I have been to Bamberg. The place NEMUS calls home. So that makes this band a bit special for me. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
-In early years of Nemus (2 Month ago) my vision was just to create a whole and complete LP. I’ve been making music on my own for years now, but I never managed to get a complete album done. It only were single songs or short EP’s. This time I wanted to make something I could show my friends and not so old relatives. (I don’t want to kill my grandmum through a heart attack caused by black metal)
So I had this idea to make a kind of fable. A whole concept album and each song should tell a part of the story. So I had to finish it, because I wanted to know how the fable ends myself. So vision of Nemus started to exist parallel to the writing process of Wald – Mensch. And now, I really want to keep going with this project because I noticed how fun I had making my first album from the very first riffs to the mastering in the end. So Nemus for me is just a hobby, something I want to spend as much time as possible with. I hope, that my music can give some people melancholic moments. That is probably my goal. I love black metal especially atmospheric/post/depressive black metal and I enjoy every minute I listen to it. And the imagination of giving people the same feelings I have, while listening to black metal, is great. That is, what I want to achieve with my music.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-Hey! I come from Bamberg! Bamberg is one of the best places in the world! It’s the city with MOST BREWERIES in the whole world! I don’t really think people care about, where I’m from. I don’t even think, people care who I am. My music is all I want to deliver. Not any cool statement, attitude or something like that. There are genres in that artists need this kind of attention towards their own person like battlerap, hardcore or oldschool black metal from Norway. But neither in want to live in a overcrowded city nor I want to kill other band members to get people thinking of me in a way that I would prefer.
When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
-Good feedback is probably the best thing you can earn! And with black metal it is probably the only thing you will be able to earn. I am thankful for every review, every feedback and every useful critic I get. I would like to get better and even more enjoyable for the listeners. So critic is important to keep on progressing.
I don’t know, can you identify yourself with a man, that starts to grow roots and becoming a tree? I think, it’s less the ability to identify with my first album at least. It was just made to enjoy. The next release will be way more critical and disturbing. I’m planning a EP/LP release, maybe even in another project than Nemus, that will be all about the role we play in this society and all the hate and despair that comes with everyday life. With this project I want the listener to be able to identify hisself with and maybe reflecting some of his own problems and sorrows.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-I think the challenge was to stay in the same kind of genre. Making all riffs sound kind of similar but not too similar. The recording itself was done super fast. 6 Days I needed for the whole album. I had so much fun, that it didn’t even seem like a challenge to me. It was just a thing, I had to do.
The first ideas I have for songs come from listening to music. I listen to some alternative, some black metal and even some electro music to get the inspiration I need. Afterwards the jamming starts. I just grad one of my loved guitars und start playing something. If there is a riff I like, I just turn right, plug my guitarcable into my interface and record. The first riff is kind of the guideline for the following ones. I just keep going recording one riff after the other. Afterwards I rerecord the transitions, so that everything fits together kind of nice. Then I record bassguitar and think about the structure of the song. That’s how my songs develop. I always made it like this, and I think this wont change. That’s the only way, that works to me. I’m not this kind of rehearsal songwriter. Even so it is kind of challenging to jam if you are in a one-man project. It gets pretty quiet in my homestudio if I wait for the drums to start playing.
I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-I would love to record analoge. But I’m not this kind of one take guitar player. I want everything to be absolutely perfect, even if this means that this kind of groove everyone talks about gets lost like this. Analoge recording has this kind of myth it comes with. The sound really is bigger, better and has more balls. That is, why I bought plugins for hundreds of euros just to get a little bit of the sound, that comes with an analoge tape machine. So far I didn’t record analoge, I think I never will. I don’t have the money to go into a recording studio, that has a real studur 8 80 rc to get this brilliant sound.
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-It feels great! It really does. It’s like a baby you were pregnant with in the writing and recording process and you deliver in the mastering process. There are some travails of curse but holding this little thing in your arms afterwards makes it all worth it. No really, I am kind of proud of Wald – Mensch.
Yes I do! I ask every listener afterwards if he/she liked it, what I could do better and if the quality of music would be ok. What people think of my music is really important to me.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-I don’t no… The lyrics for Wald – Mensch just tell the story of the album. The have their use. But in the end my music is way more about the emotions it delivers and not about the lyrical content. Just like I said, in the next release lyrics will have a huge impact of the album.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-Just look at my gorgeous art work! It was painted with acrylcolors by me brother-in-law and he did such a fantastic job capturing the emotional content of the album. This depressed, naked man being half a tree, half a human being right in the cold and dark woods just gives me goosebumbs every time I see it. The artwork always had a big meaning for me. I remember buying the first metal albums and staring at the art works for hours while listening to the music. The Cradle Of Filth and Dimmu Borgir covers for example, where magical for me. I spent more then just a few hours looking at the Enthrone Darkness Triumphant or the Cruelty And The Beast cover. So it was really important for me to give the listener an optical insight of the album, he is going to listen to.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-I don’t play live. I’m lonely. At least with Nemus.
The other band, I play drums in, gets more recognition with every gig of curse!
What do you see in the future?
-I think, there will be at least two more Nemus LP’s and I hope, a good label keeps an eye on my stuff. And maybe a live band!
Thank you for the the questions, I hope I have answered them in a satisfying way!