How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-It’s usually pretty difficult for me to settle on a band name, because it is something that will come to define your music forever afterwards. For Profundum, it think the name fits the band’s atmosphere very well, as it is Latin for “depths” or “the deep”. Profundum is music inspired by the depths of solitude and despair and suffering, so I think the name fits very well.
As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-I started Profundum in 2016. For almost twenty years I have wanted to create some sort of homage to the first Emperor album; it was (and is) the most inspirational album I have ever heard. I didn’t want to necessarily “rip off” the album, but I wanted to create something of my own that had a similar atmosphere and created similar feelings inside of me. I wrote two songs for the first EP and invited a friend of mine to do vocals, and the result was, in my mind, excellent.
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?
-I am obsessed with atmosphere; it is an intangible thing that can’t really be pinned down. When I sit down to create music, I usually have a word or an image in my mind that I want to mirror with sound. When I listen to the music I write, if it links up with that idea or image, then I will keep it. Otherwise, I end up throwing away tons and tons of songs because they don’t fit the idea.
When you are in a band does it feel lkke you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-Not for me, no. I live a relatively isolated life, and I feel more or less isolated in almost everything I do. So while I do feel as if I am continuing a tradition, I don’t necessarily feel like I am a part of something organic or living.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-It’s not very important to me. Sometimes the imagery associated with a band can increase the atmosphere and help to make things more evocative, but I try not to think about those things. My focus is always on the music, and the imagery is always secondary.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-The lyrics are influenced by the things I read, generally. I read a lot of philosophy and strange fiction, and those themes come out in the lyrics. The lyrics are important to me personally, but I don’t think they are very important to the overall experience. In fact, I usually prefer to listen to bands who sing in different languages, because I like to think of the vocals as another instrument, and sometimes if I know the lyrics, it kind of kills the atmosphere (especially if the lyrics are very dumb, haha).
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-I don’t really know. There seems to be a resurgence of interest in vinyl these days, which is very surprising to me. I thought that digital killed everything, but then all of a sudden people started buying records again. I guess I don’t understand it enough to make sense of it all.
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-Again, I really don’t know. I don’t think the physical format will ever go away because people like to have a tangible object that represents the things they enjoy.
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experiencevwith you like?
-I don’t play live. I used to play shows many years ago with other bands, but it is not something I enjoy. I don’t like the traditional idea of a show, taking place in some rundown bar that smells of urine and beer, filled with drunken imbeciles. To me, that isn’t what I want to be surrounded by when enjoying music. I’d rather play in a church, or a cave, or outside in the woods, somewhere away from the urban sprawl and disgusting chaos of modernity.
What lies in the future?
-Hopefully more music. But you never know.