Interview with MIDNAT

Midnat

Patrik and Oliver of Danish black metal band Midnat tell us about the creative and recording process of their debut EP “De Kolde Vindes Greb,” released in October 2015.

Define the mission of Midnat.

Our Mission is to produce music and provide it for free to the people who wants to listen.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your EP “De Kolde Vindes Greb” and the themes it captures.

Patrik: When we started making the first songs we didnt have a finished EP in mind. It just sort of came along. After each new song we just kept wring and trying to improve, the EP was a kind of search for our specific sound and style. After a couple of songs we wanted to change the lyrics to Danish and we felt it was appropriate to close the first chapter and release the english songs in their own collection.

The lyrical themes are alot about plague and human suffering. Generally just despair of the human population. A lot of the inspiration came from the nature around us. The contrast between the little area we are from and the nature we have.

Oliver: I tried to keep the lyrics visually, kind of describing, to give the listener an image of what’s going on in the song. The lyrical themes as Patrik mentioned are expressed as if it was old Nordic villages, during the Black Death in Europe.

What is the message you are trying to give with “De Kolde Vindes Greb”?

There is no specific ”message”. Its generally about suffering so its somewhat about appreciating what is around you and staying true to what you know is in your past.

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

Patrik: Whenever a riff comes up I like I record it. Then I kind of look at it in the whole picture. If it works together with the rest I have I keep it. Sometimes something needs adjusting or something doesn’t work out in the end. As the song progresses Oliver writes the lyrics. I just try to go with the flow and what is in the moment. In the beginning a song is only documented in my head and the recorded riffs, when its done i’ll usually write the tabs.

Oliver: I usually sit down to write lyrics when I’m in the mood, I never force myself to write. I listen to the instrumental tracks which Patrik sends to me, then I write according to the beat. With the new album coming along, I’m trying to create a story continuing in each song.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

Patrik: Mostly no but something’s are carefully done. We try not to overwork the material to much and just let it flow out. Sometimes a part of song calls for something more primitive and then evovles. We dont try to be overly technical just becuase we can if there is no need for it, it just ends up in a mess.

Describe the approach to recording the EP.

Patrik: The songs mostly starts with an intro of some sort that will generally set the mood. What i like about our aproach is that we get alot of different feelings in the song. We rarely sit down and write a song in one go. If the flow goes away or the mood shifts we stop. We dont like forcing it becuase it will make it sound forced. We like to do it down to earth with no stress giving ourselves time and space to evovle and articualte ourselves lyrically and musically.

The way we do it is that i will record the instrumentals and keep Oliver updated. Whenever he has some lyrics he wants to record we do it. The song doesnt have to be finished.

How long “De Kolde Vindes Greb” was in the making?

Patrik: When we changed name to ”Midnat” we had already made the song ”De Kolde Vindes Greb” so we kind of knew what we were aiming for. It took approximately 10-11 months to make. We weren’t working towards an EP so we were just taking it slow trying to make sure we were proud of our materiel.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

Patrik: There is a lot of melodic influence from Dissection which is a band we’re both really into. The idea of including acoustic folk parts was inspired by early Ulver and Satyricon. We are very influenced by Norwegian black metal, not only in our music but also the work ethic we have regarding quality and such. Bands like Burzum and Darkthrone gave us the idea that we could do this as a two-piece without any problems.

Oliver: Alexi, Bodom; Chuck, Death; Wednesday 13; Jon, Dissection. These are the people I get inspired from vocally, they all have this harsh, raspy scream I like.

What is your view on technology in music?

Patrik: It’s a tough question. When executed right electronic music can be good. We try not to let it infiltrate ”Midnat”.

We do use some keyboards now and then with some choir’s but nothing else. The technology we have today has made it a lot easier to produce music. We dont have to book a studio or anything we can do it all by ourselves at home. But that can also be a con. If we were to play live we wouldnt be able to handle all the instruments just as two people. We could of course just use samples and pre recorded tracks but that would just feel fake. I feel like technology can take out a lot of the personality in music.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

Patrik: Music can be something very therapeutic and help people in different ways. That’s what we aim for. All of our material is released for free for the people in need or those who just want to listen along. I like to think that our music might help somebody as other music has helped me.

What are your plans for the future?

Patrik: We have started writing for our first full-lenght album. We are aiming for a release around the end of 2016. There is already two singles out and we will continue to upload songs from it to show people what to expect. The songs released will be Demo’s though. So they might change when we are finishing up the album. Were thinking of release another EP before the album. Just as a little appetizer to give people an idea of what to expect.

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