HENRIETTA

I can’t think of any famous HENRIETTA(‘s) right now but I’m sure there are some out there. But none of them are as metal as this lot. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

Could you please introduce yourself to those of us in the dark?
-We are a dutch death/thrash band who are very much influenced by Megadeth and Autopsy. Our lyrics are always about horror films, obscure or well known. We released our debut album last year and are now working on a follow up! Our line up consists of 5 members, 2 guitar players, a bassist, a drummer and a singer.

I often wonder how people discover that they can do what they do. How did you discover that you can sing and play instruments?
-I am the guitar player and sole songwriter in the band. I can’t sing at all! But I discovered I could write and play when I wrote a song called THEY LIVE, when I was 14. This song ended up on our debut album and I still think it is one of our better songs. I knew I could play guitar when I started to learn Iced Earth songs. The rhythms in their songs are insane and I managed to play them pretty quickly.

When did it become a revelation that you can do this and maybe get paid for having fun?
-That happened when I started working in the studio. Also, when we were offered a couple of record deals, I thought this music we are making might have some appeal to a wider audience.

When you spend an amount of your life on a band does it ever feel like you have wasted time, that you have fought one too many windmills?
-Honestly, my entire life revolves around music. And every day I grow more confident that it’s a waste of my life. I have given up studies and relationships with people to focus on music. Not just my band but also my studio job. I have no regular income and no guaranteed future. I am just hoping for a chance that might never come, while people around me worry about me. This does sometimes trouble me, but my love for music is greater than my fear for the future, so I’ll just keep on trying. This might be a bit depressing, but it’s just reality.

No matter how small or big you were as a band you will leave a legacy behind you. How do you want people to treat this legacy?
-However they want. People are going to think a certain way about our music. Can’t do anything about it.

Is digital taking away the mystery of waiting for a new album now that you can upload as soon as you have written a song?
-Can be. But it’s still in the artist hands. I don’t HAVE to release anything before the album drops. But you are correct, most of the time you know most of the songs before the album is even released!

How important is image in separating you from all the million different styles of metal there is out there?
-We fooled around with an image for a bit. We did weird horror kind of gags and we dressed up weirdly. But at the end of the day, I think being yourself is the best image you can have. For example, W.A.S.P didn’t do all that crazy stuff for the audience, they did it for themselves. That’s why we stopped doing that shit.

Do you deal in different topics lyrically or do you keep to one, just using different variations?
-All our songs are about horror films. So we have a variety of themes, but all based on existing horror narratives.
Do you consider yourself a live artist or do you like to spend most of the time secluded in a studio?
Both. We try to perform live as much as possible. But we are currently working on a new album, so we spend a lot of time in the studio!

How much of a touring band are you guys? What memories do you take with you?
-We have played at some pretty crazy venues. One time they wrecked all our stage props! It was great fun !

What does the future hold?
-Alot of musical growth! Our new album is a million times better than the first one. And our third album will be even better. I hope we will play more live gigs and do some music videos! And I hope to be doing more awesome interviews like this!

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