Interview with Somath vocalist and all instruments for Isgarde done by Patrick
1.Hails Somath what gave you the idea to form Isgarde ? And how did you choose the name for the band does it have a special meaning?
2. Somath you are the sole member of Isgarde did you plan to work alone or would you like to find more musicians to work with on future releases?
3.If you could work with any musicians past or present who are some musicians you would like to work with and why?
4. Isgarde is getting ready to release the debut cd "Jag Enslig Skall Ga how long did it take you to write and record the songs for the debut release?
The fact is that I recorded the main bulk, say 90% in 2015 and first thought to never release it. Then I did some additional content in 2016 to complete what became the album and decided one evening when I was listening to the songs to actually send an Email out. And I did. As to answer how long it took? I went into the studio with only a strong and sure feeling but nothing written. 7 days later most of it was done. When I open my portal of creativity things just come to me, it’s effortless. I don’t feel as I even think.
5.Somath I believe I read that the lyrics are based on the Swedish island Oland when did you get the idea to write about the island?
The whole reason for Isgärde’s existence is Öland. It speaks to me in a way nowhere else does. Maybe it is an island thing? I don’t know. The nature, solitude…
6.Besides the debut cd does the band have any plans to do some merchandise for the debut? If yes when will it be available and where can the readers find it?
No plans that I know of. It would be to check with the labels. I will have to see with them and let you know.
7.Somath you handle the vocals for the band when did you start screaming and singing? Do you do anything special to keep your throat and voice healthy?
Probably around the age of 13 I started to mess around (I’m 33). Believe it or not, my first black metal demo was recorded back then by me alone. I think I still have it on a tape. I never prepare before I sing or scream. That is kind of my trick. I don’t want anything to be rehearsed. That is a killer of atmosphere and feeling in my opinion.
8.Who are some of your influences and favorite vocalists?
There are no particular influences expect the feel of obscure black metal bands, known or unknown. It’s always about the feeling, not so much about the particular band. I like vocals that are raw and unique and that doesn’t sound overly rehearsed. Someone with a natural good voice for whatever style. Again, don’t know who to pick out especially.
9.Besides the vocals you handle the instruments in the band when did you become interested in writing and performing music? Are you self taught or did you take some lessons when first starting out?
At a very young age. It was clear to me early that music was my thing. I am self taught. It came easy to me.
10.What instruments do you currently play and do you have a favorite instrument? Are their any instruments you would like to learn to play someday?
I really like to play the drums but my main instrument is guitar. Otherwise I play bass, piano. I could probably play more instruments but I haven’t gotten the chance to try. I would like to have tried out violin and something like trumpet or something similar.
11. Isgarde comes out of the Swedish black metal scene what is your opinion of Sweden's black metal scene?
Right now I do not follow any scene but when I grew up I did and then I thought of Sweden to be extremely strong with the black metal bands like Marduk, Dissection etc.
12.Who are your all-time favorite Swedish bands and are their any new upcoming bands you feel the readers should watch out for?
Right now I do not listen to a whole lot of music so this is a really hard question. About upcoming bands I do not know too much but I am trying to get more involved. We will see how it goes. For me I always liked the best to write my own music and focus on that.
13.Thank you Somath for taking the time to fill this interview out.Do you have any final words for the readers?
Thanks for the interest Patrick. The album ”Jag enslig skall gå” is out now.