Infidel Interview #97: Àrnica

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?

Àrnica is an Ur-Folk project from Barcelona (Spain). My name is Carles, 37 years old and I’m part of the band together with Daniel Pablo. I’m a little bit nomadic lately...

How do you enjoy where you live? Is there a vibrant music community where you are? Would you say you find that your local scene influences your attitude and/or creativity?

Sadly we don’t have a vibrant music community... Well, of course Barcelona is a main stage for everyone, but I’m not interested in mainstream bands or radio stars. Underground culture has been passed through a very difficult time due the City Hall politics. We are growing involving culture and history in music scene, which means go further and beyond aesthetics.

What does Àrnica mean to you guys in 2017? And how does that compare to what the project meant to you guys when it was formed?

Àrnica has been growing opening a new wide look into Iberian folk scene. We are now conscientious of our duties and responsibilities with our own history and legacy. During these 10 years of live acts, we have become more independents and we have learnt to be just ourselves. Some great bands has been joining us during the last decade, and a lot of people is involved in a scene that its not just music but identity and spiritual. So it begun as a therapy or a need but it has become a personal duty.

Do you consider yourself to be part of a particular sound or scene? What are your thoughts on the nature of genres and styles, and do you have any particular ones which you find to your enjoyment more, listening and/or production-wise?

Well, yes. I know most people want to be unlabelled and stuff... but you know people we are gregarious so we need to be part of something, a tribe, a neighbour or a part of any kind of urban tribes. It has work like that since the beginning of the humankind, so it’s not going to change. We are part of the scene we choose to be part as music listener. NeoFolk it’s a very small scene but it has a brutal cultural (political, spiritual, philosophical) background. Even if our music it’s not purely consider as NeoFolk, we are into that family, and we feel ourselves comfortable. Of course, it doesn’t means we can play in front of a different audience or play with bands from other scenes. Daniel and I we listen very different kind of music. Just to be brief I can say that it goes from Opera to Noise, passing through Black Metal, Folk, Power Electronics or Cajun music.

What do you see in the near, and far, future for your creative output?

It’s always difficult to say, as life goes and comes. I’m also a kind of nomad in the last years, so it makes more difficult to see a couple of years ahead. I’d like to keep myself involved in music and of course working hard in my (flying) design studio. I guess art will be always around my path as It has been a good companion all the way long until today.

Anyway, in a creepy way, the creative force should be poured over the day-by-day surviving stuff. You know, talk with other people, with strangers, keep yourself sane in a insane society... Regular shit to not become a serial killer one shinning morning, that’s all.

You have released quite a few releases over you're active musical years. What has been your favourite album you have put out so far, and how do you feel your music has evolved over the years?

Our next release, of course hahahahaha. Well, I’m very happy and satisfied with our last album, ‘Cabeza de Lobo’ in which we have been playing more instruments and opening wide our minds about synthetized atmospheres. We use to work with fields recordings, but this time we rejected limitations and got more fun with electronic ambient.

Every album is a reflexion of the time we were recording it. Experimentation, research, obsession... I can feel every record as a mental and emotional status.