BARREN EARTH EXCLUSIVE
The Finnish Metallers, BARREN EARTH are currently on tour here in North America
as part of the "Finnish Metal Tour II"
We here, at MetalTitans, got an exclusive interview with keyboardist, Kasper Mårtenson.
Check out the interview Below
WELCOME TO METALTITANS, GUARDIANS OF METAL ENTERTAINMENT, WORLDWIDE.
I AM HERE WITH KASPER MARTENSON OF BARREN EARTH.
THANK YOU FOR CONDUSTING THIS INTERVIEW WITH ME TODAY.
1. Just have to ask with each band member from a world renowned band of their own like Moonsorrow, Amorphis, Kreator and so forth, what brought you together to form Barren Earth?
Well the Main character in the whole process was our bass player Olli-Pekka, he basically gathered the band and it happened towards the end of 2007. He approached all of us with a view of this event. I wondered at the state , I didn’t see any kind of grand band, or a very serious level , it was more like a question of playing. We all new each other anyway but it was a question of coming together and seeing what happens. And then we started playing and it felt pretty good. So it went gradually, one step at a time. The songs we had were pretty good and we decided to make a demo, and the demo was quite good, then it was like lets shop around. Then a couple of labels expressed interest towards us. Then well might as well make an album.
2. This is your first north american tour with Barren Earth, you have had some unfortunate show cancellations due to weather conditions, but that aside how has the tour been going so far for you and the guys?
Well the only negative thing has been the cancellations, but otherwise has been going really well. And yeah it seems we are the first band on the bill apart from the local support bands. Obviously the majority of the crowd is for Ensiferum, Finntroll. Although we are quite unknown to most people the reception is really very good, people are really open towards us. Tremendously good vibes and I feel the crowds support you know. They are listening to the music and really reacting to us and I suppose that’s the best reception we could be asking for .
3. Speaking of north america and the previous question with this being the first time over on american soil for the band, is there possible plans for the band to return in the near future?
Well I would say a definite possibility and I think the thing is there are quite a few offers to tour here, the main question is to find a time which would be possible for all of us, that’s the main concern of the band, we were quite lucky to find this spot so that we were free from the other commitments. So I think we will come back, it will have to be a time when we are not busy with other stuff. Moonsorrow is coming off their new album, and will be touring Europe in March and April. So it all depends on schedules, that’s the main thing.
4. Summer festival season is vastly approaching and are there any palns for the band to attend or be part of any north american or european festivals this year?
North American I doubt it, probably not. Europe we have 1 or 2 things booked already. I know we are playing in Germany “Wave Gotik Treffen”, Germanys Gothic Festival. I hope there will be more. Wont be a huge amount because of the reason mentioned before some will be doing festivals, Kreator will be also. Last summer we did a few shows.
5. What kind of influences have inspired the musical and lyrical content of your newest release "Curse of the Red River"?
We write songs more on an individual basis, like we cant not write in the rehearsal place, we have 4 writers in the band and each writer prefers to complete the songs then when its complete they will show the other guys. That’s the way it works. We make our own songs and only after the song is completed we introduce to the other players and that’s how we start playing it together that’s how the arrangement process begins. Collective thing , 4 writers, 4 types of influences, we all have our own influences and obviously they overlap in certain areas. My influence is 70’s punk rock, our bass has a finnish slamic/folk influence.
6.For the new record as well, the art work is very unique compared to waht most people envision when they hear your album title. What inspired the artwork and what made you decide to work with Travis Smith compared to numerous other artists?
Travis Smith was a name which was mentioned early on when we were discussing the artwork. I think he did something for Moonsorrow. So there was past experience of working with him . Marko our drummer had contact with him. I think there was some discussion with song titles, lyrics, and he started doing sketches on that basis. He did a great job. I think it’s a tremendous picture. I am totally happy with it. I couldn’t have asked for a better picture. I think it worked really well. So it was a good collaboration with him. I don’t know about the next album, I would hope he would be doing it, but I don’t know. We’ll see.
7."Curse of the Red River" has had nothing but outstanding reviews from countless webzines including our own here at Metaltitans. How does thiss make you feel about the rapid growing success of Barren Earth?
It’s a pleasure to get good reviews. I hope I don’t sound pompous but its all good reviews, its impossible to find a bad review. I was expecting to find a really bad review, just for a change, we eventually found a couple and it felt good, it was refreshing like a breath of fresh air. Obviously its been heart warming to read a good review. Hope it reflects on album sales and ticket sales.
8. With your latest release, is there a song you have a personal attachment to or do all the songs have some sort of personal attachment, whether it is a strong attachment or not?
Yes, the levels of attachments vary between songs. Well, first of all my own songs I feel a special connection there, the music is a very personal thing. There are other ways to connect with songs, like playing live, some songs, or specific arrangements, like my keyboards, I really really like playing live, they are easier to get into . Like the track off the album “The Leer” is one of my favourite tracks, one we wrote a video for. Particularly my favourite to play live, such a great drive and energy also so busy so much stuff going on, very powerful song to play live. I have a connection with everything, all songs, different song, different kind of connection.
9.Thank you Kasper for conducting this interview with me today.Before we finish, is there anything you would like to say or mention to all the Barren Earth fans out there?
Well I could say if you are interested in Barren Earth, the tour specifically check out the blog that I am writing during this tour. I try to update it every once in awhile and can be read on myspace and our Barren Earth face book group, also can be read on scenepointblank.com, so if you want to have a peek behind the scenes, see what’s going on on the Barren tour, check it out.
Kiito -- Thank you
FINNISH METAL TOUR II - Dont Miss Your Chance to See them Live!!
Feb. 16 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
Feb. 18 – Minneapolis, MN – Station 4
Feb. 19 – Chicago, IL – Reggie Rock Club
Feb. 20 – Detroit, MI – Blondie's
Feb. 21 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody's
Feb. 22 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Feb. 23 – Quebec City, QC – Imperial de Quebec
Feb. 24 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
Feb. 25 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
Feb. 26 – New York City, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
Feb. 27 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Mar. 01 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
Mar. 02 – West Springfield, VA – Jaxx
Mar. 03 – Charlotte, NC – The Casbah
Mar. 04 – Raleigh, NC – Volume 11