. Biography .
The Soul Exchange is a band that mixes Classic Hard Rock with a contemporary Metal sound. They have taken influences from the 70's Hard Rock scene and created their own unique style of Metal infused, guitar driven hard rock, with great attention to the melodies and grand vocal arrangements. The lyrics deals mostly with subjects from the darker side of life such as insanity and evil in various forms.
The seed that eventually became The Soul Exchange was sown when guitarist and songwriter Hans von Bell began writing songs for a solo album back in 2013. After the albums' release in January 2015, Hans immediately started to work on new material for a follow up and realized he wanted to put together a proper band as the new material required a different sound and thus, The Soul Exchange was born. The band name came from a song off the 2015 solo album.
The Soul Exchange found their formula and sound with the line-up consisting of Daniel John (vocals & keyboards), Hans von Bell (guitars), Thomas von Bell (guitars), Patrik Ekelöf (bass), and Benny White (drums). Although mostly unknown to the wide public, all band members have long careers in the music business. They released the critically and likewise publicly acclaimed debut album "Bloodbound" in March 2017 on the Mervilton Records label and the five Track EP "Vow Of Seth" in December 2017 on the Pride & Joy Music label.
In the fall of 2017, the Swedish group began working on their 2nd full length album titled "Edge Of Sanity" that is penned for release on the Pride & Joy Music label on June 15th, 2018. It's not a theme album per say, but lyrically all the songs have a common theme with lyrics that are metaphorical and treats the dark side of the human psyche. Musically the record is hard hitting and dark themed but not hard listening. Sonically "Edge Of Sanity" is harder and darker than anything The Soul Exchange have produced in the past, but the trademark vocal arrangements and choruses are predominant, and grander than ever before.
Hans von Bell, guitarist: Hans von Bell is the guitarist, principal songwriter and founding member of The Soul Exchange. Hans grew up listening to 70's hard rock, such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Rush and others. Hans commenced his musical career at the age of 13, playing in local bands in the southern suburbs of Stockholm, Sweden, before joining his most successful and long lived outfit called "Crew" alongside Mats "Limpan" Lindfors and session guitarist Kent Kroon in the early 80's. Hans's career spans over many musical genres but hard rock, blues and metal have always been closest to his heart. Before forming The Soul Exchange, Hans became a full time musician a few years ago, playing in various bands in Sweden, both cover bands, as well as more serious efforts with original music, touring both in Sweden and South East Asia. Hans also takes influences from contemporary music in his songwriting and mixes it with his 70's hard rock background, he says "My aim is to take all that experience and influences into my songwriting and bring that to The Soul Exchange".
Daniel John, vocals: Daniel John started to play gigs at the local pub of his hometown, Hyltebruk, at age 14 and has been playing ever since. Being autodidact in every aspect of music and also being adept in wielding relative precise pitch, harmonizing came natural to him. At age 22 he moved to Stockholm from The little town of Hyltebruk in the county of Halland, Sweden. After settling, Daniel began getting session-gigs and started building backing vocals and harmonies for various artists. Later on, he also became a tour-musician, playing alongside most of the artists he's been working for in various studios. Some 5 years later he released his first solo album and went on a small tour throughout Sweden. Ever since, he has continued to write music for himself and others.
Thomas von Bell, guitarist:
Thomas von Bell is a guitarist/songwriter who, despite his young age, has been playing in several local bands in the Stockholm area before joining The Soul Exchange to share the guitar work with Hans von Bell. Thomas takes influences from a variety of musical genres, everything from jazz, psychedelia and prog to hard rock. Thomas is also a student of "Rytmus", the most renowned music school in Sweden, which has produced many internationally reputed artists such as Robyn, Tove Lo and more. Thomas is also a songwriter in his own right, who has materially contributed to the songs on the new upcoming Soul Exchange album, as well as producing his own solo album of all original music, to be released later in the year.
Patrik Ekelöf, bassist:
Patrik Ekelöf's musical journey started when he joined the, by now legendary, hard rock band "Blacksmith". When Patrik was only at the age of 16, "Blacksmith" released the album "Gipsy Queen" and made a tour throughout Sweden and Denmark. Patrik has continued playing music ever since. Continuing his quest for skills, at the age of 24, he moved to Los Angeles, California, to study bass guitar at the Musician Institute. A few years later he moved back to Sweden to study at the "Conservatory of Music" in Stockholm. In recent years Patrik has been playing with a large number of artists and has done several studio session jobs as a semi professional musician.
Benny White, drums:
Benny White was born into a musical environment and played various instruments before finding his passion in life - drums! Through music studies from early age and playing the local scene (though much too young for the clubs) in his hometown Stockholm, Benny was well prepared when setting off for Los Angeles.
He quickly gained local recognition and ended up in the spotlight when his band Natural Act got to be the 'band of the month' on LA's renowned radio station KLOS, a crowning time which also landed the band a slot sharing the headline with Peter Criss's (KISS) new group when world famous Whisky a Go-Go reopened its doors for business. While in LA, Benny became friends with BMG-Thai-artist Patomporn (Pry) who was in town to record an album.
A year later, Pry called and asked whether Benny would be interested in coming to Bangkok to play on his new album. Once again, Benny packed his bags and another trail on his musical journey was in the making. Session work led to more recordings and tours in Southeast Asia. Years later, a new chapter in Benny's musical career is on the horizon as the drummer of The Soul Exchange.
Jens Joel Evaldsson, lyricist:
Jens Evaldsson is the lyricist and co-songwriter of The Soul Exchange. Although, Jens does not actively take part in the band but is co-writing all of the music for The Soul Exchange since the formation, he is considered the 6th band member. Jens grew up in the vast forest landscape of the county of Jämtland, northern Sweden, which surroundings spurred his imagination at an early age. Jens commenced his musical career when he got his first electric guitar on his 15th birthday. The instrument opened an entirely new mind landscape for Jens. Besides being the lyricist for The Soul Exchange, Jens is also active in other musical projects such as The Backbeat Conspiracy and Varulvspoeterna.