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Galder (Old Man's Child)

Interview with Galder from Old Man's Child
by Elina Papadoyianni at 09 May 2009, 8:09 PM

After four years, Galder and OLD MAN'S CHILD strike back with their seventh full-length album release Slaves Of The World and, thus, we got in touch with the mastermind of the band for a very pleasant interview; enjoy!

Interview with: Galder from OLD MAN'S CHILD

Hello Galder!How are you today?

I'm fine, thank you.

You've done a lot of interviews so far?

No, this is the first for the day, so I'm fresh (laughs).

Cool! Let's start then: I know that first came OLD MAN'S CHILD and then DIMMU BORGIR. Was OLD MAN'S CHILD the reason you met and started with DIMMU BORGIR?

No, I know them for many years. Me and Shagrath were in the same class at school, from 7th 'till 9th grade, so yeah I know him for a long time now.

Slaves Of The World is the 7th full-length album of OLD MAN'S CHILD and I have to say that it kicks ass! It's a must-have release!

(laughs) Thank you!!

It took around four years for this release. Why did it take that long?

First of all, I don't like to release a new album every year and apart from that there are many other things, for example the studio wasn't available when I was able to record and I had to record all the vocals and record all the keyboards, so just that took around six months.

And I guess in addition to that you have everything that comes with DIMMU BORGIR as well…

Well, playing with DIMMU BORGIR is not an issue when it comes to that, I mean we are very busy when we're busy but then we have like one year off, so there is time to do other things as well.

After all these years and now officially seven albums, how do you see the music progressing? Do you feel that this release is the best one so far?

Well, actually I wanted to go a bit backwards this time with this album, I feel that the previous one was a bit polished so I wanted for this one to sound more dirty, so for example I used very old amplifiers for the guitars. You can say it's a progress but I also want to go back a little (laughs).

When it comes to lineup and session members, I see that since the beginning there were always different members for each album, something that seems now almost traditional.

Yeah, tradition is actually the right word for it. I mean I just stopped thinking about guitarist and bass player like a few years ago, and I try different bass players but I can't find anyone I really like. Me and the others play in the band for many years but we don't tour that much and I make all the music so I don't really see the point of having a full band. I like the situation as it is now but as far as the drummer is concerned it's cool to change for each album 'cause it makes it sound different. To spice it up a little bit (laughs)!

Are there any touring plans or not yet?

I don't really have any plans to be honest, I mean this is the last album on the contract with Century Media so I don't know what will happen next, whether I will continue with the same label or search for another one or do something different like maybe get a full lineup. I don't really know but right now I don't have any plans, although it would be very fun to tour and get to come to Greece as well. It's gonna be hard, it depends as well on the musicians I'm using, if they can get some time-off from work and be okay with their other bands as well, stuff like that.

Here comes a weird question…Do you have some sort of unique wallpaper or an evil pattern on your wall at your house?

Ehm…(laughs) well it's a normal wall, I do have some posters on…why?

Well, in an old interview the journalist asked you where do you get your inspiration to write music from and you said nowhere in particular, many times you just stare at your wall and ideas come up!

(laughs)Yeah, I don't get inspiration like other people do, I mean don't really listen to much music although I love it, I still listen to my favorite albums from the 80s and 90s, plus I do have a psychedelic wallpaper! (laughs) I don't think inspiration has to come from music, I mean you can just drive your car and come up with the day or for example the other day I woke up in the middle of the night 'cause I had a new riff in my mind.

And the typical standard question now, how do you see the Black Metal scene now?

Yeah, I probably have this question in almost every interview (laughs). Well ok it's the same as it used to be…ok I'm just gonna say what I always say!

(laughs) No prob!

Of course, it was a lot more extreme Back in the old days but still there a lot of people there enjoying Black Metal and that's very good. And it's also really cool that all the older bands are still there and things haven't changed a lot over the years.

And you see the reaction of fans and metalheads in general towards your music?

The OLD MAN'S CHILD fans have always been very supportive, I mean I'm always freaking out before the release of each album but they seem very supportive and that's cool. And with DIMMU BORGIR is obvious 'cause you can see the reactions of the fans in the live shows, I believe we have the best crowd in the world and that shows a lot in our gigs and we love to see it every time.

You don't have any weird ideas about stop wearing corpsepaint, right?



I mean, I'm open to like tone it down a little bit for a few pictures and then for some others to have more extreme, but it's of course a must-have when it comes to live shows.

Thank you very much for your time Galder, wish you all the best for the future!

Thank you too and I hope we'll get to come soon in Greece to play for all the fans there, take care!


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