Kamelot is a truly unique entity. With members located in several countries around the world, it’s a testament to the band that they continue to excel as masters of their craft and it certainly seems that such time these members come together that magic happens.
Ahead of their return to Australia shores for the first time in five years Metal Wani’s Jake Patton had the opportunity to chat to the voice of Kamelot, Tommy Karevik to discuss the Australian tour, the difficulties in participating in a geographically dispersed band and his vocal technique.
On the subject of the Australian tour, they discussed the importance of the Australian fan base to the band and covered how special and important it is to be able to tour Australia. Karevik noted:
“It’s not very many bands that can actually afford to come to Australia and play the beautiful continent so I consider it a privilege that we have”.
They also talk about the special guest attending with them for these shows and what the fans can expect after a five year absence. They discuss Karevik’s vocal style and some of the choices he makes, including answering whether or not he thinks he is too reserved on stage to which Karevik contemplates:
“if you write close to your limit of what you can handle on a good day, or it isn’t easy to do it every night for one and a half to two hours… it’s just the smarter thing to try not to be on the limit of what you can handle. Because maybe in a good day you can hammer it out but on a bad day it’s going to sound not so good”.
They then discuss some of the difficulties that the band experiences as, not only a geographically diverse band, but also a band that has members involved in side projects and how that plays into recording, practice and booking shows. Karevik offers some insight into the difficulties in organising these tours, and also remarks about his appreciation for the effort that is put in for making these things happen “everyone just travels, I just make sure to be on time!”
They close out by discussing Karevik’s other project Seventh Wonder and what sort of an impact that the release of their upcoming album Tiara might have on the touring schedule for Kamelot.