AVIANA released their sophomore album 'Epicenter' on August 23rd 2019. This was the first release to feature the bands new vocalist Joel Holmqvist. In the year since AVIANA has seen some real changes and now Joel remains as the sole member of the band.
We recently caught up with Joel to discuss being the sole member of the band, life for him in lock-down, new music and his love/hate relationship with his pet bird...
"When Covid-19 hit Sweden I was already sick, I was diagnosed with reactive arthritis back in October and it really fucked me up... But it has given me so much free time to sit down and write on album #3 so that's nice."
Firstly, I have to ask this at the moment, how have you been coping in the lock-down, what kind of things have you been up to since the lock-down came into effect.
When Covid-19 hit Sweden I was already sick, I was diagnosed with reactive arthritis back in October and it really fucked me up. So I was already staying at home, not being able to move that much haha. But it has given me so much free time to sit down and write on album #3 so that's nice.
Let’s be honest 2020 has been a weird year so far and things will probably be weird for a while. As an artist, especially an artist recording new music for a new album. How has this affected your rhythm?
It’s been both a blessing and a curse. Like I said I’ve had a lot of free time. But when there’s too much free time and no deadline you kind of slack. Or at least I do haha. But since I’m in Sweden and Sweden didn’t really mind the pandemic the same way other countries did, I’ve been able to hang out with my team and actually get back on track when I slack.