The first contact of the founding members of Arduinna’s Dawn happened on the 30.April 2016 at the Metalfestival in Kopstal. It took about two months to find a complete line-up and have a first rehearsal in a barn close to Echternach. The next months were dominated by difficulties that most starting bands will know: we practiced in bad and difficult to access rehearsal rooms and had several line-up changes.
This troublesome time came to an end in winter 2016-2017, when we signed a Rocklab membership and got access to the rehearsal rooms of Rockhal in Esch. As it was especially difficult to find a fitting keyboarder player, Jimmy, who initially intended to be the singer, decided to set our restless quest to an end and played the keys. The first stable line-up was set and ready to write songs and play live shows: Sarah took over the vocals, Jimmy the keys, Yves the bass, Andy the guitar and Mike the drums.
We felt very comfortable at our new home at Rockhal and became productive. By the end of summer 2017, we had a live-set of 30 minutes. This didn’t remain unnoticed by the Luxembourgish scene, so we were offered to open the Necksplosion Fest II in March 2018. We spent the winter 2017-2018 locked in our rehearsal room in order to prepare for the show. Unfortunately, bad news hit us just a few weeks before our first gig. Sarah told us that she would emigrate to Hungary, so that she wouldn’t be able to be part of the band anymore.
Fortunately, Sarah would stay until Necksplosion Fest, so that we had the opportunity to perform one show together. This turned out to be a bliss for Arduinna’s Dawn. Natascha saw that concert in the audience and she heard that Sarah would leave us and that we were looking for a new singer, so we made a date for an audition. From the first rehearsal on, it was obvious that Natascha would fit in perfectly, so we used the upcoming summer months to rehearse and work on new songs.
In December 2018, we were ready to hit the stage again. This concert was the forerunner of our most successful year so far. In 2019 we played several concerts at bars and festivals in Luxembourg and France. In autumn we made plans to make our first EP and recorded most of the material. Unfortunately, December 2019 brought bad news again. Ongoing personal issues between Yves and the other band members took their toll and he had to leave Arduinna’s Dawn.
A new bassist was quickly found in Gábor, who impressed us in the first audition with his great musicality. As the bassist vacancy was quickly filled and with the tailwind of 2019, we aimed for a similar or even better year 2020. Several concerts were planned for spring and summer and the EP release was set for July. Again, Fortuna was not on our side, neither on the side of many others. The pandemic clad the world in silence. We cancelled all our upcoming concerts, aswell as the EP release.
Here we are now, in the summer of 2020…. sitting in a pandemic and waiting for our first concert with Gábor and our EP to see the light of life. We hope you enjoyed our journey so far and are willing to join us for the next years and decades.
Musical Background: Evanescence Cover Band 10 years ago
Musical Influences: Evanescence, Mister Misery, Guns N‘Roses
Hobbies: Gothic, Cemetery and Natur Photography, Cosplay
Favorite Food: Chocolate, Pasta
Favorite Drink: Red wine, Latte macchiato
Musical Background: At the end of 2014 I made the decision to take singing lessons with a private teacher in Cologne, where I stayed for a little more than two years. In the meantime the current band was founded. After about the two years, I went back to Luxembourg where I enrolled in the local music school, took the basic theory lessons of music & continued to follow the singing lessons. In the first months still working as a singer, I taught myself to play the piano and changed in the band also to the keyboard.
Musical Influences: Nightwish, Beethoven, Hammerfall, Blind Guardian, Theatre of Tragedy
Hobbies: Besides music, Board/videogames, Running.
Favorite Food: Sushi, Moules & fries, Ice Cream
Favorite Drink: Water, Coffee, Tea, Mead
Musical Background: I sometimes sing in the shower
Musical Influences: Motörhead, Amon Amarth, Dimmu Borgir, Wintersun, Cradle of Filth, Rammstein, Children of Bodom, Dissection, Kreator, Judas Priest, and many more
Hobbies: Video games, Motorcycling, Physics, Ninepin bowling
Favorite Movies/Series: Game of Thrones, The Simpsons
Favorite Games: Starcraft 2, Dungoen Keeper 2, Diablo 2, Heroes of Might and Magic 3
Favorite Food: Kebab, Bbq, Kniddlen
Favorite Drink: Jack and coke, Coffee, Beer, White wine
Musical Background: From 2014 to 2019 I played in a beer-punk band
Musical Influences: Korn, Amon amarth, Dio, Trivium, Gojira
Hobbies: Crafts, Hiking, Cooking, Laying around lazily
Favorite Food: Pizza, Spaghetti, Bbq
Favorite Drink: Beer, Water, Tea
Musical Background: I started playing the synth when I was 10, but the high-school punk band needed a bassist, so I became one. In the past decade, I played in different rock and metal bands in Budapest (Nikotin, Akan, We Wonder) and Barcelona (Nomads In Exile). I have also been releasing my own songs under the name MIY. I moved to Luxembourg in 2017 and joined Arduinna's Dawn in 2020.
Musical Influences: The Birthday Massacre, Deathstars, VNV Nation, Pertrubator, Motionless In White, Rise Against
Hobbies: Video games, Hiking, Biking, Trash movies
Favorite Movies/Series: Hobo With A Shotgun, Spinal Tap, Adventure Time
Favorite Games: Harvester, Morrowind, Manhunt, Hotline Miami, Heroes Of Might and Magic, Civilization
Favorite Artists: kvlt_ov_sp3ktr, opreem, marisaaragonware, chevelovism
Favorite Food: Sushi, Mango, Bolos levedos
Favorite Drink: Guiness, Wells & Young's Banana Bread Beer