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This interview with Mia Larsson of the Swedish death metal band Dracena was done through e-mail in April/May 2001.
Hello, how are you?
Hail Vincent!!! Everything's just fine here.
Could you please give us a short history of your band?
Dracena was formed in '94, with an all female line-up.
In '97 we recorded a demo, just to make a material recording of the
earlier songs. Our second demo was planned to be recorded in '98, but
due to line-up changes and some other problems it got delayed til
After that we've been writing material and dealed with labels and
zines and had yet some more line-up troubles. Now things are finally
solved and we are ready to thrash!!! Beware!!!
You are unfortunately rather unknown to the world outside of
Sweden. What can the listener expect from your music?
Our music is hard to describe, we've tried to, but the best
description is pure Metal, haha. I've been told we play in an
interesting way, so the listener can expect to get some new great
music to headbang to!
In 1999 you recorded your promo cd Demonic Women. How has the
response been to it? Have you had any offers from labels yet?
The response from press and fans have been incredible positive!!!
Since we're a cross between different kinds of Metal and have a lot
of old influences, most people like our music no matter what they
The labels have been interested too, and we've had a few offers,but
none that interested us particulary much.
Now we have a 7" release deal on US label realms of Darkness, and
also a 7" release of "Demonic Women" on swedish label Near Dark
What is the band doing at the moment and what are your plans for the
There are now plans to do a new demorecording as soon as possible, we
sure have the material! Then we will send it around to labels and
give Dracena a good promotion!
Things coming up in the near future is some compilations we will
appear on, some smaller gigs here in Sweden and the 7"s.
How do you feel about playing live? Have you done many shows so far?
Due to line-up changes there haven't been too many liveshows, but
when we play we have a great response.
We love to play live, and we will definetly try to get more gigs now
in the future.
What do you think about the metal scene in Sweden? Are there any
new bands you think should be mentioned?
There's a huge scene in Sweden, especially here in Gothenburg. Bands
pop up like mushrooms after rain, haha.
Hmm any new bands well, I am a fan of old music, so I'll leave that
question open, hehe.
Do any of the band members have some kind of musical training or
are you all selftaught?
The only one in the band right now that have any kind of musical
training is our drummer, Mojjo. The rest of us are purely self tought.
Do any of you play in other bands besides Dracena? I know that
Emma also plays in Runemagick.
Emma plays the bass in Runemagick and Mojjo the drums in Runemagick
and Mindsnare. I have a new project going on besides Dracena, but
it's still in the cradle, so not much to say about it. We'll see what
Otherwise I played the guitar on Deathwitch debut album "Triumphant
Devastation" ('96) and Åsa made a guestappearance at Vassago's
"Knight's from Hell".
What do you do when not playing music?
*** hmm, you mean work or fun???***
What do you think about mp3's and Internet as a way of promoting
I think it's a nice channel to get stuff promoted. I just don't like
it when people are downloading or copying cd's without paying the
band, because that is where we lose the income we need to keep our
music alive. All bands need to buy equipment, need to promote, make
merchandise and most important music! I find such behaviour very
Your top five bands ever?
GWAH!!! How am I supposed to, haha!
I love so many bands, it's impossible to make such a list, it varies
from day to day depending on what mood I am in. Let's see, ehh WASP
is one of my absolute favorites. Then it's too hard to chose. But I
can say that my favourite music is 80's heavy metal and thrash, some
70's bands are nice too.
Any final words you would like to tell the world?
Remember only death is real.
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