Halithaz welcomes you, Sean. I’d like to start by asking you a little
bit about the bind rune that you have chosen for the project, and
perhaps giving an explanation as to how the project came about.
OATJ was formed in 2015, by myself as a spiritual folk project.
Song context is about nature, forging your own spiritual path, and
what dwells beyond. I named the project after my two German
Shepherds, Osiris and Jupiter. We have a full-length that will be released this year,
as well as a cover EP that is full of cover songs from artists we enjoy.
I actually just started writing for what comes after.
The bindrune consists of Algiz, Othala, Tiwaz, Ansuz, Gebo, Raido, and
Fehu. Bind is supposed to represent my spiritual path with this
project, life and death mysteries among nature, and the growth of
knowledge among the presence of ancestors and gods.
Creation of the bind was a month long meditation process.
I meditated on all the runes, wrote down what stood out, and what
meaning I intended for use. Something that stood for my spiritual
You have mentioned in previous interviews that you have always
seen your musical path as being synonymous with your spiritual
path. In what ways have such mediums as runeworking or
meditation helped with the creation of melodies, songs, albums or
Like the above creation of our bindrune, I do meditate on runes
depending on my intuition at the time. Also, everyone has their own
ways of doing some things, I do what works for me, others can do
what works for them. Meditation definitely helps with my day to
day life, especially when I’m having a tough time.
So, my second and third full length albums “Uthuling Hyl “ and
“Nordlige Rúnaskog “ are meditative concept albums that I did very
in depth inner workings on. Most of the song titles are in mixed
Icelandic/Norwegian/Gaelic/Slavic/Indian/and Germanic. I dwelled
on the feeling of the songs and their intention. Like Uthuling Hyl
means “Hollowed Howl” to me, as well as Nordlige Rúnaskog
means “Northern Rune Forest “. Both albums are supposed to be
cryptic like a goetia and have more deep cosmic meaning of my
ongoing spiritual path and inner workings.
One rune I have always found to be truly important to the work of
artists is Ansuz. Could you perhaps give us a little interpretation of
this rune from your own understanding of it, and how it fits into
Communication with ancestors/ other planes of existence, and
nature in its most primeval state. Inner void workings.
Ansuz is a very important rune for communication, inner self
workings, and tapping into the vast cosmic planes.
Exciting news has reached us that you will be heard on this next
series of the popular TV show Vikings! How did that come about?
Eisenwald and I have been working on getting my music in TV and
movies, and companies took interest, so there are even more
appearances in the near future. So keep you eye out.
Oftentimes it becomes apparent to many songwriters, or artists of
any medium, that they might take for granted the power of
inspiration, or the feeling of deep and overwhelming awe. Do you
believe yourself to be the true creator of these songs, or do you
perhaps see yourself more as a translator for something that our
human senses cannot fully comprehend?
Depends on the state I was in when in when writing the song(s).
Sometimes something sparks awe, the goosebumps quiver down
your body and gives you that sense of enlightenment during writing,
sometimes it’s a process of a feeling of that song.
History, and Germanic tradition, is no doubt deeply important to
the roots of this new wave of music. Yet I get the feeling that you
take history with a grain of salt, and try to better understand the
riddles and mysteries of comparative mythology within your music.
Would you say this is correct?
It is an ongoing learning process within and among. I interpret what
certain mysteries mean to me and carve out my own path.
How has the thematic trajectory of your music changed, if at all,
since Uthuling Hyl? Has your focus shifted in the specific aspects of
Germanic spirituality you explore through Osi and the Jupiter’s music?
The two albums were more cryptic and deep inner workings. All my
albums have a spiritual presence with me. OATJ is a folk / neofolk
act. I am a singer-songwriter that builds my own myth and folklore
through song influenced by nature.
Your sound, while comparable to some of your contemporaries
making similar neofolk music, is quite unique. What are some of the
influences that have helped to shape the sound of Osi and the Juipter over the years?
So being a person born in 82’, I grew up on new wave, old country.
In the 90’ I got into a lot of metal. I’d say OATJ’s musical
influences are mainly Einar Selvik, Townes van Zandt, Ulver, and Goblin,
but there are a lot more that help inspire as well.
In the description of your 2020 release ‘Appalachia’ on Bandcamp,
you state that the release was “dedicated to my homeland and the
spiritual connection to the dense forested mountains.”
In what ways do you see Appalachia as resonating with your already established sound?
First album “Halls of the Wolf “ is a straight acoustic folk album with
a few weird songs thrown in. Then “UH” and “NR” were concept
spiritual albums. What is after will be a collaboration of all.
I play folk music, and sing/play/write about my spiritual path.
Appalachia, these hills, have a mythical and old calling to them.
I have family in PA, as well as Tennessee, and I’ve grown up about an hour from
the WV border.
With music so heavily embedded in folk and myth, it seems natural
that you record using mainly traditional instruments, if we were to
exclude more commonly used instruments, what would you say is
your favoured instrument of choice?
Acoustic guitar, my Taylor 324.
I’d love to get a Martin D-35.
What first piqued your interest in Germanic spirituality? Is there a
particular god or particular gods that you find yourself coming back
to channel through Osi and the Jupiter?
My grandfather would read me old Scandinavian and German stories
when I was a child, I believe that’s what first sparked my interest.
There are not one particular god I find myself coming back to all the
time, the embodiment of cosmic void I guess I’d say. Different times
I feel connection to different deities. Right now Frey has been on
Thank you Sean, the final words are yours.
Best of health, and may nature guide you.