This week we feature the artist Adrian Von Ziegler and his composition Nidhöggr. Adrian has been composing for sometime now and has built up an impressive collection of songs. Judging by the number of views on his Youtube channel many people enjoy his creations which combine many styles including, Celtic, Gothic, metal, and soundtracks to create a unique sound that is all his own. A self-taught musician Adrian uses Music Maker and virtual instruments to meticulously create these intricate arrangements. Adrian shows that with the right tools and creativity you can produce some truly great music. Have a listen to the song below and check the rest of Adrian’s work, we are sure you will be impressed. We also had a chance to ask the artist a few questions, check out the interview below.
You used MAGIX Music Maker to create your project. What drew you to the program and how does it help you in your work?
After trying for a while to make my songs with a microphone I noticed that I had, sound-wise, reached my limits, I was looking for a software that would allow me to produce synthetic sounds. I decided MAGIX was for me, mainly because of the price-performance ratio, plus it is very easy to understand, even for beginners. I do not use samples but only the MIDI editor, which is also very easy to use, and VST instruments can be extremely easily inserted into the program and there is no error messages. Despite the fact that it is so straightforward, you can also work professionally with MAGIX, it is not just an issue for beginners. For example, I earn my living with music that I create using MAGIX.
How did you come up with the idea for this project?
Norse mythology and heavy metal are two of my biggest passions, so it was only natural for me to merge the two topics. Moreover Nidhöggr was not nearly my first song in this style, it is just one of a group of songs in my discography which deal with pagan themes.
What advice would you give other music makers who would like to go in the same direction?
When you start making this kind of music you should be sure what the song should be about regarding the topic and message you wish to convey. This kind of metal is all about the myth and culture of what the music is about. My goal is to tell a story with the piece, the story and message of the song should be at its core, everything else should be arranged to complement this.