This interview broadcasted by our official partner
Radio with band member Dolk at online by DjDjinnkaya Weathertimelord.
Hi Dolk! It as been 17 years since the creation of Kampfar and it slowly, but
surely, did is way through the 90' underground metal scene. After being absent
for a time, you've came back stronger than ever with the album "Kvass". Can you
tell us how it all began, what brought you to play music and to finally create
Kampfar with Thomas? Dolk : Ok thatí a long story of course ...
For Resume It all started in 91 with my first band Mork, but I always had the
idea to form Kampfar for longtime and it happened finally in 94 when Mork split
up. I started Kampfar by myself. And one day I met Thomas by coincidence, and he
became like my brother in life and for music and we were together for 17 years.
Kampfar was always my first choice.
Can you explain to us the absence of Kampfar between 1999 and 2006? Were
there specific reasons for the silence? Have you worked on other projects? What
have motivated you to come back and work again on Kampfar? The silence between 99 and 2006 is really really really personalÖ I havenít
told anyone about it till actually. Because Thomas and i, had personal problems
that we had to solve, and we had to take the time because otherwise Kampfar
would not exist as it exist today. If it was not from that time off, so it was a
natural thing for us to just fix up of our lives basically and comeback again
together and creates once again music. So that period was really like a
necessary thing to do I wonít go into details, sorry because itís too personal
for me. ..But the main thing is that :
We back on track again, and working better than ever, the atmosphere inside band
has never been better for all. There was a period that Kampfar, was more like a
work than a feeling of joy about playing. But all that is gone now, because for
me again this is something that I want to do always in my life. Itís something
that I want to express and thatís a really good feeling, and that feeling has
not always been there. And that period this feeling had disappear away, but
right now it feels good to be back!
Since then, you have been releasing new albums on regular bases. Looks like
you have been more productive than ever and explores various methods of
composition which are each time more and more sophisticated while still staying
fateful to Kampfar style and adapting to your time. From which place do you get
Thatís easy, because the inspiration thatís always been for me what my grand-ma
told meÖ (little laugh) When I was 6 years old, she would tell me stories about
the nature. In Norway, nature is like a religion. Even some peoples try to deny
that, there always been one religion in Norway, and thatís nature. And for me it
still is, because for me, thatís where I get everything from. Even now when we
made the ďmareĒ album, we went to my familyís cabin up in the mountains. We stay
there, and we create almost the all album there, because there is nothing
negatives there, and nothing is about deceptions and bad feelings, there is only
just pure mountains, beautiful things. There you can go out to seven and eleven
and be at peace, Itís like you have to stay there and you have to focus what you
want to do , and you are really close to the nature and thatís all the
inspirationís force for me. And that has always been like that. For me this is
my inspiration source number one and it was always been like that.Kampfar always had two protagonists that sailed the knor, you and Thomas. It
seem that Thomas is absent from your latest expedition. Can you tell us why so?
As he stop is collaboration to your raids or will we see him back on future
release? Thatís a hard question because I canít answer that. The only thing that I
can say is like we had been playing together for 17 years, and we re still blood
brother in the way of life I am still really close to each other we talk a lot ,
the thing is that, he was more or less done with the will of expressing himself
through to black metal , I just have to accept that. So we are now at this state,
itís impossible for us to go and continue this road and to work together. But,
the place is open for him, as always been itís less up to him, to be honest. If
he comes back or not, I cannot tell, because he doesnít know that himself.
It depends on what happens in life, you never know... Exactly! So the door is not shut for Thomas, thatís all I can say!
I have your debut album and since then, I always had the impression that
Kampfar is the issue of you and Thomas, and also the result of your own
association in music. But now, there is some other musicians with you. Can you
tell us what have been their contribution and their importance in the band? Have
they brought something new to the way the songs have been written? Yeah definitively, we all worked together now and we recorded with Peter
Tagtgrenís studio in Sweden, the abyss studio, we recorded there the new album
ĎíMareíí, and all of the bandís members contributed on the compositions. And
this new album expresses all the four of us really feel. This is the first album,
where all the members of the band contributed equally to the composition of the
album. Our new guitarist ĎíOle Hartvigseníí hasnít have a chance to compose with
But He Is getting into it, a lot more on the album yet, he is also a great
musician, he knows what kampfar is all about,and he is coming into the band has
been going well since we pick him for the job in the band. I really think he is
going to work very well, the most important thing is, he understand what kampfar
is all about. To be in Kampfar donít need to have high skills , Kampfar itís
more about to do music from the heart wich we create . For me, iím looking
forward to working with him in the future and the other guys are really into it.
So with all that , with this last album and how it was created, we are all
satisfied with the final result.
You have visited different musical concept throughout your career. Tell us
about the different themes you've talked about and why it was important for you
to present them to us and put them in a musical aspect? Is the lyrics are as
important for you than the music itself? Or is it a whole? Few people here
understand Norwegian and since you're lyrics are in that language, can you tell
us what they are about and the message or story you want to send out?
It's of course different themes, but basically I want to express deeper things
or feelings behind it all. For me, the lyrics, the music and the feelings that
comes from life in general, are the most important thing and that's what I like
to express with Kampfar. You can take for instance a song like "Ravenheart",
that is all about taking your own way, your own path in life and not following
what's normal or not normal, forcing you to put your own thought into life.
That's what Kampfar is really about. Of course, there's always a pagan root in
what we do, from where I come from and the roots are the history of my people.
Kampfar as always been about our nordic roots, nature and mankind. If I have to
put it down in one sentence, I guess it's about following your own way and never
forget where you're coming from.
The new album ''Mare'' was released three months ago, this album is somewhat
the cornerstone of your career, a concecration of your career. You are now
internationally oriented, Peter Tatgren had produce this album and that you are
with Napalm Records for sometime now. What led you to work with Peter Tagtgren?
Tell us about this new album and its creation: any anecdotes? and especially the
idea and concept behind it? Is there any highlight about it you want to tell us?
What is the direction you want to give it? What's new about it? What's really great with "Mare" it's that I've focused on what the album
meant to me personally. Besides that, "Mare" is a maelstrom because, after one
week we've already sold more albums than we did with the two previous ones in
two years. And we also did some chart's list and all that stuff, so that's a
good thing, of course, for a band. What's even more important it's that we've
decided to work with Peter Tagtgren. I've talk to him in several festivals and
when you're a band, like us, you meet a lot of people and I've met Peter many
times. We started to talk a little bit about it each time we saw each other and
the rest is history. But the most important thing for me wasn't to go to that
studio and work with Peter Tagtgren just because he's famous or anything. It was
more because Peter wanted to do this album. He had these specific ideas for it
and I also had specific ideas too, so we put them together as a whole unit. I
think, in a way, we almost did our vision of it at a 100%. That, for me, it's
the best part of the album, because he understood where we were heading and he
wanted to produce this album. I, also, wanted to work with a guy that really
wanted to do this and Peter was that guy.
When it comes to the creation of the album, I already mentioned that we almost
made it all up in the mountains in norway, just in total solitude. We had to do
that to create the right atmosphere for ourselves. But the thing with "Mare",
it's more connected to the witchery and the witch history than the pagan or the
heathen mess. It's more about what an high priest thought and decided what was
witchery at that time in Europe, but more specifically in Norway. They called
everything witchery and devilish everything they didn't understand. The "Mare"
album is really dealing more about all the historical events that really
happened in Norway. I really put some strong question marks about it. If you
even look at the cover of the album, it's the three witches that is also a thing
in Norway's history.
Have you already started working on a new album? What's next for Kampfar?
Like I told you already we are going to start on creating new songs when we come
back again and after the tour in Norway in November. It depends of how fast we
work you know, we're not a really fast working band to be honest (laught) but I
hope we can be able to create and realize and an album within the next two years.
That's what I hope for. It's looking really good because we have some demos
already made so I hope for the best. It's about inspiration and it has to come.
It comes from the heart and it's impossible to create a formula for that you
knowÖ it just comes from the heart and you have to follow that.
My last question, Can you give me your vision about black metal? It's past,
present and future. That's a really hard question and we can talk about this for likeÖ ages. I'm
starting to write a book right know. I have about three years to do that and
I'll do it. It's about my story overall or the back door in you know ? It's more
about that. But it's a too heavy question to answer here to be honest.