DRACENA is a band name that you all should know of by now. With a couple of albums out as well as 7” this Swedish one-woman force is to be reckoned with. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-At the time a lot of our friends in Gothenburg and the Swedish west coast played in different bands and had recorded and released their own albums, so me and some other girls decided to start a band of our own, Dracena, since we wanted to play in our own band and create our own metal.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-I basically record single riffs every time I play the guitar and save them on a special track for future use. When I decide to create a new song I listen through the riffs and chose the ones which will sound good together and start from there… and somehow it always end up sounding like Dracena.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-For me it’s a constant ongoing process even when I am not actively in an album writing mode I still write new material. The difficult part is to chose the best riffs to make the best song. Putting the pieces together with all the instruments and vocals can take quite some time, especially for me as I write all instrument parts as well as the lyrics and then have to be able to play everything except drums. It’s fun but it requires a lot of time.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-This far Dracena has only released tracks in a traditional way, as demos, MCD or full albums. Perhaps there will be new ways such as single track releases in the future but I prefer to be old school as hell…
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-As history will teach us there has always been a fear for new tech killing the music, like when the radio air play arrived, the cassette tape, the CDR… I think the business just have to adapt instead of resist.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Since I don’t really create metal of a specific, clean genre Dracena seem to appeal to a lot of people no matter if they like Black, Death, Thrash or just Heavy Metal. Most of them really likes it and Dracena has a lot of die hard fans, always hungry for new songs. My vocals has gained the most attention by far.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-None that I can think of right now, it’s like there’s always been people writing me from everywhere…
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-Being a metal head (more than a musician) has given me a lot of friends around the globe. Meeting people at gigs and festivals whom share the same interest, no matter if they play in another band or not, has always been great fun. I can’t even imagine a life without metal, I would not be able to function in any society without it.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-We seldom play live these days, but I think with a great live show and great songs there will definitely make enough impact to increase the attention towards the band
What plans do you have for the future?
-More blood, more darkness, more pain…