NACHTBLUT sounds like something you don’t want to experience unless it comes in the form of music. Answers from Skoll…..Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
Skoll: Yeah! Of course, if you start a band you always want to be heard and have people listen to your music. I would say we succeeded. To be honest, you dream of being successful, but you don’t expect it. That would be snooty. So I’m really happy how things turned out for us and thankful for all the support.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
Skoll: I’m super happy! Its always pressure to put out a new record. You want it to be as good as possible, in any aspect. So you put a high standard to yourself. Beside of that, of course you hope fans will like the new input and result. The feedback so far showed us that this album is cherished by our listeners and critics. What else could an artist ask for?
Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it?
Skoll: Yes, it feels even a bit more „home“ like on the previous records. Working with Chris Harms (Lord of the Lost) as a producer and recording in the Chameleon Studios, Hamburg was good decision. For me Apostasie has the best sound so far. According to that we will evolve our sound further.
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
Skoll: Its super important. A song without a message is just not as good as a song with a meaning. Of course you can have party songs with less deep meaning. But I would say Nachtblut is not a party song band, even if we have one or two songs which are more fun then serious. We deal with social problems, religion, mankind, feelings and so on. Everything you face in life and what needs to be reflected. On Apostasie we deal for example with double-standards – especially in church, the black metal scene and there artist (of course with the typical Nachtblut wink), as we did a song against racism. Just to mention a few.
How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
Skoll: For me personally a cover artwork is important. I´m old school – buying CDs and LPs. Sometimes I just see a cool cover an buy the album without knowing more about the band or record. Sometime the surprise is nice, sometimes I wish I would have kept the receipt. But its fun to me, not listening to a record before on amazon or stream it 10.000 times before I buy the physical copy. Even if you are not that old fashioned like me, I guess a cool cover at least arouses your interest.
Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
Skoll: Puh, I really don’t know. Maybe its still the aftermath of last century. But I think its not contemporary. So many great band are not from those countries or areas. As it always takes some time for changes, maybe we didn’t achieve a rethink, yet. But I´m sure the progress ist relentless. For me its already success to see there is a certain interest outside of the german speaking countries. We just played a tour in China with incredible response! Of course it would be fun to tour around the globe, doing what you love to do.
Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
Skoll: To be unique is essential, but not everything. Of course its helpful not be a copy of a copy. Especially in Germany, sometimes it feels like too many bands just want to be a Rammstein clone and succeeding in being a poor rip-off. I still believe that quality will always prevail. Even, if taking a look at the todays pop music, I regret this sentence instantly. So a mix of being unique and quality is a good start. Beside of that, its hard work and of course a bit of luck.
What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
Skoll: Germany has a huge metal scene. I’m not sure, but it feels like we have so many metal festivals, probably more then any other country in Europe. I would say its not important to be big in your own country to make it international. Sometimes it seems like bands have more success in other countries and that makes an impact to the german market and scene. I think nowadays everything can happen. I know bands that are big in Germany but no one cares about them elsewhere and I know the opposite.
Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
Skoll: The latter. I would say is fully accepted, like in Finland. The only thing I miss and would say Finland is in advance to Germany – they play more metal music in radio. Thats what I miss a bit. But no reason to worry, we have so many opportunities to listen to metal if we want to.
What does the future hold for you?
Skoll: Right now we are on tour in Germany. After that I will increasingly take care for 2018. There are already plans which want to be put into action. Maybe one of those plans will bring us to the UK. You never know.