NYCTOPHILIA

NYCTOPHILIA is a Polish depressive/atmospheric black metal project that I just recently stumbled upon. An interview was set up. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-Today it is quite hard to pick a name with all of the names being practically being taken by someone. Nyctophilia is cult of darkness and night i think this says it all for a black metal project.

As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-Well.. I created Nyctophilia to transform my feelings and sickness of my soul into music form but also to show my admiration for nature, darkness and Satan.

As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
This is question i am also not able to answer properly because i don’t really know. I just pick up a guitar and play some shit. Of course my connection to the forest and nature is always there so i can be playing guitar while imagining i’m walking through endless forest. I can say that nature and pain is what makes me want to create music as well as the hate for this world and the beings living it.

When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-Not really, i just do my shit i don’t really care since real black metal spirit died long time ago, it has been devoured by a fucking pop culture and big modern labels where everything sounds the same. I have my opinion on what black metal is meant to be and if this is what black metal has become i don’t really want to be taking part in spoiling the legacy of old bands.

How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-I don’t need special look i use things like corpse paint because it helps me to remove the human factor from myself you know.
With each release i try to find the best possible cover for that specific album but my main spirit lies within music.

What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-The lyrics are very important i treat them as one of the instruments it is the thing that gets my message across if someone actually takes time and reads them. Things that influence me the most are nature, pain, darkness.

Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-Yes definitely, i always look for a label to make a release happen on physical formats CD’s, Tapes (no vinyl yet) but digital is something that is lacking that special feeling and of course everything sound bit different on physical formats.

Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-I don’t really know i hope that all those shit one demo project realise it’s not only about programming your whole song but actually about getting your hands on it. I can only hope that physical will never die.

How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-I don’t play live and probably will never do.

What lies in the future?
More music and more death and darkness worship.
Hail!

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