now, and it's pretty natural that Thomas is more
experienced than me, who hasn't been doing this really "seriously"
for more than two years. As for the "underground" aspect, I hope to
retain my underground reputation for long to come, and the prices will stay
about the same I guess. However, this brings up an interesting question: is
Sunlight an underground studio? It most certainly started out as one! When
did it become "non underground"? (Hmmm, don't know. I consider a
cheap studio to be an underground studio. - ed) I rest my case...
Contrary to most other studios it’s pretty cheap to record in your studio. Will
you keep it this way?
As I said before, probably. I might raise the prices a little in the future,
but I'll not double my prices over night or anything like that. Many bands
are tempted by my prices, and why would I want to lose such customers? Many
of the bands are also very surprised when they hear the result, you know, the
sound in relation to the price. And good criticism is what keeps me going!
Which of the productions are you most satisfied with so far?
So far, I'd have to say the Insision MCD. I've done some other things that
turned out quite good too, but it's really nothing worth mentioning. It's a
little hard for me to answer that question, since most of the time right
after a recording is done, I think it sounds great/good/whatever, but after a
week, perhaps I don't feel that satisfied anymore. Anyway, an other recording
that I think turned out pretty good is a future Furia demo, that will
probably be out pretty soon.. Even though the music isn't really that
intriguing to me, I like the sound and all that. Of course, as with
everything else, it has it's flaws, but generally I like it a lot!
As it seems there are mostly Black Metal and Death Metal bands who approach
you to produce them. Do you think you are able to produce a Heavy Metal album
or perhaps a Power Metal album?
I don't think that would be a problem. It's perhaps quite the opposite
actually... I like doing new stuff, and since Black, Death and Heavy (among
others) can be put in front of the word Metal, I don't really think this
would be a problem for me. So in other words, I haven't limited myself to Black
or Death, I have just decided to exploit Metal music for my evil plans... *haha*
Perhaps I will do other kinds of music too in the future, but my main
interest is metal music, and it'll probably stay that way too if you ask me. One
thing deserves to be said though; it's not really that surprising that I have
produced/engineered mostly Black and Death, because when you think of it,
this is way more common than say Heavy or Power Metal among young bands!
What band would be your dream to produce an album for?
I don't think there is such a band. The sound I produce wouldn't give the
band justice, I am way too inexperienced! Perhaps if you would ask me that
very same question in ten years, I'd come up with a better answer, but I
doubt that it would be the same bands in the spotlight then, so it's really
impossible to answer. However, what I enjoy producing the most is Death
Metal. Without a doubt.
You and Heathendoom use to arrange Skärseld (Purgatory in english. A local
Metal gig with certain good bands - ed). Will you continue with this now when
Heathendoom is moving away from Stockholm? Tell me about your plans for the
Oh yes, we will most certainly do! the fact that Per has moved to Örebro
doesn't really bother us that much, in fact, it's perhaps even better,
because he will be able to do promotion in another town, while I'll take care
of Stockholm. And boy, do we have plans for the next gig! I think our goal
will always be to exceed the previous, and I can tell you that we certainly will
at Part III. I cannot tell you anything more right now though, other than
that it will take place on the 30th of October, in the same place as before. Promotion
will be out weeks before the gig, so you won't be able to miss it! Updated
information will also be found regularly at http://come.to/skarseld
Don’t you think it would be a good idea in the future to expand and make
Skärseld into something even bigger? Perhaps like a smaller Metal festival or
We have talked about it in great extension actually, but it is at this moment
not clear how things will develop. Taking it to that level means a lot of
organization, and a lot of hard work, plus we have to have a much bigger
budged, as well as a lot of permissions from the authorities. But we will do
what we can, and we have many people behind us, so hopefully, a sort of
festival outdoors gig will take place in the summer of 2000, if we're lucky!
What do you do to pay your bills? Can you make a living of the studio,
Funeral Mist etc or do you have a normal work besides of this?
Yes, I am able to make a living out of the studio. At times, it's a little
difficult, but I always manage to make ends meet. Then of course, I still
live at home with my parents, which really is a pain in the neck, but it also
means that I don't have to pay that much rent, and the food is free, so I
really don't want to complain... When it comes to Funeral Mist and the other
bands I play in, I don't make any money out of it. I guess nowadays, you
should be happy if someone wants to pay your expenses in the studio plus pay
the printing and take care of promotion. After all, the scene is really not
that big, it's simply a sub genre, and I doubt that many people can make a living
out of playing this type of music. As for other work: no, I have only my
studio, and I would probably not coupe with another job...
Weren’t you also involved in an e-zine called Krieg or something?
Almost, it was called Krig. We had some pretty interesting interviews
actually, among others a ten page interview with Typhon of Necropolis. Unfortunately,
things didn't go as planned. Me and the guy I did it with were both
unemployed i..e. didn't have any money to print the thing, and as time went
by, we got less and less interested in releasing it, since interviews started
to get inaccurate, and the reviewed albums had been out for like two years. Finally,
I decided to put the zine on the net, because I didn't want the material that
we spent a lot of time on to just wind up on my hard drive. I never bothered
to promote the site much though, it still is there yes, but I will not bother
to promote it now either. He who seeks shall find, but don't expect anything
new I tell you.
What is happening with Funeral Mist at this moment? Isn’t time for a new
Indeed it is, and we are truly working on it as we speak. We have a couple of
new songs, and there is more to come. There will be some old goodies on it
too, but I'll share no details right now! Check out the Funeral Mist page
regularly for updated information. Furthermore, one song will be recorded for
a split 7" with Malign, and it will probably also wind up on Nordic
Metal II I think. More information on this will also be found on the
homepage. Also, the "Devilry" album is soon out on vinyl,
containing a bonus track and some changes in the layout. So keep your eyes
Do you know how many copies you’ve sold of ”Devilry”?
I have no idea, you'll have to talk to Shadow Records about that.
What happened with your own band Necromorbus then? You told me something
about that you will record a cover of Vithatten. Why?
Because Vithatten is the essence of pure primitive evil, and deserves a
bigger audience. I have put the Necromorbus project on ice for a long while
now, since I haven't had any satisfying ideas in a long time. I wasn't too
pleased with the second demo, at least not as pleased as after the first, so
I wanted to wait a while so I didn't make the same mistake again. Then,
Zavorash got into the picture, and I started composing for that instead,
which I fancy a lot actually, I have missed being in a full-size band for
some time. So most of the stuff I write nowadays wind up in Zavorash, but I
do have some new riffs that doesn't fit in in Zavorash, so those will most
certainly wind up on some future Necromorbus release.
What is happening with the rest of the bands you’re involved in?