|1. What are you currently up
Well, we are currently gathering material for our DVD , the
backstage, behind the scenes parts so that has kept us busy for the
last couple of months as well as I have mixing the DVD/CD audio for -
A night to remember- which is coming out in March on CD and May on
Other than that we are going on tour in Europe in April / May and
also having release parties for the DVD in Germany , Italy, France
and Sweden. In the Studio I am right now mixing In Flames Live DVD/
|2. When you compose a song where do you get your ideas from and how
does a song evolve?
The inspiration can come from almost anything from the daily news to
personal tragedies so that is an impossble question to be precise
But the evolvement of a song usually starts with someone in the band
having a part or a riff for a song and then presenting it for
everyone in hte best way possible ,etiher recording it on a Demo or
just playing along with a drum-machine. After that everybody else
joins in and contribures there parts.
|3. How did the Bloodstock show go last year and what have you planned
for this year's open air Bloodstock show?
Well according to ourselves I found it to be a VERY well organised
festival, probably one of the best so far. and the show was great ,
the audience made it great for us ! Magazines and fans also seemed to
enjoy it quite alot I saw that we got 5 k's Kerrang so i guess that
counts for something.
We are just planning to come there to convince people once again that
Evergrey is something to really count on ...
|4. What tracks do the band most enjoy performing live and why?
That really depends on the aucience and the rush you get from them .
Sometimes one song can seem extremely boring and slow to play and on
another show the very same song can be great so that is really up to
the individual show or occasion , Songs we do tend to enjoy nowadays
though are A touch of blessing, More than Ever, Essence of conviction
but also old ones like She speaks to the Dead and Solitude within.
|5. What do you think Evergrey need to do to gain more exposure and
fans? Has the Internet helped spread the word about the band and its music?
I dont know, we had this discussion with our record label when we were
negotiating our upcoming contract and came to the conclusion that we,
as a band could only make the best albums possible, after that it is
up to everybody else to try to hype us or in other ways make us
But of course touring has a major part in a band getting bigger.
|6. Could you take us through some highlights of the last studio
album, 'The Inner Circle'?
Well we were recording for 5 and a half months and that in itself was
a highlight since we used our own studio and could spend much more
time on it in a very relaxed mood . Another thing was having the
string-quartet there it was a dream come true to finally have the
economic possibility to do it and cpmpose the parts knowing that they
were going to play it.
|7. Some fans have hinted that Evergrey are a Christian band - do you
agree with this and do you think being classed as a Christian band helps or hinders a band's perception?
We are probably as far away from Christianity as any band can come
without being Satanic.
The people who even consider this to be true must all
be "downloaders" and /or never had the oppurtunity or knowledge to
read the lyrics : )
I really dont have a clue if it would hinder a band either but I
would think so since "Metal" is a very "EVIL" thing to be so I guess
kids rather choose the left hand path in this matter since it feels /
|8. Evergrey successfully meld heavy music with more classical
moments. Was this a conscious decision when the band started out or has this sound developed during the course of writing songs?
I think the classical music has always been somewhat prominent in Evergrey's music however it always happens un-intentionally up
until "the Inner Circle" where we knew we had the String-Quartet to rely on and therefor could write whatever we wanted knowing it would
|9. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
What spare time? : ) Mix / Produce albums then maybe
|10. Message to your fans?
Be sure to check out the - A night to remember - DVD a preview is to
be found at www.evergrey.net Other than that...keep up the darkside...