NACHTLIEDER

nachtlieder_2NACHTLIEDER is a Swedish one woman black metal entity that is now on its second album. So what better time for an interview than now. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl

You have one of these names that tells me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-I’ve thought about this for quite a while now and I honestly don’t remember exactly what let to me choosing this name. I just remember it didn’t take very long. I feel like I have kind of grown into the name, creating music that is melancholic, dark and a bit nostalgic. Songs of the night. 🙂

Could you give us a short introduction to the latest album?
-After releasing my debut in 2013 I felt like that album was too meek and didn’t have a red thread of any sort. My goal with “The Female of the Species” was to create a more aggressive and linear album. Later I got ideas of a minimalist song structure and also doing something I normally claim not to like, namely melodies and harmonies. Even though things didn’t quite turn out the way I first planned, I mean this isn’t a thoroughly nothing-but-aggressive album, I’m still quite satisfied with the result. It’s aggressive, but has moments of fragility and calm also, and that kind of balance is also something I strive for.

What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Review after review keep saying how typically swedish my sound is, and I guess it’s true. When I discovered Black when I was around 15-16 swedish bands were all I listened to, especially Dissection. I don’t consciously try to create this sound, I even find all of these band kind of boring actually, but I guess I Nachtlieder has been characterized by it anyway somehow. It’s also pretty funny that the new album keep getting compared to releases by Marduk, a band that I haven’t actively listened to at all. On the other hand, my drummer Martrum has. And drums have a huge influence on a band’s sound.

What is the metal scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-I live in Gothenburg and the metal that is big here is still the melodic “Gothenburg sound”, not really my cup of tea. There are a few clubs you can go to but to me interesting stuff rarely happen. And when it does I’m out of town or sick or need to prioritize something else, haha. And no, I’m not a part of the scene that exist. Seriously, I know no-one. I’m not very fond of going out drinking beer just for the heck of it, I guess that’s one of the reasons, haha.

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?
-For many bands I’m sure this is the case. You are a group of people who try to create a concept together, for the really dedicated ones I’m sure it can evolve to a movement. And you do see it all the time, how bands connect to each other and create some sort of community with their own set of socially accepted rules and opinions. And that’s ok I guess, whatever makes you happy makes you happy. I would feel very uncomfortable with Nachtlieder in such a community, kind of like having someone over your shoulder constantly judging what you are doing. Not exactly an environment that encourages creativity if you ask me.

When you play the sort of metal you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Hmm, ravens and wasps maybe… I think a cover should reflect the content of the album. Both musically, lyrically and, if there is a concept, conceptually. Over a year ago I took some band pictures with Åsa Hagström, a.k.a. Septikphoto. We went out in a forest to take some traditional BM-portraits since I just wanted to update my websites with something. At that time I just knew the the album title was gonna be “The Female of the Species” and thought “I’ll bring an apple, that could be cool”. Some year later when it was time to plan the release and my label I, Voidhanger saw the pictures they suggested to make one of them the album cover. At first I thought it would be too narcissistic, but they convinced me artist portraits are uncommon in this genre, which is true, so we went with it. And I’m glad we did, the cover so strongly ties together the album, and it’s a beautiful picture by Åsa too.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Personally I prefer physical, but everyone can’t be a record collector and digital offers great opportunities for these people to explore and consume music. Things are constantly changing and I think we just need to live with that. Three things are for sure though: music has always been around, music will always be around and musicians have never got enough credit for their work.

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-Playing live is still a bit distant to me, I need to get to know some people in order to ever do it. I kind of want to take it step by step, so I haven’t really though about the actual live scene yet.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-When I get to playing live, if ever, it will definitely be more of a happening. I don’t dream about touring or anything like that, I believe more in rare gigs that have taken some time to prepare. And this is what I really appreciate in other bands too. Oh yeah and I don’t party because I’m boring.

What would you like to see the future bring?
-I make my own future, haha. Joke aside, if I get to stay healthy I hope I will have more time and energy to keep on developing my music skills, because that’s really all that matters to me at the moment.

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