Dynazty

Dynazty are probably the best band, a good portion, of you might have not heard yet, but thankfully they are no longer that up and coming band they were several albums ago but have finally arrived and “are happening”. With a string of fine albums – most recently “Firesign” and a vocalist that might be the Dio of his generation (to quote myself) in Nils Molin, these Swedish Power Metal golden gods are the most exciting thing that has happened in power metal since Hammerfall’s debut, some twenty years ago! Just prior to watching them perform live at Sweden Rock (and they rocked the place like hurricanes, they did!) we sat down with the man himself to ask him for an update on all things Dynazty, about “the meaning of life”* and “the way to succeed and the way to suck eggs”* and other such crazy things (*no, not really!)!! He proved to be both an entertaining, as well as a gracious and informative host while we’re chilling out at the press tent with my buddy Achilles. Here’s Nils for ya!
Dynazty band pic
What has been the reception to “Firesign” and are you happy with how it has turned out so far?
 
N: Yes very much so. I think that’s a reception of the album has been fantastic! I haven’t even seen a negative review and seems like our fans really like the album and the direction of the album in general. So very happy about it.
 
 
You recently changed companies. You’re now on AFM, while previously you were with Universal through Spinefar. Is it the same or different? For the better or for the worse?
 
N: I think it’s probably for the better. We were part of Spinefarm floor, but they were an under label for Universal and the problem sometimes with those giant multinational companies…
 
 
I mean you did the debut on your own…
 
N: That’s true… as I was saying, the thing with those  labels sometimes especially if you’re a metal act or hard rock band then you’re owned by what in reality is a big pop-oriented label and I don’t think that we were entirely happy with the structure and how we were handled by the record label. I mean there were some people in there, but once there’s a restructure, they might be just gone. And then there’s AFM. They are big fans of the band in general. They love the band and they really understand what we want to do and they let us be creative and they just take care of the business side of things, so we’re very happy with them and their approach so far!
 
 
How’s your balancing act between Amaranthe and Dynazty working out ?
 
N: Well, I am a pretty busy guy these days. I mean it’s just a matter of finding the schedules to make it all fit and sticking to them.
 
 
Because we’ve seen many singers who just tried to handle two bands and sooner rather than later they quit one (ie Y. Papadopoulos Wardrum & BiB, Todd LaTorre Queensryche & Crimson Glory and so on)…
 
N: Yeah, but I’m not going to do that. As a matter of fact, I have spent more time with Dynazty since, I joined Amaranthe. Actually being in them has given me a certain degree of freedom, at least financially. I can split things and be focused for 5 months on one band (Amaranthe), then take a couple (of months) off and then take the rest of and focus on Dynazty and do stuff with them. It’s just a matter of sticking to that schedule and I intend to do that!
 
 
Recently you posted some photos of being in the studio with Dynazty, so I suppose there must be a new album in the making. Can you give us an approximate time frame and any titles for that?
 
N: That’s true, we have written an incredible amount of material in a rather short time; I was rather impressed myself, by how quickly ideas came around. Obviously we’re still working on a lot of them, but we have so far finished some 15/16 songs (in basic forms), so far and we’re fleshing them out. Who knows? Right now, we are in the process of finding the right schedule to record it and we are hoping to release a new album hopefully sometime early next year… titles at this stage are “working ones” so there’s no point in blurting out some that might just change. We’ll start recording the songs fairly soon, I expect!
 
 
You’ve got, five, excuse me no, six studio albums out so far. Have you considered putting out a live album? I mean these days they don’t sell as much, hell, I mean normal albums hardly sell anymore, since the early 00s.
 
N: Well, it’s unfortunate that live albums don’t sell all that well, since some of my favorite recordings are live albums, but what you can do is try and have a special edition of an album or something of that sort and use the recordings from one of the festivals, that pre-record the performances once it’s properly edited. And we’re certainly considering something of that sort. A DVD. Or maybe something like five or six live tracks to fill up a CD to the brim as bonuses. It’s unfortunate that things are as they are, since I grew up loving live albums and thought of them as an integral part of a band’s career. There are some very classic live albums out there (“Alive” by Kiss, “Live After Death” by Iron Maiden, “Live and Dangerous” by Thin Lizzy), but the market has changed and people basically don’t really release live albums anymore.
 
 
I mean people don’t even buy them, so why would they….
 
N: I know, people seem to go to YouTube these days to watch performances and sometimes they’re pro shot and “kind of ok” but other times, just very poor experts from a mobile, overexposed and overcompressed. But if they like you, I guess it also has some positive aspects that people can see your band on YouTube and then come to see the band perform live, so it can act as a bit of a promotional tool in itself, if it’s good recording.
 
 
Through the years and the albums you’ve changed the style, from an early almost glam hard rock to power metal and on “Firesign” there were more pronounced modern elements. Some reviews, even claimed it was even a bit “Amaranthe” influenced in places… not that it’s necessarily a bad thing.
 
N: Well… I think that a lot of those these things that people are “hearing”, ie synths or certain drum sounds, were there previously, maybe not as pronounced and it’s now a bit of a projection that people have, knowing that I am also in Amaranthe that makes them make that association. We had them before but we just pushed them up a bit more in the mix, because we wanted to have the keyboard pans (from left to right) and the general ambiance sound bigger. It’s part of the songwriting and arrangement really, just changing the flavor a bit, but not changing the style that much.
 
 
We’re at Sweden Rock. So out of curiosity, which Swedish musicians did you idolize when you were younger (If hard pressed, include no Swedes as well)?
 
N: Ehm, I think I was born in the wrong decade, I really grew up in the 90s (so did we… musically speaking – but we were tuned in to the 80s style mostly), so everything was dead and gone by the time that I became an active listener at least in terms of what the media said and covered, I guess.
I have to say I am surprised that I discovered hard rock myself, I suppose I just went into a record shop and started buying albums that I thought had interesting covers and were playing there.  ut then again we have some prolific Swedish bands like Europe and Yngwie Malmsteen and if you have bands and people like that, that they have a good career and can succeed  internationally…
I mean Europe is not exactly my biggest influence, but it’s there… it inspires…
 
 
(A friend interjects) What about Abba or Roxette?
 
N: Well, both those bands had top notch musicians and songwriters and indirectly them being around, did influence some metal players, more than most would like to admit!
 
 
These days I think it’s not as big an issue as it was 20-30 years ago to admit that you like that sort of stuff…
 
N: I mean realistically, we’re talking about a hallmark of popular music and culture that has stood the test of time and is still hugely popular, something that you cannot say for 99% of other popular music (including metal)… so yeah, if you like melody, it’s a given that you’re going to like bands like Abba etc… even Yngwie covered Abba!
 
 
Do you remember what was the first thing you bought or ever saw that was rock…
 
N: Ehm, it must have been KISS, I saw KISS on TV and when you’re young, you’re impressionable, I mean the visual aspect… I was really, what the hell was that?! I need to check that out! Even as an 8 year old, I knew that this was my gig, so they were the gateway and soon I discovered a lot more rock bands through them.
 
 
My friend who’s a huge KISS fan interjects yet again asking which was the first time Nils saw Kiss, to which the reply was 2008 – KISS 35 in Malmo (and both of us were there as well!)
 
N: Nils continues about his influences – I mean I love Iron Maiden, they are one of my all-time favorite bands and Judas Priest of course are a massive influence on me; Rainbow (especially with Dio) oh and by the way, you should know that the rest of the guys from Dynazty are actually JLT’s support band tonight performing some of that stuff! Thin Lizzy is good shit! Journey, I’ve not heard so much, but I like em, you know, if it’s melodic, I am pretty likely gonna like it!
 
 
You’re an up and coming band and you’ve recently begun to make a serious dent and having some traction… how do you view your musical journey so far? (We’re also discussing about Myrath also being a cool band and how it’s also taken them a decade to get “somewhere” as well)…
 
N: First of all, you have no experience when you start; you don’t know how the business works. In our case we were all very young. I was nineteen when we recorded the first album and you know nothing about business and you don’t know what kind of people you should work with. You don’t know how to reach out to them. And also yusually your songwriting is in an infant level as well.
 
 
That’s true, I remember reviewing the debut saying, cool singer and there’s definitely something there, but, not there just yet and when I heard “Renatus” OMG, it was like an apocalypse. Keepers quality material, I was blown away. Here’s this guy that’s got the versatility of Dio, a range to match, looks really handsome and is a golden god on stage, with a huge presence… I mean, don’t you have some sort of flaw man? And you’ve been consistent ever since damn it, no clinks in the armor, nothing bad to say!
 
N: (chuckles)… Thanks, I guess we really took a huge step forward, songwriting wise with the “Renatus” album; I mean, it was very new, stylistically to us, but it worked well, so we embraced it and I guess it has worked out rather well! I guess the slightly more modern sound fit our songwriting even a bit better than the previous ones we had explored up to that point. It’s basically the songs. If they’re good, they are good and sometimes it takes a while to perfect them. (i.n.: there’s a small portion of the interview here, where we go back to Abba and discuss how they took 10 years writing before they debuted and similar cases in the metal genre – also discussing the Polar studios and how the first Dynazty album was recorded there and how in the 70s bands sometimes didn’t happen until a few albums in case and point Thin Lizzy)
 
 
You’ve already been doing this for a while, but where do you think you’ll be ten years from now.
 
N: Still doing this. You never know with this kind of thing (show business) and life, getting in the way, but yeah, I hope to still be around putting out new material. Getting better in every way I can!
 
 
Is that even possible? You’ve reached the pinnacle of what’s humanly possible man!
 
N: Haha, I know that everybody says that their latest material is the best they’ve done and it’s corny, but our newest material is the best we’ve done so fa. (haha)! I guess with Dynazty, the only way we can go is up. We’re getting more experienced and there still room to grow I think…
 
 
My buddy interjects yet again – asking if they’ll play any “new”/unpublished songs to roadtest them…
 
N: No, not really. We’ll play mainly stuff from “Firesign” and a selection of “the hits”.
 
 
Is the tour cycle for “Firesign” done, or not just yet?
 
N: Well, we’ve got some dates that are yet to be announced happening in the fall and some dates in 2020 (since then the band has announced a mini tour with (Serenity and Ad Infinitum) happening in April. Mainly in “central” Europe, but not exclusively. We also have to balance/find time to record the album so we need to keep the fall kind of open!
 
 
Any chance of the Dynazty playing in Greece?
 
N: I guess we had received an offer at some point in time, but it fell through for some reason?
We definitely would love to play there! Maybe with the new album?
 
 
OK. Salute our readers! Take care dude!
 
N: Hey Grande Rockers! Rock out! We hope to see you all soon! Take care and check us out!