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Nightfall | What would Efthimis do?

Nightfall has been very busy lately. A new album, new videos, a ton of press, and all the hype in the metal world. Well deserved in my humble opinion. Efthimis Karadimas (as all band members I assume), was working extra hard. I took it upon me to have him play hard too.

So, Metal Digest had just one question: What would Efthimis do?


The Normless Music Magazine.

What would you do if you could change/introduce one law in the music industry?

There is no law to save the music industry from commoditization. Only its people can. Musicians and fans alike. The thing is, these days Metal music as an industry, and particularly its extreme subgenres, suffers from an identity crisis. What are we singing for, and who are we singing against it’s an interesting issue to discuss. Don’t you think?

I do indeed.
What would you do if you would never have to sleep again?

That sounds like a curse. I love sleeping. But yes, I would probably write songs about the tragedy of staying awake while others sleep.

The band is going bankrupt and the only way to bounce back is to accept a collab with an artist you absolutely despise. What would you do?

For the guy we despised to say yes to a collaboration with us, it means he/she/it reckons a potential in us. That’s something we cannot ignore, right? So, in that case, it is a yes. Absolutely. Let’s do it.

You’ve openly talked about your battle with depression. If you could lose all emotions, would you take the deal?

No way. This sounds like a lobotomy. I’ll pass.

What weird thing would you make socially acceptable if you could?

Openly disagreeing with yourself in public spaces.

If you could level up any aspect of Nightfall (i.e., popularity, skills, sales, charisma, etc.) but you had to decrease another aspect of the band by the same amount, what aspects would you increase, and which would you decrease?

Ahhh, you’ve just stepped into my minefield. Art is a spiritual thing – at least this is how I deal with it all my life. The combination of the sum of all weaknesses you have as human being and the effort to overcome them all to deliver the artistic vision from fantasy to reality, is what characterizes you in the end. The whole process identifies you as an artist and defines you as human, and not a machine. Ok?

If money wasn’t a concern where would you take Nightfall, what would you do, and what would your lifestyle look like?

I would try ultra big productions in super-advanced studios with months and months of recordings. This is the only excuse I give to bands who compromise their sound a bit, only a bit, to secure better responses and achieve better recording times and terms for the next album. Though that rarely happens without a solid business plan, that ultimately turns the magic of creation into a sterilized trial and error process under the shadow of the accountant who wants every penny spent back plus interest. My lifestyle would be the same though.

If you could go back in time and give yourself band-related advice, what advice would you give?

Find a good producer who understands your vision and get full advantage of his/her expertise to get the best out of you. We did not do that cause we trusted none back then.

Trusting none, however, was the driving force behind the aggressive albums we produced ourselves.

If you were required by law to get a band tattoo, what would you get?

Haha, that would be a funny law. But, ok, Nightfall.

If you had an animal/plant/anything renamed in the band’s honor, what would you want to carry your name?

An electric Eel. How about you?

Hmm… I would probably choose an untranslatable Scandinavian concept describing something really cool to carry on my name. Like “kalsarikannit” (getting drunk in your underwear with no intention of going out). Or “sisu” (the determination and resilience that can only be described as ‘stick-with-it-ness’ and gritty bravery when success is against odds. Yes, I’ll go with ‘Sisu’ please, and rename it to Chelf. And people will go “yeah, don’t worry you’ll pull a Chelf in the end and you’ll make it, I believe in you”, or ”yeah he didn’t have the guts and chelf to go through with it…”
Would you want to live in a world where everyone’s feedback about Nightfall appeared as text above their head?

Seriously? Everybody would look like a taxi. Honestly, I’d love to live in a world where everyone’s feedback about each other would be good. Good in terms of respecting the different opinions and lifestyles of each other. Let us first fix this in our societies, and the rest will follow.

If you could body swap bands with anyone in the world for 24 hours, who would you choose?

Army of Lovers.

And with that happy note I’m gonna let you go back to -hopefully-more normal interviews and your normal work routine.

If routine is normal, I am up for the abnormal dear.

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Until we meet again,

Chelf | Metal Digest.

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