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Anders Dahlén - Keyboards, vocals and growls


The interrogation

  • Name - Anders Johan Dahlén
  • Born - August 12th 1987
  • Height - 180 cm
  • Weight - 89 kg
  • Eats - Eggs
  • Drinks - Gin & Russchian
  • Hates - Animal cruelty
  • Likes - Music, coffee
  • Favourite album - Reckoning Night (Sonata Arctica)
  • Favourite movie - Stardust, The Village
  • Favourite bands - Sonata Arctica, Throes of Dawn, Eternal Tears of Sorrow, Amorphis, Therion, Kalmah, Ensiferum, Nightwish
  • Favourite quote - "There's no pleasure in having nothing to do. The fun is having lots to do and not doing it." (Andrew Jackson)
  • Activities - Keyboard, singing, working out, hanging out with friends
  • Occupation - Research and Education Administrator at the University of Skövde

The ultimate line-up

  • Vocals - Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica) or Vibeke Stene (ex-Tristania)
  • Guitar - Elias Viljanen (Sonata Arctica)
  • Guitar - Esa Holopainen (Amorphis)
  • Bass - Simen Hestnaes (ICS Vortex, ex-Dimmu Borgir)
  • Drums - Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork)
  • Keyboard - Tuomas Holopainen (Nightwish)

The biography

I started my career real heavy at the age of four by playing children's songs on the old organ at home. In third grade I began playing the piano at a music school, but I found it quite boring so I quit after about two years. My interest in music was yet again awoken when I joined some friends in a band at a school of rock at age 15. From the beginning it sounded pretty much like shit but we had great fun and gradually improved, rehearsing a couple of self-written songs. Sadly, I didn't get to stay in the band long enough to play any gigs since I had such different musical visions from the others, which also happened to our drummer.

After this I started making music on my own in a bit more serious manner. Most songs can be placed under melodic metal, and I find a lot of inspiration in power, folk and gothic metal as well. I've also composed the music for a movie in a school project and a couple of very minor computer games. Then suddenly I heard my name being called on the local pub. Not that I remember exactly what happened, but I was somehow offered to join Winter Dawn. I accepted the offer without any real doubts because I had missed playing in a band a lot ever since I had to leave the old band.

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