Interview: Svartsinn

Interview with Jan Roger Pettersen about the Dark Ambient project, Svartsinn.

By Carla Morton


Hello Jan, how have you been?
Been good, thanks for asking.

Tell me when did Svartsinn was formed?
Svartsinn was officially formed in 1999.

The last release was in 2013, ”The Borrowed World”. Tell me about it.
That’s correct. It was an idea Hćrleif (of Northaunt) and I got after being approached by the nice gentlemenof the LOKI Foundation label when we both were playing the Phobos Festival in Germany. They offered us to release a splitvinyl and since both of us had just read and loved Cormac McCarthy’s book “The Road”, we decided to make music inspired by it. If you or your readers don’t know the book, I can quickly say that is a ficion novel set in an apocalyptic world where a father and his son journey’s the wasteland trying to survive and avoid lurking dangers. Very dark and gloomy, and very well written.

Also, tell me a few words about the other releases.
My 3 first albums are “Devouring Consciousness” (2002, Eibon Records). “Of Darkness And Re-Creation” (Cyclic Law, 2003), “Traces Of Nothingness” (Cyclic Law, 2005) who are all 3 highly personal albums, a sort of trilogy where I make music about some really difficult times in my life. Then there is “Elegies For The End” (Cyclic Law, 2009). Which is more an album where I have taken inspiration from certain events or incidents to make the 4 songs. Also, this was an anniversary album, so I had 9 artist friends remix some of my songs as a bonus. I have also contributed with songs to several compilations, too many to mention here.

Are you going soon to release new materials?
I have been participating on a collaboration release that was just released by Cryo Chamber. It is called Azathoth and is a Lovecraft inspired album. 22 artists are involved in this collaboration. Also I am working on my next album, hopefully this will be ready sometime early next year. I just premiered a new song from that album here:

What inspires you for Svartsinn?
Oh that can be so much, in general not very pleasant things. Anything from personal issues, things that happen to friends and family, the  general ugliness of the world/humanity. But also nature, movies, books, art and music.

Did you have collaborations with other bands/artists?
Quite a few actually. I did a collaboration song and split album with Northaunt, and collabs with Gydja, Allseits, Dahlia’s Tear and Psychomanteum. Recently I have also worked together with a cellist, both on album and some live concerts. His contribution can be heard on the split album “The Borrowed World”. And of course the Azathoth collab I wrote about earlier. More collaborations to come in the future!

A message for the people who enjoy Svartsinn?
Thank you to all for the continuing support and amazing feedback! Oh and I have a sideproject called Wasteland Transmissions, a dark space/sci-fi ambient project. Less personal, yet very dark and ominous. No album has been released yet, but I have two songs out on compilations:

Thank you Jan, all the best!
Thank you!

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