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1. Hello... How is life at the end of this autumn?
Oh, in Sweden the autumn has ended. We are now in full "bloom" of winter. Snow everywhere and it gets icy on the streets. They said that it will get worse in the next weeks. But other than that, we are fine, apart from some cold and red noses.

2. What is the latest news concerning your band? Some new tracks, some new members, maybe?
New tracks have been recorded, some just fragments, other in whole but without vocals. We have also added Núria Luis and Sergio Gamez Martinez as live members in Arcana. They add such depth with the violin and great keyboard playing. And it feels absolutely amazing to perform acousticly.

3. We will meet in Bucharest soon, only a few days left... What did you prepare for us? What are your expectations relating to the audience?
We have been waiting to get back to Romania again for such a long time. And it will be a new experience to see Bucharest and the winter there instead of the late summer in Brasov. I expect it to be somewhat different. We will perform two new songs and of course play all live, without backtracks. We will also have some guest appearances on stage, and that will be a little surprise for the audience. And new stage outfits. The only expectations we have on the audience is that they show up and enjoy themselves. We have always felt very welcomed in Romania, and I sure hope they still want us there.

4. There will be 9 bands performing on this event, including you. What do you know about the rest of them?
As the music scene within this genre is quite small, we already know several acts. But a few of them we will be meeting for the first time, like Naeuvus and Dirty Granny Tales. Although, we love the music of Naeuvus. It will be great meeting old friends like the people from Irfan, Sol Invictus, Johan from Desiderii and Simone Salvatori. Ah, it will be like a family gathering.

5. What music are you listening to these days? Any new and interesting albums?
At the Bjärgö house it has been a lot of William Basinski and Popol Vuh on the stereo, but also artists like Bat for Lashes and a lot of classical choir compositions. I have also found something that you like, Agalloch. I gave it a shot, and damned if I liked it. Have an album for me perhaps, to buy when I get down?

6. What kind of merchandise are you bringing to Bucharest?
We hoped to have a new album out, but there was no time. But we will, if the DHL is good to us, bring the SOPHIA - Collective Works 2000-2003. This new release contains all the first full-lengths by Sophia and all singles in a new design and with remastered material. We will also try to bring some t-shirts (both Arcana and Sophia) and other albums. But too bad, the Arcana stuff is more or less "old things".

7.Any important steps for you and your band in 2011? Some new releases, special gigs, maybe?
A new Arcana release is a plan, and of course the sister release to the Le Serpent Rouge. We have started to collect the personal codes from the 1000 limited box set and we will print the graphics early next year. As for live performances, we will not play that many gigs next year. We need to focus on new material and therefore not play so much.

8. What do you think about this financial crises? Despite of this, a lots of bands are playing live, a lot of concerts happening everywhere still...
For us there isn't that much of a change. In Sweden we have been saved from the worst crises, although a lot of people have been left unemployed. For me and Peter there isn't much change, we still live on the lower side of the economy, and we see no brighter future yet. We have also noticed the crises in Europe, since a lot of organizers offer us gigs, but with no fee, and less traveling money. We have to say no to those, since we also have to earn an income. I hope things will change, but I can't see it in the near future. As long as the bankers are greedy, the governments keep the bankers under their wings and the people have more and more issues with each other, I see darker times for Europe.

9. What does UNDERGROUND mean to you? Musically speaking.
Underground will always be underground. But more bands from "our scene" become more mainstream and now reach for the "common people". Maybe because of money, or maybe because of fame. But bands pop up from under every stone in every country, and I think the underground scene will prevail.

10.Thank you. The final words are yours...
We will see you all in two weeks, new and old friends, new and old fans, and all of our family that has grown over the years!