Grimgotts Interview

LOMMCan you give a little biographical and historical info; who is involved in the band, and how did you guys meet up? 

Grimgotts: The band was formed by myself (Andy Barton) and my mate called Fraser Watt – we started as a joke internet project back in 2015, but we ended up releasing an EP called Here be Dragonlords that year. We recruited random people online to play on the EPs up until 2018 – by then, David Hills, a friend from University joined, along with Fabio Garau, Nelson Moreira & Mo Abdelgadir. Since then, we released Dragons of the Ages (2019) and have played several shows. 2020, we’re releasing our 3rd album, Tales, Sagas & Legends – we’re releasing the album in 3 instalments, with Tales have been released already back in May

LOMM: Pandemic has taken an emotional toll on everyone yet the arts have been hit especially hard. The musicians are vulnerable to financial upheaval. How have you guys have been holding up?

Grimgotts: Every member of the band work full time outside of the band, so we’ve managed to keep the band going !

 LOMM: Good. You seem to have had a productive time as well. Is that right?

Grimgotts: Huge year! We’ve already released 2 full EPs ,with a 3rd on it’s way on December 11th 

LOMM: Modern sounds are my thing J How about you? What does your genre means to you, why did you choose this genre?

Grimgotts: We love having a modern twist on classic sounds – we play Symphonic Power Metal, and it gives us the creative freedom to deliver on all things we deem to be epic and glorious. We play Power Metal simply due to the fact that we love it, it’s our passion.

LOMMHow did the initial musical and thematic elements evolve?
Grimgotts: We have strong fantasy & nautical themes – for us, it’s perfect and evolved from our desire to create music that reaches out to the inner-nerd within all of us!

LOMM: Are you happy with your product? I mean, what aspects of it do you think you guys nailed, and what parts do you think you could improve
Grimgotts: Of course, we put everything we have into every record. We certainly feel we nail the song writing – we feel the tracks are catchy, epic and glorious. We may feel we nail it, but we also know there’s always room for improvement – we’ll strive to make better songs on every record. 

LOMMHow has the overall reception been?
Grimgotts: As a whole, we’ve only received positive feedback – the plays on Spotify are strong and continue to rack up each month! 

LOMM: Have you ever been on a tour? Given live performances? Is it tough for you not to be able to do so now?
Grimgotts: We’ve never done a full tour, but we’ve played plenty of shows – we’ve supported Lagerstein as well as Victorius. Given our recording schedule this year, we didn’t have too many shows planned, so it’s not been too bad. However, we do have shows next year that we’re a little worried about – we just have to wait and see. 

LOMM: What do you see for your future? How is it looking?
Grimgotts: More music! We love making more music, and we suspect we’ll follow up with a new album in 2022 – we have some good shows lined up for next year, but it’s difficult to get too excited about them as it’s likely they’ll be canceled. 

LOMM: Could you tell us about the lyrics / themes /concepts you focus on or plan to focus on? How did the ideas come about, and how do they influence the writing process? Who is writing the lyrics?

Grimgotts:  Our lyrics are based on a fantasy world which we created (called Andria) – the themes and stories of the songs are influenced by video games such as Skyrim & Fable. We also take a huge influence from fantasy authors such as Tolkien & Joe Abercrombie. The music has to complement the theme – it needs to be epic, glorious and incredibly cheesy. Lead singer and chief song writer, Andy Barton, writes all the lyrics and bases them all on adventures in the world of Andria. 

LOMMWhich is more exciting? Being on the road or studio?
Grimgotts: We love making the music, so it has to be the studio – having said that, the buzz from playing live is unreal. 

LOMMWho is composing the songs?
Grimgotts: Our singer, Andy Barton, writes most of the music but the other members have all contributed to the song writing on the 2020 albums – Andy does however write the lyrics, as each track is based on a character or a story from our fantasy world of Andria. The tracks are about epic battles, noble quests, fearsome pirates, and mighty Dragons!

LOMMWhat bands do you draw your inspiration from?
Grimgotts: Much of our inspiration comes from the Power Metal giant bands: Helloween, Rhapsody, Dragonforce & Nightwish. We also take influence from the likes of Hans Zimmer & Two Steps From Hell. We also play Folk Metal, with our main influence coming from the British group Bellowhead (fronted by the singer Jon Boden)

LOMMWhat’s more important to you? Catering to the audience or music for its own sake?
Grimgotts: We’re massive Power Metal fans, so we like to think that if we like our music, the audience will as well… In that respect, it’s kinda both! But we write music because we love doing it. 

LOMM: When you look back your music career, what do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
Grimgotts: Our first gig was an exceptionally proud moment – our first show was at Powe Metal Quest Fest in 2018 . It was a fantastic gig, and we were all very nervous as some of us hadn’t performed in years, but the crowd were fantastic! It was such an amazing experience!

LOMM: Anything else you think your fans should know?

Grimgotts: We’re currently working on finishing the final instalment of our album this year – Tales, Sagas & Legends. The whole album will be out this winter!

LOMM: Great. Good luck!

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