Aspidium – Interview
Interview with Kurt Jason Kelderer from Aspidium and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
Kurt: “We are a postmodern black metal band from Aalen, Germany.”
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Kurt: ”Aspidium arose out of a solo project beginning of 2017. I already played bass guitar for many years in several bands, but in none of them, I was able to realize my personal ideas of music. Hence, at the beginning of 2017, I started to put my emotions into songs and to fulfil my own musical visions. The foundation of Aspidium had been set with the recordings of the debut album Manifestum. At the beginning planed as mere solo project, Aspidium evolved to a German/Italian band project with the entry of Benni Leiter from South Tyrol on the guitar.
In the course of 2019, I created new song material for the second studio album as a solo project, too. With the entry of Susi Hartmann playing bass guitar and Thomas Altmann on the guitar last autumn and with our new addition at the beginning of 2020, Emil Herrmann on the drums, the former solo project has been developed into a powerful line-up.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Kurt: “Speaking for myself, metal was already during my school time, a possibility to escape from rigid norms. I was born in South Tyrol, a region where traditional values are held high. Metal was the rebellion par excellence for my family environment. My role models at that time were Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Accept and so on. Nowadays the band and its music isn’t really based on any kind of role models. Our music is unconventional and does not like to be put into a box. From my point of view rules, stereotypes and preconceived opinions are there to be broken in order to be able to develop oneself further and to create something new authentically. But of course there are artists and bands like Dimmu Borgir, Gaahls Wyrd or Hypocrisy whose music appeals to you personally and therefore influences your own creativity to a certain extent.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Kurt: “Well I think with the realization of the first studio album as a solo project and evolving this musical project into a live band with the release of our second studio album, I already achieved an important one of my goals. Beyond this, I hope that Aspidium will get once, the chance to perform live at one of the famous and well-known festivals in order to present our music and vision to a broader audience. I really love performing live and get into direct connection with the audience in front of the stage, the thrill of every musician.”
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Kurt: “Most of our lyrics are written by my sister-in-law, Birgit Ensslin. She gets the music composed by myself and together we agree on vocal lines and text content to create a harmonious overall atmosphere. Our lyrics are mainly based on socially critical issues that put their finger on the weak spots of our time. The songs on our new album deal with current topics: the brutalization of society, destruction of the environment, intolerance and the egoism of individuals. Mankind is at the crossroads between high culture and decline, it’s almost midnight and Harmagedon is imminent if we don’t fundamentally rethink our way of life.”
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Kurt: “As Aspidium is unsigned, the whole merch, promotion and booking is done by ourselves. Self-promotion is mainly focused on our website and major social networks such as Facebook and Instagramm. For the promotion of our upcoming studio album Harmagedon we temporarily collaborate with Markus Eck from Metalmessage.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Kurt: “On the one hand, it’s a great opportunity to save earth’s resources, distribute your music globally and make it easily available to metal fans worldwide. On the other, it’s definitely not the same if you own a digital file instead of a compact disc or vinyl record with booklet and cover artwork in your hand.”
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Kurt: “This is a difficult question because there are many legendary songs. However, Dimmu Borgir by Dimmu Borgir is certainly one of the songs that comes to my mind spontaneously. The song is multifaceted and once heard, you can’t get it out of your head for a long time. In general Dimmu Borgir has released several masterpieces in the course of their long-lasting, remarkable career.”
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Kurt: “the selfishness, intolerance and excessive arrogance of mankind. Especially in the case of factory farming and cruelty to animals, I could go up the wall.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Kurt: “The release of your own recording in general. It is always a special moment when you can physically hold the outcome of your own creativity in your hands after months of composition, arrangement, mastering and mixing.”
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Kurt: “We are just about to release our second studio album called Harmagedon, which was recorded by Lukas Flarer at the Sound Control Studio in Meran, Italy and will be available on April 2020. Hence, we focus on the release and promotion of the upcoming album.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
Kurt: “So far Aspidium recorded two full length albums. The debut “Manifestum” has been released 2018 and the upcoming new studio album “Harmagedon” will be available on April 18th, 2020.
Our entire selection is available under the following links:”
Backstage Pro: https://www.backstagepro.de/aspidium