1 ) Youre about to release your new album The Focusing Blur in 2004. Can you tell us a bit about it ?
V: Well, the album became a very diverse and complex episode in the Vintersorg continuance. It has a lot of different genres baked in, everything from really soothing ambient, to raging black metal. A lot of Prog and folk compositions, some very sombre and dark passages, heavy riffing, some nearly jazzy parts. A lot of the acoustic guitars to complete the over all energetic and intricate songs that are present on the album. Steve Di Giorgios fretless bass is swirling through the whole Cd as a very magic examination, and in his rendezvous with Asgeirs(Borknagar, Spiral Architect) magnificent drum patterns the album got really groovy. So, we taken the basic substance of the Vitersorgian spirit and developed it into new shapes and formations that feel very fresh, but still very much Vinterorg. But this album is very hard to explain in words I guess, as it holds so many angles and different paths to explore. Its an experience that has to be heard, to understand what Im talking about actually. And we are very satisfied with the outcome of the recording, everyone are at the summit of their craft.
2 ) What is the concept of The Focusing Blur ? Science ? Astronomy ?
V: Its about science and fate you could say if to put it blunt, as its so very hard to just narrow it down in a couple pf words. Its about Man and Matter, mind and Body and our search for the absolute. When we think weve reach the edge of knowledge you can always dig deeper, when weve discovered the utter essence in any topic of what so ever we reach yet another crossroad, new paths opens and we can follow them. So what we see as the focus is actually more like a blur, the focus is just a temporary glimpse into the unknown for the moment. But I recommend people to visit www.vintersorg.com the read the full story; its to complex to just spell it out in a sentence or three .
3 ) Why this title for the album ? It seems to be a good paradox which represents
well the complexity of your music...
V: Its a paradox and I think it represent the band, what were dealing
with both lyrically and musically is a contradiction in some sense, we deal
with so many contrasts between moods and actions that it seems quite bizarre
to put it all on the same album , but somehow we have a uniting force that makes
it float together and blend nicely, so its a paradox but yet again not
really love philosophical mind quests and a good paradox is the ultimate philosophical
questioning. And the title just seemed very suiting for this album!!
4 ) All your lyrics and your music are very well thought of. Nothing seems to be left at random. Where do you find your inspiration ?
V: In life in general I guess. Im very interested in the existence of mankind and how were linked with the larger issues of cosmos, and I try to investigate my own existence on a daily basis, and out of that comes both words and tones, I know it sounds just too cliché, but its truly what I do, I cant put in other words than that. So reading, spending time with my family, play music..etc is the source that takes me to the soundscpaes..hehehe..
5 ) More than lyrics, you also write poems. Is writing a passion, a way to
express your feelings,... ? Is it a necessity for you to write ?
V: Yes indeed, writing is also an important part on my life journey. Its
so liberating, you can express your emotions and people cant really say
that youre wrong, well of course they can but they cant shout louder
than you and silence you opinions and emotions, its freedom in a very
pure form for me. And playing with words is also very fun, Ive always
loved languages and a re a big fan of poetry..well..everything concerning twisting
and turning the language into new and exciting shapes. And poetry is also a
forum just to relax and express my romantic sides, it let me dwell freely on
a subject, while my lyrics to music have a more sophistry behind it I guess.
So writing is one of my greatest passions to conclude it
6 ) Isnt the complexity of your lyrics an obstacle for your fans ?
V: Naah, I dont think so. Of course it takes some time to dig into them
and digest the topics and concept that are present. But I feel that the lyrics
must be in synthesis with the music to build an oneness that can be comprehended
in its full scale, and I think weve succeeded in that mission. And lyrics
that are deep last much longer than the ordinary rockn roll
party lyrics that deals with babes and booze, I think that the lyrics have an
equally important role as the music, why not use the potential of having meaningful
lyrics when you can. Of course sometimes you maybe just want to hear the easy
listening kind of thing at a party, but in the long run they tend to be very
boring, at least in my world. So I dont think that the audience see the
lyrics as an obstacle, I think they like the way it is, at least I want to have
that vision in my mind
7 ) Why do you choose either to write in English either in Swedish ?
V: Im a huge poetry fanatic, and I just love languages. So I really want
to challenge myself and try to write interesting stuff. An to keep it interesting
to myself I uses both Swedish and English as I like to write in both, and they
give new oxygen to each other, after writing several lyrics in English it feel
very nice to switch into Swedish , it keep the lyric writing fresh to me, and
I like the way those language works. On the new album its only English
as its a concept album, and you cant switch language through the
story, then the whole concept would get lost. But on the album after this one
itll be a mixture again!!
8 ) Lets talk about your music now : you change your style a lot between
the first and the latest albums. Is it a natural evolution for you or do you
justwant to explore new horizons ?
V: Its a very natural process in the progression curve that I set out
to follow when I first formed this band. The intention was to do fresh things
in the genre and to myself, and if we would just do the same kind of album over
and over again it wouldnt be any meaning to continue. The goal was to
develop the genre and ourselves, I used acoustic guitars and clear vocals, spiced
up with Heavy metal riffs in black metal in 1993-94, then people
laughed about it, but I knew what I wanted so I proceeded with my intentions.
Some people thought that we would stay Till Fjälls forever,
but that wasnt the goal. Still a lot of that old Vintersorgian essence
is still present, but weve just taken it into new directions. On the new
album a lot of acoustic guitars and folk harmonies are very there, its
a mixture of old and new, in a suitable way!!
9 ) Tell us about your side projects ? You are very creative in everything
you do. What are your plans and why did you stop Otyg ?
V: I have several other bands and projects going, to explore other musical
and lyrical sides of me. Its very nice to have different things going
on, it keep my spirit enthusiastic and curious for odd and interesting musical
rendezvous. At the moment besides the new Vintersorg album that is released
the 16/2 04 the new Borknagar album will be completed in the end of January
and released in the spring. The 12/1 my other band Fission is starting to record
our debut album called Crater, but itll take us some time
to complete that one as we only have weekends to record on. I also have several
other things on the side that Im currently doing some demoing for; well
see what happens with that. And hopefully we can manage to do another Havayoth
Cd in a not to far future. And I just got a son two months ago, so you see my
schedule is more than packed!!!
10 ) Ive heard you didnt want to make concerts anymore. Why this
V: Thats not true. But as you understand its very hard to find
any time to get on the road, and as Im also studying full time to become
a teacher its just very tough to make it work out. And that were
only a two piece band doesnt help either; we have to hire guys in every
time we do a show. But we did some festivals 03, and we have some festival
this year as well, check the Vintersorg site for more info.
11 ) What are your plans for the new year to come and what can we wish you
V: As I stated earlier, a lot of new recordings and releasing several albums. To have a very creative year I guess! Its as simple as that.
12 ) Did you take any resolutions you intend to keep for 2004 ?
V: Nope. I dont believe in the concept of making such ones. I know what
I want to do with my life and for the moment I know how to get there, and composing
and creating a lot of music is one corner brick in that, so I only promise myself
to keep doing what Im doing and progress in all aspects of the human Nature.
13 ) Well, I let you end this interview telling what you want. Nothing will
be censored of course !
For my part, I thank you very much for your answers and I wish you the best for the new year to come!
V: Im no good giving these last comments, so I can only recommend the readers to check out the new album thatll be released in the February, and of course all my other bands as well hehehehe .over and out!!