I’ve been following WAN for a while now but never ever gotten round to interview them. But better late than never. So here is an interview with the band. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Since the first time I saw your band name I’ve been wondering what it means because I have been called Wan as a sort of nick name?
-Wan is an old English word that is synonymous to pale, gloomy, pallid. It very well captures our music, minds and our doughy middle age physique.
I often wonder how people discover that they can do what they do. How did you discover that you can sing and play instruments?
-I can´t really say that I discovered it in that sense. I wanted to be in a band since I was probably five beer bottles high. I played some weird ass instruments as a kid and I started to write lyrics somewhere in my early teens. I always wished to be a vocalist and at some point I guess I just grabbed a microphone and went for it!
To me black metal started in the 80s as a satanic reaction to traditional metal but modern day black metal has more of an ideological edge to it, that it is much more than just music. How do you look at black metal?
-Personally I see black metal as a channel for my mind. A way to unleash all hate, aggression and contempt that I hold for this stinking society and all disgusting people.
When you spend an amount of your life on a band does it ever feel like you have wasted time, that you have fought one too many windmills?
-Looking back at some old demo bands/projects one could for sure think that it was a waste of time. But I don´t think it ever is. All you do gives you an experience and leads to something else. There´s a lot of hours, lots of money spent and bucket loads of sweat, but in the end it´s all worth it without doubt.
You guys have been going for a while now and have some albums behind you. What memories do you take with you from the journey so far? Has it been like you imagined it to be?
-Since life has the ability to keep pissing you in the face, nothing really turns out as you imagine. But it has been one hell of a ride filled with booze soaked memories. Nice things, bad stuff, tough times, people, bands and some shit I don´t even dare to mention in case some kids would read this and have their minds totally retarded.
I might be very old school but I am no big fan of digital. It is not really metal to me and certainly not very black metal, Am I totally off in thinking this way and should I just accept technology as my friend?
-I hear you and somewhat agree with you. At the same time one needs to acknowledge the fact that technology as well as everything else develops and that it actually can be really useful, whether one likes it or not. Black metal obviously reaches deeper, and the aura, the hatred and the heavy boot in Jesus snout will always be consistent regardless of technology.
How important is image in separating you from all the million different styles of metal that is out there?
-Not important at all. I can´t really say that we have an image. I mean, the way we are and think and behave is just the same when we´re on the stage, or on some stupid dinner party, in the studio, or in a jacuzzi filled with hot porridge and hot chicks. Same goes for our physical appearance. We wear the same ragged clothes on or off stage or wherever the hell we are.
Do you deal in different topics lyrically or do you keep to one, just using different variations?
-ANTI-CHRISTIANITY, death, paganism. The variation lies in the language, that I write in both english and swedish and occasionally norwegian.
Do you consider yourself a live artist or do you like to spend most of the time secluded in a studio?
-We truly enjoy to spread our filth live.
No matter how small or big you were as a band you will leave a legacy behind you. How do you want people to treat this legacy?
-Keep the anti-christian flame burning. And to quote an abominal bastard friend of ours: Stay true to Satan for eternity !!
What does the future hold?
-Well, for those who have had a lack of attention WAN have lost two members this year. This resulted in Isengrim dropping the bass like an empty beer and henceforth will desecrate the guitar instead. A new bassplayer as well as a new drummer are recruited. The immediate future holds the release of our third fullength album, entitled “Wan way to hell”. At his point I believe we have two gigs confirmed for 2017. We will obviously work on some new material and it might be a vinyl split released with some serious popecleavers. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and support our cause!