Dreamshade are a Swiss Metal band, and will be here soon for their South African tour. We caught up with them for a quick interview…
Introduce yourselves! Who are you? What do you guys do outside of the band?
Hello everyone! We are Dreamshade, a Metal band from Lugano, Switzerland. Outside of the band we all work or study.
How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?
People have been trying to label our music with thousands of different names but I don’t actually think it’s possible to find the right one. Let’s just say our music is strongly based on melodies, atmospheres, power and epicness, all blended together with a groovy sound. It’s very modern and fresh.
What’s behind the name Dreamshade?
The band name came out somehow in 2007. We were in our rehearsal room and had a few beers, you know… we were kids and not able to hold our drinks. Then we spat out some ideas to represent the meaning of this band. We needed some words to express what this band means to us so the word “Dream” came out, but a dream is something you only live when you are sleeping so we wanted our band name to express what remains of our dreams, which is actually their shades.
We’re looking forward to your tour here! Do you have any expectations or pre-conceived ideas of South Africa?
We all know that South Africa is a very beautiful country. Our guitarist Rocco has been there once already and always told us we need to get there. We are very excited about playing your country and are really grateful for this opportunity. Just can’t wait to be there with all of you and taste your wine!
Take us through your typical songwriting process.
I usually write music and lyrics separately and independently. The majority of the riffs come from me and Rocco while the lyrics come from me and our singer Kevin. When we feel a song’s music is finally getting shaped and the structure makes sense we forward it to the rest band for approval and arrangements. As soon as the music is ready me and Kevin try to match the lyrics with the feeling of the song. This takes a significant amount of time as we write many vocal harmonies and rhythms.
Where do you draw influence/inspiration from?
We are often influenced by non-metal music. Most of the time our stuff comes from Ambient, Hip Hop, Punk, Pop, Rock or even Ethnic music and then transformed into our style. I know this sounds weird but that’s a true story. Always remember, the more influences you have, the more unique your music will sound.
What themes/topics do you lyrics mostly consist of? Who writes them?
As I said, me and Kevin write all the lyrics. The themes are constantly changing but we are always influenced by life. Kevin’s lyrics are usually more direct, I write more poetical stuff instead.
Do you only listen to Metal, or are there other genres you like? What do you listen to to unwind?
We don’t listen to Metal so often. We are very open-minded and listen to thousands of artists of any kind of music. I would suggest you a new Malaysian artist called Yuna; go check her out, she’ll blow your mind!
When is the end of the world?
The end of the world will happen when we land in South Africa. Prepare yourselves for the blast!
How does the Metalcore scene in Switzerland compare to other scenes you’ve experienced?
We’re not very related to Metalcore actually. The music scene in our country is very small. I guess we are more popular in other countries. It’s pretty good anyway.
What other Swiss bands should we be keeping an ear out for?
If you’re looking for some new and good Swiss Metal I would suggest Eluveitie and Breakdown Of Sanity.
Anything else to would like to say?
We absolutely can’t wait to play for you in South Africa! I’m sure we will be able to see wonderful things and make new awesome friends! Spread our music among your friends and pre-order your tickets ’cause May is coming soon!