This is a band that you need to check out. Give ORDINUL NEGRU your undivided attention. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-To do rough, primal obscure black metal, totally underground and away from any scene or involvement into live performances or interaction with other individuals. It was an one-man-band for more that ten years and everything was done like a statement…first take, analog and raw.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-It is not a conscious process, when I have something to “say” I just turn on my laptop/recording program and just pop up all the ideas or write it on a note book…we never “had” to record something; in the background I think everything influence me …the rain that falls in the afternoon, the beautiful sunset over the plains, a serene night walk in the forest…so maybe nature and books in the first place…and the music I listen of course.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-It is easy enough if you are passionate about it and not doing it for commercial reasons, we try not to live out of music, we are interested to have a safe life in order to have this tranquility to compose music, go in the mountains, follow diverse art forms…yes, some of us work in corporate business, one is a teacher…only our drummer work in musical studio, so its diverse and maybe sometimes we have a crowded personal agenda…but if you have the patience life learns you how to deal with every bump, like in the animal reign, you adapt and follow you own path.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-It depends on public’s interest in my opinion, very rarely for example I follow bands that release a single, I like very much the albums/full-lengths with strong conceptual parts, were you can sit on the couch, put it in the stereo and look into the booklet,read the lyrics, just enjoy the whole effort by the artist. Maybe it is easier for someone to relese it like this, but in most cases it is also like this perceived by the public also, let’s be honest there is billion of information available every second on the internet, you put a song in the background, then another one and so on, after half an hour you won’t even remember the name of that band…
I don’t think this process killed the albums, I mean in the scene I follow there are still great albums of black, doom, post metal, stoner, psychedelic…released every year.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-Yes and no, maybe increased the demand for a band, because nowadays you have to tour harder, release interesting merch, not only sell you music in the shops and you earn a living…I think there is room for everyone; from our approach it is better I think, because our spiritual journey this way reach every corner of the globe in a much easyer way…and yes in the Eastern Europe…I mean I grew up with pirate tapes and Cds so if you want to download something ok you can, but also most of my friends buy Cds and vinyls, original products from the band they love…yes back in the day you have bought maybe an album judging by the cover, nowadays you have the chance to listen before and in the future I think it will be the same.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Well in general the responses are very good, and we are very glad that people like and relate with what we do, our last two albums got most of media’s attention and of course the video that we have done from our last album:”Killing Tristan”.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Honestly the biggest surprise and honour for us was to receive emails/messages from people in remote areas of Romania actually from where we wouldn’t imagine that there is someone aware of this music.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-I am not the typical metal dude to grab the other by his shoulder and head bang together on an Judas Priest heroic chorus or use the lighter in the beginning of Fear of the Dark theme…we are not that interested to be part of a community; on a personal level, yes in the band we all are close and know the others habits and the general way to being, and we respect that very much, but bigger than that we are not that interested to relate…call it misanthropy or we are sociopaths maybe …
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-We decided to have only some selected dates of live performance each year, no to tear us down on endless shit clubs to play for 20 people on a bad PA and say we are on tour…we are more interested in buying a slot on a bigger tour and have decent venues and crew and enjoy quality environment, because yes we are aware that playing live it is important, but quality over quantity is healthyer.
What plans do you have for the future?
-We always have new ideas…some video projects for two or three clips, two new EPs, working on the next full-length, re-releasing (and maybe re-mastering) some old stuff because there is a demand on this chapter and finally to find a record house interested in releasing our stuff on vinyl!