OLYMP

OLYMP is a band that needs to be checked out if you like your metal heavy. Read what they have to say for themselves in this interview I did with them. Anders Ekdahl ©2019

What kind of vision did you have when you started and how has it changed over the years?
-Our vision was and still is to reach the fucking peak of the Olympus of the metal gods and have a drink with them. Well, actually a drink with the one metal god would be fine, too – haha.

Does location mean anything today? We used to hear about how it was all location, location, location back in the days if you wanted to make it
big? That you had to come from a certain place to be sure to make it.
-Hard to say. In some way the location where you’re coming from is maybe still important since the local scene can be quite strong in that place. However, with the internet you can reach everyone from everywhere, so location isn’t that important as it may be used to be back in the good old analog days.

What is it like to be a in a band and to get to tour all over the world? What kind of feelings do that bring about?
-To be in a band is awesome and as soon as we play all over the world, we invite you to join us so you can gain that experience together with us, haha. Just joking but we’re not as big to play all over the world. Would be pretty cool and of course our dream to do that.

What kind of feedback have you had on your music, your latest album and in general? How important is feedback?
-Feedback is very important for us, no matter if it’s good or bad (if it’s not like “wow, you sound like shit!” haha). Overall the feedback on our only release, our first E.P., was quite positive. People who likes us mostly appreciate our raw sound.

How do you know that you have written a “hit” song? Is there a particular feeling you get when you know that this is the one, this is the
big “make it song”?
-When you got that sound of that song in your ears even days after the last rehearsal where you played that song, you know that you’ve written a great song. But that’s a good point. In the first place, you have to like your songs by your own. Afterwards the crowd decides if they like it or not. That’s the second important step.

As I am no musician, I will never got to know the difference of analogue and digital. Can you explain the difference to me? What are the pros and cons of analogue V/S digital?
-Before we answer that question, we gag Butschi. Being a physicist, his answer would be nothing but boring, haha. Just kidding, here’s his (boring) answer: Let’s take a guitar amplifier for example. In an analogue one, maybe even one with tubes, you have one stage after one another, where the sound gets amplified and finally overdriven smoothly. Technically you have many parameters influencing the sound inside the amplifier, like tubes, resistors and capacitors. They all add up to the particular sound you know from all the great rock and metal bands. A digital amplifier is a different approach. There, the sound is based on a software, programmed to give a certain sound by directly manipulating the frequency response for example. Typically, these amps try to simulate good sounding analogue amps, in which these amps are quite good nowadays! A guitar amplifier is just an example. This principle of simulating analogue technics is also very popular in the studio for mixing and mastering, like simulating tape saturation and famous analogue equalizers or compressors. We leave the pros and cons to the reader… but analogue is better – haha.

What is it like to have people you never met liking your music and singing along to it at gigs?
-Music unites and that’s just fucking awesome.

How important are lyrics to you guys? Do you have any messages that you want to get forward?
-We don’t have on particular message but there are quite some in our lyrics as our songs are mostly about Greek mythology. These myths are full of moral conflicts and human behaviour or failure.

I love a really cool cover but I get the feeling that today with all this digital uploading/downloading people aren’t that concerned about
artwork. How do you feel?
-Overall, we share that feeling. Back in the analogue days you went to a music shop and had a LP or CD in your hand. The first thing you saw was the cover and it either catched you or not. With images in Spotify being only a few cm’s large, artists don’t need detailed artworks. But luckily, metalheads are quite traditional and still keen on having an audio medium in their hands with great artworks. So, there’s still a future for good artwork.

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