Interviews: MINNERIKET

This is a new interview with the Black Metal band MINNERIKET 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 plan it or came out just like that?

Originally “Minneriket” was the title of a poem I wrote in nine parts, and later released as a book under the same name. Parts of those lyrical passages were later set to music, and thus the first Minneriket album was born. Minneriket means “the realm of memories”, and deals with everything which is contained within us in both micro-and macrocosmos.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

I am born with Black Metal in my veins, it’s the true black gold of Norway. The primal scream needs to get out, no matter what the host wills.

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

Minneriket is a one-man-band.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

Minneriket is still a one-man-band. And my musical taste is very diverse. Today I’ve mostly been listening to Ghost and Cardi B.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

I usually start with a world, a title, or just a concept. Sometimes a feeling. Then I try to tap into it, peel off the layers and explore it. What is the essence of this thought I’m trying to meditate on. I ask myself questions like this, and I start putting music to the mood, expanding and exploring.

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

Minneriket does not play live, this is a one-man-band. 

7. What bands have inspired you the most?

There is a certain inspiration from bands like Burzum, Trelldom, and early Dimmu Borgir, but Minneriket has mostly tried to venture forth in a different direction. It’s like when you nurture something, you watch it grow. It can share a common soil, but you can never plant the same tree twice.

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

There was one fan once who tried to found his own religion and wanted me as a prophet for the dark forces. Another time someone tried to fix me up with their daughter. I dunno, there are countless weird encounters. That’s what you get when you work in the shadows, on the fringe like this. You light a match in the dark and all the moths come out...

9. What do you think of your fans?

If you support what I do, then we have something in common. If you can experience something special listening to my music, then you have been able to connect to the nerve I’m trying to strike. I think there’s a special bond between the listener and the music – something that can be really strong – but it does not necessarily also bond you to the artist. And the audience does not reflect the artist even if we have some common ground. Basicly, I don’t know my fans but I appreciate their investment.

10. What do you think of our site?

I am not familiar with it, sorry.

11. Something to add?

Minneriket released the artistic lyric video for “Regnbuer I Gråtoner very soon, be sure to check it out. Merch available in the webstore.

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