric in my creativity. I have difficulties in letting anyone in. This time I’ve done everything myself from the first riffs to the layout.

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?
-I guess you might be right about that. Too many trees in the forest. I can of course appreciate the convenience of having most music available at all times but at the same time it is a disturbance.

What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-I think it is important that it reflects the feeling of the music.

Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-I don’t feel like I’m part of a scene at all. I make music because I need to. I’ve noticed new metal related festivals popping up so I guess the climate is ok.

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?
-Hopefully the physical format will prevail. As mentioned I can appreciate the convenience of the digital format but it is nothing compared to the real deal.

What lies in the future?
-More releases. GS Productions is releasing ‘’Med Samme Naal, Under Samme Maane’’ on CD this month and Snake Oil Kassettforlag will release a limited tape version late February/ early March. The ‘’Holands Himmelrand’’ EP will be released on tape in April. I’m currently working on a couple of soon to be released EP’s called ‘’Vinter’’ and ‘’Moerketid’’. Both will be released before winter ends. Then I’ll start recording the next album. It will be called ‘’Nordland’’.

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