I have no idea how harsh the winters are in Israel but according to WINTERHORDE are as harsh as they come. Sascha Latman – co-founder, bassist, songwriter answered my questions.
Anders Ekdahl ©2016
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-First of all it was the matter of self-expression. We also thought that we had something new to offer to the metal scene. We had our own vision of how to combine both aggressive and melodic elements of music. Moreover, music is our biggest desire and we wanted to play – so there was no other way than picking the instruments and bring the noise.
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?
-Our main goal during writing music is to please our own musical taste. We will release something only when we are 100% satisfied with it. This is quite hard task nowadays to come up with something new, but filtering ideas, polishing them until it shines, makes it work. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel. We just play what we love and try to experiment the more we can. In the most cases, it works great. We use only the best music that comes from us. Sometimes we can take some part written in the particular genre and transfer it to another. The result sounds different, but still it is the same old rock.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-This is not easy indeed. But we do it with love, so every hard task turns into fun when you love it. Since music doesn’t bring any money today, it becomes a hobby more or less. Thus, time is spent for music per week, let’s say, is quite short. You need to feed your family, so when you have some free time, instead of having some leisure; you drive to rehearsal studio to make music.
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?
-We don’t work this way. We’re still doing and releasing our music the old way. We have a record label, which promotes and prepares our music for the release. Our music is being spread on various formats, like CD, vinyl and yes, digital. I am the cd collector by myself, so I can’t see our music done only digitally and spread without any promotion. Our label shares this vision as well and it makes great promotion for the album.
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?
-You are right. When you download the music from free, you completely loose the value of the music. Once people were going to the record store, looking for the record, listen to it and buy it. I was listening to music, sitting and looking at the artwork, getting the full experience of it. The smell of the new record, reading lyrics, looking at the band photos and credits, all this made me to be a part of this record. I really don’t know about the recorded music future. I only know that good music will survive as it always did. I hope there will be demand for physical format anyway.
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-We’ve got very good response for both music and artwork this time. It seems that people liked the album, the way we wanted to present it. A lot of attention got the variety of genres and different musical instruments that we use in our music. The artwork gained a lot of attention as well. Not a surprise, but our origin was one of the main questions from media during the promotion run. It is inevitable I guess haha.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-I think it was a guy from Taiwan, who was interested in promoting our band there. We’re keeping in touch even today. We are lucky to have friends and fans from all over the world. It was very nice to get the comments on our songs in so many different languages. It is one of the coolest things being in the band, to have chance to communicate with the world through your music.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a band?
-No. We don’t really have that feeling. As we come from the small country and don’t come in contact with greater metal communities that often. But I do feel proud of what we do and the genre we belong. We get this feeling when we’re on tour somewhere abroad and meet the people that share our love to good music. It is equal to the feeling when you go to the concert of your favorite band and thousands shouting the lyrics together with you. You feel great being one of this army. But when the concert is finished and you go the work, the day later, this feeling is gone.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Yes, playing live is definitely helps building the following, the more you perform, the more people will know about you. Offcorse you have to make great music and show to attract people. Otherwise no one will come to your show .Live scene is a full day of very hard work and 3o minutes of fun. These people who had never played live, will not understand what sacrifice we, the musicians do in order to get some nice word from the audience. But we love it and nothing can replace the feeling when you’re on stage and people like what they hear.
What plans do you have for the future?
-We would like to play an European tour with some nice bands that we love, to get inspired again and start working on the next album. We recently signed a contract with a new booking and management agency and hope they will be doing some great work for us. That’s all I guess. Hope to see you on the road very soon.