interview with Of Fire

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Have any of you played in other bands? Yes, everybody. Infact Robin and Jonathan had a quite promising band back in 2003-2005 called Depraved.
How is it that you started playing music? When your'e a boy and hear distorted guitars and heavy drums, it grows on you and soon enough turns poisonous.
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
Jonatan Thunell - Guitar
Rasmus Thunell - Guitar
Rick Williamsson - Drums
Martin Johansson - Bass
Robin Westerberg - Vocals
Age 30-33
Have you had other previous members? Yes, Henrik on Drums, Anders "Bajan" Berndtsson on Guitar and Alfonso Flores on Bass
Did you make music even when you were young? Yes we all started playing in bands in our early teen years.
Where are you from? Norrtälje, outside Stockholm area.
What year did the band form? August 2012
What's your style of genre? The root is Death metal with some Rock n roll, punk, doom, thrash, progressive and oldschool sound etc.
What inspires you? Nature.
How often and where do you reherse? Once a week generally, more when touring, making albums etc.
How have you developed since you started with the music? Slowly but steadily. 
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Fishing, hiking, exploring in the nature.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? Ofcorse, we have worldwide with a few and so far so good. They have all the connections. we don't.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? Yes we are, also we have worked with a few labels and as long as it benefits the band It's all good but nowadays they don't have much to offer generally except for marketing and usually that means bankrupsy.
What made you decide to make this music? This is what we are, this is what we do, It's nothing we have decided. You can't be something your'e not.
What are your songs about? Mostly about the nature, the stupidity of mankind, anti religion, love and hate.
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Mostly Jonatan, Rasmus and Robin write the music and Robin writes the lyrics with help from the others.
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Music, always.
Do you compose in a certain inviroment? At home or in the rehearsal dungeon.
What language do you sing in? English and Swedish
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? 30-300 maybe
What ages are most of your concert attendants? Between 18-40 maybe
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We always vary to keep it interesting, atleast for us.
Do you have a regular place you play live often? Here and there around Stockholm area.
What was your first gig like? With this band, We hadn't play live together for seven years, it was truly amazing.
What was your latest gig? At a well known bar/club in Stockholm called Anchor. 
Have you had to cancel a gig? Almost, cause of tourbus broke down on us in Russia.
Where have you played live this year? At Anchor in Stockholm.
Where do you plan to gig the comming year? Next year we hope to do another tour in europe and some festivals.
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? 2014 when our first album "Carnage fever" came out. We have CD's, Cassette tapes and 
T-shirts right now but more stuff will soon come.
Where can people buy your merchandise? At Bandcamp, at shows, qalaqas Black Art productions or from us personally. Soon CD's from a Russian label.
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? It's not supporting the bands at all, but it's good for reaching new people. Kind of a catch 22 situation.
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? It's been everything but good, simple as that.
What do you think of my work? It's good, it gets people reading about the bands.
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? Don't know if it will help us, we are underground and we want to keep it that way, being a rockstar only makes you an asshole. But maybe someone will read this and get a wider picture of us but then again, don't know if that's a good thing or not. We'll leave that for the reader to decide
Do you have any role models or idols? Friends and family. They stay true to you.
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? Almost every band takes inspiration from the old bands nowadays, It's like the history repeats itself over and over again. We think more to the roots of every genre and so on of what we take in to the music in the band. But we will never be copycats.
What have been your biggest obstacles? Marketing ourselves.
How do you get psyched for a gig? When we hit the stage.
What are your web sites?
How can people reach you? Through the websites, email or social media.
What are your plans for the future? Right now, we are booking shows, working on a tour documentary and another musicvideo. To keep promote the new album "Death do us all" and to play shows as much as possible as always.
Do you have something to add? Support the underground!
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