In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with NRVK. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
When you release a new recording does it feel like you have to start a new a couple step back because so much time has passed and so many new bands have entered the scene since the last album or do you just pick up where the last one left?
-No. Every single recording has always been a step forward for us, no matter how many time has passed by since the last release or whatever cardinal point one needs to claim a designated timescale. We just evolve as time passes by and use it as a channel to immerse into places within and without we haven’t explored before.
Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
-There is in fact a red line, when it comes to the artwork. We are truly fascinated with the work of Misanthropic Arts. We are working together since 2013 now and we are very pleased with the results so far. Working with C.K. is very professional and productive!
How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know thst you have the right lyrics?
-As we are working with album-concepts, it is clear what path we have to follow in the very beginning of the lyrical creation.
All lyrics we made are of very personal nature, which still have close relations to the album concept itself.
I am old school. I like really cool album covers but from what I’ve gathered some bands tend to spend less on art work because people don’t buy records, they download songs. What are your feelings on this?
-Any musical output in its entirety should be seen as a piece of art. Hence in our opinion, it is needless to say, to focus as much on the album cover as we do on the musical aspect.
Do you ever feel that you get misinterpretated because of the music you play?
-No, we don´t fell like that all. Why should we?
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?
-We don‘t think, that there are less maniacs out there. But there is in fact, let‘s say: less attention in the long run, due to the medial overload.
Back in the days you had to trade tapes if you wanted to hear new unheard of bands. Today you are just a click away from discovering new acts. Do you feel that this development in some ways will do more harm than good in the long run, that it will eventually kill off music as we know it?
-No not at all. This is a good thing and just how „evolution“ works. To speak the last: It’s always up to the listener. A true fan of music in its entirety will always choose a good old vinyl with a great artwork or a nicely made up CD with a great booklet rather than a download or a stream.
I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
-I don’t think it is harder or tougher, but different somehow. There are, as well as in the early days, still a lot of great „single shows“ and club gigs.
If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
-A stage show has to look and feel like the music and the message which is presented therein. It has to act as an mediator to express all that what lies in between the words and the sounds written down.
What does the future hold?
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