It is interesting how some bands/projects seem to exist in their own little bubble. NAGAARUM being one of these bands/projects. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
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?
-Nagaarum as name means nothing. I would have liked a name contains “a” and “u” letters. I used to play with Diablo 2 long ago and needed a name for my new necromancer character. I have to say I don’t use to think too much when I chose names or titles for a work or a project. The content is more important than the name.
The competition is a killer these days so please tell us why people should buy your latest album?
-I am not in a competition. There is no competition in underground. I don’t feel pressure on myself to sell trillions of CDs. If somebody likes my music can buy it but I don’t have plans for any more. Releasing of the CDs is not my main goal and this is a lucky situation. Composing and recording are good opportunity to shot out my energy. I can’t get boring.
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?
-There are no big fan base of Nagaarum, but I felt expectation, yes after the announcing of Apples’ coming. People who listen to my works are in a little family.
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?
-The project started in 2008. I would have liked to compose eclectic – psychedelic – electronic music first but the plan had changed – as usual. The raw black metal touched me and the project’s style turned to a kind of metal stuff…. I have to say that the work I do alone is easier than the teamwork. Can compose faster than others. I had exact ideas (from the changing) and I learnt to play all the instruments with a level that is enough for me. This music is not difficult technically so I can perform what I need.
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?
-There are two bands where I have role. But I feel the progress appeared when the foundation of my one-man band. GuilThee and In Vacuo are two bands in Hungary – both of them I play more instruments. I don’t feel difference between bands and projects according to worth. The progress I mentioned was only my step, but I didn’t left behint these bands.
The situation with Nagaarum is very difficult because I don’t really know what scene I am in. This project’s music is too soft for the metalheads and too heavy for the alternative / abstract guys. This is the reason why I feel something that Nagaarum don’t belongs in any scenes. I am alone in the band, and alone in the world. But I have friends all the scenes in, so maybe this is not a perfect explanation. I don’t delude myself that the Nagaarum is a very unique concept or something… Only my personal sand box.
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?
-I don’t like “high-tech” covers. Metal and underground musics are better if they sounds raw and instinctive. And I like the covers which was made in this spirit as well. The message is the important point not the “quality”. What is the quality? This is personal and depends on many more aspects.
This is no longer the case according to ambient or pop album covers of course.
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?
-No, I think the digital media help the spread of the underground music. We couldn’t reach channels to show our productions earlier, but the electronic file transfers help us nowadays. Collectors will buy CDs, tapes and vinyls regardless that they can download. And the situation become more better until the YouTube, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud appeared etc… So there are parts of the internet what is good for us.
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?
-Nagaarum as project doesn’t perform live shows. I think this music can’t be performed in the stage flawless form. Some bands are touring with guest members, so there are gigs by one-man hordes, but I don’t really interested in this. My favourite part of operating of this project is the composing and recording. And the presence in the scene with physical releases of course.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-As I mentioned, Nagaarum doesn’t perform live shows… But If I would do it maybe would show a seance…
What would you like to see the future bring?
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse…