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Nargathrond – Interview


Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)

PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

Nargathrond: I’m an extraordinary artist because I write the music I feel like doing and I’m not afraid of crossing genres. Also, I always tell a story with my songs.

 

PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

Nargathrond: I was born and live in a small town in the heart of Germany, where it is mostly foggy, cold and frosty. Surrounded by forest. A perfect place to make music like I do. I started playing guitar quite late, when I was 15 and covered songs from my favorite bands from back then like Bullet For My Valentine, Trivium and Good Charlotte. I’ve always wanted to make music and after a long journey of experience and learning I’ve acquired enough knowledge to survive as a solo project.

 

PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?

Nargathrond: On the one hand, it has always appealed to me to be on stage and tell a story. With music of course. Growing up (and still to this day) I was inspired by my favorite band, Good Charlotte. How they managed to become successful and they had pretty much the same historical background as me and their lyrics could have been mine. I have two specific themes that I work on in my songs. Personal problems such as the pain of separation, being in a relationship with the devil and not being crushed. On the other hand, I also process this in my horror stories, which my songs are mostly about.

 

PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

Nargathrond: I have only one wish – to be able to live from my music. Then I can only focus on what I love. to be a musician

 

PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

Nargathrond: When I started to devote myself to Synthwave. And with my first EP “End Of Days”, I was able to win Johnny Deathshadow for  guest vocals. One of my favorite bands. From then on it was only awesome.

 

PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?

Nargathrond: Whether you like it or not – you have to move with the times. Instagram, Tiktok, short videos, be present but authentic with the right techniques and a bit of luck with the algorithm. And the most important thing: you have to stand behind what you do and work your ass off and even after an 8-hour day at work sit down and work on music, promotion or your skills.

 

PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

Nargathrond: At the moment there are no live shows planned. As a solo project it’s hard to get something like that going. But something will surely happen in the not too distant future.

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

Nargathrond: As a private person I don’t use spotify or other streaming providers. I listen to youtube and bandcamp. Or buy me CDs. From the artist’s point of view, however, it is the same as with the promotion. nowadays you should be represented on various streaming platforms because the majority of music listeners have switched to streaming.

 

PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

Nargathrond: If you mean a song by another artist – I’ve never thought of such a thing. I’m pretty happy with my own songs.

 

PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

Nargathrond: I don’t think it’s good that everything is going digital. Holding the good old cds, cassettes and records in your hand is simply a different feeling than listening to music via spotify. And I think it’s a shame that people’s attention spans have gotten so short that mostly only singles are pushed. A whole album including intro e.g. can tell a completely different story and it can be very interesting to deal with it and to read the lyrics while listening. But who has time these days to lie down comfortably on the couch and listen to an entire album in one go?

However, you cannot change anything, you can only work on your own consumer behavior.

 

PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?

Nargathrond: I’m working on the promotion for my new album called “Killing Season” which will be released on January 27th, 2023. That’s why I wanted to mention it in this interview 😉

I also write new soundtracks for tv and games.

 

PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

The best place to go is my bandcamp page which is equal to a shop for purchases:

https://nargathrond.bandcamp.com/

I also offer other things like writing soundtracks on Fiverr or give you exclusive content on Patreon. For stuff like that and all social media use this linktree. It gets you everywhere

https://linktr.ee/NargathrondMusic

Thanks for the opportunity with this Interview! Cheers,

Your Horror Guy

Nargathrond

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