Interview: Magnus Pelander (Witchcraft)
Heavypop: ‚Legend‚ is not only the first Witchcraft Album in a long time, it’s also a huge – and also brave – step: The record’s sound (tighter and thicker, closer to Hardrock and Metalfor the most part) is notable from the get-go. A big difference not only compared to the last album, but also to what could be expected after the excellent, laid-back ‚ Sinner Child‚-EP. How did it come to that?
Magnus Pelander: You know what? I really don´t know and that´s how I think it should be. You do your thing and try do to it as freely as possible and then you move on. But yeah,ok, it was a conscious effort to make this record a bit „heavier“ than the previous ones. Thanks for mentioning my solo EP. It is still out there and can be purchased through Svart Records.
Nothing is easy for me when it comes to writing and recording music. It can be a very painful experience but the relief when it´s done is definately worth it.
It was very different indeed. He has a great ear and knows his job very well.
I think what is most important is how things are for you at this very moment. And right now we have a new record out by Witchcraft. Anything else is just speculations and mind games.
The label has nothing to do with our sound. They are helping us to reach a wider audience with their hard work. The songwriting process is as usual. Most of the music is written by me on guitar.
We signed with Nuclear Blast because I think that our music and the musicians in Witchcraft deserve to reach a bigger audience and I really think that Nuclear Blast will help us in that. So far everything is going great.
As far as lyrics go I wish that the listener himself make his own meaning from the lyrics. The same with the music. I wish that people would stop analyzing too much and just go with the flow and see if they can find some positive experience out of it.
I don´t know. Again, go with the flow. Try and experience things in so many different ways and angles that you can. Try and put yourself in a situation where these things (Rock, Retro-Rock,
superficial images, etc. etc.) doesn´t matter and see if you are in the right place.
I do actually play guitar on almost every song. More on others less on some. Live, I am just doing vocals and focusing at one thing at a time. I have been trying before but the time really wasn´t right up until now.
I think it is totally up to the receiver and the listener to do whatever he/she feels like with the music and the lyrics. Maybe you just want some entertainment in your life? But more hopefully you will get something greater out of it and get inspired to do something creative in your life.
Touring. Writing new Witchcraft-material and simultaneously trying to launch a solocareer.I really don´t know what the others have been listening to but I hope that their musical abilities can reach you through this record.
Hopefully. I don´t know when but I have stuff written already.
Pretty much the same as with the rest of the experience. Make up your own meaning about it and in doing so try and be as free in yourself as possible when doing it.
I have to be very pretentious again and say that we are only messengers. It is YOU who is important once the record is done and out there.
So, thanks for answering the questions and greetings from Graz, hope to see you on tour soon!
Thank you. Be strong and creative.