VARUS

Back in 1988 I visited Bamberg to catch Sodom and Protector playing live with a band from my hometown I don’t think that gig had any impact on VARUS but it makes me having a connection to their homw town. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-We formed approximately in 2010 and came together as a bunch of friends jamming in the basement. Our main goal was to just bring out the music we’ve written ourselves to people who’re into it.As the material itself is a wall-of-sound, we’ve wanted to really push the limits and create a huge layered arrangement.

How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-It’s actually quite tough bringing together all elements. Especially the orchestral/keyboard work is not that easy as it may consist of rougly 40-60 tracks. As I’m a lot into soundtracks as well as classical music, these genres play a huge part in the whole arrangement. However, the band parts are completely interwoven with the orchestral parts. Instruments like Drums or Bass support certain accents of the “non-metal instruments” but it’s also the other way round.

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-The main composition is done by one or two members but the rest contributes a whole lot. Moreover, even if the songs are finished composition-wise, everything is finished together. Everybody brings in his own style in the end. Recording is not that hard actually, given that we’re playing new material live even before going into the studio.

Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before they are fully ready to be launched at an audience?
-This may happen but we’re not that famous. So leaking songs in advance has never been a problem to us.
I for one feel that the change of how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for recorded music?
-In terms of the metal or rock, there’s a pretty big change thanks to (free) digital downloads, that’s absolutely true. However, most groups tend to play gigs frequently to get an income – album sales are decreasing in general as we can see.

What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-The responses have been positive so far. Of course, the recording/mixing quality of our debut album wasn’t that great, to be honest, but you’ve always got to leave some potential for the next release, right? Mainly the title track “Till The Sun Rises” has been given a lot of attention. This may be connected to it, being the most catchy and expressive song on the album.

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-As far as I’m concerned, I was stoked to find some people in France and even South America liking our material. All the social media and internet communication helps a lot, getting your music out to the world.

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a band?
-I’m not really sure about that. I mean, there are very diverse metal bands out there and I’d even call our style diverse as well. The metal scene is just so big. Getting the feeling of a greater community is what happens at live shows or festivals. Everybody seems connected in some way and that’s a great feeling.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Live gigs and the whole scene is really the most important point, in my opinion. There’s just nothing compared to a great concert where the group enjoys themselves and the audience joins in. Actually, the whole experience comes together when playing live. It’s quite hard capturing everything on a record. You’ll get to know people, that are at the gig by chance. Maybe they were waiting for another group and get soaked in by your show. This way, you build a following.
What plans do you have for the future?
-We’re definitely eager to build a larger fan base and getting to know people from all over the world. Moreover, there’s already new material on its way – even songs completely finished and ready for recording as well as playing live. The sounds and emotion even blew ourselves away.

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