First off, just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. Could you start off by giving a little information about you to the audience? Whatever you feel comfortable with, but name, age, and where you live would be pretty standard?
Hails! Shatraug the founding member of Horna here, currently residing at Tampere.
What does Horna mean to you guys in 2017? And how does that compare to what the project meant to you guys when it was formed?
Simply said it's a major part of my life, having existed since 1994. Back then I thought little of the future and would never have imagined still having the same band but as long as I have the same shadow and flame within it will go on. Horna is my madness, my possession and retreat. All the trivial goals I had in the beginning have been fulfilled tenfold and now I feed my passion.
How would you describe the composition of a typical track within your musical group? Do you have primary songwriters, or do you each take time writing individual tracks and bring them to the rest of the group to flesh out, or do you jam tracks out in a live sort of setting?
That is fairly simple - I compose everything, present the ideas to rest of the band and they add their own into it. Major roles in how each song turns out are just me, the drummer and vocalist. We practically never rehearse all together, it's a well oiled machine that does not require much to run on full speed.
Your musics aggression, and your strong stance regarding independence leads me to believe you guys have some pretty strong philosophical and political views. If you had to sum up your general belief structure into a few concise statements, how would you summarize your stance in both politics and spirituality?
We indulge in the occult, each member more or less a satanist, everyone standing behind the script of the band. To us there is no black metal without it being the musical vision of satanic decree. Any political agenda is best left out of it, does not belong in music at all and should not even be needed to underline.
Have you had any particular moment(s) that you would like to share, that you would consider to be a crowning achievement in your musical career so far, or moments that you would say truly continue to inspire you to pursue your artistic path?
From the euphoria of having our first album out to the manic moments of touring, all of it. I'm inspired by everything that is still left unsaid.
Playing live shows, recording new tracks, attempting to go live the life that gives you the experiences that inspires it all... it can be difficult to balance the time. Do you have any particular methods that you use to keep yourself focused or balanced in your direction?
Not really. The only thing I do between all band activities is to dedicate the rest of it for family and friends. I don't need much since my life does not exist without music.
What are some of the biggest challenges you have had to overcome in your musical career?
The only real challenges have been the line-up changes, some smaller and some bigger but none of it has been too difficult to overcome in the end. Some touring gone wrong has resulted in difficult times to keep personal life balanced but that's life. Shit happens, deal with it.