Interview to Elize (by official italian fanclub + fans) part II

This is the second part of an interview made by Elize Ryd Italy and some fans. The first part is available on this link: https://elizeryditaly.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/interview-to-elize-by-official-italian-fanclub-fans-part-i/

Immagine– How many languages do you speak? Do you speak spanish or do you only know how to say “Hola ยฟquรฉ tal?”
Haha, I did study Spanish for a couple of years, but unfortunately I forgot a lot, I only remember some words and phrases. ๐Ÿ™‚ Besides that I speak English and Swedish.

– There’s a growing fan base for European metal tours in Australia, as was evident with the success of Nightwish and Sabaton in 2013. Do you think Amaranthe will make it to Australia one day?
Our plan is to go there, so I think this could happen pretty soon. Soon for me is 2015.

-What person would you like to meet the most? Where would you like to live? (besides your current city). What is the craziest gift you have received from a fan?
I would like to meet Leonardo DiCaprio. I want to move to Las Vegas, New York or L.A. I received a crazy gift once, but I want to keep that a secret.

– What kind of song do you sing into the 2nd Timo Tolkki Avalon album ? How many songs ? Can you provide me some details ?
I am participating on two tracks only this time. One ballad and one uptempo. I really like both songs, haven’t heard the final result yet, but I hope they will be as great as I imagine them to be!

– And how was working with Timo Tolkki for “Timo Tolkki Avalon’s ” first album?
It was a great experience for me, fun and very emotional demanding.

– And what about “Shine”, the duet with Sharon Den Adel? Did you record it together?
No, we recorded the song separately.

– What inspires you to write your music? Considering “The Nexus” album is based on futuristic elements and sound, what inspired you to write futuristic songs?
The whole idea and the music itself inspired me a lot. We wanted to think new, and the future image suited Amaranthe’s style and musical idea perfectly. I gathered lots of inspiration from futuristic movies. It’s been an interesting and exciting theme to work around.

– Do you think the tours you have had with Kamelot have helped you musically?
It have helped me to gather experience in every aspect. But most of all it have helped me to get an output for my theatrical skills.

-Which type of dancing, specifically, did you study?
Ballet, jazz, modern jazz and tap dancing.

– Can you possibly tell us the meaning behind the following songs: Mechanical Illusion, Act of Depression and Razorblade?
The meaning of these songs may have a different meaning to Jake and Olof so it’s important to mention these are my personal thoughts behind these three tracks. When me and Olof wrote “Razorblade”, I wanted to write a song about bravery, dare to put up goals, be yourself and don’t let anyone stand in your way. Also don’t give up, even if you fail.
“Act of Desperation” is for me about desperation to find that place in your heart you really want to be at. And “Mechanical Illusion” is a song to the future, how things become more mechanical and how I wish I could stop it by reverse the time. End all wars, and create an evolution without all the mechanical danger that destroys all living life on earth.

– How do you think the women have influenced in the perspective of metal in this new age of new subconstructed paradigms? How do you think you could have felt, to admire a femenin role taking part of the metal scene when you were a child?
My biggest idols were Queen and Hole. Courtney Love wasn’t really a good role model besides being in a band with only woman. But I really liked their music and the fact that they were a female band gave me lots of inspiration as a kid. Again I’m not sure if that’s more Rock music than Metal. Also I was inspired by Nightwish years later when I was a teenager.

Hi Elize! Here in Brazil you have many fans of the band but only you came to Brazil ( with Kamelot) . We always hear about the possibility of the band come to here but nothing ever happened. It’s like a dream see the band here HAHAH.
Could you tell us if Amaranthe will play in Brazil at this new tour? And what you enjoyed the last time you have been here?
We will come! ๐Ÿ™‚ I liked the people a LOT!

– What are your favorite pop or commercials artists? And I’ll wait for you after the italian gig on 26th march to sing together Dancing Queen by ABBA as you did at Sรฅ Ska Det Lรฅta.
Haha, awesome! Besides Queen and Hole, ABBA were my biggest idols! I always love ABBAs music, I’m looking forward to sing Dancing Queen with you! ๐Ÿ™‚ I like Lady Gaga, Lana Del Ray, Avicii and Beyoncรฉ.

– Do you watch tv series such as Once Upon A Time? If yes, what do you think about it?
I haven’t seen it, unfortunately I don’t follow many series, I am thinking about looking at Breaking Bad on this tour.

– When songwriting do you use personal experiences/feelings?
Always.

– What’s it like being the only girl in the band on tour?
It’s ok, I take the chance to meet and talk to female fans as much as I can on tour. But the guys are very nice to me and treat me with respect, so thanks to that it makes me feel comfortable. I wish I could sometimes experience being in a band with only females just for fun, I think I would have liked that. ๐Ÿ˜‰ If you are a boy reading this, just imagine how it would feel like being the only guy in a band with only females… Of corse it makes you feel a bit odd, and you can’t act the way you do around your male buddies.

– Anette Olzon’s new album is coming out soon. Are you going to listen to it? While you were in tour with Nightwish, do you talk or spend some time with her? You are both from Helsingborg, right? Maybe you had meet in the past sometimes..
I did talk to her a lot, she’s a sweet, talented and intelligent woman. I will absolutely support her solo carrier by buying the album. She deserves to be successful on her own. I used to live in ร„ngelholm, just 20 minutes from her hometown. ๐Ÿ™‚

– While touring with Kamelot, when the song “March of Mephisto” was played, you came on stage blind folded playing the drums. What is the significance of that performance when “March of Mephitso” is played?
That was Thomas Youngblood idea, he is an expert of creating an emotion with small effects like that, I think it suits the music and brings something extra to the live show.

– Will Amaranthe bring out a DVD?
Yes, it’s coming out soon, it’s a documentary blue ray about our first 7 years. I hope we will record a live DVD as well.

– I see that you toured with Kamelot for a good couple of years. How did it all begin? How did you get the opportunity to tour with Kamelot?
They found me through Amaranthe’s first demos on MySpace, Youngblood sent an e-mail and asked if I was interested in working with them.

– I have seen that Amaranthe will be releasing a new album this year. What can Amaranthe fans expect on the album?
Something very good, I hope, so far I like the songs very much. ๐Ÿ™‚

– Will there be any songs on the new Amaranthe album that will be similar to the lyrics and sound from “The Nexus” album?
Hm, yes at least two or three what I know so far.

If you had the opportunity to be in a movie or TV series, would you consider acting for that role?
Absolutely, that’s my other dream, also I would have loved to do voiceover on a Disney movie. ๐Ÿ˜€

– You just won a Bandit Rock Award for “Best rock and role model 2014”. How did you feel when you were announced as the winner?
I was very surprised and a bit chocked. But most of all warm and happy. It’s always been an important aspect for me as a musician to also be a good role model, so this was one of the best things that have happened to me personally.

– Do you personally, or Amaranthe, have a name for your/their fans?
Amaranthines! ๐Ÿ™‚

– What, or where, did you find your inspiration to become a singer?
In my family, my mom, brother and sister inspired me the most.

– What inspires you lyrically and musically, to write songs with your band Amaranthe? Do you find writing songs challenging?
I love writing vocal melodies. That’s my strongest skill, I usually find it very easy to create a melody if I get cords. In Amaranthe me Olof and Jake write the lyrics together. I always write from my heart, music appears in my head all the time. I don’t like to force music, music is a feeling put on a track, if it’s empty the listeners will feel that, and I wouldn’t be able to perform it live night after night.

– How does Amaranthe decide on what the next single will be, and who decides on the music video concepts?
Me, Olof, Jake and the record label.

– Would Amaranthe consider bringing out a concept album?
Maybe, I have not personally thought of that before. But it would be very fun.

– Do you design your own outfits, make-up, hair etc. when you perform live and when you have photo shoots taken?
I always decides everything myself besides when we took the cover for The Nexus album I did had a stylist.

– I see you are quite active on Facebook and YouTube, and you are always kind towards your fans. I find that very insightful in an artist. How do you deal with all the haters out there? Have they ever bothered you, or do you focus more on your fans who appreciate what you do and who will always support you?

I like that question, and of corse I only focus on our/my fans and their support. Haters are not our/my fans so why should I listen to them? I just think it’s sad that some people put focus on hating someone or something that doesn’t harm anyone. There are enough tragedies and unfairness around the world to hate, we don’t need that in music.

– That’s all for now. Thanks for your time. Is there anything you would like to say to italian fans and your worldwide fans?
Keep fulfilling your dreams and stay as wonderful as you are! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love you all! โค

Interview to Elize (by official italian fanclub + fans) part I

Immagine

– Hi Elize! This is Pinka from Elize Ryd Italy Page! As you know the following questions are from me and from your fans… First of all, how are you?
Hi Pinka, I am fine thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

– You’ve started your european tour. How is it going?
It feels good, exciting to be on our first headliner tour in Europe. We are hoping to see lots of people ๐Ÿ™‚

Many of the songs on Amaranthe’s second album, The Nexus, seem to take place in a dystopian future where humans merge with mechanical parts. Could you please talk about where Amaranthe gets inspiration for your songs and what the lyrics are about?
I can tell you what I personally get inspiration from, I can’t say that this had to be the correct answer if you’d ask Olof or Jake. But I get inspiration from real life, dreams, nature, reality. Real experiences, fear of what is happening to our environment, the future, lost ones.

– Talking about tour, touring is hard, I mean you spend a lot of time on the tour bases. What do you usually do to kill time?
๐Ÿ™‚ Hmm, I am actually bad at killing time, I’m just waiting. Sometimes I get inspiration to write a song. But most of the time in the bus I spend on sleeping. ๐Ÿ™‚

– You’re friend with Simone Simons of Epica. I had interviewed her a long time ago and she said you are like a sister to her. What do you think about this friendship?
I agree, she’s my sis, haven’t talked to her in like two months now, but we usually keep in touch. I love her a lot!

– You are also friend with Tommy Karevik and Alissa. How was spending time with them?
We’ve did a couple of tours together with Kamelot, I like them both a lot, they are great people! Alissa is a huge role model and I admire her hard work for animals and the environment, on top of that she’s an amazing songwriter/artist. They are both very down to earth and sweet. I’m really hoping to see them again this summer! ๐Ÿ™‚

– What about your gig with Nightwish? How was that experience? You sent them your demo when they were searching for the new singer and after years you were singing with them for one show. How do you feel?
I felt grateful and happy, though a bit irritated that I had to bring the lyrics, if I knew like at least the day before I could have rehearse and pulled of an even better performance. But it still was hell of a ride, a unique and totally unexpected experience. The audience response was the best, it’s what they did that always will make this evening unforgettable to me.

– What could you tell us about working with Amanda Somerville for Kamelot’s last album?
She’s a pro, a really talented and awesome woman. We had lots of fun together

– What about your music studies? Where did you start and what did you study?
I studied music theory for three years and then theatre, dance and singing at Performing arts school for three years.

– What are your favorite metal bands?
Evanescence, Kiss, Kamelot and Rammstein. I’m not sure if it’s really “metal”, I’m not so good at genres.

– What do you like about Italy and what don’t you? Did you try any italian food?
I love the food, I love the people and the beautiful cities.

– As a girl, you would love shopping. Do you often have shopping on tour? Which are your favorite stores?
Hihi, I love Sephora and Victoria’s Secret. ๐Ÿ™‚

– And what about make up? What do you use?
I use different brands. My motto in general is to use as little makeup as possible. When I buy make I always look for three things: 1.Not tested on animals. 2.Organic 3.Mineral

– What is your favorite movie?
Dirty Dancing, Avatar and Key to redemption.

– Do you watch tv series? if so, which one?
Right now I follow “Orange is the New Black” on Netflix and “Top Model Sweden”. ๐Ÿ™‚

– You come from Sweden, so can I guess you like/watch football? If you do like then which football club you support?
I don’t ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I watch only ice hockey since my boyfriend plays hockey. Right now he’s in a team called Leksands IF. But of course I’m a fan of Zlatan! ๐Ÿ˜‰

– Would you like to start a page on the internet like “Elize Ryd Style” where you can talk about clothes and different kind of collections? I love the way you dress and also the way you do make-up, how you have your hair and everything. I saw your new page with the blog and you could have a page there or one just for the style! Post photos and even links to where you buy clothes and shoes and what products you use.
Ah, I like the idea! Thanks! I can definitely start to blog more about these kind of things. ๐Ÿ™‚

– I wonder if you feel the love from your fans. I mean…I am a man and when a beautiful woman or even children and family and other men show me their love or that they like me very much…my days are better and I become happier.ย  It can be someone at the work or in the bar and so on. And I have follow your many fan-pages for many years and I can see she get so so much love!!! Do you feel it? Do your fans’ love make you happier? Or is this too much for you?
I definitely feel the love, and I hope my fans understands how much I love them back. I honestly adore my group of fans I think they’re adorable! I know how important it is with positive energy, good feedback and love for every human, so that’s what I want to chair. My group of fans has grown during the years so it’s become harder for me to keep up with answering personal comments and such, but I hope people understands that and doesn’t think I don’t do my best anymore. I started the blog also so thatย  I can write to my fans and make them feel like they are a part of my average day without leaving anyone outside.

– There were rumours that you were going to write a song dedicated to a very devotedย  fan that you met on the North American tour! Is there any truth to that? If so, what would the song be called?
Haha, yes, it’s going to be called “Enshrined on my arm”. I’m still working on it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

– How do you feel about all the fan pages on FB from so many different countries?
I love it, it makes me so happy to see that I have personal fans in so many countries, it’s amazing and I get so inspired by all that enthusiasm. It brings me a feeling that we are connected.

–ย  I’m a big fan of Amaranthe, I want to know if the Invincible Tour will go to other places after Europe, like South America (Brazil specifically), or if I have to wait till the tour for the next album to see you here.
I hope you don’t need to wait much longer, we are working on arranging a South American tour as soon as possible.

– Are you planning to work for a solo album?
I am, but I haven’t decide when yet. It would be lovely to put out something that could satisfy all kinds of listeners. I have written plenty of songs so right now I just need to find time, a music producer and musicians that can create the sound I’m hearing in my head.

– What about a part in Dragonland album?
I might do some other work with Dragonland again, it’s up to Olof.

– What is the most intimate and incredible thing a fan has ever done for you?
Oh, it’s hard to point out just one thing. All kind of signs, messages and gifts have a special place in my heart. One girl made me cry on stage because she had written something that really touched me. Everything from hearing that I’ve changed a person’s life to getting a homemade sweet gift has been intimate in their own way.