Hi Georg, welcome. How are you and how is all going in Coldworld’s shores? Even if your music is not the kind of art which is created to satisfy masses, could you please let us know how much satisfied are you after the release of your first album and the reactions towards it?
I was surprised and it was amazing to see that so many people hear and understand what I mean. I never thought that it would be such a “big thing“.Actually I recorded this stuff for my own pleasure at home. But if I can make someone “happy“ with my music it’s nice as well.
First of all, I’d like to focus on the creation of Colworld, not as a bio question but more to know about the facts or feelings that drove you to create this project. Is it a reflection of your inner worlds and thoughts or more a reflection of how you see the one outside all of us?
There is music in me and I simply have to let it out. That’s all. Of course, my feelings and thoughts are the paint for my sounds, you know.
From the title of the album, “Melancholie2” to titles like “Tortured By solitude”, “SchmerzensSchreie” or “Hymn To Eternal Frost”, all is focused around a really negative and cold feeling, a sense of depressive state. What’s your opinion about the influence of nowaday’s society and way of living in relation to the amount of depression and lack of satisfaction we see in a big part of the population?
I think our today’s society is a cold world, more and more. People are emotional blunting or something and have no interest for eachother… so it’s the perfect world for my music.
What really caught me of your sound is the mix of a haunting athmosphere, extremely melancholic feeling and freezing orchestration. What was the main goal you had in mind when expressing those feelings and how does each element contribute in forging the final athmosphere of the album?
I wanna make music that makes me feel good. Music which creates goose bumps, you know. This sound has been waiting in my head for a long time an then i got the chance to make it on CD. All of the elements I am using in my music are important. I wanted to create a special sound, not this 08/15 lame black metal stuff. So I used the violin, the synthesizers and my voice - and I am very satisfied with the result!
These last years the amount of bands (especially around Black Metal) which focused on depressive and melancholic subjects increased, and even went to create a form of music which could be seen as a different or specific style. How close to Black Metal (and all its different related subjects) do you feel Coldworld is? Don't you think there's a huge difference between what you play and the classical bands of the genre?
I hope so. I am no Black Metal musician. Today there are only a few BM-bands I listen to. Most of the nowaday‘s BM is shit and not worth to listen. I am not a part of this scene!
The layout of the CD is quite minimalist, but at the same time we can find a clear and deep reflection of the feeling found on your music. How much important is that visual side of a release and how much inspired do you feel but those factors outside music (visual art, nature, …) when you create?
Don‘t know what to answer. Surely am I inspired by nature, by weather and so on, but just subconsciously I think.
It’s impossible not to think about one of the most important Doom bands from the UK when one sees the title of the eighth track, “My Dead Bride”, which I suppose is a wink to Halifax's. Am I wrong? In negative case, how much did they (and similar Doom bands of the beginning of the nineties) influence your way of seeing music?
I‘m not really influenced by Doom bands, but I listen to a few - not to My Dying Bride, but sometimes to Rapture or Swallow The Sun...I never really was a fan of this “oldschool Doom“.
Your opinion about these other german bands:
Ruins Of Beverast:
Bohren & Der Club Of Gore:
Black Shape Of Nexus:
Black Shape Of Nexus I‘ve never heard, not even the name. Ruins Of Beverast? The name is well known, but I‘ve never listened to. It‘s the same with Ahab. Lunar Aurora is great, I like Andacht. And Bohren & Der Club Of Gore is one of my favourite Bands. Cool stuff. I‘ve seen them live few years ago, fantastic. They like ColdWorld as well.
Before closing the interview, could you please let us know about the future plans for Coldworld? Is there going to be other short releases or will you focus on the next full-length?
I‘m working on new material for an fulllength album, but it needs more time. You have to be patient.
Thanks a lot for your time and patience answering these questions, especially as you told me you didn’t like interviews so much. Good luck. In case you want to add anything else, just do it now.
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