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 URZA. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-Hi. Well, we are absolutely satisfied with our first album and the reactions we received from fans and press from all over the world so far.
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?
-When we formed the band 4 years ago, we were looking for an appropriate monicker that doesn’t sound too cliché.
Our drummer suggested URZA from a card game called “Magic: The Gathering” as band name.
As Urza is a strong, mystic but misanthropic character, we could easily identify our band with this unfamiliar name.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-Of course it’s very satisfying for us to see and hear that people and friends within the Doom scene appreciate and love the music we are crafting. And it feels pretty motivating that people are curious about what’s going on at the URZA camp.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-If you are speaking about gimmicks like specific dress- or make-up, that’s not what we are trying to transport as image.
We prefer to be as natural and down-to-earth as possible with black clothes and Doom band shirts.
On stage we want to create a dark ambience fitting to the slow, heavy, destructive, melancholic music. It has to be angst-inducing!
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-For us the artwork is very important because it has to reflect the auditory feelings in a visual perception.
We think the cover artwork of “The Omnipresence of Loss” does this perfectly with a predominant dark, obscure scenery filled with a small light of hope.
Desperation, melancholy, fear, but also a hint of hope are the feelings we hope the listeners have when listening to our songs.
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?
-As the habits regarding the consummation of music have drastically changed over the years, you as a band have to adapt to this evolution. And this also means using social media to reach the potential fans of your music.
So yes, the social media are very beneficial for distributing our music on platforms like Bandcamp, Spotify etc. and for communicating news – live events, reviews, interviews, merch – to the fans and the Doom scene.
It’s fast and much easier to interact with the interested people as it was before the rise of these digital channels.
As more and more people stop buying any physical recordings of their favorite music, you have to offer both digital and physical versions of your albums.
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 absolutely. It is a very good feeling to be part of the Doom community. But not only musicians are part of it, also everybody else who is actively or passively involved in this small but lovely scene.
You get this amazing feeling everytime you are travelling to Doom events around Europe and you meet so many friends from different countries who share the same passion. It’s a funny gathering each time.
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?
-Yeah, the scene is very healthy and in our opinion one of the most dedicated in the whole Metal world.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We love to be on stage, but even here in Germany and Western Europe it is not easy to find a lot of opportunities to play live. So being a touring band in Doom is quite impossible.
As the Doom scene is so small not many organizers are into this subgenre which might be understandable to a certain point. But that’s also the reason why fans are travelling around Europe and meet each other on these special occasions.
What will the future bring?
-Well, we are already working on our second album. A first rough plan is to release it somewhen in 2021. Before that we are thinking about doing a split vinyl EP next year.
This fall we will do a mini tour in Germany with our friends of Praise The Plague (Berlin). And hopefully we will play some more gigs here and there to promote our album.
Thanks alot for your support and interest. Doom on, Urza.