Hi there. Congratulations to your great new album. Please describe the reactions to the CD so far.
So far we’re overwhelmed with the reactions, it is almost only positive so far =)
Do you care for the opinion of your fans, the press and people in general? Or is it just you and your music?
Well we do what we do and this is the first time we are exposed to serious feedback really, and as long as it’s good I guess we’re on the right track. I guess that if all reviewers had told us that we suck we would have had to re-think a bit, otherwise we’d been stupid. The only thing that concerns me is all the HammerFall comparisons, OK so Joacim has helped us with the production but that’s it!! On the other hand it is of course flattering to be compared to such a great band and it can of course help us get a lot of attention as well.
Some of our readers may never have heard about you. Please give us a short briefing in the band's biography.
The band started out as Infinity about 5 years ago, recorded the single "The Call" in 2002 and did some major gigs. Nothing happened really, so we went underground, changed some members and also changed the name to Dreamland and wrote loads of songs. We recorded the demo song "Falling Higher" in 2002, the 3-track demo "Masquerade" in 2003 and now we´re here with our first full-length album "Future´s Calling"
Why did you change the name of the band from Infinity to Dreamland?
That was a tough decision to make ‘cause we started to attain a lot of attraction. BUT there was an album out at that time called "(Beto Vasquez) Infinity" or something like that and the record labels that showed us interest all advised us not to use the name. I don’t think the other Infinity made any major impact though, so I guess we could have stuck to it.
Let's talk about your new CD. My favourite is "Destiny". Can you tell ussomething about this song and it's history?
Johan says that he wrote Destiny as kind of a tribute to the good ol’ 80’s. It was written last summer when Joacim visited Johan with all his recording equipment on their vacation. It is one of these songs that kind of “writes itself” once You have the opening riff. They immediately recorded a pre production version of the song and it´s kind of fun because this is the only song on the album which we haven't changed a bit since! The vocal lines and lyrics are the same and the only thing that's different compared to the pre production is that we’ve got a guest speaker in the middle of the song.
How did you get in contact with Joacim Cans?
Well we’re old friends really.......I´ve known Joacim since things started happening with HammerFall. I also shared a house with Joacim until recently, so when he built a studio in the basement it was easy to chose one of the recording locations =) I just had to get up, brew some coffee and walk the few stairs down to the studio and record =) Our singer Joacim and Joacim Cans are also related, so they know each other since childhood.
What was it like working together with Metal Legends like Joacim and Andy LaRocque?
Joacim Cans was great to work with, he really pushed our li’l Joacim to new heights in the studio. He’s also been a great asset as he knows the business from having several years of experience. Thanks a lot Joacim!!!Andy LaRocque is also a friend of mine, so he has promised to help us for several years and now when we were finally ready to do an album he did a great job!!
With songs like "Hearts like a lion", "Die slowly" and "All for one" parallels to Hammerfall are close at hand. Do you agree?
Hmmm, everyone seems to mention HammerFall as a big influence on us and that is not really true. Just because Joacim Cans likes what we do and has helped us it doesn’t mean that he has had any musical input. “All For One” is a STRYPER-cover so that’s not our title, “I Die Slowly” sounds more like a Sentenced – title doesn’t it??? But Yeah…..I can agree that “Hearts Like Lions” is a title that HammerFall might use. On the whole I think we are much more melodic than them though.
Ups, that one with the Stryper cover was my fault, indeed. But I confess that I do not have a single CD of this band in my collection. And I bet I will never have unless someone forces me to.
In the title track, for example, you develop a different, significant style which sounds, if anything, a bit like Queensryche. What do you think?
Queensryche is fine with me, that’s one of my favourite bands. This was one of the last songs written before we entered the studio. Johan came up with this riff that doesn’t sound like anything else we’ve done at all. We started rehearsing it and it was fun playing but I honestly didn’t think that it was a song that would reach the finished album. We had no lyrical ideas or how do do it songwise at all when we entered the studio and it still went under the working title of “Evergrey”, ‘cause that’s the band that the riff kinda reminded us of. When the music was recorded Joacim and I sat in the studio for several nights just to figure out a hookline that would fit over this different riff and suddenly the chorus was there and fitted perfectly. Then Eric had the idea of these Accept-style quires in the end that also made the song lift to a higher level. And in the end it fitted perfect with the other material and even became the title song of the album, that shows us not to be afraid to try different ideas on the next album. As long as the five guys of Dreamland record it together it will still sound like us.
How would you describe your own music?
Melodic Heavy Metal with a touch of the 80’s!
Which one is YOUR favorite song from the album and why?
It varies all the time. When You rehearse a lot You tend to get tired of all songs, but right now I’d say “Breaking The Chains”. It’s a fun song to play live and was one of the last songs that where written for the album, actually it was written in the studio. It has that great 80’s feel over it, makes me think of Dokken a bit =) I’m a sucker for Love Ballads as well so I’d also say “Fade Away”. Almost all great albums in the 80’s had amazing ballads, like “I still think about You” (Danger Danger), “Wasted Time” (Skidrow) or “Carrie” (Europe).
Are there some lyrics that are special to you? Tell us something about them.
Well, I’ll give that question to Mr Jake E!
Joacim: All lyrics are special to me of course, but If I have to choose a favourite I’ll chose "Fade Away" It´s a wonderful love ballad where the lyrics is about this man who wants his girlfriend back and he’s dreaming about the possibility to go back in time just to do everything right again.Something that I think a lot of people can identify them self with. If you listen to it you’ll know how it ends.
Where do you get your inspirations from?
Musical influences vary within the band but we all share a passion for the classic Heavy Metal bands. Johan, who writes most of the music, gets his inspiration from listening to all kinds of music, he usually just sits and plays all kinds of silly stuff on the guitar and suddenly there is a riff to use and that develops into a song later. He mentions John Norum, Adrian Smith and Vivian Campbell among others as inspirational guitar-players. Eric on the other hand listens to a lot of virtuoso players like Paul Gilbert and Steve Vai. Joacims biggest Inspirations are Europe and Joey Tempest, he’s also a big fan of Michael Kiske.
Please tell us something about the Dreamland process of songwriting.
Johan usually comes up with the riff and very often he has the idea for the whole song ready in his head. Then we all arrange it together while rehearsing and Joacim usually immediately comes up with an idea for the lyrics, ideas that he usually changes 10 times or so before the song is recorded and finished. We already have loads of ideas for the next album, 4 – 5 songs have already reached the rehearsing stage and both Joacim and Eric have been very creative music-wise this time around.
What are your musical influences in your opinion?
See “Inspirations” question =)
I have read that Joacim Lundberg will join Dream Evil. Is that true and if so, what does this mean for Dreamland?
Yes Joacim was one of the many singers that tried out for Dream Evil. He recorded his vocals on a couple of Dream Evil songs for Snowy and Fredman to listen to and they got so impressed that they decided to ask him to record their next album with them. It is no problem for us others in Dreamland if Joacim wants to do something with them. He’s one of the best singers around and it could be good publicity for us =)
Please name some lately released CDs that you like to listen to at home.
Hmmm, I’ll mention five new CD:s that I have in my car then:
Stratovarius new album
System Of A Down - Hypnotize
Motley Crüe – Red, White and Crüe
Stryper – Reborn
Evergrey – A night to remember (The DVD is great too!!!)
What do you think about trends like Metal Core?
Not really my cup of tea ;-) But like all kinds of music there are good and bad bands.
Do you still watch other bands play? Have there been some shows lately that impressed you?
I’m a metal fan at heart so I go to a lot of shows and visit the big European festivals in the summer-time. While I was in the states last month I saw a Stryper-show and they really impressed me! A lot of 80’s bands that make a comeback play awful and look old and fat, but Stryper looked and sounded as hungry as ever.
What makes the difference between Dreamland and other Swedish Metal bands?
I think we are one of the few bands that have that 80’s metal touch about us without being sleazy. Glam/Sleaze bands are coming strong in Sweden right now with bands like Loud’n’Nasty, Pink Lips and Crash Diet, but they are all wearing make-up and hairspray, we are METAL!!
We'd like to know something about the underground in your hometown. Are you still in touch? And if so: Where do you hang out? Are there some yet unknown bands that you like?
As there are so many successful Metal-bands that come from Gothenburg I know that some people abroad think that we have a metal-club in every street corner and that there are hundreds of places to play live, but that’s not really the case. If You’re into more extreme metal there is a great place called BelzePub that always have live-bands every weekend. There is also a new place called “The Crypt” for fans of that kind of music, also with live-bands. When it comes to our kind of music it is pretty hard finding gigs, but there are a couple of great places to hang out if you are into traditional metal, “The Rockbar” is a great place if You want to scream your lungs out to Manowar, Judas Priest and, occasionally, Dreamland. There are loads of bands around that deserve more recognition, one that comes to mind is Within Y. Of course I also have to mention me and Erics’ other bands “Rusty Souls” and “Hymn To The Ancient”. Hymn To The Ancient is a doom-metal project that we started when Candlemass reunited, we had a tribute-band to the for several years when they were split up called “Anvient Dreams” and even got to perform with the mighty “Messiah” on a couple of occasions.
How important is it for you to play live on stage?
To play live is the thing really isn’t it?? That’s when You get the payoff for all the hours in sweaty rehearsal-rooms.
If you could choose freely, what band would you like to support on tour?
Dio would be a great way to get in touch with the right audiences, or why not Motley Crüe?? What a party that would be…..or to tour the big arenas with Bon Jovi!!!
Please tell us something about further Live activities.
I guess we have to see what happens with the album before we can take the right touring decision, but hopefully we’ll see a lot of Europe next year and hopefully play a few festivals next summer. Next stop, though, is to support Nocturnal Rites here in Gothenburg on December 15 though.
Still three questions to go. What do you think of Metal web magazins?
They are a great alternative to paper-magazines I think. It takes a lot shorter time to get an interview published on the web and it spreads internationally much more easily.
Is there something that you have never been asked but always have been eager to say?
Well I’d really like to thank Dirk, Christine and the rest of the staff at Dockyard1 for believing in us!!
We are looking forward seeing you in Germany. Best whishes to you all. Any last words?
Thanks for supporting Dreamland, Buy the Album and ask your local promoter to book us!! See You on tour!!