Another cool band that needs to be cheched out, NIBIRU. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
You have one of these names telling that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
Ardat: “It’s been immediate for me to find a term that could emotionally enclose what I wanted to express with music. A moment of true transfiguration, a detached but emotional passage in our deepest unconscious. In the Akkadian language Nibiru means transition, crossing, destruction, disappearance and rebirth. Such the pure expression of our music”.
The competition is a killer these days, so please tell us why people should buy your latest album?
Ardat: “First and foremost, I am interested that it’s gonna be heard without preconceptions, because it’s true, nothing is artifact, nothing is calculated. It could very well be a testament of impulse vomited by the despair and the awareness of the end”.
L.C. Chertan: “Because we are true in what we are and in what we do. We put our souls and our hearts in our music . People feel that. We have our own and particular sound and atmospheres that you will not find anywhere else. During these years we have always followed our way, building what we are today without following trends and expressing ourselves totally”.
Do you notice that there is anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
Ardat: “There are people who are still shaken by emotions. This consoles me in a world of hypocrisy and indolence, because those who follow us can not but desire the comparison with their truest inner self. By contrast, the day that Nibiru will make albums not for themselves, but because there are people awaiting them, we will disappear forever”.
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?
Ardat: “As I said before, Nibiru took shape to free us from the constraints that were killing us. Maybe today they still exist, but personally I observe them with greater detachment. Ardat is not the man who suffers every day, but the one who recklessly involves every single part of his body and spirit in music, destroying to create a continuous and incessant succession. What I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it has always been very clear in my mind, including the sound of my guitar, my voice and the overall groove of the band. The harmony between us did the rest”.
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?
Ardat: “No, not at all”.
When you play the sort of music you play do you feel that you can have whatever you like as artwork for the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
L.C. Chertan: “We have total control on the artwork and every visual aspect of our music. The artwork must express the feeling and the mood that the music wants to communicate. Pictures, illustrations and cover artwork help to strengthen what we want to communicate with the music and the words. For me a great album is able to express all of this things and it can be one with the concept and the music”.
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 ?
L.C. Chertan: “Die hard fans who buy and collect vinyls, cd and tapes will always be. There is a lack of quality and originality, that’s what kills music. I don’t like digital support because I like to collect record, I love to see artwork when I’m listening the music and of course play music in a stereo is thousand times better than a fucking ipod. I think as long as there are people who will continue support true music, there will be hope”.
Ardat: “In the first place, it would be necessary to play truly, without allegorical artificiality that creates so many impersonal figures that sound all the same. Without soul, without particularity, without creating anything that really distinguishes themselves. Nowadays people try to reach objectives with the least possible sacrifice and with the greatest possible lightness, maybe in front of a PC on the sofa at home acting like rockstars. That’s sad. Fortunately there are still people who think differently. Much respect for them”.
Is the era of great arena tours as thing of yesterday? What kind live scene is there for bands like yours? What does the touring circuit look like today?
L.C. Chertan: “There will always be great arena concert and tour, but of course not for bands playng extreme and underground music. For band like Nibiru the best situation to play live is indoor club. Todays at our shows I see different kind of people, metalhead, guys who enjoy metal and hardcore ecc. Years ago the situation was different. At a extreme / metal shows you can only found crazy metalhead and not fans of hard core, numetal or music like that”.
RI: “No, I absolutely don’t believe that. Bands like Aerosmith are still able to fill a stadium even if the 80’s and the 90’s are gone. It is obvious that for underground bands like ours, very difficult to handle and understand, the dimensions are much smaller. But personally, it doesn’t bother me. In fact, I hate human conglomerates”.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
Ardat: “When I play, I hear every single emotion alive. There is Ardat and there is Nibiru, we are on stage as a single element. That’s no party, but a ritual. An intense, angry, psychotic, psychedelic and dangerously true ritual, always”.
L.C. Chertan: “I believe that particular musical genres are not a soundtrack for a party. We play extreme music which represents our dark and deepest feelings, and when we play live I see people enjoy our show like a ritual. A collective ritual between us and them”.
RI: “When I play, everything around me just vanishes. At that moment, on stage there is only myself and the acoustic vibrations created by the amplifiers. There is the sound, the noise, the fog and the air moved by the shockwave. I whirl inside that maelstrom, I am kidnapped, enslaved and fascinated like the first time. I leave the freak events and their “parties” to other characters of the scene. There are so many people like that, so nobody will need us to join them”.
What would you like to see the future bring ?
Ardat: “Coherence, always. Nibiru and whoever will be part of them can’t make any calculation, so the meaning of our music is a real separation from every string attached”.
L.C. Chertan: “I think that there is no hope and no future for us, but i can say that for sure there will be a new dark, extreme and monumental Nibiru album”.