REBEL MISTRESS is another cool young Swedish band that is on its way up the ladder. So why not be there from the early years and all the way until they break really big. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Could you please introduce the band to us?
Marielle: Rebel Mistress is a female fronted hard rock band from Stockholm.
Marcus: We play fast, loud, classic rock with some flavors from the 80´s.The band is made up of Marielle Tengström – Vocals, Johan Jönsson – Guitar, Marcus Skantz – Bass, Backing vocals and Oskar Hallberg – Drums.
Oskar: We are four great friends that likes to play rock and roll and have a good time.
When you form how easy is it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going?
Marcus: We have a basic idea of what kind of music we want to play and we work from that.
Oskar: I think it’s kind of hard, Sweden today listen to so fucked up music and idolise people not for how good the music is but how the person is so doing something that i feel is real is hard imo
How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
Oskar: It describes a character that doesn’t listens to society and just do whatever she like. Like partying and living the rock n roll lifestyle.
Marcus: Or it´s just two words that we liked just put together with no fancy or deep meaning, who knows…
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
Marielle: Even if you like it or not you’re a product you’re selling to the business. The package with music and image should be crystal clear. We want the crowd to easily see that we’re a fun and straight forward 80’s rock band with a new touch.
Marcus: I think the image is important. It’s a good way to stand out and make an impression but more importantly, look like a band. If all of us didn’t care about what we’re wearing on stage or in photos, we wouldn’t look like we’re part of the same band. I want the band to look like a rock band, so that when people see a picture of the band there’s no confusion as to what music we play.
Johan: I think the image is very important. The image should fit into the music and vice versa.
Oskar: I am the one who had to adapt the most to what clothes I should wear and stuff. But I think that’s okay because i feel it’s important that you can see that we are a unit. I really enjoy our music but I actually usually wear a suit or tie, more than pants with hole and old t-shirt.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
Marielle: I know that there’s a bigger chance that I buy a vinyl I like if the artwork is nice too. We try give our CD covers an extra thought so we’re sure it reflects the music and looks interesting.
Marcus: Since LP’s are becoming popular again, the art work gets more important. Like it was in the 80’s. In the early 2000’s when people where downloading everything, the art work wasn’t as important because very few saw it or cared about it. Like with the clothing the art work is a way to tell people what type of music we play, before they have heard it, but it’s also a great way to grab someones attention and get them curious about the band and the music. Take Iron Maidens first album as an example.
Johan: Yes the artwork should fit in to whole package. It should make you curious and excited to listen to the songs. Often you will see the artwork before you here the songs so yes it is definitely an important factor.
Oskar: It’s great with good artwork. I think that it can help sometimes with a good cover art to get people interested.
How do you avoid being affected by the hype likes on youtube and facebook can create on social media?
Marielle: I don’t think about that so much actually.
Johan: That’s not something that has happened to us… yet! haha.
Oskar: No, I don’t really get affected by that
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of massive community?
Marielle: Yes! I meet so many people in bands all the time when I’m out playing or just partying. Like a huge rocker family with friendly competition.
Marcus: Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t. Most gigs we’ve done has been without another band on the bill, those times you feel kind of lonely, but when it comes to sharing rehearsal space with two other bands, you become painfully aware that you’re not the only ones doing this.
Johan: You sure do meet a lot of awesome people when you are out there playing so yeah you can say that is the case.
How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do
that you cannot do on your own?
Marielle: It’s not as important as it used to be for sure. You can do so much on your own these days if you know what you’re doing and have the time to do it. We will sign to a label when we get the right deal. Even big labels can slow you down if they haven’t got the time for you. Then you stand there and nothing happens, and you’re not allowed to do anything by yourself either, it happens a lot. But right now I’m a little overwhelmed with the administration so a good management would help me a lot.
Marcus: It depends on what the label can bring to the table. If it’s a small label with no meaningful contacts or no money then it can be a liability. A big label can be really helpful, if they see potential in the band, because they have good connections around the world and a shit ton of money, which helps a lot with financing recordings, marketing and touring.
Johan: A record label can help you with a lot of things and help you along the way but you don’t need it. We will see when and if the time will be right for us to get a record label.
Oskar: I don’t feel that it’s important. but it’s of course a big plus from promotions and stuff but now days bands can live without record labels, but it’s hard.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
Marielle: We play a lot in Sweden and there’s always a show we’re preparing for. We gig as much as we can!
Marcus: We are looking to do a shorter tour of England and Ireland in May this year.
Johan: Marielle puts in a lot of time and effort in booking as many gigs for us as possible, mainly here in Sweden but we have plans on playing in some other countries too.
Oskar: We’re really looking forward to playing outside the country!
What will the future bring?
Marielle: We want to release a full length album, tour more, release more music videos. More of everything really.
Marcus: World domination! All hail Z’argh the immortal! But seriously, a tour as I mentioned earlier and playing more gigs in Sweden and hopefully a full length album.
Johan: We have some fun gigs coming up that we are excited about! Other then that we trying to play as much as possible and writing a lot of good new songs.
Oskar: And hopefully bigger gigs and much touring. Just keep your eyes open and you’ll see!