Q: Who are Plasmagate?
A: We are two core members, Mats and Arto.
Q: Where does the band come from?
A: We are from Sweden. Originally from Orsa in Dalecarlia region, but we spend time both in Orsa and Stockholm area.
Q: How would you describe your music?
A: It is a blend of different styles such as melodic rock, pop, experimental, often with a progressive influence and sometimes with an unexpected twist. We like to tell stories, so each song is basically a short story.
Q: When was the band formed?
A: We have known each other for many years and have been talking about collaboration. Finally in 2012 we initiated the project.
Q: Who does what in the band?
A: Mats is mainly the composer and Arto is mainly the lyrics writer. We arrange and finalize the songs together.
Q: How do you write the songs?
A: In general we start with a melody or a theme. We play around until we have a basic structure. Then we write the lyrics and complete the song.
Q: Where do you find your creative inspiration?
A: Everyday life, the state of the world, thoughts, imagination, science and fiction.
Q: How long have you been composing and playing music?
A: We have been playing in different bands and projects since the school years, +30 years.
Q: What was your first instrument?
A: Arto: I started to play mandolin when I was 10 years old. When I was 14 I started to play drums which is my main instrument.
A: Mats: I started to hit ginger cookie cans before I started school. Since we had a piano at home I used to play around with it aswell. When I was 10 years old my brother acquired a synthesizer. I was blown away by all the exiting sounds. Since that day I have been playing keyboards.
Q: Who are your musical influences?
A: Arto: I like the energy in heavy rock music and admire talented musicians so I have pretty much been listening to groups like: Rush, Toto, Saga, Queensryche, Dream Theater, Symphony X, Vanden Plas, Threshold, Kamelot to mention some.
A: Mats: My influences have been groups such as: Horanges, Hepstars, Beatles, Sparks, Pink Floyd, Queen and Genesis to mention some.
Q: Where do you release your music?
A: You can listen to and download the songs online here plasmagate.bandcamp.com.
Q: Where does the name Plasmagate come from?
A: It is from a fictional legend about an alchemist and his exiting experiment and discovery.
Q: How old is the legend about the alchemist?
A: The legend is very old. It is up to each of us to believe in it or not.
Q: You have your roots in Orsa, Sweden. Is Orsa known for music?
A: Orsa has a long music tradition where every genre is represented. We want to add yet another style to the music with the roots in Orsa.
Q: I would like to know more about what you are doing.
A: You can follow us on our online channels Bandcamp, Facebook, Youtube.
Q: What are you doing next?
A: Right now we are writing new songs and will release them shortly. You will be noticed online on Bandcamp and Facebook.