Numenor interview

Hi Numenor band! What’s the meaning of your band’s title? What’s the origin of that name? Have you changed the band’s name before?
Yes, it’s true the original name was Esgaroth, but its actually a question was Esgaroth indeed Numenor, since we started the band with completely different line up in 2010. The origin of the name comes from Tolkien’s novels.
What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?
I guess that the major influences are now coming from Iron Maiden and Norwegian/Sweden scene from 90s. But, that has been changed since our debut album was more into epic and symphonic black metal element, while the second record was more like something that we could label as ”Rhapsody in Black”. But, of course, the elements and some ideas from the first two offerings are still there, in one way or another.
How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
Ah, it was long time ago, I guess it was around 2006 when I came in Paradox Studio (Srdjan is owner of that studio) where I was recording a few songs for my first band Esgaroth.
When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?
Srdjan actually suggested a working together around 2010. So, I guess that the forming of Numenor could be placed around 2010. I think that the friendship and the sharing of same ideas joined us together in one aim, one goal to create the music and in such way to escape the life 🙂
Are you a member of any music organizations?
No, as far as I could recall 🙂
Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
Actually, we have never played live since when we started this band we only though it would last only for one or two albums, but it turned out to be something complete different, so we are seriously for the very first time thinking about performing live in one TV show on national TV station. We will surly unleash complete darkness and chaos upon TV audience and it will be also available on our YouTube channel 🙂
Which songs do you perform most frequently? Do you ever play any covers? Do you have a set play list?
Since we have never performed live I could not tell anything right now, but when it comes to covers we did a few. Our cover version of Blind Guardian’s Valhalla turned out to be quite popular and successful, and we’ve also participated on CD ”Blood of the Dragon” a tribute to Therion CD.
Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?
Srdjan writes the music, while I am the force behind the lyrics and lyrical concept. So far, our lyrics were mainly based on Moorcock’s and Tolkien’s books and novels, but when it comes to a brand new record we will explore some other myths and legends more rooted in traditions of Nordic or Celtic mythology and tales…
Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
Yes, it’s actually quite easy. First Srdjan compose and record the songs, usually two by two, and then I enter with the lyrical background and vocals, maybe with some ideas, too. So, that’s the entire process of the writing music and recording…
What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?
No, we don’t have any rehearsals at all. But, during the recording process some things of course could become more spontaneous…but, more or less, we don’t like too much to make experiments during the recording process.
How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?
Our music has develop since the debut album. While first offering was much more into epic and symphonic black metal, the second one was a sort of an answer to ”Rhapsody in Black”. But, I think that with the third one we have finally found our own style of playing.
What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Yes, there were few challenges. I remember one when we have started to record our send album ”Sword and Sorcery” when we started to have more power and traditional heavy metal elements. And, yet there was one more, when we started to record our third full-length we wanted to have a different production and a real drummer. This was perhaps one of the most important moments in band’s history since the music and production became different, more vivid and aggressive.
What’s your ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking fame and fortune?
No, actually we want just to create the music and left something behind us. When you are getting older and when you have a chance to left something behind you, that will tell a story, then you will take your chance if you are serious enough. So, that’s really the entire story of our band and the main motivation behind…
What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
I think that I am not the right person to make any suggestions. But, perhaps the most important thing is ”why” would you like to start a band since many people start bands from various reasons: fame, fortune, fun etc…and most of the present band I really don’t like…
How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?
I think that all information and merchandise or CDs that you need you can get through our bandcamp page: https://numenor-kingdom.bandcamp.com/
Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge for offering financial or emotional support?
No, since I finance everything myself, also there’s no such thing in Numenor as emotional support. I think that Numenor is a hermetic musical journey mainly inspired by our childhood’s dreams to own a band.
Any last words?
I would like to thank all the people who are listening Numenor and who are supporting us in one way or another. I am really glad that there are some fans who seriously have explored our music.