How did you get into Metal music? What were the first records you
I guess it was my brother who got me into the heavier side of music.
Can't remember what where the first records I've heard, but my parents was
always listening to classic rock when growing up. I myself started with bands
like Metallica, I remember buying Garage Inc and Black Album when I was very
little. But the first real heavy album I bought for myself was In Flames -
Clayman. I was hooked after that.
What led you to start playing this music? What attracts you most
about Black Metal?
I have always been fascinated by Black Metal, and I feel like it's the
best genre for creative freedom.
You started as WARG and recorded an EP under that name in 2011,
then you changed it to SVARTKONST which if I´m not wrong it translates as Black
Art, why did you decide to change it? Was it just a name change or do you see
it as two different projects?
I see them as two different projects. Svartkonst was a step to a more
matured and focused vision. So the namechange was a way to look ahead and leave
the old behind and start fresh. Svartkonst is a Swedish word for "black
magic" or "black art".
Was it always meant to be a one man project?
I don't think so. When I started playing I had a couple of friends who I
played with. But we all had creative differences and not everyone had the same
motivation or passion. So I decided to go my own way instead.
When I was searching for info about SVARTKOSNT I noticed there is
another band with the same name and they are from Sweden too!! Are you aware of
them? Did you had any kind of contact?
Yes I became aware of it some years after a started my Svartkonst. I
think we followed each other on Soundcloud or something when we started out. I
don't know if they are active anymore.
Black Waves is your second full-length released two years after the
debut, I discover it recently and it was a great and pleasant surprise for me
as I was instantly hooked by the sound and style of the album. How is your
overall view regarding the songs and the production?
My goal was a more refined, focused and more crushing album. A thick
atmosphere of death and doom. I feel like I achieved that. The songs are
vicious and pretty catchy if I can say so myself. I am very satisfied by this
How do you compare it to your debut full-length “Devil´s Blood”?
Would you highlight something that you liked more in this new album? Do you see
yourself experimenting or adding different things to your style in future
For one thing I am more satisfied with the overall production and songwriting
on this one, it feels more consistent than my debut. Everything is a little bit
heavier, and I really like the guitar tone I achieved. I like experimenting
when recording and writing, so I would definitley say that.
Regarding Devils Blood, I'd like to know what you mean exactly
with the title of the instrumental track “En sten föll från mitt bröst” (A
Stone fell from my chest)?
It is a nod to my father, whose name was "Sten", which also
means stone in Swedish. The whole album is dedicated to him.
Now tell me about the lyrics of Black Waves, what topics do they
deal with? Could you describe a bit the content of lyrics like “Stray in the
Dark”, “Mountains of Flesh” or “Ruins of Splendor”?
The main themes on Black Waves is about life and death. "Stray in
the Dark" is about feeling total hopelessness and despair, which may be a
consequence of someone's death. "Mountains of Flesh" is about all the
sacrifices and lives taken in the name of religion. "Ruins of Splendour"
focuses on us as humans living and thriving on our own destruction.
What formula do you follow when you write songs? Would you also
please share some details about the recording process?
It mainly starts with a riff or a melody that I evolve into something
bigger. All of the recording took place at home in my home studio (Svartkonst
Studios). Big focus on the Boss HM-2 and
dialing in the perfect tone. I don't know if I have any secrets that I
can share. I do everything very sporadically in my recording process.
Do you consider yourself demanding at the time of the production
and do you like to spend a lot of time polishing the sound?, or do you prefer
something less precise that results in a rawer product?
I prefer rawer sounds, I have a hard time listening to modern bands with
clean overproduced productions. I try to
leave things a little rough around the edges, and try to bring out the human
elements when I'm recording. But I spend a lot of time trying to polish the
sound afterwards and dialing in everything perfect for my ears, which is very
time consuming. I think every artist can agree that it's very hard to decide
when to put down the brush and say it's done.
I personally think that the album is a great mix of melodic
passages, moments of great atmosphere and also aggressive and violent riffs.
For example, two of my favorite songs in the album such as I am the void and
“Mountains of Flesh” are very different from each other and are a proof that
your style embraces elements of black metal and death metal. What have been
your influences and how do you describe your style?
When I write music I write it for myself, and I try my best to
incorporate all the styles that I'm especially fond of. Which is mostly Black
Metal and Old School Death in the style of Entombed, and newer band that has
evolved the HM:2-sound like Trap Them and Black Breath, they are big influences
in both songwriting and sound. It's hard to describe the sound myself. But as I
have written on my social medias: "One-man HM-2 driven blackened death
metal band", I think that fits pretty well.
How important is the relationship between the artwork and the
music? What influenced you when choosing the cover for each album?
It is very important. Artwork is often the first thing you see, and when
you find something visually pleasing you also want the music to reflect that. I
got the cover for Black Waves even before most of the songs where even written,
it just fitted my vision and after some fine tuning it was perfect. Created by
the talented Yasinviolet.
Unlike Devil´s Blood, which was released independently, Black
Waves has been released by Trust No One Recordings, how has the contact and
agreement with them been?
TNOR and Tim, the man behind the label is fantastic. He actually picked
up Devil's Blood just after the release, so I was just independent for a very
short span. Everything has been great, I'm very grateful for everything TNOR
From what I have seen so far, the reviews and reactions about black
waves have been very positive, how have you felt about it?
The reviews have been overwhelmingly positive which is amazing.
Releasing an follow up album can be tough. I knew Black Waves had something
special and I'm glad most people seem to recognize that as well.
Would you consider recruiting musicians to play gigs or touring?
Yes, I have. And are currently rehearsing. But it's not my main focus in
Svartkonst. So we will see how it goes.
What was the last concert you have attended? Was it a good show?
The last show I got to see before this pandemic was Twin Temple. It was
an very enjoyable experience, if you get the chance go see them when all of
this hopefully is over. I was just a couple of weeks from seeing Chelsea Wolfe which
I was very much looking forward to before it got cancelled.
How important is it for you as a musician to be part of a scene?
Do you agree to promote the motto "support the scene"? And how do you
interpret it as a fan?
There is not much of a metal scene in my town. But I support the few
things going on here. I try to support the bands I enjoy in any way I can by
buying records, merch and attending shows (when that was a thing).
What´s the strangest place and the most shocking place you have
Don't really know.
What are your current future plans, what do you expect for the rest
For now I'm continuing trying to promote Black Waves, producing more
music for other bands, rehearsing and getting some ideas for new material.
Thanks you for your time, the final closing words are up to you…
Thank you for the interview! Check out Black Waves if you haven't
already. Dyrka döden!