PAGANLAND is another band from the ever so prosperous Ukraine metal scene. A bit older but still as vital Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Could you please introduce yourself to those of us in the dark?
-We are Paganland from Lemberg city, Ukraine.

I often wonder how people discover that they can do what they do. How did you discover that you can sing and play instruments?
-For everybody it is different proccess, but in general – u cannot realise/discover that u can play instrument till when u try it.

When did it become a revelation that you can do this and maybe get paid for having fun, instead of just putting out all the money?
– In such type of music in such country as Ukraine we do not get much payment, as we are the organisators of own performances in most of times. Due to this circumstance – we put out money and then if there are enough visitors we get some money. We do play gigs for of satisfaction/enjoy, not for money.

When you spend an amount of your life on a band does it ever feel like you have wasted time, that you have fought one too many windmills?
-There were moments when not everything was perfect, but negative experience is same important.

No matter how small or big you were as a band you will leave a legacy behind you. How do you want people to treat this legacy?
-As one ukrainian poet said: “ With not bad, calm word”.

Is digital taking away the mystery of waiting for a new album now that you can upload as soon as you have written a song?
-We do not pay attention to such thing. It is good to hold own cd in own hands, but if songs were uploaded before album release – nothing bad happened.

How important is image in separating you from all the million different styles of metal there is out there?
-Main thing is music, not some poserish thing when band pays more attention to how do they look than how do they play.

Do you deal in different topics lyrically or do you keep to one, just using different variations?
-Well, in general the object of our lyrics is our land, but as we know object also has subjects, such as ancestory, religion, traditions, nature, etc.

Do you consider yourself a live artist or do you like to spend most of the time secluded in a studio?
-50/50. We do live performances rarely.

How much of a touring band are you guys? What memories do you take with you?
-There are no tours as we play rarely. We were proposed to make few tours but due to some different circumstances it was not realised.

What does the future hold?
-We plan to record a DVD dedicated to 20 anniversary of band, also we gonna record a new album. We’ve got already 4 songs done.

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