Dreams in Fragments – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
DIF: Roughly speaking we are a melodic metal band from Switzerland with Chris on the guitar, Jan on the bass guitar, Frank on the drums and Seraina on the mic.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Seraina: Before I joined the band, the guys had already played under a different name. But that stayed in the rehearsal room until then. Together we developed the songs further and wrote new ones. We changed the name, gathered live experiences together and then went to the studio. We hope, of course, that the story is far from finished.
Chris: I’ve been musically active for a long time. Formerly in choir projects, I’ve been at home in bands for 25 years now. My first band ‘Majesty of silence’ still exists. There I sing and play guitar and write a part of the lyrics. Last year we released our fourth studio album. In this context I got to know Jan as well, because he released the sampler series ‘Heavy Metal Nation’ with his label, on whose first incarnation we were represented with a song. He also organized the nationwide distribution of one of our albums. Besides that I give my voice to the band Proxima.
Dreams in Fragments already existed under the name ‘Seductress’ for a while when I joined, but the line-up had never been complete. There have been some line-up changes. First we lost our singer. Fortunately, we soon found Seraina. Then it came to a break with our other guitarist. So here we are now.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Seraina: We all have different influences, which in my opinion is very beneficial to our music. My musical influences as far as the band is concerned are the classics like Nightwish, Within Temptation or Evanescence. For the lyrics my own dreams are actually a good source. I also like dark poems a la Edgar Allan Poe.
Chris: For myself it is Dimmu Borgir in 1997 when “Enthrone Darkness Triumphant” came out. Soon after that Cradle of Filth’s album “Cruelty and the beast”. Also gothic style of music influenced me, The Birthday Massacre has certainly left a lasting impression. I liked Nightwish too since “Angels Fall First” and was always very attracted to similar bands like for instance Delain. But I was also very attracted to melodic death metal like In Flames and Dark Tranquity. Besides bands movies and feelings are a great influence for my music.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Seraina: I like to let everything come to me. Of course I hope to achieve a lot with the guys, to be allowed to stand on many stages and to record more great songs. But it should always be fun for everyone.
Chris: Of course, it is always a big goal to achieve a breakthrough; regionally, nationally and perhaps at some point internationally. But the way is the goal and so every success, for example more plays at Spotify, nice mails in the mailbox or requests for interviews and mentions in the internet becomes a small goal. What’s really fun are the concerts you can give! At some point we might manage to be on stage with one of our idol bands.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Seraina: Usually Chris composes everything instrumental and I then add lyrics and vocal melody. I let myself be inspired by Chris’ composition. Most of the time when I listen to it, a theme actually comes to my mind.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Chris: That is quite a tough job because with all these social media channels the competition is huge and there are so many great bands out there. Nevertheless, we try to keep up by posting more or less regularly on all channels things that people should associate with us and our music. But we are still only part-time musicians, so we can’t do as much as we would like.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Seraina: On the one hand it is of course nice when everyone has access to the music they like and can discover new songs and artists all the time. On the other hand, there is always the topic of money. Bands earn almost only through concerts and merchandise. I myself rely on services like Spotify, but I also buy a CD from artists I want to support, mostly directly at the concerts.
Chris: It changed quite a lot during the last twenty years since I started releasing music. From Radio and record store to downloading and now streaming. Some music styles have a more familiar scene and I think there more people still want to own a physical copy of the music which connects them more to artists than is streaming. Of course, streaming is consumed a lot too which isn’t bad for spreading music and getting a bigger audience but at the same time you can drown in the flood of all the good bands from all over the world.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Seraina: There are so many songs that I really love. Funnily enough they don’t go in the direction of Dreams in Fragments. Favourite songs are for example “Layla” by Eric Clapton respectively Derek and the Dominos, “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin or “Sultans of Swing” by Dire Straits. But I don’t wish for any song to have been written by myself. That must come from my own soul.
Chris: There are many song I think something like “damn, I want to write songs that awesome too”, but I don’t wish that I wrote exactly these songs, but rather that our songs trigger the same feeling in others.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Seraina: That sounds stupid now – especially as a singer – but I really have trouble with some noises. For example the clattering of cutlery on teeth, whistling or flicking.
Chris: Sometimes I can’t stand the sounds of chewing and swallowing while eating. Every now and then I get annoyed by snoring as well.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Seraina: Everything I’ve ever experienced with Dreams in Fragments. Especially to be able to hold my own album in my hands is priceless.
Chris: I’ve produced an album with every band I play in the last 3 years and they’ve all been very well received. That’s a great feeling!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Chris: We try to play as many Gigs as possible, because it is so much fun. Besides new songs are in the making.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
Chris: On November 9th we will participate at the Emerging Metal Night organized by unblack at the Met Bar in Lenzburg where Slechtvalk will be the headliner, it’s definitely worth a trip. Later in November, more precisely on the 22nd, we will finally celebrate the release our album “Reflections of a Nightmare”, again in the Met Bar. Here we will be supported by our colleagues from Shadowpath and we will perform some unique specials! Then next year we will play our first Germany gig on February 22nd as support for SpiteFuel and Ereley, again two great bands.