Interview with Folkheim done by Patrick on 3-14-16

Hope  everyone's  week  is starting  off  good? Here  is  a   new  interview  I recently  did  with   Chile's     folk blackend  metal  band  Folkheim.The  band  has  already ready  released  a  couple  of releases  and  has  big  plans  for the  future  so  if you  are   interested  with  folk  inspired  black  metal  then  be  sure  to  check  this  band  out  soon

Interview  with  Nelson  V. Bassist  for   Folkheim     done  by   Patrick

1.Hello  Nelson  how  are  things  with you these days? Please  introduce  yourself  to  the  readers?Hello Patrick!Hello Friends my name in Nelson the bass player of Folkheim

2.When  did you  first  meet the  other  members  of the band? How  did you  all   choose the  name  folkheim  for the  bands  name?  does  it  have  a  special  meaning?

Actually the name of the band was born between jokes and beers! at that time we did´nt know the meaning, we just want a word with character and prescence but long time after that we learned what it means in german language “Village of the folklore“ or something like that...

3.What  is the  current  line  up  of the  band? For  the  readers  who  have   never   heard  Folkheim's  music  how  would  you  best  describe  it?

The current line up is,
Pedro Muñoz –  Rhythm Guitar and clean vocal he is the founder member of folkheim
Andrés de la Cuadra - Keyboards and programming
Erik Muñoz - Lead guitar and guttural Voices
Nelson Vilaboa - bass player
Alexis Armijo - Lead Vocal
Javier Ortiz - Drums Musically we consider  ourselves a black metal band, with some ethnics passagges  and culture of indians local tribes like Rapa nui peolple (Easter island)  or Mapuche People (south of chile) or Aymara and Kunza (North of Chile) but our music is based in the metal not based in the folk music

4.How  did  the band  come  in  contact  with  Australis  Rec.? I   know  you   have  released  a  couple  of  cd's  through the  label  will you  all work with them  for the  future releases  as well?

They contact us in 2007 because we won a contest in the north of chile and we recorded a demo who gave much to talk at that time , and our Pachakuti album was the first EP under australis label and Mapu ñi tiam our second album in 2012, now we are working very hard new ideas for the new album but  this time the target is an international label we put all our strength into it.

5.Has  Folkheim   started  writing  new  songs  for the  next release?Any  idea  how  many  songs will be  on the  next release?

That´s right actually we got the name already, and we are working in the new songs but this time our next album will be heavier, aggressive, powerful according the different influences of the members because we got some ideas from all musicians in folkheim , and we want unless 10 songs in this new one, but we are thinking about an EP also previously

6.Does the  whole  band  take  part  in the  writing process  or  does  one  member  usually  write  everything?


Fortunatelly all members brings their ideas and works , we are very friendly inside the band ,  we have a dropbox account specially for the new ideas after listen we analyze and study if that songs have the style of folkheim,depending on that, we work or discard.

7.Who   usually  writes the  lyrics  for the  band? What  are  some  topics/subjects  the band  writes  and  sings  about? 

Usually our vocal wrotte the lyrics that´s his job, but is the same way for working inside the band anyone brings a topic or interesting story and alexis begins working on that new topic , in our lyrics we want to tell a messagge to the people about some unfair historical fatcs against the working class and indians tribes in hands of the oppressor, show the anger and fury or saddness why not!...

8.Besides the  two  cd releases  does  the  band  have  any  other  merchandise  available  for the  readers?If   yes  where  can the  fans  buy  it from?

Currently we got only Cds, we have T-shirts too but not in this precise moment, anyway the fans can we send us a messagge in facebook or twitter, we are always outstanding to the social networks.

9.Does  Folkheim  get  to  play   "live"  very  often?What   have  been some  of the bands most   memorable  shows to date?
in 2015 we played many times almost once at month in differents cities of chile , you know for a black metal band that is  a lot! hahaha...

There are many important concerts in our “curriculum“ we share the stage with bands like FINNTROLL (finland), ENSIFERUM (finland) in 2014 we played in THE METAL FEST CHILE
And our last one in december 2015 we open to KORPIKLAANI (finland)

10.Are their  any tours  or  shows  planned  for  2016?  If  yes  where are  some  places the band  will  be  playing?

Yes absolutely, we are planning an european tour (at last hahaha!!!) and the first date confirmed is in october 1st the “Folk and metal fest lll“  Bucarest Romania 2016, also we want give some concerts in, Switzerland, Poland, Holland, Finland and, we hope so in a very important festival in Germany , our manager is moving their magic wand for more dates...

11.Folkheim  comes  out  of  Chile's  metal  scene   what  is your  opinion  of  Chile's  metal  scene?

Well, today the Chilean scene is much more organized we have more promotional media like  social networks are very powerful and obviously the heandbanger is very loyal for that reason are a lot of concerts and events in chile, lots of bands of differents styles, every weekend  there are concerts , every year mainstream bands comes to chile , and fortunately the instruments are a little cheaper that is a important thing if you want make a difference.

12.Who   are  some  of your  all-time  favorite  bands from  Chile?  Are their  any  new  bands  that  you  feel the  readers  should  check  out  soon?

Pentagram , Criminal, Torturer, All tomorrows, Sadism, Undercroft , Six Magics, Witchblade , Necrosis, Crisalida ,L efutray and many more

13.Besides  the  bands  are their  any  good  labels  or  distro's  from  Chile  that you  feel t he  readers  should  check  out  soon?

 Well you can check Australis records , Iged records,Rawforce records and Picoroco records  you can found  interesting material and  chilean metal bands

14.Besides  metal  and  folk  music   do  any  of the   members   listen to  any  other  forms  of  music  or  metal?

Yes, all guys are very open mind we appreciate the music in their essence beyond the topics either musically or melodically as an “all“
Actually Pedro and Erik the guitar players they listen rock and metal in their free times, I can not listen only metal all day long too much decibels for my head
for example I Like various styles of music not only metal i like jazz, i like a lot the 80´s music... bands like Bauhaus or Mission UK, Genesis... man I like Creedence clearwater revival.
Alexis the vocalist, has  similar musical preferences as me, but all of us like the mainstream and classic bands from Black Sabath or Rush to Nile or Behemoth.

15.Are  any  of  the  members  currently   working  with  other  bands  or  solo  projects? If  yes  can you   please  tell the fans  about  them?
Well Folkheim is like our son you know, but Erik is working in a project with some friends something like Gojira or Meshuggah
I got another band of heavy/power metal with my brothers and Alexis has a band named Windmill.
16.When  not   working  on  band  music  or  business  what  do you   enjoy  doing  in your  free time?

Yes, we like to get together drinking beers and listening music with a nice conversation around a barbecue or watching youtube anyone can put their favourite bands , songs or a funny video or sometimes we go out to see some bands and drink more beers hahaha...!
17.Thank  you   Nelson  for  taking  the  time  to  fill  this  interview  out  do you   have  any  final  comments  for the  readers?

I just want to say many thanks to you Patrick and Wasteland Wanderer webzine for this interview, and let me invite to your readers  to know and listening Folkheim  because we are doing music with a lot of passion and we want many people enjoy our singular proposal...

And follow us on Facebook
or twitter @folkheimThank you very much.Nelson.
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Gaz Visionz is a writer and Internet Radio DJ with the punk/metal show 'The Wastelands'. He is also a YouTube podcaster/creator, host of Ancient Visionz Talk Radio, co-host of Paradigm Radio with Planet X Films, and a passionate fan of hardcore punk, metal, underground hip hop, movies, science-fiction, comics, and indie film.
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