Interview with Valfar 24.05 2002
1. Windir /You come from a small place,
Sogndal in Norway. (6000 citizens) Have this affected you in any way,
when you have written text and music? What about King Sverre and The
Battle at Fimreite?
The rural aspect of Windir has always been important. I grew up in a
farmers area and soon idealized the simplicity of such a life.
Ive used history and supernatural believes from Sogndal in my
lyrics, and some deals with stories from farms. I started out as an
accordion-player and that interest has always been important for Windir.
When it comes to the battle at Fimreite it is an important piece of
Norwegian history that took place in little Sogndal. Although we were
always outnumbered we would never give in the rulers. King Sverre won
the battle in the fjord here against Magnus Erlingsson and punished
the villagers by destroying the village with flames.
2. When you started Windir, it was kind
of a one-man band. But now you have included your former
session-musicians as a full band. How come?
I guess I wanted to do something new. Having a band and playing live
was actually a goal when I started Windir, but there were none interested
back then. Since we are the same line-up live I feel its important to
involve everyone in the entire process of a production so they can feel
they are apart of it too. That again gives them motivation so they can
perform 100%. I must also mention that I have included Hvàll
as a co-writer, interesting with new ideas and new blood.
3. How would you categorize your music? Are there
any parallels between you and Finntroll?
Its folk inspired, but not folk music like Finntroll base their material
on. I use older folk music as inspiration rather than polkas and such.
I cant see any parallel to Finntroll in that way. Perhaps we have
the same spirit.
4. What do you think about bands getting
Too Commercial? No offence to bands selling a lot of records.
The scary thing about commercialism is that its people with money-interests
that controls it all. Although a band that are selling a lot of albums
have their artistic freedom, I would still imagine that its difficult
to not think of the money-men. After all, they are the reason they can
make their albums, and if an album doesnt sell their next budget
will be smaller. Its business nowadays and not art. Sad, but true.
5. Your gig at the Inferno-festival where a success.
Tell me your opinion/meaning about the festival and your concert?
The festival was a success in my opinion. Its marvellous that they can
do something like this Norway. Many bands in one small area is great.
I was thrilled with our own performance. I had the best time of my life
on that stage. The audience took me by surprise; I didnt expect
them to be so wild. I take my hat of for them, without them we couldnt
do it. But I guess our philosophy works, we give everything and the
audience will do so too.
6. Since most of the visitors comes from outside
of Norway. Are there any plans for a Tour?
Weve had some cancelled tours already. One with Finntroll actually.
Its a rotten world out there. But we cant lose hope. Hvàll
is working on something now for October, so well see what happens.
7.Have you been a metal
fan for many years, and what music did you listen to when you where
Metal have always been in my liking. At the age of 15 I listened to
Pestilence, At The Gates, various Black-Metal acts and Vivaldi. That
was on my stereo at the age of fifteen. I must say that At The Gates:
With fear I kiss the burning darkness is probably the best
album I have.
Thank's to Valfar for taking time answering