SNØGG

The first time I saw this band’s name I thought it was a Norwegian act. SNØGG turned out to anything but Norwegian. But it is still black metal. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

As you might not be that known to most people a short introduction might be in order.
-We are a two piece black metal band that started playing in late 2013. Our music is based on black metal, but we frequently go to other genres of extreme and alternative music.

How does your latest recording compare to the previous ones?
-Until now, we had released only Tour demo from 2014, when we were invited on an eastern european tour our by friends Cvinger. However Mørke didn’t have time at that period, so Ulv went on the tour solo as Ulv of Snøgg. Due to that the demo was recorded with drum machine under the name Ulv of Snøgg. So in that manner Snøgg EP is actually first official recording of band Snøgg as such. In musical sense EP is orientated in melodic black metal and drone/noise passages.

Was it hard for you to come up with a sound you all could agree on?
-Actually not. As we are two in the band the compromise was easy to find. We are fond of trashy sound in style of older norwegian black metal bands and also fond of experimentation so the record was produced in that way. Ulv was also the producer of the EP so the agreement was quickly found.

How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Let’s just say music and sound are definitely more important then the lyrics. On many concerts Ulv makes up fresh lyrics for the songs, based on recent events in nature and society and personal issues. On the 2014 tour demo lyrics were based on Slavic mythology. On the EP lyrics are dealing with dreams, nature and difficulty of making personal decisions.

How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-Cover art is important for us to help bring the message to the public. For most of the visual work, we collaborate with Goran Petrašević, who is a friend of ours and understands what we are trying to tell with music. So we used his pictures for both album covers. Therefore decision process was not hard at all.

Where outside of your country have you had success?
-The band as a duo haven’t played outside Slovenia yet. However on Ulv of Snøgg’s tour we had good shows in Prague, Apatin and Belgrade, where we managed to gain some die hard fans.

Is it harder today to get noticed both nationally and internationally than it was 10 or 20 years ago? Is the competition tougher today?
-I would say that nowadays you have to deal with a lot more competition, as the means of musical production are cheaper to get, therefore more bands are circling in the media. On the other hand internet now gives you more options to get heard all around the world and get fans that dig your music more easy.

What is your local scene like? What status does your band have in the national scene?
-In our hometown of Velenje, music scene is quite big. We have a lot of active bands and a huge number of those that don’t exist anymore. I am speaking both for metal and musical scene in general. On national scene we are still newcomers since we had less then 10 concerts in Slovenia in our 2 years of existence and I guess EP made a huge step in our recognisability. As far as I know we are marked as ‘Don’t know what to expect from’ band due to our improvisations, experimentation and freeriding through different genres.

What is the general population’s opinion on playing music? Is being a musician a respectable choice?
-As I am moving mostly in the musical circles, being a musician is quite a respected job. The problem is how to survive being a musician. We both have other jobs where we get the money so we can continue on working with music.

What does the future hold for you?
-Well, first thing is a Summer Balkan Tour including Noise Fest in Slovenia, Artan Holy Mountain Festival in Serbia and club shows in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Bulgaria. When we come back, we plan to finish the music for our new EP (or maybe a full album) we already started working on. Then we will go to studio and we plan to release it in the beginning of 2017. And then more concerts and more touring.

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