Interview with Exesor – Drummer
Interview by Cathrine Wendt
Hey and thank you for your time. Please state your name and position in the band.
It’s really cool to be able to interview a local band. I happen to live in Leipzig and always love to learn more about local bands. Did you all live and start the band in Leipzig?
Yes, the band’s headstone was placed 13 years ago in Leipzig and all our members have been from here since. It makes rehearsing, meetings and everything else way more easy.
When did you first start getting into music and know you wanted to join a band? I understand you founded Evil warriors in 2007. Has it been the same line up since?
Some when around 2002 I started to get more into the harsh styles of music and if you like something, you try to create your own interpretation of it. At this time me and a friend had formed a band concept already and started to realise our visions. In 2004 I had my first rendezvous with a drum kit and fell in love with it obviously.
Beast (singer and guitarist of Evil Warriors) joined this band in their end days around 2005. With him new songs were written, the band collapsed and we decided to go on with an other name.
The line-up of Evil Warriors is pretty solid since then. Beast and me, the founding members, later joined by Alastor on the second guitar. Our bassist changed a few times. The first one left after the first live show. With Vent (Ex-Lihhamon, Ex-Serpent) we produced three releases. Tailgunner (Black Salvation, Division Speed) helped us out after Vent left the band and now Maelstrom (Lords of the High Ones, Breit) is killing it at the newest songs.
You’ve recently released your newest EP Schattenbringer. What is the concept behind the album?
The concept is that there is no concept. All of the songs just happened and wrote themselves more or less. Same on lyrics and the artwork. You just go on mastering your craft and creativity will find you.
How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it?
I don’t know.
Your album artwork is very different and expressive. It is not what I would expect for a black metal album named Schattenbringer. Who does your artwork? Is there anyone you’d like to collaborate with, be it an artist/photographer or producer?
The artwork was painted by Beast and put together by Harvest Of Eyes. Beast is a painter since his birth so he has evolved his own style over time and it´s perfect to represent the bands appearance. There is no need of copying the black metal standards again and again.
I´m very pleased with the people we have worked with. No need to change a working system right now.
What is your writing/recording procedure like? Have you only recorded in local studios in Leipzig? The label is also based in Leipzig, how do you like working with them?
The writing progress is most of the time a wild hunt for the best working idea. Four guys discussing and playing the shit out of each other to form a song that everybody in the band is pleased with.
Recording on the other hand is always professional, and a bit chaotic of course. All records we put out were recorded in our practice room. The newer ones with the generous help of others, like Torben of Occulta who realised the live recording of “Schattenbringer” with us. The oldest record in self-isolation.
Into Endless Chaos Records are close friends so I´m forced to say working with them is great.
Where do you draw your influences from when it comes to producing new music/lyrics?
From everything. If you see, feel or hear something it could trigger your creativity and ideas start to form.
Where has your band played? What has been your favourite gig to date and why?
Everywhere we could. It´s hard to choose a single gig because every show has it´s own special moments to enjoy and to hate. I have a few shows in my mind which I liked; Party-San, Chaos Descends, a single show in Oslo a few years ago and the Mini-Tour with Vidargängr just because of how they felt while playing and the vibe off stage.
Are you missing gigs and fests a lot with the corona virus having shut the music scene down? Have you explored digital streaming or focused on creating more music?
No. I kind of like this frozen in time moment. A lot of things are on hold and everybody has some time to see things different. People were overfed with shows, especially in bigger cities and so a lot of them had no appreciation for the artist or the show atmosphere anymore. Maybe this mind set will change, when things normalize somehow.
Do you have a favourite track from Schattenbringer? [Or from any of your previous releases]
All of them and none.
Is it difficult balancing out being in a band with a ‘normal working life’?
All of us try to keep the balance more on the music side of the scale. So yes, it´s difficult. Making music isn’t cheap money- and time-wise but I think it is way more healthy for your mind than wasting your energy away for soulless masters.
How do you like the music scene in Leipzig and in Saxony?
I´m a bit trapped in our circle and too busy dealing with my own stuff to have a clear view on the music scene here, but as far as I know it´s strong and growing.
Do you think image is important when being in a band?
If the image is part of you and your art it is important of course. But if you are just a simple copycat of something else with no emotions an image becomes ridiculous.
What is it like touring? Do you all get on all of the time? Or do you have times you need space from each other? Are you guys looking to tour and if so, what are you mostly looking forward to?
Heaven and hell. Leave your ego at home, be united as a band and touring is fine. But of course sometimes you need your time off the constellation or you´ll freak out. Even on tour we are humans most of the time and that’s a problem.
Do you think it’s important for a band to be signed to a label to be recognized in today’s society?
Not really. If you release the right stuff in the perfect moment you don’t need a label to get attention.
What are your views on bands who give away their music free on social media? Do you think this is a good beneficial marketing idea, or should fans be paying to purchase tracks?
I don’t know if it’s a good idea or not. We have some stuff free on our bandcamp page, but it doesn’t perform different than the buyable stuff. The most money we always earned on the road not on the internet.
What genres of music do you like to listen to personally? Any new bands that have caught your attention recently?
Atmosphere is more important to me than the genre itself. If the main mood of an artist catches me I´m in. Most of the time I´m bored with new bands. I travel back in time to find old new gems or listen to the stuff that I know every second of already.
What advice would you give someone wanting to start a band?
Do what you like, learn what you need and keep working on and with yourself.
What do you like to do outside of music? Any hobbies?
Drifting through outer space, alternating times and other dimensions.
Thank you for your time, is there anything you’d like to say to our readers?