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Interviews: Kaldvard

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Black Metal band Kaldvard from Norway. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that? 

The name Kaldvard is the outcome of weeks looking for a name for the band. Think it actually took months. Kaldr wanted an old word that nobody knows. So he began asking old people at work actually... But nothing clicked. Then a friend of Kaldr texted "what about Kaldvard?". And finally, we took it right away.

2. Why did you want to play this genre? 

For Galges part, he needed an expression that suited his inspiration. He hasn’t gone through quite as much of this genre over the years as my bandmates and some of his friends, but it needed fit. So the expression went towards the darkest corners after trying out this new thing about beginning with music back in 2006.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed? 

Yes. Galge and Kaldr worked togheter long before Kaldvard was born. Kaldr and Ve live on the same island, so they "knew" eachother trough beer... Ve actually became Kaldvard's bassplayer on an afterparty at his place.

4. Each band member favourite band? 

Galge listens a lot to Einherjer. Kaldr listens to a lot of different bands, try to find new bands. Ve is very glad in Iron Maiden, Metallica and that kind of stuff. 

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs? 

In these days with Kaldvard Galge wanted to work with something new. To get the band going he wanted to try and explore our myths and depicting them in situations where they were as real as the people back in time believed they were. And he have also tried to make sort of a bridge between what we have always kept as myths and into the fact that yes... It also became very very real at times. We burned people alive if they were slightly into herbs and if they managed to get a sick neighbour healthy again.

6. Where was your last gig? 

Kaldvard hasn’t played live yet. We have talked about it, but the band does not have a live line-up at the moment.

7. Where would you like to act? 

Perform you mean? That would be to many dream like answers. Let’s begin with Verftet in Bergen and take it from there.

8. Whom would you like to feature with? 

Uhm. We dont have a specific band, but we would try to connect with someone we know, or someone they know, who has played live shows before and could slap us in the face backstage to get shit happening.

9. Whom not? 

We're not sure what to answer here. We have absolutely never given it any thoght...

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that? 

Never fright. But Galge have experienced not to good gigs, and crappy audiences, and that can do something to your mood. For example; "a tiny crowd in Germany in 2010 of what... I don’t know, but I remember it as maybe 40 to 50 half dead German people not making a fucking noise when we were done with some of our songs. I was in another band at that time, Gravdal. But then in Milano the whole place exploded when we went on stage. So if you want to do something with your confidence on stage, you better take the blows as well as the cheers. If you can’t handle it, then this isn’t something you should do."

11.What bands have inspired you the most? 

For Galges part he does the lyrics. He don’t feel that he need much of an inspiration from other bands to write his texts. This is because when he have looked upon the lyrics of some bands, he might have sometimes concluded that he is afraid to copy a style of writing. For example, he avoids other lyrics for inspiration when we are working on something. And the same thing goes for Kaldr and when he is producing the music. We know there is a line between inspiration and copying others, but we dont know where that line goes - so we try to keep our minds in Kaldvard when we produce our music. That being said, inspiration might also be subconscious, so we'll never know.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for? 

When we released the first album "Fossegrimens Pant", we got some pictures about norwegian waterfalls. That was funny and wierd, but it was only positive to get some response to our album. And a message with "I liked your page, now you like my page" thing.

13. What do you think of your fans? 

We are still working on getting it out there, but the people we have reach so far has been very supportive and it means a lot to us getting the support at this early stage. It gives us motivation to know that our upcoming release will mean something for those who has stood by us. Let’s hope we answer that loyalty as best as we can.

14. What do you think of our site? 

Your site is straightforwardly and clean. We like that! The dropdown over "new bands" etc is a nice tool, so viewers actually get a preview of articles.

15. Something add?

Album coming November 29. We are currently working on printing CDs, 100 copies at first. We would also like to start up with merch, but it would need some more research first.

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