HYPNOS is yet another cool Swedish band that everybody needs to know of. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
Oskar: The name was actually decided before we even knew what our sound was like. We were inspired by 70’s rock music, but we didnt know if we were going to play stoner like music or more like heavy metal, so the name had to be working for a pretty wide genre. We had a hard time to get a name that we all felt was right, and in the end we landed with Hypnos.
How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
Oskar: We play heavy rock with inspirations from 70s/80s. The music builds a lot around guitar harmonies and powerful vocals, but we also play around with dynamics and tempo for a deeper and wider music experience for the listener. We see ourselves very much as a live band, and are known to deliver an energetic show.
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
Oskar: It’s really hard to answer this question for the group as a whole, because we all have a bit different taste in music. To answer the question for the group I suppose heave metal is the greatest influence. For stuff that I currently write the inspirations comes from all over the place. A lot of thin lizzy, but also influences form other genres like disco or kids music (I recently had a kid) are being played with, and I think it’s turning out really good!
Anton: The greatest influence is music itself. You hear stuff that inspiries you all the time. This answer may sound a bit corny, But you take in what you hear.
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
Anton: Sweden, and mostly Gothenburg (the homebase of Hypnos) has a really healthy scene for the cultural side of life. This makes everything more interesting ofcourse and easier for bands to develop.
Oskar: the individuals of the band all moved here because there is a scene here and it’s a lot easier to get things going under these conditions. Of course you can make it in the middle of nowhere, but it’s harder and slower. We don’t have time for that.
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?
Anton: Hmm, I bet we will look back at theese good times when we are rocking our wheelchairs. At least then we will think that we were part of some swedish heavy Metal movement.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?>
Anton: If we wanted to have birds and bees, we would have birds and bees! Hah! A great album cover for us is something that we are satisfied with.
And it doesnt have to include a Black background with swords and chains.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
Oskar: I wouldn’t say it’s killin it, but I sure is a game changer. You will have o adapt to the conditions given instead of blaming them. I myself enjoy the physical format, it’s fun and nerdy to be a bale to hold what you enjoy in you bare hands.
In some genres it’s more about writing hits instead of albums to listen to form side to side, and I hope that that won’t be the case for rock music.
Anton: Thanks to digital, bands like us are able to spread our stuff in a faster and easier way. So I myself embrace it in a way.
But ofcourse, vinyl is the creme de la creme.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
Oskar: There are places all over Europe that are doing our thing. It’s like a small society we have gotten to know over the years. Sadly there is not a lot of money in these business, but it’s great people.
Anton: I think the live scene in Europe is super. There are small festivals in almost every region of every country. The country with the most deticated scene is by far Germany. They put up excellent shows/ festivals and the fans love to spend money on merch.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
Oskar: We are professional and it’s important that we always aim to make our best show, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have fun at the same time. When the job is done we usually like to hang out and party since we are very social as persons.
What would you like to see the future bring?
Anton: It would be really cool to be able to quit my boring daytime job and to tour more.