Who are you and what do you do in your band?
This is Johannes, the vocalist, guitarist and songwriter of Illusions Dead.
When/where was your band formed?
Me and Akseli, our drummer, started playing together in 2009 with a different guitarist and bassist. We all went to the same school at the time.
Why did you choose to play Death Metal?
What we play is not so much a matter of choice, but something that happens naturally. It’s what we listen to, what style allows us to best express ourselves, and what we enjoy playing the most. Death metal is an important part of our sound, but there are other elements as well.
How do you compose your music? Does only one guy do everything or does everyone contribute?
The majority of songs have all come from me, with everyone essentially writing their own parts according to the general idea. Some of the stuff I write alone, and some songs have been composed just by playing together: jamming, trial and error. Writing collectively is by far the most enjoyable thing to do, because you end up influencing and being influenced by your band mates in what you write, and that probably shows as better cohesion in the results as well. Sometimes I have music inside me that I have to write down the way it’s coming to me, and the complexities involved with collective writing would only end up hindering it.
Tell us about your lyrics, writing, inspiration etc.
Dark, hateful and incomprehensible things find an outlet in band quite instinctively. It’s cathartic. Still, it’s important to maintain a balance between light and dark. Music works perfectly as a medium for expressing things that are not normally allowed to be expressed freely, and also cannot simply be contained. Sometimes that includes positive things.
Is there an ideology behind your band?
Our music expresses something more elemental than ideology. It’s never a soapbox for spreading any agenda.
How do you see the state of Death Metal music these days in your country and in general?
Death metal has had a massive boom in the last eight or so years, and while not all of it has been entirely healthy, the movement has also spawned or unearthed an amplitude of fantastic stuff. Worldwide, it seems that death metal has been reaching into corners of the world where it hasn’t been heard before.
What are your long term plans as a band? What do you want to achieve?
My personal goal is to record many great albums, and play many great gigs.
Name an other Death Metal band from your country that everyone should hear.
The best Finnish death metal band that has ever been, and will ever be, is Demilich. Currently, I think the Finnish black metal scene is the leading one in the world in terms of sheer amount of fantastic bands and albums. A special shout-out to Vitsaus (record more stuff, I know you have material!)
Thanks for the opportunity to share some thoughts and spread the word. You can find us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/illusionsdeadofficial and be sure to check out our 2013 demo at https://illusionsdead.bandcamp.com/releases.