Metal is truly a global movement. You find it in all the corners of the world. And it unites people in a way that very few things do. So let’s unite with YASRU. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
You have one of these names that tell me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
Berk(Vocals & Ethnic instruments): Well, if you looked up at our biography it was called ‘Sidre’ for a short period. After change of interest and looking back our ancient history i wanted a name that would express and also make people wonder about this history. Thus i choose the name “Yaşru” from ancient Göktürk language.
The competition is a killer these days so please tell us why people should buy your latest album?
Batur(Bass): First of all, when you add the genre “Folk” to any band or album it must contain cultural elements of the band or what kind of folks they are based on. And we tried to tell the tales and beliefs of our ancestors. There are other bands that includes folkloric elements but we have also used ancient Turkic instruments too. Doing this gives our songs a much more ethnical features. Second reason to buy our album is, to support us and the metal music industry :).
Do you notice that there is an anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
Batur: Our fan-base varies too much and this makes us happy. So they have a right to expect a new album. We work hard to make their anticipation satisfied. It’s too early to see if our endeavors will make our listeners happy and to decide to work on a new album. But who knows what the future will bring.
When you started the band did you do so with a clear intent of what kind of music you wanted to play? How hard was it to come up with a sound all your own?
Berk: Yes, i did have a sound in my mind when i started as a one man project. In time, when Batur joined me in this road, he and i both possesed the knowledge of our heritage and culture of that time. So it wasn’t that hard to come up with a sound.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
Batur: We do love music also making it too. Since we use historical elements of our ancient culture which we love to learn and love to tell about, it’s great to tell it with through music, and metal one at that. Do we think we are part of a movement? It’s hard to tell… If we think globally i don’t think so. But for our country we would be happy to see that other folk metal bands to emerge.
When you play the sort of music you play do you feel that you can have whatever you like as art work for the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
Berk: My personal opinion on this one is, an album cover should include or at the very least must tell about something. Rather than just being an artwork, it should have a purpose and includes a message.
Batur: I agree with Berk. Since the early times of human history, symbols and drawings had deeper meanings. We tried to use it on our album cover too if you look from a different perspective. But this is our opinion.
I have a great fear that the change in how people consume music today will eventually kill music as we know it. What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
Berk & Batur: Most of the musicians have that fear, even us. Generally speaking, people don’t actually listens music in our opinion. They are just using musical productions as a background sound in their life. Some of them sees making music as luxury some of them don’t. For distributing and environmentally digital is good. But having, and holding a mechanical copy of an album does have another feeling.
Is the era of great arena tours as thing of yester? What kind live scene is there for bands like yours? What does the touring circuit look like today?
Berk: I don’t think that tours won’t be a thing of the past. It may be fewer but it won’t come to an end. There are festivals just for folk metal bands like us all over Europe. Also we hope to play at other Turkic-countries in Asia.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
Berk: Seeing our listeners from the stage is a great thing. It gives a meaning to what you do and what you are trying to do.
What would you like to see the future bring?
Berk & Batur: We hope to surpass our previous album with the new coming album(Börübay). Which gives us a harder challenge for the next one.