EMQ’s with Days Of Jupiter
Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Modern Hard Rock band Days Of Jupiter. Huge thanks to them for taking part!
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Magnus is my name and I´m the drummer for Days Of Jupiter.
The band was formed in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden in 2010. The band had existed before with other members and another name but it was when Magnus Larsson (drums) and Janne Karlsson (bass) joined that the band wanted to make a go for it in the music industry.
The former members quit the band due to the fact that they couldn`t put in the time that was necessary for the bands vision. So in January 2010 the band regrouped and was named Days Of Jupiter.
How did you come up with your band name?
We wanted a name for the band that was quite unique so that the name didn´t sound familiar or like another bands name.
We like that the name Jupiter is a planet, but also the Roman God. Jupiter was the god of all gods, so that is cool.
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
We´re from Sweden. The metal scene here in Sweden is good. There are a lot of bands, good venues and festivals dedicated to metal, so no complaint on that subject.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
We released our fourth album “Panoptical” on the 26th of October 2018. Be sure to check it out!
Who have been your greatest influences?
We are influenced by both Modern Metal from the US as well as classical Heavy Metal/Hard Rock from Europe, if you would mould those together then you get Days Of Jupiter. The members in the band listen to everything from Death Metal to AOR, and we always write songs that come from our hearts and sound good. We don’t think in terms that the songs must sound a certain way.
What first got you into music?
For me it was the drums itself. In my world as a young teenager the coolest instrument was the drums so for me it was kind of a no brainer… ‘I WILL play the drums’. One early influence was Randy Castillo who played with Ozzy back in the day.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Hard to say. There is a ton of skilled musicians out there. We have to see what the future brings.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Wacken Open Air in Germany is a dream to play at. It´s like the mother of all metal festivals. An important and great festival with a lot of visitors, we would love to play there.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Haha, we got a video from Russia with a guy who was singing our song ‘Last One Alive’ but he had translated the lyrics to Russian. That was a lot of fun, hearing one of our songs in another language.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
A cliché, but… We hope to meet you on tour someday.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
I would say Dio; he seemed to be a nice man with his heart in the right place and one of the greatest vocalists of all time.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I enjoy the craftsmanship that goes into being a musician, to master your instrument, write great songs and to spread the music to all great people out there. Music is something we all relate to and have a connection to whether you´re happy, sad or what mood you´re in at the moment. I don’t hate anything with being a musician, but sometimes the wait and travel is pretty dull.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
It would nice if the industry as a whole would take some risks sometimes. Sign a new band for a change and let the not so experienced play at the good venues and festivals. Money talks, I know, but it would be nice to see a younger band get the chance in the industry.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Mine would be “Abigail” by King Diamond and “Master of the Rings” by Helloween.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Personally I love vinyl! I think that it has the right feel, bigger album cover and better sound. However, the digital way is so much easier. You can play almost any song by just a quick tap with your fingers and you can find so much good music.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We have played Sweden Rock Festival and that was nice, but the gig we remember the most is at a small venue in Maasmechelen, Belgium. No expectations at all, but man what a night. Great gig and an even greater audience that we partied with afterwards. Super nice people.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Don’t know…Can´t picture my life without it.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
My bandmates for sure, and Will Ferrell! He is so funny. It would be an awesome dinner party with him as Ron Burgundy.
What’s next for the band?
On 10th of June we open for Disturbed in Tallin, Estonia and play some more gigs during the summer. Hopefully a tour in Germany later this year and we are writing new material for our fifth album as well.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Jaffa Cakes?! Never heard of them, but I like biscuits so it has to be one…!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for supporting us, keep up the good work.
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