The first time I heard NORTHMAAN I got a David Bowie gone metal feeling. That made me wanting to know more. Answers from Jayce. Anders Ekdahl ©2021
What fascinates me is how you can still come up with new combinations of chords to make new songs and sounds that have not been heard before. What is it that fascinates you into coming up with new songs and albums?
Northmaän-Originality is key and that is what I strive for. It does not have to be over complicated to be something new. I like music to have a groove and a melody. I’m a little old fashioned that way.
How is this new recording different from the previous? How do you take your sound one step further?
Northmaän-A lot of time went in to this. Trying different techniques and spending time with the equipment we had at hand to make it sound and act the way we wanted. The album was recorded at Northstone studios in South Wales, where the setup is pretty unique in regards digital recording and a very impressive customized analog outboard setup.
When you write songs about the topics you do what kind of reactions do you get? How important is it to have a message in your lyrics? What kind of topics do each song deal with? Is there a red thread to the songs?
Northmaän-I tend to write about real world issues such as corrupt religious organisations, suicide, corporate greed, manipulation/brain washing etc. The world has become a very divided place which is not a good thing at all. I write to make people stop and think, maybe give them the confidence to speak out and not be pushed around in today’s chaotic society.
Whenever I think of you I cannot help wandering off to different bands. What bands/sounds do you indentify with?
Northmaän-I take influence from various bands and genres There is not really one specific act or sound I tend to follow. In the 80’s there was a lot of Celtic Frost and Bathory alongside Slayer and Maiden. The Black Metal scene then erupted which I still listen to back and forward Obviously, there are a lot more influences from back in the day such as Fear Factory, Type o, Paradise Lost etc.
How did you go about choosing art work for this new album? What was important to have in it?
Northmaän-I had a good idea of what I wanted when it came to the artwork. I felt it had to be an image that represented me as an artist and keeping the mystery behind it. Also, having a darker feel in the images that come through in the music is very important.
Something that scares me a bit is this I hear from more and more bands that they aren’t that bothered with art work anymore because people today download rather than buy physical To me the whole point is to have art work that matches the music. I don’t know how many times I’ve been disappointed by weak art work to an otherwise cool album. What’s your opinion on this subject?
Northmaän-I agree 100% the artwork is just as important as the music itself. It is the first introduction to the artist/band you get. Why wouldn’t bands want an impressive introduction? I don’t get it. I myself, still prefer hard copies of an album rather than digital version. Being able to hold a physical copy and study the art work is a guilty pleasure of mine. Old school I guess!
How do you come up with song titles? What do they have to have to fit the songs?
Northmaän-The song titles have to be a statement to represent the song itself. I like to choose ‘straight to the point’ names that hit hard and set the listener up for what is to come.
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?
Northmaän-Yes, it is always a worry to think where the industry is headed. I take great encouragement however by the news vinyl sales are climbing again. Hopefully people are starting to realize that actually owning a proper copy of an album is far more precious than a download on to some digital device.
How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
Northmaän-I love playing live. There is no greater feeling than feeding on the energy from a crowd. A song that was just a pile of thoughts right through to performing it live is an amazing feeling.
What lies in the future?
Northmaän-Well! That is the million-dollar question in these bizarre times. The sooner the restrictions are lifted and this virus fucks off, the sooner the world can get back to enjoying life again and more importantly the music/arts industry can get back to work. I am very excited about taking this album on the road and performing again. It has been a huge challenge for everyone, but, we will overcome this.