Interview with Knaat

The German band Knaat is the latest addition to the world of folk and pagan metal. Iza caught up with the band to discuss the scene, influences and “the magic of alcohol”.

Iza: Hi
Knaat: Hello!

I: Tell me a bit more about Knaat’s origins as a band. What was the main thing that inspired you to sort playing pagan metal?
Knaat: We didn’t start with pagan right away, we messed around a lot in the beginning and nothing made much sense. Then Adrian (keyboards) joined, we started writing our first more serious riffs and then it sort of happened that we played pagan metal. It fit our style and we were all big fans of pagan music.

I: Does the name ‘Knaat’ mean anything? 
Knaat: Nothing in particular, it’s basically the sound an old door makes when you open or close it. We were drunk when we named the band like this and we really liked it. Don’t judge us! 

I: Could you tell me a little bit about the lyrical themes for the songs on your new album ‘Die Lichtung’? 
Knaat: Basically it’s about typical pagan themes like battles with giants, men who face their own fate or the magic of alcohol. Sometimes the lyrics in the pagan scene refer to actual historical happenings, that’s not the case with Knaat.

I: How serious are you about the pagan/heathen theme? Is it an important factor in your music or do you see yourselves more as easy going party-folk metal band?
Knaat:We fit in the second category. We’re just really big fans of the music, that’s why we make it and our singer can write his lyrics about topics he is interested in. There’s nothing more behind it.

I: For a relatively new band you have accomplished some major things such as playing a major festival like Pagan Fest Munich. How did it feel to play in front of such a large crowd for the first time?
Knaat: Some of us were very nervous before the concert, especially when the intro kicked in. We didn’t expect so many people to show up. But as we kept playing we realized that the crowd was awesome and that there’s nothing to worry about. Sitting together with some of the members from the biggest pagan bands afterwards was simply incredible and unforgettable.

I: I can detect influences from bands like Korpiklaani and Ensiferum in your music. Which of these has had the biggest impact on your sound?
Knaat: Probably Ensiferum and Finsterforst

I: What does the year 2013 have in store for Knaat? What sort of plans do you have?
Knaat: Towards the end of 2012 we’re going to have our first little “tour” so we didn’t really plan ahead yet. We’re going to try to play on some festivals – some are more known and it will be tough to get accepted – and of course our concerts from time to time.

I: How do you feel about doing an international tour? Is this something you would consider at this stage of your career?
Knaat: Like I said, we’re having our first little “tour” in the end of this year, we will be playing in Munich, Italy and Switzerland. This will already be tough, since we have to drive there by ourselves, take care of our equipment by ourselves etc. A really big tour, like across Europe would be great, but not yet possible unfortunately. Maybe in in a couple of years, when we make more money (we all need to finish either university or vocational training) and we can actually afford some people who can help and also some sort of tour bus.

I: If you could pick any other pagan metal band to tour with in the future who would it be and why?
Knaat: Probably Finsterforst. They influenced us a lot and they are a Band that we always wanted to play with. They make great music and are finally getting the success they deserve!

I: Some people say that pagan and folk metal is no longer as popular as it used to be a few years ago. What are your thoughts on this?
Knaat: It is definitely the case that Pagan metal had a huge boom at some point which is now fading a bit, but the people who enjoyed it a lot before, still enjoy it. You shouldn’t stop listening to your favorite bands, just because the general interest in the genre is depleting.

I: Anything else you would like to add for your fans and our readers?
Knaat:Thanks so much for your support and keep supporting German breweries!

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One Response to “Interview with Knaat”

  1. for the german Woodhorde!

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