EMQ’s with ZEPHYRA
Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Metal band Zephyra! Huge thanks to guitarist Tony Netterbrant 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?
My name is Tony Netterbrant. I play guitar and I’m the main songwriter in Zephyra.
The band started 2009 but we often say that we started for real in 2011 when I switched from drums to guitar in the band.
We have released three full length albums and one stand-alone single since 2014.
How did you come up with your band name?
It was Åsa (vocalist) that came up with the idea to rearrange our dog’s name. Her name is Zaphira and Åsa changed it to Zephyra.
It was never really meant be the final band name. We needed a name in the beginning and it eventually stuck. It’s too late to change now, ha ha!
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
We are from Sweden and it has its good sides and bad sides. In the global perspective Sweden has delivered some really good metal acts such as in Flames, HammerFall, Arch Enemy, Evergrey, Dark Tranquillity, Sabaton and the list goes on and on. There are a lot of good metal bands here for sure!
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
Our latest album “Fall. Rise. Conquer.” was released on April 17, 2019 and we have released three singles off that album, the latest being a cover of ‘Nothing Else Matters’.
Who have been your greatest influences?
If we are talking musical influences, Metallica is one of the biggest for me. But bands such as Evergrey, Dark Tranquillity, Megadeth have also played a big role.
Other influences is life in general. The lyrics I write are inspired of real life events, mainly my own experiences but also others.
What first got you into music?
I was never really good at sports growing up, like my brothers were. I think music spoke to me and I have always been a very creative and deep person. The music came naturally in a way.
My oldest brother introduced me to hard rock and metal and it grew on me. A few years down the road when I discovered Metallica, something inside me woke.
I wanted to play drums and I wanted to compose music. I never had a plan to be a musician, it just happened and it just felt right.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Oh, wow! Hard question! There are so many so I really can’t say. I’m afraid I will forget someone, ha ha!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Wacken! I mean, it’s the biggest and most metal festival there is! Of course Sweden Rock Festival does not sound bad either 😉
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Maybe not weird but in a way it is. We have, as far as we know, two different people who have a tattoo of our logo on their body. It’s a big honour of course, but also weird in a way because it’s so hard to grasp. Amazing!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
I would like to say THANK YOU to all you Zephyra soldiers out there who are fighting for us and supporting us through everything!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Criss Oliva. Such an underrated guitarist who died too soon!
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Creating music! It makes my blood flow and when I am performing with my family (the band) on stage in front of our lovely fans, that’s worth all the hard times.
I hate all of the business side. I didn’t start with music to being able to run a business, you know. It’s a necessary part though to being able reach out to more people and to grow as a band.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Take away the industry part and make it only about the music.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Gutter Ballet” – Savatage
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I don’t have an opinion about that, they all serve a purpose. But I’m quite nostalgic about CD’s though.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Hard one, but I think I must say that the last two shows on our last UK tour were special in so many ways. We played in Birmingham and Norwich and Åsa’s voice was severely affected by pollen so she couldn’t growl at all in Birmingham and then she couldn’t sing at all (!) in Norwich. But, we soldiered on and played the shows anyway with the amazing support from our lovely fans. I am very proud of the band that we didn’t give up and pushed through. The show must go on.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I don’t know, maybe something with animals. I am a big dog lover.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
My band! Wait, that’s only three, ha ha. Well, that’s enough. I like small gatherings.
What’s next for the band?
Next shows are in Norway and the Netherlands in July and August at Totsås Rock and Tattoofest. Other than that we are brewing on some things we can’t talk about yet.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I have actually never heard of them so I can’t say.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks for this interview and stay metal out there!
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