PERSONAL QUESTIONS !   Where did you grow up and how was your childhood? Molnar: I have lived in various southern suburbs of Stockholm my entire life. My childhood was a fine one by many accounts. Sure I’ve experienced my share turmoil in my years of adolescence, but who hasn’t. I have been very blessed to have been surrounded by a loving and caring family.   How was your school time you were rather the good student or the break clown ? Molnar: I was a combination of them both, I suppose depending on which age you are referring to. I was also a very shy and quiet kid for a very long time and I was quite the odd ball as well.   How did your parents react when you started making metal music? did they support you and how do you feel about your music today? Molnar: I cannot exactly state that my parents could relate to me when I started playing in bands, making music and so forth. On the other hand, they made no attempts to thwart my creative efforts. On the contrary, my mother bought me my first acoustic guitar and my father always allowed me to play until late at night at his house when I lived there, since his large house has rooms that are audibly rather isolated from each other.   Would you be successful in making music as a musician? Molnar: I’m going to take a guess and assume that you are trying to ask me if I would be successful in making music full-time? If that is the question, then I believe so, especially if I could be creating it with the other songwriters of Hyperion as a full-time occupation, since I believe we have a very good creative chemistry within the band.   Are you someone who loves the hustle and bustle of the big city? or rather looking for peace and relaxation in nature? Molnar: I have lived in a big city all of my life but my father has had a country house where he spends a lot of time during the summer. Every time I visit that place, I feel rejuvenated and an inner peace washes over me. Because of this feeling, I have considered relocating to a smaller town or to the countryside when I grow older.   Do you actively practice sports or are you more of a passive spectator? Molnar: I see sports as a rather meaningless act to be honest with you. Watching grown up human spending billions of dollars on watching other human beings chase a plastic ball over a grass field for example is completely brain-dead to me. I do realize and respect the importance of exercise and moving your body. I’ve never been the athletic type myself, but I do try to get my 10  000 steps every day whenever I can and go to the gym, or jog on a fairly regular basis.   When it comes to your physical well you can cook or let you cook for you Molnar: I cook my own food mostly. I prefer nutritious food that provides the body with what it needs, so that I may engage the challenges of life more proactively. That being said, on occasion I do love the taste of a good pizza, a bowl of ice-cream or some beer finely brewed light beer.   What does your environment tell you about your passion for metal (friends / family / colleagues) ? Molnar: Most of my close friends and the people I choose to socialize with are musicians, or at least has some kind of musical interest. All of my co- workers know that I am a guitar player in a band. My apartment has a lot of instruments, CDs and posters in it… I can go on and on, but the main point is that if you spend enough time around me, I’m sure you’d figure out in a relatively short amount of time that music is a really large part of my life.   How do you see the problem with the haters on the internet who have to announce their mental garbage in anonymity always and everywhere? Molnar: Trolls and negative people on the internet are like empty vacuum bottles to me. Haters that choose to direct their discontent towards my bands on the other hand, I regard as an asset and proof that we are doing something worthwhile. Usually when you experience some bad comments and people that dislike you it usually means that you are doing something right. Emotionally charged actions and especially strong, emotionally charged music is supposed to make people react and to leave an impression. Whether that impression is a positive or a negative one is completely up to the individual. I’d rather have people strongly disliking our music than shrugging their shoulders and saying: “It was OK!” That being said, don’t get me wrong. We have an overwhelming majority of wonderful, positive and extremely supportive fans who are zealous in their dedication despite the fact that we have only released 1 full length album and 1 demo. I couldn’t be more grateful for that fact.   What do you think about the internet in general? a blessing or a curse? Molnar: Both. The internet is a wonderful tool in the sense that no one with an internet connection has an excuse not to find any information that he, or her requires to solve whatever problem they are up against. Knowledge and accessibility gives you power, but it also comes with great responsibility. As I also touched on before, we are living in a hyper-connected world and the number of close friends people seems to shrink at an alarming rate. Constant digital bombardment also has a tendency to make people more impatient, easily agitated, neurotic and less grounded in their actions. I’m certainly not free myself from the temptations of mass digital information at all, especially considering my profession.   Which question would you like to have answered and why? Molnar: In life? I could write another 100 page essay about that on its own…   What would you personally like to do in your life? Molnar: Spend as much as time possible with the people I love and care for, push myself to my outmost limits, laugh my ass off, live music 24 hours a day and die with very few regrets.   Stockholm Molnar: So this is the part where you say 1 random word and I make a short comment on each of them? Alright, then: My beautiful hometown. Not so beautiful in all places, but still, it is my hometown.   Austria Molnar: The country my grandmother always wished she had moved to after she left Hungary.   Djurgården Molnar: I mostly associate that word with young, beer drinking fanatics running around in teal and dark blue shirts chanting mindless football anthems.   Astrid Lindgren Molnar: Her stories gave me some fond childhood memories as they did and will continue to do for many other younglings.   The soundtrack to “Ronja Rövardotter” is utterly unforgettable!   The Hobbit Molnar: Beautiful soundtrack and entertaining movies… A bit too exaggerated to make 3 movies out of however. I hope they will make some sort of movie adaptation of the tales from The Silmarillion.   Dio Molnar: Don’t Talk to Strangers is a great song. I think the man was 40 years old when “Holy Diver” was released. That is solid proof that age does not matter when it comes to passion and following your dreams.   Coffe Molnar: Disgusting black venom that raises your heart rate and makes you run to the bathroom.   Carlsberg Molnar: Probably not the beast beer in the world, but still ok.   Köttbullar Molnar: Extremely tasty when you eat them with potatoes and caviar sauce. You should try my Christmas recipe!   Björn Borg Molnar: Good looking, but uncomfortable underwear.   Volvo Molnar: A transport vehicle with 4 wheels and an engine, just like any other car.   Movie or Series Molnar: Ace Ventura, Lord of the Rings, The Man from Earth, Game of Thrones, Family Guy… there are a lot more!   CD or Vinyl Molnar: CD.   Family Molnar: Family and close friends are one of the most if not the most important thing in my life.   Your top 10 all time album faves Molnar: It varies from time to time, but I will name a few that have stuck with me for a long time and that probably will stick with me for the rest of my life: Storm of the Light’s Bane – Dissection The Jester Race – In Flames Somewhere In Time – Iron Maiden Brave New World – Iron Maiden Somewhere Far Beyond – Blind Guardian Battle Magic – Bal-Sagoth Starfire Burning Upon the Ice-Veiled Throne of Ultima Thule – Bal-Sagoth WASP – WASP Minas Morgul – Summoning The Soundtrack to Warcraft II by Glenn Stafford   your top 5 albums in time   ! Storm of the Light’s Bane – Dissection The Jester Race – In Flames Brave New World – Iron Maiden Battle Magic – Bal-Sagoth Somewhere Far Beyond – Blind Guardian   The closing word is yours? Molnar: This is by far the longest written interview I have ever conducted. Thank you for showing your interest in Hyperion and for supporting us. A big salute goes out to all of our fellow Titans across the globe. Eonian zeal recites in Euphony!
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