Everyone who went to a Kamelot concert lately, will surely know Elize Ryd, the lovely guest singer from Sweden. She is very busy with her own band Amaranthe and other thigns, so I am very happy that she found some time to answer Kamelot Germany a couple of questions about herself and Kamelot.
Kamelot Germany: You are touring with Kamelot as a guest singer since the beginning of 2010. Tell us a little bit how this experience was for you so far.
Elize Ryd: So far its been very exciting and very stimulating for me as an artist. I have experienced things I never thought I would. Kamelot is an amazing band. It’s been, and still is a huge pleasure for me to be a part of Kamelot.
KG: How did you get the job as guest singer?
ER: I met Thomas in Gothenburg a few years ago at this place called Diamond Dogs, later he contact me about touring with them.
KG: Did you know the music of Kamelot before you started singing for them?
ER: Im very sorry to say this, but the honest answer is no. But all of my friends new them since they always have been a big inspiration for most young, and old people in the metal world.
KG: Kamelot’s repertoire is full of amazing songs, which song do you like the most?
ER: A Sailorman’s Hymn, It feels like my song after performing it live many times.
KG: What kind of music/bands do you like to listen to the most?
ER: I like to listen to good music independently of genre, band or artist.
KG: When did you start singing and at which point did you decide you want to do this on a professional level?
ER: I started to sing when I was 2 or 3 years old, according to my mom. When I was 12 years old I got my first “job” in a musical. That was the beginning of my future.
KG: Do you have any influences or idols?
ER: Yes, I loved ABBA and Queen as a kid, also Madonna and a Swedish band called Basic Element.
KG: You’ve been with Kamelot on tour in Europe, North America and South America so far. How did you experience the response of the fans compared to each other on the three continents?
ER: The experience is very exciting to see how different we are as humans depending on where on earth we live.
KG: Sometimes I wonder how it is, being on the road, living in a cramped bus. A girl needs space! How do you cope with that?
ER: It works a couple of months every year, it is hard to be a lady, but when It comes to Kamelot they understand me and respect my needs, and that’s why I really like being on tour with them.
KG: Dresses, costumes, masquerades, belly dancer, mephisto girl – which is your favorite costume on stage?
ER: Belly-Dancer ! ! 😉 Yeay! 🙂
KG: I’ve been to the Bang Your Head!!! Festival this July and I think you and Tommy Karevik got really nice chemistry on stage. How is it to be not the only Swede in the band anymore and how has he settled into the band so far?
ER: He’s perfect for the band and I love the fact that he is Swedish so that I have someone to talk with in my original language. On top of that he’s a great guy!
KG Which concert with Kamelot was the most memorable for you so far?
ER: Supporting Iron Maiden in Argentina, say no more…
KG: You are going to sing on “Silverthorn”, the new Kamelot album. How was it working at the Gate Studio, alongside people like Amanda Somerville and Sascha Paeth?
ER: Very very nice. They are super talented, professional and creative people. Amanda is a fantastic girl, I look up to her a lot, we had so much fun together during the recordings. I really wish I get the chance to go back and work with them again.
KG: Will you be heard only as part of the choir or will there be a duet too?
ER: I do one duet with Tommy, we have also recorded a video for this song which will be the first single. I do solo parts ala Kamelot in 2 more songs on the album.
KG: Can you tell us how you personally like the new album, what can the fans expect from the new songs?
ER: They can expect Kamelot in their best shape, I would say its holding the same class as The Black Halo album which was my favorite so far. Now I think this is their best, so far.
KG: What are your goals for the future? With your beautiful voice and your charming personality, I imagine everything is possible!
ER: 🙂 Thank you so much! I don’t know which road I will choose or my possibilities for the future, but my goal is to do what feels good and keep on working hard and I guess time will tell where it takes me.
KG: Last question: There are a lot of girls out there who dream to become a singer one day. Do you have any advice for them?
ER: Never stop dreaming, set up a big goal, and put up smaller ones you know you can achieve on the way. If you work hard and never give up or stop believing, you can become what ever you want.
KG: Thank you very much for the interview, Elize!
ER: Thank You! 🙂
Interview by Xandra
Photos by Xandra & Ján Ladecký