Interview: Nadja

Nadja is a Canadian duo of Aidan Baker and Leah Buckareff. Nadja started as a solo project of Aidan back in 2003 and later on 2005, Leah joined on board, making the band more active and performing live. The duo plays a lot of styles like shoegaze, dark drone, dark ambient and rock. As they were booked to Bucharest, I decided to attend the show and was no regret: it was amazing. But before the show, I had an interview with both Aidan and Leah which answered to my questions.

Hello to both of you Aidan and Leah, welcome here in Bucharest, how are you guys?
Aidan: We’re good, thanx having us here, is nice to be back!
Leah: We almost didn’t make it, but we did it!
Aidan: Yeah, there were some travel challanges getting here from Sofia.

I have discovered your music a few months ago when I was looking for new dark ambient bands, I checked on Nadja aswell and I have to say that you do a great music! You are a duo band from Canada and also from Germany, a band with a lot of elements: shoegaze, dark ambient, drone, what actually inspires you to do much music?
Aidan: We listen to a lot kinds of music, we try to take a little bit from different styles and make our own style.


You released around 20 albums, EP’s, Aidan you have your solo albums too which are a lot, I think Dagdrom is your best release so far, actually each album evolves and going through different directions, what makes you go on different music direction and not just one?
Aidan: Is our own interest in keeping ourselves interested…
Leah: We can’t do the same thing, are 10 years since we are playing and we can’t go the same way.
Aidan: Yeah, so we want to experiment to keep ourselves challanged.

As Sv album that is more into the rock direction and more groovy, that’s a nice album too! You collaborated with many people, one of those are Mac McNeilly (The Jesus Lizard) and Dorian Williamson, how was it to collaborate with them?
Aidan: There are two different extremes that we worked out. We never met Mac in person before, we did files sharing and talking online about working on the project and Dorian I’ve known for many years, we did everything in the studio and experimenting just playing in the studio.

What can you tell me about naming the band ”Nadja’’?
Aidan: When I started the project it was just me doing it in the studio, my name backwards spelled with a `j`, so it was kinda the idea that it was the opposite of me, but there are other refferences too.

I read an interview where you said “Set up a show and we will come“ . Is it difficult for you to get shows booked?
Aidan: No!
Leah: I think that is an old quote!
Aidan: But is still true I mean people were saying on facebook “Oh, come here, come there’’ and this is not a practical suggestion so when I say “Set up a show and we will come“ it’s more telling people that talk to your local promoters and maybe we can talk and make it happen, we also travelled a lot of different places, some places are not usual for touring bands, but is great we can do that.

But do you prefer the indoors shows or outdoors ones, like festivals.
Aidan: Indoors are usually better for us. We’ve played festivals but the sound is too difused so it can be lost in the open air.

Are you in the making of a new album?
Aidan: Yes, we just finished up a new album and we are ready for the production the fall of this year.


I’m looking forward to it! Do you consider newcomers to your music can find it difficult to listen to your music for the 1st time?
Aidan: That’s hard to say! Depends where they’re coming from, some people are used with this style of music and is not surprising and some find it completely tough.

Where will you be playing further after Bucharest?
Aidan: Tomorrow we’ll play in Timisoara and then the next day in Cluj Napoca, then we are home for a few weeks, then we’ll have a short tour in Spain and by summer we’ll be in Canada for a few shows, we don’t generate to play a lot in the summer.

That’s interesting! Can’t wait to see you on stage! Since discovered your music and seeing you will come and play here I was “Nice, I have to attend this show“. It was my pleasure taking with you. Thank you!
Aidan: Hope you’ll enjoy! Thank you!


Interview: Therion

I had an interview with Therion’s mastermind Christofer Johnsson before the show in Bucharest, who he have talked about the actual tour over Europe along Imperial Age, the crowd response on the new songs during the live shows. More, he have talked about the new opera album Beloved Antichrist and the concept behind it, orchestra and guitar solos added in the album. What is more, he was asked how did he met the actual opera singer, Chiara Malvestiti, plans with Christofer’s other band, Luciferian Light Orchestra and others.

Lamori new video ”Until Death (Do Us Part)

Finnish metallers from Lamori presents a new video for ”Until Death (Do Us Part), song taken from the band’s last release To Die Once Again.

Band stated that: The theme of classic horror movies is something that is in the genes of LAMORI. In this video we wanted to visualize some of the horror aspects in the songs lyrics. But we did not want to do a short horror movie based on the lyrics. Our idea was instead to create this visual enhancer of the whole ghastly atmosphere found in the song.

While My City Burns announces the debut album

While My City Burns announces the release of the debut album called Prone To Self Destruction, which will be out on March 30th via WormHoleDeath records.

The album can be described as a mix of the band influences into a sweet kick-ass Metal blend with tasty riffs, crushing breakdowns and choruses that get stuck in your head.


Dystersol new lyric video and inks record deal with WorhHoleDeath records

Austrial metallers from Dystersol inked deal with WormHoleDeath records and are ready to release their new album The Fifth Age Of Man, set to be out on May 4th.

Band stated: It’s been one and a half years now since we got in touch with the record label WormHoleDeath and decided to do an album together. Since then, a lot has happened! It was a time full of unique experiences, exciting challenges and lots of hard work. Being part of the WHD family did not only give us access to a professional network of Europe’s most passionate people in metal business, but also helped us to focus on the music during this time. Especially the recording process at RealSoundStudios was a breath-taking experience. With the help of these guys, we managed to create an album which would not even be imaginable without their support and experience. Finally, the professional audio mastering from Nick at New Alliance East in Boston gave our album the final touch. What’s more, WHD had enormous influence on the artworks and designs on “The Fifth Age Of Man”. They provided us with loads of contacts and introduced us to ingenious artists such as Rhett Podersoo from MachineRoom Design and “the lord of the logos” himself, Christophe Szpajdel. From the first lyrics and riffs to the finished album in our hands, it’s been a lot of work, and now we are excited and proud to share it with the world. We are glad to say that we are 100% satisfied with the results and we hope that our fans and friends love this album as much as we do. All in all, we want to thank the WormHoleDeath family for their support during this awesome time, and we hope to be part of this family for a long time.

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