With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to WALDTRAENE. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit
-It wasn’t that hard. We started thinking about it on an inspiring evening with lots of music, conversations and alcohol. What do we want to achieve with our music? That was the question of the evening. We want to revive the knowledge and history of our pagan ancestors so that they will not be forgotten. This must be represented by something that will outlast time. The next day we visited the local forest and saw the trees on whose trunks the resin ran down. This image has inspired us to call our project Waldtraene – The Tear of the Forest – The Resin of Trees – a project that symbolizes the knowledge of our ancestors.
What was it that made you want to be in a band in the first place?
-We’ve been making music all our lives. All musical projects that we have initiated or participated in have always been for self-realization. We would like to support the people and show them that they are not alone with the search for their roots and the desire to reflect back.
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make
your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-Your environment shapes you and your interests. Horda (guitarist and singer) came into contact with the themes of the Middle Ages, antiquity, pre-Christian cultures and religions in his earliest childhood. His family travelled a lot and so he got to know different peoples and their myths and history. At some point he also began to deal with the local traditions and so he wrote songs little by little, which you could find later on the first Waldtraene album. Over the years the spirit matures and interest became conviction and philosophy of life. Today the greatest inspiration for us is the spiritual exchange, the giving and taking between our music, us and our fans. We hope that we understood the question correctly 🙂
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-Do you mean how important our looks are in shootings and live shows?
Then here’s the answer. . .
This is very important to us. Since we also do reenactment, we try to be as authentic as possible. Especially with the garments we research exactly, because we represent a certain epoch.
Waldtraene and our reenactment hobby can be combined very well and we try to be real on all levels. Our appearance belongs firmly to our image as a band.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-The lyrics are actually the most important thing in our music. We have consciously decided not to make metal so that the focus on the lyrics is not lost. The abundance of lyrics in our songs would also go beyond the scope of a metal song 🙂 People should understand, not just consume. But of course it is also important to deposit these lyrics with suitable music. Simple, but effective with the right atmosphere. Our texts are influenced by legends of gods and heroes, nature mysticism, spirituality but also by historical events up to interpersonal themes.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is
digital killing the album?
-At a time when it is all about consuming as much as possible as quickly as possible, a CD or record is unfortunately no longer as relevant as we would like it to be. People don’t understand that digitalization not only kills the CD, but also the bands that the fans want to support. The value of an album has dropped rapidly in recent years and so has the value of music itself. Most of them don’t even know what it feels like to wait for months for a long awaited album, to receive the package from the postman full of anticipation and then finally to be able to sort the new work into the CD cabinet. It’s like a ritual. Today you can simply download what is not yet on the market. Often digitized music is not even listened to, but downloaded just to own it. Sad.
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses
-There will always be people who collect the physical versions. But I think that at some point there will be nothing more to collect, because there will be no more handmade music. DJs and computers replace the bands. But until then there is still time and so long there is sex, drugs and Folk’n Roll.
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience
with you like?
-We never saw ourselves playing live, so only our fans can answer that question.
What lies in the future?
-Well, right now we’re taking a little time with our fifth album. Due to private changes we also need this time for ourselves. But you can tell that the majority of the album is already composed. Like its predecessors, this album will be a concept album. However, it will clearly stand out from everything we have created so far and will have a deeper, more mature theme and implementation. We plan to start recording at the end of March. Otherwise, of course, we have a packed season ahead of us again. It seems as if there are more gigs every year, which of course makes us very happy. Besides, next year we will celebrate our tenth anniversary and there will be some big surprises. You can be curious