On October 22, CrankItUp.se conducted an interview with former DEAD BY APRIL guitarist Johan Olsson about his departure from the band and future plans. You can now watch the chat below.Olsson previously said in a statement regarding his decision to leave DEAD BY APRIL, "We have had some differences and been going in different directions for a while and there's always a certain point you reach when you need to really decide if you can go forward together or not. So I have decided to leave DEAD BY APRIL to focus mainly on my own music and bands. Also give time to my other projects like my clothing company, Suckerpunch Clothing, as well as of course my family and friends. "It is every kids dream to be a 'rock star' and you always have to balance the good against the bad. "I genuinely love the lifestyle, touring, playing live, practicing and all that surrounds a rock band so I am in no way giving up on music or being a musician at all. You have not seen the last of me. On the contrary, it's an opportunity for me to take the path that I want and that is more important than anything else right now. So I won't be participating at all on the new album and I will also not participate in the U.K. tour. "That's the way life is sometimes and people go separate ways but that doesn't mean I'm not proud of what we have done and accomplished in the years I have been in the band." The remaining members of DEAD BY APRIL commented in a statement: "We are sad to see Johan leave and wish him all luck in the future. Johan leaving will not affect the U.K. tour we're on right now and it will not affect the upcoming album recordings."
DEAD BY APRIL's self-titled debut album was released in the U.K. on August 3, 2009 via Spinefarm. The CD, which was issued in Sweden on May 13, 2009 via Universal, was produced by Henrik Edenhed, who has previously worked with ROBYN, LAMBRETTA, TEDDYBEARS, CHRISTIAN WALTZ and THE SOUNDS. "Losing You", the first single from DEAD BY APRIL, topped the official chart in the band's home country. For more information, visit DEAD BY APRIL's MySpace page. Interview: