Hi Jan! Tell me about Waldgeflüster. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
Hi! I chose the name as a metaphor for all that my music should stand for: The mystique of the woods, the unexplored areas of my mind and my emotions and the vastness of nature. The whispering of the forest was the perfect picture to me to express all of this. All of my lyrics cope with my inner demons and I try to lay open my hidden depths, but all in a metaphorical context of nature.
“Ruinen” album was released last October. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
We are very proud of “Ruinen”. We have the feeling it is our most diverse and thought-out record up to date. We put a lot of effort in this – extensive writing, a lot work on the details and also on the recording and mixing itself went into this album. We are sure that we delivered the best output we were able to at this point of time. But of course as an artist you will always find some little flaws that could have been better still. Like some snare hits that should have been louder or this one note that is off for a couple of Hz and so on. But I guess these are things that only we will ever notice. So in the end there is no wish to change anything about this record.
Tell me more about “Ruinen”? Album ideas etc…
The basic idea about “Ruinen” is explained by the intro words, written by Friedrich Nietzsche. The album deals a lot with leaving something behind or trying to leave something behind, that is still luring like a ruin into the landscape of your newer self. Sometimes as something to hold on to, sometimes as a shadow that keeps you from growing.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
I take inspiration from the music I listen too, from the books I read and also nature. But my main inspiration will always be my inner feelings and demons that I have to cope with. Waldgeflüster is the expression of the issues I face.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Waldgeflüster’s sound?
That is always a hard question to answer. I would say it is something like emotional, nature inspired black metal. Although the “black” part is not as big anymore as it used to.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
As we put a lot of work in this record, and because there were many things going on in our private life in the last months, like moving, new job and so on, Waldgeflüster was kind of on hiatus in the last weeks. But the music to one new song is as good as written, and as everything starts to settle down now again, we will start working on new material more focused soon.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
The problem is that we listen to so many different styles of music and bands, that it is hard to name just a few examples for our influences. I personally bought over a 100 records last year, from Country, Folk, to electronics, pop to the most underground Black Metal, almost every genre was part of this list. I take this broad range of influence and try to create the distinctive Waldgeflüster Sound. But of course if I have to name some most important influences, take Katatonia and old Ulver as two examples of the opposite ranges that we try to weave into our sound.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
It would be a dream for me to have Jonas Renkse singing on one of our records at some point. But if you talk about realistic dreams: Of course I would like to have Austin from Panopticon on our next records again. And we will see whom else we’ll find. I like to have friends on the Waldgeflüster records. I haven’t really thought about whom to approach next. I guess this will come to me when the music is written. It will come to me when the perfect part for the right person is there.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
There is not much strategy I think. We just try to write our best material and get some good promotion for it. But this is something our label takes care of. Also we try to have several “good” shows every year, that normally helps. And of course facebook is just something you can’t ignore as a band nowadays.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Sure! As everyone does. Sometimes Waldgeflüster feels more like work than a hobby, as it takes up a lot of time and energy. And it’s not one of the “relaxing” hobbies. I like to read, watch some series with my wife, do sports and hang out with friends. So, all in all pretty boring. But for example our guitarist Domi started to take flight lessons last year, that is probably more interesting.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Yes! At least my parents always supported me, and I guess that was the same for all the other guys. But of course nowadays the question is more if our girlfriends, wives, and at least in 1 case, children support our devotion. And I guess I can say they do! Otherwise we would have a huge problem…
How’s the metal scene in Bavaria right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
It’s always easy to buy records: just visit the band webpages or underground labels and order them! So, I never visit a record store to get new records. I don’t think they would have the albums that I’d want. To play gigs is not easy in Germany anymore in general. There are too many bands and people seem to not go to the underground shows anymore. At least not as many as back in the old days. The scene itself is intact and there are some great bands out there, that create some great music. But it is hard to find good shows nowadays. As for the scene itself: except for the contacts with other musicians and the people I meet at concerts we play, I don’t really have much to do with the so called scene anymore. So the question is a bit hard to answer for me.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
Thank you for your support!