With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to VÖLVA . Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
Joss: As always, to have fun! For me it was a long awaited context for playing something else than punk but with a political agenda.
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?
Jonna:Not very hard since we’re all influenced from different directions, me and Joss both comes from the punk scene, i have been playing mainly crust before.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
Joss: When we do reharse, we do it very efficiently. We are not one of those bands sitting in the dark and fine tuning every little part, releasing it after two years of agony and have beliefs that the rest of the world finally would understand our greatness. We evolve by doing and we do things quick.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example? I for one feel that the change in 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 music?
Joss: It might make peoples healt decrease, since you don’t get the free workout by moving your ass from the chair to turn the record side. A part from that, I’ve rather see it as records gain higher value now, for those who buy them. To make your musik available for a bigger crowd, and be able to unite across post nords fences, invites to a larger community to share with and learn from.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
Jonna:So far the response has been quite positive, people seems to like the sound of two vocals especially. Most attention is, maybe not very surprising, the lack of men in the band. Somebody said it was “refreshing to find a really raw black metal band that hasn’t been contaminated by cis-men”, that summons up the reactions quite well
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far? Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
Jonna: For me it feels very new and interesting with the metal scene in general. Beeing so fully immersed in the punk scene for so many years it’s both exciteing and a bit confuseing to suddenly experience completely new contexts and people. So close to what i’m used to but yet so different. Joss : I have the punk scene to thank for some of my best friends and most fun memories.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
Joss : Playing live is what brings everyone together and a room for you to express the band dynamic. I’d say it’s crucial to feel alive, and to be noticed by people that never would discover you else.
What plans do you have for the future?
Jonna: some kind of smaller tour in 2019 would be awesome, like towards germany or maybe up to norway?