ULFVEN

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 ULFVEN. Anders Ekdahl ©2019

We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
-The vision we had when we started was that everyone of us wanted to try different things. Do something that non of us had done before. We want to create music about folklore that we really think is interesting and not many people outside Scandinavia have heard of. We want to creating music that we find interesting and pushing our boundaries.

Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-We come from a cool place called Sweden so we can’t really relate.

When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
-As long as we enjoy doing what we do, we’ll continue doing our own thing. We’ve only released one album so far but we’ll continue writing in our style. As a band you always grow together and experiment with new things, but we also want to have that one thing that defines us as Ulfven.

What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-There really wasn’t any challenge for us in the process of creating ‘Folklore’. We’ve all been on the same page since day one and we all listen to different kind of music which brings a lot of flavor. As far as the process of making the songs, Robert (lead singer & guitarist) writes the demos and then we all fill them out together.

I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-None of us have never done that before but we would love to do it in the future.

What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-It’s surreal by how fast ‘Folklore’ has reached out. The most important thing is that we in the band are satisfied with the album – and we are. The feedback has been fantastic so far and that makes us really happy.

How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-The lyrics is really important for us. We want Ulfven to be like ”the local old man/lady” who tell stories as well as a band.

Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-It’s really important. We wanted to capture the mystique and the despair that we have in our songs. The cover and the songs coheres.

When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-We haven’t been out on the road yet.

What do you see in the future?
-We have a lot of plans for the future but we’re taking it day by day.

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