It would be easy to write off HAUNTED BY DESTINY as yet another wannabe band but there is more to them than the rumour says. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
You have one of these names that does not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-The thing was that we wanted a name that’s kind of cool, mystic and nice to pronunse. Not so much to describe our music. We wanted the word DESTINY in the band name somehow. And we came up with the name Haunted By Destiny. And it’s kind Of creepy and true when you think about it. You are, many, always haunted by your own destiny.
Could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-When Christian Gadefuhr and Johan Söderhielm first started to write music together they were clueless to the optimism, commitment and ambition that had already started to form Haunted by Destiny. As of today the band has been joined by 3 additional musicians through Simon Weston, Marcus K Johansson and last but not least Evelina Eliasson, who´s also the face of the band. From day one the music grew with the charasteristic details that is represented in every intro, vers and chorus. The dynamic sound has been born working together with Peter “PP” Samuelsson at PPP Recordings and has been part of the band from the first track of the EP “Aria” to the last track of the now completed full length album “Aria for an Angel”.
The above is taken from the bio at the homepage. So it was me and Christian who started the band. We played together for some time before and decided to start something new.
What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?,
-I guess some of the big ones out there. Breaking Benjamin, In Flames, Lambretta and Lady Ga Ga. Also our producer PP Samuelsson of course. He made a lot with the sound.
What is the metal scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-The metal scene is lame. We have some good bands and a few places to play but it’s not that much. And the metal people are listening to are bands like Iron, Maiden, Sabbathon and Volbeat. So we don’t have tha much to work with here.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-Well… Not in the way that we think we gonna change the world or something. But as soon you start making music, record, play live, make videos etc. you will make histor. 100 years from now you still will be able to listen to HbD and that’s a cool feeling. And many you can influence people to do good stuff. Not only in music but in general.
When you play the sort of metal you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Haha. That’s true. We will try to make some esthetic, dark but still beautiful. It has to be clean and you have to be able to tell what kind of music we play. I like our album cover with the wings for example.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-I think it’s not killing the music. A good thing is that you reach out to lot of people by the digital scene. But it’s of course much more difficult to sell records now days. We have a deal with our label and we have to sell X copies of the album. But it’s really hard. It’s easier to sell a shirt than a CD nowadays.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-Hm…. I don’t know really. Festivals maby. Of corse when we play our own shows there’s no problem with the scen but it has its limitations. It’s hard for us to play att to small places with a small PA/system and so on. That type of punk scenes is not good for us. We’ve tried but it is not our kind of scene.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-We see it as a work. You need to have fun at work but it has to sound and look as professional as possible. We like to do the extra things that makes us look good. And not to many drinks before the show.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-In the future we would like to have some festival shows. A tour with a bigger band maybe. A song on the radio. And the next record in the progress.