[Preview] Scandinavian Heritage: An Interview with Ulf Söderberg

Coming up in the next exclusive issue: the October annual special long-read interview

In the next exclusive subscriber-only issue of Endarkenment I will finally publish what I consider to be my finest work as a music writer so far: a rare long-read (7000+ words) interview with Ulf Söderberg, aka Sephiroth.

To celebrate this exciting news, I’d like to make a special request.

Ulf is among the most highly respected composers in underground music circles. He's extraordinarily reclusive for a musician of his stature, and he rarely grants interviews. This one is his first in well over a decade.

What I'd like from you, dear readers, is your assistance in getting the word out about the upcoming publication of this long-awaited interview. It will be released through email in the next issue of the Endarkenment newsletter, exclusively for paid subscribers. A copy will be published on the Substack website at the same time, so people who sign up later can still read it.

In this issue you'll find some short preview quotes from the interview, along with an image featuring the newsletter logo (designed by the brilliant Pär Boström of Hypnagoga Press). Ulf has given me permission to share quotes publicly. Feel free to copy and paste the quotes, link to the newsletter, and share the image wherever you think it might be appreciated. Forward this email to friends and followers. Tell music fans about the impending publication of this interview on blogs, social media, over coffee dates, using smoke signals, via carrier pigeon...whatever suits you! All I want is for Ulf's fans to know that:

1) the interview will be published very soon,
2) that Ulf himself will receive half of the net funds from October sign-ups, and
3) that subscriptions are half price through October 30.

If you appreciate Ulf’s music as much as I do and would like to support him, would you help get the word out to more of his listeners?

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…or email me at shrine.of.skadi at gmail dot com.

Thank you so much!

-Danica Swanson

Quotes from Scandinavian Heritage: An Interview with Ulf Söderberg

Danica Swanson: Your work features many references to Old Norse religion and culture. You’ve included, for example, Bronze Age rock carvings from Högsbyn, Tisselskog in your album art; quotes from the Poetic Edda (stanzas 5 and 38 of the Völuspá) in your album notes; and some interesting voice samples in “Tidvatten Part II”…

Ulf Söderberg: The voice in that track is my close friend, colleague, and mentor, author Sture Wikman, who reads a fragment of his poem “Tidvatten.” It was written at the same time as my album. It’s the same text that is printed inside the album cover…The music on the album Tidvatten is also a smaller part of a much bigger original production that’s about two hours longer than the album…Tidvatten should have been a triple album, really…

…the Scandinavian heritage is always strong and clear in my creative thinking. My next album will probably have a stronger Nordic tone than my previous albums.

Danica Swanson: What are your thoughts on your early influences?

Ulf Söderberg: I’ve inquired far, far back into my memories to find out where my fascination with these sounds comes from, because they have been present inside me my whole life - long before this type of music started to appear to the general public. My very earliest sound influences were probably not music at all in the traditional sense. […]

…this question regarding influences is a huge and complex mosaic for me. If I were to mention everything that has inspired me throughout the years, this interview would be 600 pages long. On one hand, I’m very selective and fastidious; I think there is a huge load of crap out there. On the other hand, I’m open to every genre and every expression of art…

Special thanks to the following people, whose kindness and support played a key role in making this interview happen.

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Table of contents with archives of all previously published issues HERE.