Interviews: NAARTZ


On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Black Metal band NAARTZ from Canada. Check out the interview.

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

The name Naartz was actually proposed by a friend of mine back in north-east France. It is the name (in the local dialect) of a village close to where I grew up. Also, it kind of sounds like the german word for “night” which seemed fitting. 

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

I did all the composition alone for this project, playing guitar in front of my computer over a drum machine. It was the opportunity for me to just play the music that came from my guts, guitar riffs that sent shivers down my spine when listening to them. I’m really grateful that the drummer and singers later got on board and gave depth to these compositions.

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

I have had previous projects with all of the guests on this EP. I met Illusory, the drummer when I played for a short while in the black metal Spectral Wound (which is awesome!). I played with Yannis in Funeste, and met Jarek at the same time, with Thibault a long time ago in I am John Spartan, and I currently play drums with Pit in Amarah.

4. Each band member favourite band?

Leviathan would be the most relevant to this project.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Listening music throughout most of my workdays is probably my main inspirations. Gorgoroth, Xhastur, Gojira, Cursed, Ic3peak, MGLA, Funeral diner, Amen Ra, Brutal Truth and so much more. Playing this style of music also helps me being less angry.

6. Where was your last gig?

Naartz is not (yet?) a live project.

7. Where would you like to act?

Not sure I understand the question right, but if I can act in the mind of the people listening to my music it’s all I need.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Converge is part of the craziest concerts I have been to, the energy is crazy and participating in that would be awesome.

9. Whom not?

I would play with anyone who invites me to.

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

I have played live with different bands and different instruments. There is always a minimal amount of adrenaline involved, which should be motivating. A beer always help to turn the apprehension into positive excitement (not 7 beers, I have tried it doesn’t work). People are coming to a concert to have fun and listen to what you created. It’s alright if you fuck up a riff or 2, chances are you will be the only person to notice it.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

See question 5.

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

I don’t have enough fans to have been asked many things apart from broken drumsticks or bloody guitar pics.

13. What do you think of your fans?

If you listened to my music I love you.

14. What do you think of our site?

The work done at Beathing the core is pretty amazing, in terms of referencing bands and interviews. It’s not always easy to find new bands and albums for these less commercial styles, and having a good resource for all the –core styles is cool.

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