In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with STOJAR. Anders Ekdahl ©2019

Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-We are glad to welcome all readers of the resource! If I understand the question correctly, then our creativity is, first of all, our self-expression, it carries certain ideas that make up our worldview.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-The name of the collective was taken based primarily on the style of music, in Slavic mythology, the word Stozhar denotes the axis of the wheel of Svarog, there is also the constellation Stozhar.

Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Iam inspired by the following teams Temnozor, Kroda, NM and others.

When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-When we just started playing, and the first line-up was assembled, we clearly knew that we would play in this particular style, and accordingly a name was chosen that was inextricably linked with the style.

I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-As for singles, I personally have nothing against them, usually singles are released before the album, and previously the singles were on physical media. Now with the development of technology and the Internet, digital drives will replace physical drives, and now they buy disks more as souvenirs. On the one hand, the development of technology contributes to the displacement of physical media as such, and on the other hand contributes to a wider distribution of musical material.

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-To begin with, we do not have the task of directly attracting as many people as possible, we play first of all for ourselves, and express our thoughts in music, whether our music will be liked by people is already secondary. Accordingly, we try to do everything in the maximum quality, visualization of the album is a very important part of the listener’s perception, so we carefully choose the cover picture.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
We ourselves do not promote our music, for this we have a pr agency.

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-When I play on stage, return from the audience is important to me, and everything else is not so important.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Concert activity is very important in the life of any group, touring is the most important experience, as well as new acquaintances, etc. At the moment, we rarely perform, this is due, first of all, to the lack of interest in such music.

What will the future bring?
-As for plans for the future, now we are starting recording the next album, and of course we will plan concerts.

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