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Interview mit Johan Levin von Desiderii Marginis aus dem Jahr 2006

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Dieses Interview stammt aus dem Jahr 2006. In dem Jahr habe ich sehr aktiv eine Seite namens Uniworse geleitet. Es war ein Guide und eine Community für Indie-Bands und gleichzeitig haben wir auch noch einige Konzerte veranstaltet. Irgendwann habe ich das Projekt aufgegeben, weil es einfach zu viel Arbeit für eine Person war. Im Rahmen dieses Projekts habe ich auch das ein oder andere Interview geführt. Nachdem die Seite verschwand, verschwanden auch diese Interviews aus dem Netz. Deswegen habe ich mir jetzt die Mühe gemacht diese wieder auszugraben und hier zu veröffentlichen, um euch nicht nur meine Lieblingskünstler etwas näher vorzustellen, sondern euch auch einmal ein bisschen Abwechslung liefern zu können. Hier also mein sechs Jahre altes Interview mit Johan Levin von Desiderii Marginis – einem schwedischen Ambient-Projekt, das es übrigens immer noch gibt (yay).

First of all I would like to thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. It’s really an honour for me to talk to you.

Well, thank you very much for asking, I’m happy to answer to the best of my ability.

Desiderii Marginis exists since 1993. What was the reason for you to start it? And how do you feel about the progression?

I had no special reason to start this project, apart from the fact that my other band didn’t quite have a place for these kind of songs. They were too slow, too droning. So I decided to release my own stuff – without having to compromise. I make music because I have to, it’s a drive. About the progression I’m quite happy with it since I don’t exactly plan ahead – I do what I feel is right for the moment and try not to regret it later.

I heard you come from the archeology, so do I. Which epoch is the most interesting for you? And what kind of work did you do in the archeology?

Every time has it’s interesting elements, and some aspects are most interesting to study through the passing of ages – rather than within a certain timeframe. That said I admit that I’m mostly into medieval archaeology – mainly because you can find a lot of ‘everyday’ artefacts during excavations. Like someones new shoe accidentaly dropped in the well, or sticks of wood with runic messages saying ‘Mother’s says stop drinking and come home’. You feel that you get really close to ordinary people. Sometimes old seeds that are dug up start to grow and bloom in the piles of mud – like the’ve been sleeping underground for seven hundred years!

Currently I’m doing layout and drawings for archaeological reports at the Provincial Museum of Östergötland. On the weekends I work at the Abbey Museum of Vadstena.

Your music is able to call a lot of feelings and emotions while listening to it. With which emotions do you make the music?

Mm, let’s just say I don’t make music when I’m happy.

What are Desiderii Marginis concerts like? Unfortunatly I was never able to see one.

Most people who attend my shows don’t expect stage-diving and fireworks, since it’s basically me, my equipment and some visuals. Dark and loud, and still very intense because the volume brings a totally new dimension to this kind of music,. It becomes a lot more powerful and dramatic.

You are quite active in the internet, how important is the internet to you and your music? How are the possibilities?

It’s a relatively cheap and reasonably simple way of reaching a whole lot of people. The scene in sweden for this kind of music is so small that it’s absolutely impossible to reach out to potential listeners by doing performances and radio appearences for example.

What are your future plans? Where do you want to be in 20 years?

I’m planning on moving to a house in the countryside – I think I can achive that in twenty years… so that’s a plan. Wherever I am I hope I haven’t gone tired of creating.

Is there anything you would like to say to the young artists who plan to make their own music but who don’t know how to start right?

I really don’t think there is such a thing as a ‘right’ start to begin with. In music, as in life, it’s a lot about making mistakes and learning from them. It’s part of the process and part of the charm and joy of music. As long as you do something that you like yourself you can’t go completly wrong. Trust yourself and your instincts, your gut feelings.

Thank you again for your time and your words and of course for your music. The last words belong to you.

I’ll take this opportunity to keep quiet – people talk too much. Take care!

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