Saturday, March 4, 2017

Nemus Interview

 1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Nemus is an Atmospheric/Post-Black-Metal project.
So it is a really melancholic kind of metal with midtempo sections, some fast blast beats and acoustic parts which try to give the whole music some relaxing moments and atmosphere. The lyrics are shouted in german language and I have some folk influences in my music I guess.

    2.Recently you have released your fist album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
On my first album I used many nature sounds like rain, wind, birds tweeting and small gurgling streams to make the listener feel like sitting right in the woods.
And that’s probably the meaning of my whole music project. I want to give the listener some melancholic moments and maybe some of natures magic.
I think there isn’t any better genre then black metal to convey emotions to the listener. So I took these forest samples and inserted them into some melodic and melancholic guitar riffs. In conclusion to describe the musical sound of „Wald-Mensch“ I would say naturespheric.

    3.According to the fb and metal archives page you started this project this year and already have an album out this early, do you put a great amount of time and effort into writing music?
Yes I just started in the beginning of January as I had a week of vacation. It is probably a small amount of time to write a whole album within 6 days, but the riffs and lyrics just poured out of me. The mixing process needed 3 more weeks. I could have spent way more time in the writing process of curse, but I wanted to record the first impulses, that came to my mind for my first album to see in which direction it will lead me.
I probably use every second of the free time I’m given beside being a trainee to make music. It’s my biggest passion since something like 10 years, I think. And the first one-man-project I started is 7 years ago in the age of 15.

    4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
The main topic of my first release is a kind of fable I wrote. It’s about a man, who goes deep inside the woods and then bogs down into the forest floor.
He starts to get one with the forest. At first he is scared as hell, but after some time he get’s used to it and starts to grow roots to becomes a huge tree-man.
Each song describes a phase of this growing tree-man and all the feelings and necessities he has. And in the end of curse his death.

    5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nemus'?
The meaning of the word Nemus is forest or grove and it’s latin. For me, Nemus is a way to get rid of anger and stress I experience in every day life.
My inspiration for this band is the beauty of nature and my respect for it’s force.

    6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?
I’ve played in many local bands before. And I am still playing in a band, in which I share songwriting with another guitarist. So I’m open to work with other musicians of curse! I love to learn from other musicians and music engineers and share experiences. Currently im thinking about to set up a live-band for Nemus with some friends of mine, but for songwriting I would prefer to stay solo.

    7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Yes, I am unsigned and I hope, this will change! I would really like to cooperate with some guys who know how to merchandise music and maybe get some support for my next recordings. It’s really hard to manage a band with that small amount of time I’m given.
There is/was some interest, yes, but I would like to cooperate with a label, that provides the kind of music, that Nemus stands for. Or, at least,hard metal.

    8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of atmospheric black metal?
The feedback was good so far! As Nemus is a really new project, I don’t have a huge audience. But there were some guys from North/South America, Russia and different countries of EU reviewing Wald-Mensch and the reactions always were positive and I’m glad about this!

    9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

In the future I hope, I will have the ability to spread my music and to get heard by a bigger audience. Maybe a contract with a label and more following Nemus albums! The songwriting for my Next LP has already started and this time I will take myself more time to make the songs as good as possible.

    10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
My influences are exactly the bands which I’m am listening to day and night at the moment. Just to call some names Alcest, Lantlos, Harakiri For The Sky, Agalloch, Mgla, Deafheaven, Agrypnie, Heretoir, Der Weg Einer Freiheit, Austere, Galar… The list goes on.
I also like electro like minimal techno and house as well as indie and alternative.

    11.What are some of your non musical interests?
I’m really into fitness and spend a few hours a week in the gym.
I often go out at weekends because I live in Bamberg, the city with most breweries in the whole world! So how could I not?
The time that’s left I sit in my home studio making music or listening to vinyls.

    12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I would like to thank you for the chance to be interviewed!

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