When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-The band was gathered in 2011. We just wanted to make music. In our town there were not folk-metal bands and the metal scene was not very diverse in general. So we decided to assemble a band with an unusual set of instruments.
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?
-Our sound is formed by electric instruments, such as guitar and bass, and various folk instruments – flute, bagpipe, violin, hurdy-gurdy.It was quite difficult to find musicians who could play such instruments and wanted to play metal.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-The process of creating and recording songs is lengthy and requires a lot of patience. Firstly, music is composed, then we put different changes togetherand write lyrics. Then recording sessions get started. After that, we give the song to soundman. And in the end we get the finished song.
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?
-Yes, today it’s not really difficult to record music at home. But recording is not everything. The main role is played by music and lyrics. Mixing and mastering also play a very important role, and it’s better to contact a professional. So despite the fact that you can record track at home, a good result still requires a lot of efforts.
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?
-We agree that now music doesn’t have the same value as earlier, because it has become too easily accessible.It’s not a problem to download music fo free. However there are people who buy СD’s and support bands buying merch and downloading music for a fee. We are really grateful to them. I think that live shows are more important now. But I think music will not change much.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Mostly positive feedback, we did not meet any harsh hatreds. Although folk metal in Russia is not very popular, we found our fans. Some people respond very well, some don’t like it.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-We have fans from different countries, for example, France, Ukraine, Brazil, Serbia, USA, Japan. But the most surprising contact was from Serbia. Some years ago when we didn’t have any releases just a couple of demos and live videos, we get some fan videos and warm responds from our Serbian fan. So this was really surprising for us.
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?
-Yes, music is not just a collection of sounds. Any art leaves a mark on history. We are pleased that people like our music, it probably makes the world better in some sense.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-The most of our fans get interested in our music after live shows exactly. Concerts are always really pleasant and important for us. We feel the emotional response directly from the fans. It’s nice to see the joyful faces of people. It always charges with energy and gives strength for further work.
What plans do you have for the future?
-This autumn we plan to release a single and then organize the small tour. Well, we would like to release the second full-length album next year.