ONYDIA are new to me even though I somewhere in my mind recollect the band name. But that can mean that I’ve told myself to keep an eye out for the band and the forgotten about it. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

Could you please introduce yourself to those of us in the dark?
-We met when we used to play in Elarmir. Although that experience is over now, we decided to start a brand new project because we really enjoy working, composing and playing together. We agreed on going though progressive metal as we think this style best represents our personalities.

I often wonder how people discover that they can do what they do. How did you discover that you can sing and play instruments? When did it become a revelation that you can do this and maybe get paid for having fun, instead of just putting out all the money?
-We began to play and sing since we were children listening to music and taking part in several musical projects as bands and choirs. At the beginning music was just a hobby and becoming professional musicians seemed an impossible dream. But, by the time, we realized that music was such an important part of ourselves that we couldn’t go on without it. That hobby turned into actual passion making us study with dedication. That determination helped us in realizing that that dream can become true.

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?
-Of course! That’s the hardest part of this job. Sooner or later everybody must face those moments of doubt when you question everything and think you should give up. But even in those moments, dedication makes the difference. It allows you to analyze your mistakes and negative experiences in order to turn them into something good, something that makes you grow and improve.

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?
-We wish people felt emotions and greeted our message of hope and rebirth as it is an invitation for everyone not to feel lonely and abandoned.

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?
-Digital is a double-edged sword because it gives people the possibility of being sure that they really like what they’re listening to. So, if on one hand it’s a fundamental advertising instrument, on the other it can give negative outcomes when it leads people to criticize a whole album after listening to just one track.

How important is image in separating you from all the million different styles of metal there is out there?
-We want to emphasize our music and our image is fundamental in doing this. It allows us to introduce ourselves with simplicity and elegance, with no exaggerations and distractions from music, which is what really matters in our job.

Do you deal in different topics lyrically or do you keep to one, just using different variations?
-We are working on a concept album which deals with hope and rebirth and analyze them under several perspectives.

Do you consider yourself a live artist or do you like to spend most of the time secluded in a studio?
-Both lives and studio work are important parts of our job, neither of them can be without the other. They are quite opposite experiences presenting different peculiarities, but both of them help you in growing as an artist.

How much of a touring band are you guys? What memories do you take with you?
-Tours are always amazing moments when you really get to know the other members of your band. Living stressful situations together makes you trust the people you’re playing with and helps the band in getting closer and closer.

11. What does the future hold?
Well, we talk about hope and rebirth, so we can only see future in a positive way. At the moment we want to focus on our first album and on studio work, but we’re going to organize live concerts and tours as soon as possible.

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