SCHRAT is a name you won’t forget that easily. Read what they have to say about this and that in this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-The name came relatively spontaneous to our mind. Originally the schrat appears as nature or nightmare spirit who haunts his victims in their dreams. He is the protective spirit of the woods and
unrelentengly claims the fundamental necessary respect towards nature. The schrat punishes merciless!
A strong connection with nature combined with fascination for the mythological finally lead us to this band name back in 2007.

How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-It’s hard to describe the style to other people since it’s so versatile. We probably would tell them that Schrat is strongly influenced by old school black metal of the 80s and 90s and
formed a very multi-faceted style out of it. Like many other descriptions for other bands playing other styles, this does not really tell anything precisely… it’s just word. You have to let the
music word its spell on you!

We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Hard to nail that on one single event. Probably it was the time when we were teenagers and listened to all those classic (black metal) bands and were drunk all the time. That certainly went on
for some time, so not really limited to teenage times.. hahaha.
Such intense times shape your personality and taste of music significantly. After that it was more about refining and becoming conscious what it is we want and how we want to do it.

What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-There certainly is a kind of scene in our region but it’s not cohesive, it’s split in smaller groups of people. When you look at Germany as a country it basically is the same. Not an unexpected thing
when you think about Black Metal. In our hometown there is no real scene, so no, a local scene is not really necessary for a band to develop. Contacts to other people throughout Bavaria and Germany
developed only slowly over the years. There should be a scene or other bands around if you plan to play live though, otherwise this would surely turn out to be near to impossible.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-It does definitely not feel like being part of a movement. It depends on mood and emotional condition, but it varies from feeling extremely isolated and focussed to acting with one will and goal
as the small group we are. We don’t feel like being a part of a so called scene, so not considering any of those unwritten laws and other limitations.

When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Viha ja viikate of Horna

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Not really. Digital music is useful when it comes to exploring new bands or albums via internet, but it cannot compete with physical releases. A phyiscal release always brings additional features
like the artwork, the print, the materials – things you can touch, see, feel – things that additional nourish emotions when embracing the music. To people who really are into music with their heart
and soul, these things will always be important.

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-In Germany there is an active underground scene present. There are quite a few people who organize concerts on a regular basis and countless more who do it less frequently. So there are a lot of opportunities if you want to play live. On the other hand, the high number of concerts tend to saturate people so it becomes hard to organize smaller concerts. Also saturated people tend to be
just physically present rather than enjoing and breathing the music – those guys prevent the atmosphere from unfolding. Fuck off!

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-It is a ritual! Party people should go elsewere!

What would you like to see the future bring?
-Death to all!

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