at: 24th, January 2016
black metal was a beer it would definitely
be a dark and strong one..."
What’s the band’s ideology? Is it connected with some
philosophy or something?
the center of our songs are mainly two themes. Melancholy
and nature. However no suicidal tendencies. Rather inspired
of legends and German myths.
What’s your view on the value of music today? In what way
does the abundance of music change our perception of it?
my opinion music has the same value as in the past.
finding good music is more difficult. The internet and the
possibillity that nearly erveryone can record their own
songs is both a curse and a blessing. However, to produce a
cd and to market it, like professional bands do, is
expensive. But because of the new trend of music flatrates,
almost no money comes back to the bands. I hope that people
will change their way of thinking. Only buying music
Let´s talk about your first opus "Reinkarnation".
The 6 tracks on it are crushing and heavy and orchestral and
epic at the same time , from start to finish. How so you
attained a great deal of memorable melody in the songs. Was
that a conscious effort or just something that happened as
the songwriting progressed?
write the songs in my small recording studio at home.
I do samples of my new material to get feedback and
suggestions. But usually I nearly complete the songs, before
we play it as a band for the first time. In our practise
room we arrange the guitars, basslines and the drumming.
After that our vocalist writes a matching songtext. The
process of songwriting itselfs is different everytime. I
could not say that I do the orchestra first and then the
guitars. Mostly I have already the main part of the song in
my mind. This approch and the fact, that I try to give the
orchestra its separate role is the key of our sound.
Are there any particular song that you feel best define the
MIDVEST sound or perhaps ones you find most notable for
think that everyone claims for their own songs that each
bullshit. Our style runs like a common thread through the
whole album. If I had to choose it certainly would be
As I see you follows certain aesthetic in the way you dress
for the band. Have you as a band developed an aesthetic that
is uniquely yours?
from the beginning, it was clear that our outfit must be
coequal to our music. It was really hard to find something
matching, especially as we were frequently compared with
the steam punk style proved to be the solution.
style fits perfect, because of our mix of orchestral classic
and black metal.
Midvest is not a band that plays live very often, but you
did make some important appearances as for example Cologne
Metal Festival 2014. Talk about that experience. Any other
spent much time on our recording last year which is why we
had only few live gigs. The Cologne Metal Festival was in a
break between our recording sessions. In any case we wanted
to do this show and it was an honor to be able to play there
in such a good position in the running order. The response
of the crowd was really positive. Now, after completing our
album, we are looking forward to play more often.
What do you think about all the fashions that come and go in
the black metal in general, in the recent years?
think it is a coming and going with only few really new
that´s not really bad if you have not heard it that way for
a longer period. I still love it.
Germany has some great if underrated black metal bands that
never seem to get the acclaim or attention of their
Scandinavian peers. Why is that? Does the German scene lack
the ‘notoriety’ of the Swedish and Norwegian scenes?
metal is very unpopular in Germany. Over 70% of our clicks
are coming from eastern Europe. Our sales also rather
militate for abroad. The problem we face - and I think other
black metal bands, too - is that if you want to get popular
abroad you have to play there. A tour is expensive and you
need much time.
cannot live from music and so you have reconcile it with
Scandinavia - especially Norway - the popularity is the
other way around.
We live in a globalized world where there are no borders to
be crossed thanks to the internet. How do you best utilize
this to gain the outmost for you band?
channels and internet radio are perfect platforms in order
to distribute music without costs. Selling music via digital
services is also quite easy and that is what we did with
Reinkarnation for the first time. Receiving positive
feedback or selling a cd is always great and an incredible
motivation. Thanks to the internet we are able to provide
our music to those who acutally like it.
Please define black metal with your own words, and if black
metal was a beer, which one would it be?
metal is like life itself. Not everything is light and nice.
Darkness, sorrow and fear are also our companions.
like the interplay of light and shadows and to give also
evil a form.
if black metal was a beer it would definitely be a dark and
OK Marcus, It was a pleassure to interview you. I hope you
enjoy the interview. Our readers are waiting for your last
I would like to thank our fans. Without you this would not
the others I would like to recommend our facebook page where
you will find all news on concerts as well as links for
hearing our music.
I would like to thank you for this very interesting
interview. It was an honor and a pleasure for me.