Desoluna is a gothic doom metal band from Malmö, Sweden.
Tell us the history of the project?
The signature of the sound is dark and heavy but yet melodic. Desoluna was founded by Patrick Shadowland (ex-Desolate, ex-Clapatria) in 2009 as a solo project. In early 2013, Nadia Montes joined in on vocals. She had sung and played acoustic music in the past but wanted to take things a step further. The band´s first EP “The Desolate Years” was finally released in September, 2013, featuring Mithun MK (Silent Images, ex-Deus ex Machina) on guest vocals. In September the same year, Robin Nilsson (ex-Clapatria) joined Desoluna on rhythm guitar and later on switched to bass, but quit in late 2015. Olle Andreasson joined the band temporarily to fill in on drums during the bands live gigs in early 2015. Later it was decided that he should join on a permanent basis. With him, the band felt that they finally found the missing piece in the puzzle, a feeling that was mutual. The bands full-length Fortitude was released October 9, 2015. In June 2016 Michael “Migge” Levin joined on bass. And so starts the gloom journey for Desoluna…
How would you describe your music?
Dark and melodic.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
Sisters of Mercy, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Black Sabbath, Linda Perry, Bonnie Tyler just to name a few.
What inspires you?
What is there not to be inspired by? Life itself provides you with themes to write about. There is enough to get upset about or affected by.
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
At home is the main-base for all the writing. We’ve never really been on the road so naturally no songs has been written in that manner.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
My personal favourite to sing is Chill of Summer. It´s heavy and I get to really play with my voice in a fun way and sort of throw it in the depths of hell, so to speak.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
To be the opening band for either Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride or Moonspell would be absolutely awesome!
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
It´s great as long as you don´t expect any money. I feel often that it is like swimming with a million other fish and you just have to figure out a way to be noticed out of everyone else that has the same ambitions as you. It is more democratic in a sense with all the forums that are available as an underground band or artist but it also makes things difficult as well, in terms of getting noticed.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Olle, our drummer, when he played with a dildo at our last show in Halmstad. He sure enjoyed that.
What are your future plans?
Right now, me and Patrick have gone back to basics and we plan to review the songs we have written so far. Possibly write more songs for a new record. We have made one acoustic appearance and there might be more in the future. But right now, our main focus will be on the songwriting.