Nils Molin became a permanent member of Amaranthe after Jake E had left the band. When the news broke in Dynazty fans started to worry that the new project may have ended the career the Swedish power metal band. Luckily this was not the case, Nils manages his time and tasks perfectly, so he can put his focus on both bands. During Dynazty’s latest European tour we had an opportunity to chat a few minutes with the Swedish vocalist.
Nils Molin had a quite busy schedule – he had just finished the tour in Japan with Amaranthe, then he headed to Europe to the next round. His European tour with Dynazty was quite successful, the Budapest show was nearly sold-out. How does he deal with a busy schedule like that? “Well, I try to deal with it in the only possible way that I can, which is to coordinate the schedules and try to find ways to solve certain situations if they arise. This time I had to travel all through the night from Tokyo and just arrived here, so I didn’t sleep much. That can be somewhat of a problem, but I try to sleep more in the afternoons and try to take care of my body. I guess.
Touring life is never easy to keep very healthy because you always traveling, you always having changes in schedule and weird hours…
But you still try to find a method for saying somewhat normal when it comes to what you eat, and how you sleep on tour. But I also try to balance it when I’m just staying at home, I try to be a lot more healthy then I would probably normally be, or eat as well as I can, sleep a lot and try to get some exercise and things like that, so… Sort of trying to balance the different lifestyles and the changes.
Well, right now I don’t do anything specific, it’s more just trying to work on my cardio a little, and try to do some home exercises and stuff like that. It can also a bit of a trap when you go off tour, stay home and just relax. So, you just fall into this place where you basically not very active physically. So, I just try to do some kind of training for half an hour-one hour that gets my heart going a little, you know…”
And how does he keep the balance between his two bands and personal life? “Yeah, it is a challenge to balance everything, but I think I found the correct way of doing it. So far, everything works,
I have a very very busy and active band in Amaranthe for example, but at the same time working hard in Amaranthe I can fit in a lot of other things,
and it actually gives me somewhat of freedom to do whatever I want with the rest of my life. So, it is a challenge, but it’s definitely possible if you look at it from a positive perspective and just try to find ways to balance your life.
The reason why I started playing with Amaranthe was that I realized I had time to do something more and I had the energy to do something more – and I wanted to do something more. So, I think that point it was just something natural to do. And so far actually in the last two years, I’ve worked harder than ever before – with Dynazty as well – despite I have Amaranthe. I think it only gives me more knowledge, experience and the courage to work even harder with Dynazty then I did before.”
Some people were concerned that Dynazty might be pushed aside or things like that.
But I think I made that very clear from the start that it would not be the case, that I would continue my work to 100%, or even more. Yeah, and I think that we sort of calm down the fans who may be worried by still being active, playing shows and writing a new album at that time. And then again, a lot of people were positive to seeing more of me in another format, so… I think the way of showing is by doing.”
Well, I felt a lot of freshness on the latest Amaranthe album – so I was curious: did he have any influence on HELIX? “Well, I’m sure I had. I mean I wasn’t very involved in the writing, I was more like a feedback for all of. Elize and the guys were writing, you know, and sending me ideas and asking ‘what you think of this’ and stuff like that.
Of course, things change when you have a new voice in a band,
and I think they have a sort of new kind of vision for the next album because they already know what kind of singer I am.”
And what are the main differences in the working process of Dynazty and Amaranthe? “Well, very different. I mean Amaranthe is a band with 3 singers and very set formula. I think with Dynazty we are a little bit more experimental, and still have a core sound that we always stick to, but I feel a lot of freedom when I write for Dynazty, and more-less create anything we want in this band. It’s also a band where I can pursue my own vision to 100% as a lyricist for example, and also as a songwriter in general.
We actually started writing a couple of songs for a new Dynazty album.
And I think we have a pretty clear plan on what kind of album we want to make, and everybody is more-less on the same page with this.”
Nils has a pretty close relationship with his mother – the Swedish singer usually asks his mother’s opinion when he works on a new song or an album. “I think that the music in my family comes from my mother and from her family. She always played a lot of classical music at home. But I discovered rock music sort of on my own. Actually, my mother started liking rock music after she heard me listening to it. (smiles) But yeah, she showed me a lot of stuff, like classical music and I’ve always been a big fan of Jesus Christ Superstar for example, which is a great rock opera.
Sometimes we do listening to songs together, I mean, I play her some music that she has never heard and ask her opinion about it… Since we are pretty similar people, usually we more-less have the same taste in things.
I was playing her the new Dynazty demos to hear what she thinks about it.
My parents always have been very supportive of me and also my brothers to do whatever we want to do. No pressure. There’s more like whatever you grab, whatever you want to do, you should pursue. I think they’ve been always very positive whatever I tried to do – especially in music.”
Interview: Afrodite Szeleczky
Photos: Péter Tepliczky
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