MAGMA MISTRESS is another band that played the Dimman music fest in my home town. The one I couldn’t attend as I was working that night. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-Considering that the current line-up formed not too long ago we definitively feel that things are moving along the way we want.

Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it?
-Yes we have a pretty clear vision of what sound we like and what work best for this band. We draw influences from many different genres within psychedelic rock, hardrock and metal. And this allows us to experiment alot in the writing process and gives us alot of freedom in developing our sound further.

Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-No it´s not important to us. We just want the lyrics to work well with the music and set the vibe of the song. Right now we draw alot of inspiration from dark fantasy, sci-fi and I am personally really into books and movies with a dystopian theme. So that also finds it´s way into the lyrics.

How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-It´s very important. An album cover can set the vibe for an entire record. And being a real nerd when it comes to vinyl covers I can spend alot of time just admiring the covers. But when it comes to digital download I don´t think the cover can sell an album.

Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-Just playing together in this band is success for us! Of course we would like our music to reach people around the world who is into this kind of music. And we would love to do more shows. But we are all working full time jobs and have busy lives so we are not really aiming at world tours. We just want to play our music and have a good time.

Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-I think it comes down to having really good songs. And having a sound that works well with the band. Other than that I think it has alot to do with plain luck.

What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-I´m honestly not really up to date with the local scene. But there seems to be alot of good bands around this parts. Greasus and Montgolfiere to name a few. And doom/stoner/psychdelic rock seems to build a solid scene these days.

What does the future hold for you?Very soon we will enter the studio and record some songs. And we are also working on getting gigs. We will also record and realese an album as soon as we can. And of course it will be realesed on vinyl!

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