SVIRNATH is another band that you need to check out if you like your metal black and atmospheric. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-It makes me feel at home. It’s as if that songs existed for a long time and they were waiting for the moment to be recorded and published, although I wrote those songs in the last 2 years.
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-It was born almost by chance. I’ve always been a lover of nature and in that period also of ancient history so that I decided to use Latin as a language for the name, but with a personal interpretation. I chose the Latin word “Vir”, that means man, and I approached it to the genitive of “Natura”, giving a sense of belonging to nature. So, I consider myself a son of Mother Nature!
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-It makes me happy. Although I write my songs as if they were a mirror of my existence, and therefore they are extremely personal, I really appreciate the fact that many people love my musical journey.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-The image has its importance, of course, but sometimes a band with an aura of mystery turns out to be more interesting than one that shows itself excessively. In the project Svirnath I want to show the link between me and the nature.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-It’s essential. Even before immersing yourself in music, the listener must be captured by the artwork, which must suggest the type of music contained on the record.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-Personally, in recent years I am moving away more and more from the use of social media, but I admit that without them a band would struggle to emerge. On the positive side, people from all over the world can know your musical project quickly; on the negative side, they are slowly replacing real life.
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-Yes, it is. It’s always nice when bands from all over the world support each other, creating a solid community and you are part of it.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-From the outside it might seem suffering from some ailment, but in the middle of it I can assure you that, as mentioned above, it is definitely compact. Many bands born continuously and more we move forward, more our musical scene grows.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-No gigs, at least for now. The project was born only to record my inspirations and nothing else, but sometimes I wonder how it would be to play my songs live. Some friends of mine gave me their availability to help me live, so never say never.
What will the future bring?
-Surely the project will not stop soon. I was already starting to think about a possible new album and how to improve my compositions. I already have some ideas, I just have to make them practical.