I love discovering new bands. In doing so I came upon Russian WITCHCRAFT. They impressed me enough to want to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2012
With a name like Witchcraft I get a feeling that there is a deeper meaning behind the band name. Why the choice of band name?
-“Witchcraft” as witchcraft, taking its roots from the depth of centuries, opens to us a picture of mysterious world, where all of our dreams and nightmares turns real. All of the band lyrics depend on that philosophy.
Where do you find the inspiration to write music and lyrics?
Inspiration? WTF? (I’m joking). Most of the characters were born in my dreams. I mean, they came to me in dreams, to become alive in my lyrics, or prose.
Is there one major point in music that shaped the sound of Witchcraft? What was it that made you want to play the music you do?
-I think that it is a dark atmosphere in our songs and in the sound in whole. My view of the world and human nature. We are all dark deep inside you souls. We hide our feelings, our greed, pain and tears but they are in our minds all the time. I was so impressed by dark feelings and wanted to create different songs which have the same atmosphere.They are different but you can notice that thae are all similar in mood. This is our major point in music. And the power, that moves me to create, to write, and to play music, that we plays – is my dreams. I just can’t keep them inside. Cause sometimes it’s really painful.
From what I understand Russia is a country of great divides. You got the rich and infamous in Moscow and St Petersburg and the rural cities the further in you get. What kind of influence do you get for your music from living in Russia?
-It’s really difficult question… Being a musician in Russia, and playing such a kind of music is a HARD work. But we never give up. And that crazy situation about metal in our country only instigates us to work so hard.
I’ve done interviews with some Russian bands and while they might seem successful in Russia and the surrounding former Soviet satellites they might be totally unknown to the rest of the world. How hard is it to go outside of Russia to get noticed?
-Let’s see… with a bit luck, and will to do what you want, that’s easy. Everywhere: in Russia, or England. It doesn’t matter. I’m joking, it’s very difficult to create something here in Russia, you have no enough money, no time, no any chances to sell your music. Russian bands are totally unknown outside of Russia because of a lack of good metal labels and promoters of such a kind of music.
When you are on a Russian label what advantages and disadvantages are there?
-No any advantages, they don’t want to promote your music, don’t want to pay you money, they just take your album and your rights and you are waiting for a miracle.
We live in an age where digital downloads are pushing out the physical products. What disadvantages/advantages are there to this development?
-Our CDs is not only information, its present, consists of a colorful buckled, with artworks, photos and lyrics. I think that the present makes us to change. I like to listen to new music in the internet but if I like it I’ll buy the CD. I think that it is bad for
What kind of promotion do you have to do yourself to make the band known around the Globe?
-A War down the hearts of our fans at first and the rest they’ll do themselves)
How important in playing live in order to make the band known? Does it give you any sort of bonus points with the fans if they can see that you are for “real” in a live environment?
-Live shows are as a sort of communication between our fans and the band. It bears great charge of energy. And it is a kind of drugs. We can’t live without it.
What plans do you have for the future of Witchcraft?
-Conquer the whole world!