Here’s another cool band that you ought to check out, URARV. Answers by Aldrahn! Anders Ekdahl ©2017
A band sets the tone for the band. With the right name you don’t really need any sort of declaration of intent. Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-Yes, it was actually difficult, cause as you say, it has to enclose the content of the band and its purpose.There were quite a few alternatives prior to the current one, and I am glad we settled for URARV as it carries the essence of the idea behind the band.Which in short context would be something like; bringing about a memory of long forgotten nature, conjure it and make it visible. An ancient heritage in a spiritual sense.Who we are, not who we think we are (which is ego) but who we truly are behind the veil of false identity, which of course is the all pervading consciousness in which all things appear and subsidies.
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
-Donald Duck is my all-time hero, but not so much related to music, haha.Well, seriously there are quite a few Titans to address in that matter.Some important ones that have inspired me when composing the URARV stuff would have to be: Devil Doll,Iron Maiden,Billy Idol,Thorns,The Exploited,Sex Pistols,Dead Kennedys,DHG,Possessed,Burzum,,David Bowie,King Kapisi,,Ledfoot and ,The Dave Brubeck Quartet.
All of these artists have been a great source of inspiration and obviously helped shape the nature of the band in ways that have completed it in the sense of becoming an outlet for experimenting with music.
Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
-I have no idea.We haven’t taken this show on the road yet, nor am I too sure if we will either.Maybe…………and we’ll need a good deal of rehearsal prior to any gig but am sure it will work out properly if so.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-I think it’s very beneficial and I am very thankful for the fact that anyone bothers to do me the honor of releasing this pulp..hehe.As it makes all the effort of releasing it a lot less stressful, bringing the band more space to the actual music-making process.It’s good to have different people at different tables dealing with their designated tasks.I enjoy that environment and would prefer it to stay like that, but as you hint on there are changes in the music industry due to the fact that people don’t pay for the music they like anymore.That will, of course, bring great challenges…if not eradicate music as we know it and bring it into something else which I have no idea what would be.Or maybe one-day people wake up and understand that making music not only takes years and years of practice but since they want the joy of listening they also have to contribute something back.Maybe when people get their head out of their asses enough to realize that there are more to life than their small egos there will be a shift in these difficulties, but at this moment it is of course only an utopic idea.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-It’s killing music for sure, and when people at the same time stop coming to the gigs it doesn’t take a math professor to understand where it’s all heading.
Hard to find things in this society of fakeness these days that are true, so it is a part of the culture as a whole I guess.That people leech of their artists.It’s funny, I get sooo many fan emails telling me how much they adore my vocals and such, which is fine, but I earn aproxomentally NO money from it, so it’s quite a paradox.
As a side note, there is, of course, positive sides to this easy access as you say.It makes it possible to be heard by those who, most likely, would never bother to buy it anyway, which has some beneficial aspects.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-In some cases, a great cover would be a completely blank one.No logos or motives, just a cover to keep the album safe from damage.That way the listener is 100% open to free interpretation without any external influences or manipulation.But as a fully woven hand craftsmanship, it should, in my case at least, hold the spirit of the compositions with a simple touch of artistic expression.Not too much, cause you don’t want to make the cover art the main thing.Too bad when the cover is way more interesting than the music, which often happens I’d say.Putt less effort on the imagery and more into the music, that’s the way to go.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-.If I’m part of a scene I would say that it is an international one.It’s all a part of the music dimension which is global, if not universal.
Nationality means little to me and the term Norwegian Black Metal has lost most of its potency now anyway.In many cases, it’s been reduced to a bunch of drug burdened lazy ass clowns or people so high on their egos that communication and artistic elaboration fails greatly.
There are, however, still a few bands that keep the flame of individualism burning.Bands such as DHG and Arcturus.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-Well, as I said, it will at least be wiped out as we know it if nothing changes the direction it’s heading.
Where to go from there I don’t know, as all I know is that making music costs money, sweat and dedication, so if no one is interested in giving something back, it has to become free of expenses to make the music, and take no effort in becoming skillful, and then we’re back to Donald Duck, where he makes a great impression on the reality of such a stand.
What lies in the future
-The future doesn’t exist more than a thought in THIS MOMENt, so I rather put my concentration and emphasis on what I’m currently doing and not doing and stay present. That way the future will arrive as a gift and when I unwrap it, it will manifest itself for better and for worse ,haha.
Honestly, I don’t have any particular prospects for the future besides releasing a follow-up mini album in not too long after the debut. Then maybe start working on a third one if I feel that it’s necessary.
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