WITH NEUN WELTEN (italian
by Giancarlo Bolther
you give us an introduction to your band with the history of your
After a while playing together in the metal band Insomnia
Astrorum, we three guys showed grown interest in performing our strong
interest in nature and also mythology in another way: with more acoustic
and a somehow calmer music. That was the birth of the fundamental
music concept of Neun Welten. It is just for us a more calm expression
of our inspirational sources. Anja and Aline joined us after a while
and their different musical background and influences, made the sound
of Neun Welten to that what it is today. Well, nature is one of the
major inspirations for our music. Now we are playing in this cast
since ca. 7 years. Nowadays we combine diverse instruments from more
classical ones like violine, cello, flutes (recorder and clarinet),
piano with rather modern sounding instruments like drums and acoustic
guitars. Our music is mostly pure instrumental and creates an emotional
and eerie atmosphere which sounds very organic and natural. The result
is a mystical, melancholic and sometimes forceful sound. All songs
of Neun Welten are composed by ourselves. We would call the style
of music as mystical nature-folk.
Between the first album and the new one there is a 3 years
gap, what has happened during this period and why did it takes so
long to realize Destrunken?
In the first year between the 2 records we played al lot
of live shows for example the tours with Dornenreich and Tenhi in
2007. Afterwards we decided to fully concentrate on composing new
songs for the album “Destrunken”. In the last year we
finally recorded, mixed and finished the work on the layout. We actually
wanted to release it earlier but due to some unpredictable circumstances
and to our ambition to fetch the best adequate result for each song,
we took the time which was required.
In your opinion, which are the main differencies between your
In the songs of both albums we tried to express our experiences
in and with nature. With “Vergessene Pfade” we described
nature as we see it...more like scenes/ pictures of the nature as
such. In our recent album we don't describe the nature how we see
it, we try to express more the different inner perception of nature
(environment) one might have depending on his/ her emotional conditions.
From the beginning "Destrunken" had a stronger concept behind
the songs and because of that the songs conveys a similar atmosphere,
which is much darker and intimate.
Your music seems to have a double character, the aestetic
one and the spiritual one; which is the most important for you?
Indeed the 2 characters belong very close together and we
cannot say which is more important.
Your your music is a way to escape from the reality or to
Not an easy question. Actually we want to take listeners
on a journey and want them thinking about their experiences by listening
to our music. You also can just dream by listening it. But often by
thinking about things that had happen and reflecting them you'll be
influencng reality as well....mybe with a certain point of view or
Does your music could be described as a dark reflection about
our times? What do you believe about this period, do you are optimistic
or do you fear the future?
It is not meant to be but actually some others before raised
this question and thought already. We here in central Europe and especially
we as individuals live a very comfortable, pleasant life without war,
nature catastrophes and especially without major (!) financial problems.
We have the possibility here in Germany to take care of our environment,
e.g. to recycle almost everything and to choose sustainable energy
resources or even to protect landscapes against human use. We try
to be frugal with resources but that is the luxury we personally can
afford. Most of the people in the world have to live the same way,
but due to reasons of surviving. That is very important to reflect
for yourself as often as you can. Let's say other way round, it is
not necessary to have e.g. as many (new) electronic stuff you can
get or a big car or even always new clothing. If you have the chance
to travel, do it and everyone will see what is tried to depict here.
We have to be thankful for our situation…Being optimistic or
fear…mmmhhh…So far I think there are still ways to cope
with environmental and financial issue but it will be much harder
in 30 years, so solutions and research how to solve those issues are
Can you tell us about the songs from Destrunken and how do
you go about the process of composing songs?
Composing songs is a process we are all involved in and we
all create the songs together. Thus, sometimes in the end a song can
differ very much from it's primordial idea. If we start to write new
songs, we mostly start with a theme, a melody which someone of us
presenting. Around such a melody, or sometimes it is already a skeleton
of a song, we compose new tunes, always considering which atmosphere
should be transferred with the different parts of the whole songs.
In the album there are a lot of folk/traditional influences,
can you tell us more about your interest in folk music?
This of course differs among us. Folk music often means for
us, traditional instruments, less Pop (could also differ) and a certain
interest of those musicians in historical issue. So this something
we have in common. There are also some folk bands which all of us
really like, e.g. Triakel, Tenhi or more modern folk bands like Dazkarieh.
Song after song in the new album I feel a crescendo in intensity
and vibe, does it is a coincidence or it was a searched thing?
Interesting, that you mentioned that... it's somehow both
or neither (not really searched but also not conicidence). The basic
of our songs has been our conceptual idea and this "story",
idea we had in mind somehow "controlled" the stories of
our songs. And therefore for us, there is a story told among all songs
which begins with expressing restlessness, fear and ends with "inner
calmness". At the end of our song composing process we arranged
the order of songs how it felt good for us and expresses our concept
in the best way. The consequence might be a crescendo in intensity
and vibe...but that also depends on the way one is listening to the
Your music is very melancholic, which is the message that
you want to say?
There is no particular melancholic message. With “Destrunken”
we want everyone exploring for oneself which feelings, pictures our
music generates within the outer frame our music is giving. Maybe
it’s less personal, if we don’t present a given meaning
of the music, but we want the listeners finding their own experiences/meanings/pictures
in our music. It is a more intimate process with themselves? We just
want to show possible pathes…
Are you close in some ways to the new pagan movements?
Not so close. We try to meet friends and having a bonfire,
mead etc. and the solstice days and we are of course interested in
similar things as may be close followers of the new pagans.
The modern way to play medieval and folk music has got a long
tradition since the seventies (Comus, Gryphon, Jethro Tull, Horslips...),
the eighties (Dead Can Dance, Current 93, Sol Invictus and many more...),
nowaday it seems that there is a very important scene at first in
Germany with lot of acts (Adaro, Faun, Of The Wand And The Moon, In
Extremo, Saltatio Mortis, Morgenstern, Schellmish, Subway To Sally...),
do you feel to be part of this movement, or do you think to have something
different to say?
May be we are part of it may be not. There are very few bands
with a similar musical style but of course many more with a similar
background of interests in history or nature. Our musical focus is
to present a very organic and may be earthy sound without any dancing
aspects, which differs to some of the bands you named.
What kind of music do you listen to? What are your favourite
bands actually and what are your inspirations from the past?
Puh…again this differs quite a bit among us. Some bands
additionally to those already mentioned are (in no particular order
and mixed with current personal favourites and major inspirations):
Minor Majority, Yann Tiersen, Estampie, Tindersticks, Emperor, Sigur
Ros, Russian Circles, Ulver, Starsailor, Olafur Arnalds, Goran Bregovic,
Vali, Tenhi, Empyrium, Naked Raven, Wolves in the Throne Room.
How culturally connected are you to your native land?
I’m not sure if I understand what you are asking. But
I try. All of us feel very comfortable in Germany and esp. in middle
Germany, where we live. We've travelled a lot across the world and
our musical inspiration isn't bound to a certain country or culture.
We already saw so many beautiful places which has inspired us/ our
music, in Germany but also in other countries.
Which is the greatest satisfaction happened to you in your
The label contract with prophecy productions. Being on tour
with Tenhi and Dornenreich. Holding all of our CD’s in our own
hands and to name may be a single concert, the Prophecy 10th Anniversary
Could you give us some anticipations about your future projects,
We are planning to play live shows to present "Destrunken"
to our fans, but there is nothing concrete yet. Furthermore we already
started to write new songs :O). Just keep an eye on our Internet pages
for more news.
Thanks a lot for giving us this opportunity and feel free
to end this interview with a message or a salute...
Thank you very much for your interest in Neun Welten!
…in perpetuity wood…
(only in italian): Vergessene Pfade;