PERSONAL QUESTIONS !    Where did you grow up and how was your childhood? Erika: I grew up in a small town in the middle of Sweden called Sandviken and had a very good childhood with a lot of activities. My parents encouraged me to try everything I wanted and dragged me along on activities they thought I'd enjoy. I got stuck on horses though which changed to music and photography as I grew up. How was your school time you were rather the good student or the break clown ? Erika: I wasn't the teachers pet at least... But I didn't really have any problems, nor   was I the class clown. I've always had it quite easy to learn and tried to get by as smooth and with as little effort as possible to allow me to do other things I found more fun. In most cases that worked but in a small town with narrowminded opinions and the "Jante Law" (don't think you're special, try to stand out or do anything other than the boring traditional family life of a small town) got me in trouble every now and then. I didn't do anything in particular, just listened to Heavy Metal, dressed in black and wanted to play guitar.   How did your parents react when you started making metal music? did they support you and how do you feel about your music today? Erika: My parents have always had a great interest in music. They didn't really enjoy the Heavy Metal I was dragging home but the fun thing is, my dad listened to as extreme Jazz as I listen to Metal music so it was an argument of the two worlds with my mom in the middle liking a little of both, the easiest parts. Now they're just proud I've kept it going over the years.   Would you be successful in making music as a musician? Erika: I had the ambition once but didn't follow through all the way out. I realized it was quite nice to get a monthly salary and got stuck with the every day job. I've had the fortunate situation to have a job I like for most of my career and I'm not sure I would trade that off for being a full time musician today. And as the industry looks today I doubt it's even possible to fully make a living out of the music we play. But if an opportunity would come, sure...   Are you someone who loves the hustle and bustle of the big city? or rather looking for peace and relaxation in nature? Erika: To be blunt, I don't like people very much... I mean, I love to be around friends and family and hang out in a crowded concert venue with other metalheads but in general I get frustrated with crowded streets, commuter trains etc. and try to avoid that as much as I can. But I'm not the one to hang out in the woods by myself either. I need to have some buzz around me but I'm very happy with living in a small town now, still with easy access to the big-city lights and urban jungle lifestyle.   Do you actively practice sports or are you more of a passive spectator? Erika: I'm not much of a sports fan at all. I used to play Bandy which I liked but never watched a game even if the club I was playing for was in the top league. Nowadays I don't do sports as much as I should...   When it comes to your physical well you can cook or let you cook for you? Erika: I really love to cook and living where we do gives access to a lot of farmers markets with excellent meats and vegitables. I love to try new things and try to stick to the "happy" animals to put on the dish. I like to eat most things and try to vary what I put on the plate as much as possible with fish, meat, veggie, vegan dishes. But I don't have any ambition to give up meat and become a vegitarian.   What does your environment tell you about your passion for metal (friends / family / colleagues) ? Erika: In general everyone think it's fun and cool. Then I've tried to keep it out of work as much as I can since my colleagues will think I'm crazy (which even my Heavy Metal friends do) if they knew how many shows I attend each year. I don't feel the need to proclaim it in my work enviornment but I don't deny or try to hide it either.   How do you see the problem with the haters on the internet who have to announce their mental garbage in anonymity always and everywhere? Erika: Freedom of speach is important and I think having the variety of the point of view feeds the awareness about what's going on in the world. The problem is that no one really checks the source and take the mumbo jumbo posted for the truth. And it's far too easy to sit behind the key-board spreading hatred all over. I don't get the envy really and how people have the time and energy to spend so much time hating another person and just try to break someone down. And that it is a lot of grown-up's doing it all makes it quite scary. I don't get the jealousy... If you don't like it, look the other way and focus on something else.     For now I'm saved from that. Of course it happens that bands are bummed out about a review I write (my other music hobby is for a Metal Web Zine) but in general it's not a problem. And for the occasions there are, I try to just not comment further to fuel anything.   What do you think about the internet in general? a blessing or a curse? Erika: It's actually crazy what can be done with all tracking devices, directing adverts and so on. It's scary but fascinating. And I do like the attention I get for my playing and the work with the Zine, I can't deny that. I get tired of myself though when I can't stop scrolling on facebook and instagram. And it gets kind of expensive as Discogs, eBay and such sites are just a click away...   What would you personally like to do in your life? Erika: My life really revolvs around music and I'm happy with that. I like to explore new places and frequently do. What puts me on a plane to a new city is normally a concert I want to see. I'm fortunate to have a well paid day- job that allows me to do it all. My work have fed that urge to see stuff as well as I've been travelling a lot and got to see places I wouldn't have gone to elseway, like the city of Petra, Chinese Wall, the Techuan Pyramids in Mexico.   Sweden Home... Austria I've only been to Vienna for a very short visit, I would like to go back to explore and see more of the city as well as the rest of the country.   Abba We didn't have much popular music at home so I don't really have a relationship to Abba at all. I was too young when they were around to follow them on radio. But for sure, they did some good songs.   Folkets Park A tradition that died long ago... It used to be a lot of fun going to other cities Folkets Hus or Folkets Park for partiying, indoors or outdoors depended on the season. Saw a lot of good concerts in one of them growing up. The good thing was that there was no age limit for the park, just the bar so I could get in and see all the bands and artists.   Alces alces Beautiful and very tasty creatures   Graved You mean the Lachs? In that case, Yum!   Cage or Iced Earth Tricky one, I have to say Cage because Sean Peck is one of the best screamers around and a super-cool guy. And Cage have delivered every time I've seen them live, they're awesome.   Judas priest or Iron Maiden I have to say Iron Maiden. I was completely hooked on the video for Live After Death and that is one of the things that really got me into Heavy Metal.   Movie or Series I guess I have to say movies because I've never had the interest of following any series. I like it when I can tune in and watch a little now and then and still be able to keep up with what's going on.   Family Very important. You need to take care of your family and support when needed. I also believe that you can choose a little who to call your family, it necessisarily doesn't have to be blood bound only.   Your top 10 all time album faves tough one... Here's 10 albums that have stood the test of time though. Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son Nevermore - Dead Heart in a Dead World Savatage - Streets Fates Warning - A Pleasant Shade of Grey WASP - The Crimson Idol Vicious Rumors - Welcome to the Ball Black Sabbath - Technical Ecstasy Anvil - Forged in Fire Y&T - Black Tiger MSG - Perfect Timing   your top 5 albums in time   ! Recent ones? My top 5 from 2018 looks like this; Manticora - To Kill To Live To Kill Heir Apparent   - The View From Below Uriah Heep   - Living The Dream Reece - Resilient Heart Open Burn - Divine Intermission   The closing word is yours? Erika: Thank you very much for your support, keep going!!! And we still have shirts and cd's for sale, just contact us through facebook or bandcamp! www.facebook.com/cultofthefox
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