NORD

This NORD comes from the Balkan and they are bloody awesome in their rock/metal way of writing songs. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

A band sets the tone for the band. With the right name you don’t really need any sort of declaration of intent. Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
Mihael: I think it’s quite important part of being in a band to find a good name to represent your style, a name that we feel comfortable with and that gives some statement about us. And most of the times it’s quite hard to manage all that in one or two words. We wanted something short and easily remembered and I think we found it. And about the word
NORD, in my perspective it gives a blue-ish, kind of a misty note that I think can be also heard in our songs.
Vedran: Yes, that was probobly hardest thing to do, to come up with something original and noticable, it was not easy, but I also think the logo (and in my opinion this is a really fantastic logo) just clears all doubts about the band.

Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
Vedran: Well for me FNM , David Bowie , Depeche Mode, Biohazard, Prince , Pearl Jam… In almost every genre I have some favorits, so there’s a lot of influences . For our band, the first time I played with tham the sound was allready there, it was mix of heavy drums, clear bass, one melodic and atmosferic guitar, one dirty rock, heavy and bluesy and piano on top to give that deeper dimension, so meny diferent bands and artist made some coloring to this band.
Mihael: Vedran said it all. And regarding to „house Gods“ my personal favourites are also quite various, in early days I was greatly influenced by Alice in Chains, FNM, Tool, Soundgarden, Deftones and Korn, and Nirvana and Metallica of course, later Depeche Mode, Mars Volta, Massive Attack, Bjork, Knife, Fever Ray… Today I listen to Florence and the machine and Mastodon. And a bit of Tame Impala. And I alwasy listen to the king himself – Michael Jackson 

When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
Vedran: No, i don’t think so. It’s allways just a basic instinct.
Mihael: No. It just comes to us naturally. We don’t plan music in that way. And we never know where the song and music will lead us.

Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
Mihael: It works great. It’s always the same – in studio we try to capture the live sound which is the most difficult part. But with this record I’m quite satisfied how we managed all about the sound. But still after the shows we always hear comments like “this is so much different and better live”. So if you want to get the whole picture you definitely have to see us perform live.
Vedran: We are a live band, studio is always fun and I enjoy both but live is our normal environement. Full energy, you can’t get that in studio. First we perform songs live then we record them so the album pre-production was actually on stage , so in some way it’s a live album .

How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
Mihael: I think having a great label backing you up is really important. By great label I mean a label that feels the music and works in ways that the band can bring the best out of them, come out with the best possible song, and a sincere one. And that is exactly what we have with Geenger records. They are great to us and they understand what band needs and work in a way that we feel we have a real support, not just on paper. So big thanks to them for all the work they do.
Vedran: Well if you want to be in a music business you need someone from buissnes to back you up and connect you to right people to expose your music. You can try to do it yourself but i think it’s better you leave that to profesionals. And to have real vinyl in your hands is something really different isn’t it. Yes, there are negative consequences, too much information kills curiosity and knockout excitement right of your face.

I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
Mihael: I agree. There are less and less true fans I think. And less and less interest for hearing something new. Still can’t find much positive aspects of it, unfortunately. There is a huge cosmos of information and no filter of any kind. A great comeback of vinyl is much positive and welcome.
Vedran: A couple of years ago you would get an album on vinyl or cd, you would go to see that band live and buy a t-shirt and have a drink or two, and all that for today ticket price for one show. Bad things if your are a fan. And true fans and music lovers will buy a record. The easy access kills all the fun.

What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
Vedran: Magnetic picture of your music. Minimalisam and sharpness , to mesmorise you.
Mihael: And our cover has all of that  Our friend designer Ivo Matic killed it on this one. I can’t explain what it is, but it’s just so great. And I’m not saying that because it’s our cover, I really mean it

Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
Mihael: No. We are more underground than ever. It’s quite unbelievable, the music scene here. I feel shame often.
Vedran: Well, you really don’t wana know, you ll sleep beter.

I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
Mihael: The same. To the point. And I’m worried even more with music and things people listen to these days. I think they were all abducted and hypnotised by aliens. And alien’s music taste sucks. That’s a well-known fact.
Vedran: To bad for consumers. We don’t have worries, we will always play somewere in a basment or in some club, we play for fun and some good vibration. My only worry is not to lose my fingers.

What lies in the future
Mihael: Live shows all across Europe I hope. And then new album…and more shows. Would be great to play all continents. To feel how our music responds in different parts of the world and different cultures.
Vedran: Live shows, new album, more live shows and just having a good time.

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