I recently had the pleasure of doing an interview with the Indie band Overnight Collides... I really appreciate them taking the time to answer a few of my questions and look forward to many great things happening for this talented group of artists... Q: How did you come up with the band name Overnight Collides?
A: Each band member has different influences musically. After a discussion together, we came up with the concept for our music - "a collision of sound" since we are all passionate about varying forms of music. Melissa came up with the concept of the band name using this idea. By reversing the phase "Collides Overnight", the name of the band was born.
Q: What has been the biggest challenge about getting your music out there to be heard?
A: The biggest challenge in getting our music out there is definitely having something to offer that is different or unique that will catch the attention of people. There is so much music out there and to be able to stand apart from everyone else and be recognized is difficult.
Q: Some have said there is a new trend starting amongst fans and those who are supporters of the Indie scene, where they use the artists to gain fame for themselves rather than the artists... Have you found this to be true?
A: Yes - The music industry and the way fans interact with their favourite bands has changed so much with social media influences. The world has become smaller and fans can easily use these tools to gain exposure for themselves. Positively speaking - we find that there is a lot of cross promoting, bands helping other bands, fans helping other fans.
Q: What do you think of the industries movement of making the general public vote for bands to be a part of festivals rather than scouting and basing it on talent?
A: Andrew - Unfortunately, that is the way it has become. Ticket sales seem to have a greater influence combined with the size of the crowd you can draw that will get bands those big shows. There is a lot of great talent out there that goes unnoticed because they don't have a large enough fan base supporting them.
Will - I agree that there should be recognition to those bands that put effort into promoting themselves and building a fan base - which is important.
Q: Where do you pull inspiration from, in regards to your music?
A: Will - I pull my inspiration from life - personal experiences as well as the experiences of others. By putting yourself in other peoples shoes, inspiration opens up.
Andrew - My inspiration come from different types of music. When different genres influence me in different ways, the creativity flows.
Melissa - I look at music as being a challenge and good music doesn't come easy. I also pull inspiration for different musical genres. For me - I like do things that I haven't done before - create outside of my comfort zone.
Scott - Learning is my inspiration. As the newest member, I'm still discovering my sound on the Bass.
Q: If you could share the stage with any artist/band, who would it be and why?
A: Melissa - My Chemical Romance - I've seen them play many times and always loved the energy and theatrics of their show. Gerard Way's stage presence and passion was always amazing to me. The word 'epic' comes to mind.
Scott - Stone Sour - They have a great mix of light to heavy sounds in their music. Plus, their vocalist kicks ass!
Andrew - Slipknot - They just have fun on stage. If I was sharing the stage with them there would be so much room to get crazy - and wearing a mask is awesome!
Will - Too hard to decide. There is just way to much great music out there.
Q: What do you hope the future holds for Overnight Collides?
A: We hope that we can continue to create music that surprises and leaves lasting impressions on our fans. Not only that, we hope to stay good friends with one another and rock as many shows as possible in the future! We can only hope that there are some great things to come for Overnight Collides.
Q: Has there ever been a point in time where you were close to giving up on the music dream?
A: Scott - Sometimes when I think there is still so much to still learn.
Andrew - When I left my last band, a metalcore band, I didn't know what direction I wanted to take with regards to music. It was difficult to find the sound I wanted to create and to keep motivated to keep going.
Melissa - As my tattoo says 'Dream Always'.
Will - Many times. But then I come up with something new or hear one of our songs and it makes it all worth while.
Q: What do you hope fans learn from your music?A: It's possible to stand out, sound, portray yourselves the way you want to be musically. More importantly - that you're never alone.
Q: Do you rely mostly on online social media sites for promotions or do you have a pretty active presence within the music scene locally, as well?
A: Presently, its a mix between everything. We are relatively known within the local Ottawa music scene, particularly with other musicians in the area. But we do rely on the social media aspect of things to spread our wings further and further outside of the City, province, and nation. You just never know who will dig your music. After all, we would have never been contacted by our new producer in LA (Brian Lanese) if it weren't for him hearing our music through Twitter.
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Recently I had the honor of interviewing Jennifer Krauss, the vocalist of Twilight Dementia... Thank you so much Jennifer for taking the time to answer some questions so fans and supporters can get to know and understand your music on a deeper level... I hope everyone enjoys reading the interview, I know personally, I found it truly interesting... Q: What made you decide to go with Twilight Dementia for a band name?A: My standard answer to that is because Turdblast was taken. Haha. Serious answer? Ok. Well, when we started the band in 2006, John and I used to concoct and record songs, at twilight. During those times, we felt like we were not only creating songs, but an entire world to go with it. In order to really delve into that fantasy world, we both felt like we kind of had to forget the real one. Q: The vocals for the music are extremely powerful and haunting... Did you have any formal training or take voice lessons?A: I wouldn't say formal training, as in a one-on-one with a voice coach or anything like that. It was primarily my dad who coaxed me to practice singing on his karaoke machine. So a lot of the time, I would lock myself up in my room and just have at it with those minus-one (vocal-less) tracks. I was also in three church choirs, simultaneously, one in school, and two in my community. I was put in the alto group in one of them, and soprano in two, and since we were learning pretty much the same songs, it's where I practiced singing harmonies.
Q: What made you decide to pursue your musical dream?A: I'd say it was all my idols. Alanis Morissette was the first to catch my attention. It made me go, hey, I wanna do that too. And then, I heard Shirley Manson in Garbage and thought, I wanna be that cool. And then, when I discovered Alison Krauss, I thought she was just the best singer out there --- angelic voice, perfect pitch, masterful harmonies --- just phenomenal. I worked hard a lot to try and get an ethereal sound that was still just whole and beautiful, like hers. Lastly, when Evanescence blew up the scene, I got kind of obsessed with the sound ... especially with the sound of Amy Lee's voice. It just made me think, alright, I really wanna do this for real. It was luck that I crossed paths with John at that time. He was working at a recording studio, and I was trying to make vocal demos to karaoke tracks, so I could audition for bands. He said, why sing other people's songs, when you can make your own? We gave it a whirl and everything just fell into place. The chemistry was so awesome, we decided to actually form the band. We've been together ever since. Hell, we even got married. Q: Some people say that recently the industry has changed and tend to favor female vocalists... Have you found that to be true? A: Hmm, I don't think so. I've always known the industry to be peppered with some really talented female vocalists. Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, Heart, Pat Benatar - just a few that come to mind. I don't think they had a shortage of people who thought they were spectacular. I guess it just seems like there are more females in the spotlight these days, because the songs that are on Top 40 and all that, happen to be sung by a girl. Beyond Top 40, I don't see it favoring one more than the other. My iPod has always had a good balance of male and female sung tunes. Of course, to get that, you also have to be pro-actively seeking music from different styles, different countries, etc. Q: Where do you draw your inspiration from in regards to the music?A: From anything and everything, really. I used to watch a lot of movies (until our 4 y/o dominated the TV with Thomas the Tank Engine and Gilligan's Island reruns, the latter of which, I like. Don't get me wrong). But I read a lot too - mostly fiction. Then, John sends me some instrumental track to write a melody and lyrics to. I listen to it and the sounds kind of cue me in to what subject I should be writing about. I try to tie that to something I've read or seen. It's weird, because sometimes, I have a subject I' determined to sing about, but when I get the instrumental, it doesn't let me write about that. I just go along with the flow. For instance, we have this song called Twelve Oceans. When we first played the instrumental, it made both John and I think of Odysseus being tied to the mast in his ship, so he could hear the sirens sing. I thought, hey, let me sing about that - about sirens singing and luring sailors to crash their ships into the rocks. Forever I tried to put actual lyrics into it, but nothing seemed to fit, except in the chorus. So I made up my own "sirenesque" language, which is to say, a whole bunch of gibberish. Hahaha. It worked though. That's why when you look up the lyrics, all it says is "Love, hear me, heal me. Drowning all away, fading all away, lost in your love."Q: What do you hope the future holds for Twilight Dementia?A: I think we all have the same vision for it; not a ridiculous amount of fame and fortune, although that would certainly not be turned down, but that it blows up enough for us to be able to pour our energies into it, full time. It would be great to live and breathe Twilight Dementia, and not have to worry about where we need to scrounge up enough money to pay our bills and not have to hold down other jobs, in order to make it work. Then we can just create more songs and have those songs reach out and move as many people as they can. Sometimes, we get letters from people who say that this song or that has helped them go through a particular trial in their lives. That's really something special, and those will always be the best compliments and if that is the effect it gives to people, it will always motivate us to create, create, create.Q: If you were to share the stage with any other artist, who would it be and why?A: Tom Waits. I think it would be a riot! Not only is he a masterful song crafter, but have you seen the dude play live? You should youtube him. Your life will never be the same! Q: What is the toughest part in creating music?A: For me, since I do all the melodies, harmonies, and lyrics, the initial block is hearing what the instruments are trying to convey. Like I said before, I might have a topic I am determined to sing about, but sometimes, the song will fight me and want to go another way. I usually hear a melody first, and sing it with nonsense. Then I fit words where I hear words. After that, I have to string them along so they make sense. A few times, I'd hear the melody and the words, but I have no idea how to connect them to each other. When that happens, I get away from the song until I forget the original melody, and then come back to it and sing something totally different --- different notes, phrasing, etc. Then it allows me to turn it into a song. I've only ever shelved one or two tracks John has given me, but who knows, they might talk to me someday. Compared to everything else, harmonies are a piece of cake. If I hear a melody, it's always easy to ear harmonies. I usually do those on the fly, while I'm recording. Now, our process is slightly different, since there are three of us doing the writing. John used to create everything. Now, a lot of times, Gordon will lay down a drum groove. Then John does his hocus-pocus on the instruments, before handing them to me. Sometimes, the structure is already there. Sometimes, I have to kind of arrange how long the verses/choruses should be. After that, we just all "massage" the song into being. Q: Some say social media can hurt an artists career and some say it is helpful... What is your stance on the issue? Do you think the market has been saturated and artists have lost sight of trying to make it big in the real world since its easier to become a star in the virtual one?A: It's neither here nor there, really. You can advertise all you want on Facebook and Twitter and all that stuff, but it's a matter of whether or not people pay attention to what you have to say, if you even catch their interest. You know what I mean? Even then, it is easy for fans to spread the word, retweet, or whatever, but it rarely ever gets converted into a sale. In all reality, music is a product for sale. What helps or hurts an artists career is how many people are willing to buy it. I know it's taking out all the fantasy from it, but it is a business. You can only shell out enough funds before your business closes down, if you are not getting any sort of revenue for it. As much as I would like to believe that music should be free, I've been on this side of the fence. There is a reason why "money makes the world go 'round" is a cliche. It's because it is true. An artist's career is no exception. It is their job to make music, and they should certainly get paid for it. I have a whole lot to say about this matter, but that's not the question, is it? Haha. Sorry.Q: Which song from Twilight Dementia holds the most meaning to you and why?A: This is a pretty difficult question. It's like asking, which of your children means the most to you. All our songs have different stories behind it --- lyrically and process-wise. I do have my favorites, but that changes depending on the mood. At the moment, Georgy Porgy is, of course, my favorite, because it is the latest one we've completed. There is also this song in the works called, Let Me Touch You, that I absolutely love, because my kid rocks out to it. XD. Gordon likes Higher - which is the next song to surface in the coming weeks, and John likes You're All I Want - which is still in its infant stages. I imagine you guys will hear them before the year's end, or at the very latest, the beginning of 2014. I promise, it's going to be worth the wait.
Thanks for the interest, Des! We really appreciate you really promoting our stuff. And thank you to whoever is reading this, for taking the time to listen to my blubber-blabber. Make sure to support indie. We love you guys!
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I recently had the pleasure of asking Vocalist/Guitarist D. Scott Davis of Unfinished Wood some questions so fans and supporters could get to know this very talented band on a deeper level.... I sincerely appreciate the band taking the time to answer my questions and help us get to know the Indie Rock band, Unfinished Wood... I hope you enjoy....Q: What made you decide to call the band Unfinished Wood?A: When we first started (2002, I think?), we would email one another regarding band stuff... rehearsal schedules, for example. We needed a name, so we had a rule: Any time you email the band, you had to have at least one band name suggestion at the bottom of the email. One time, I suggested the name, Chest Rockwell... a reference to the movie, "Boogie Nights". I was pretty excited about the name, but one of the guys said he didn't care for it... He thought it sounded too much like the Flintstones! One time I wrote an email, so I needed to make a name suggestion. Then suddenly, an image popped into my head: A sign of an Unfinished Wood store close to an old apartment of mine. I hadn't seen the sign in years, but it just came to me. You can see a picture of the sign on our Facebook page. I knew some people would relate the name to a sexual connotation, but that really wasn't the plan. But anything that helps people remember the band name is actually ok with me. Q: What would you say is the greatest challenge with being an Indie artist?A: For us, building an audience that goes beyond family and friends. We do this because we love it. We all have jobs, families, mortgages, etc. As much as we'd love to do this for a living, we're simply not at that point. The truth is, we're still small potatoes. But thanks to people like Destiny at DyingSuperNova, our name is getting out there. The magic of the internet...
Q: Some say that the title "Indie" has become trendy and that many artists choose to stay Indie merely so they can continue on the trend... Do you agree? Why or why not?A: I'm sure everyone is different. Sometimes I think people say they'd rather be "indie" because they don't have the opportunity to be anything else. I think some indie artists would be thrilled to be more mainstream.
Having said that, there does seem to be a certain level of credibility with indie artists that doesn't exist with some mainstream artists. After all, no one can accuse an indie artist of "selling out", right...?
Q: What or who is your muse in creating music?A: The music is just music. What I mean by that, is you play around on your guitar until you come across a riff you like and think you can use. Then that progresses to a song. I think LYRICS require real inspiration. I write lyrics on whatever I'm feeling at that particular moment. Lyrics are actually much easier for me to write than music. The toughest part (for me) of writing lyrics is deciding what to write about. Once I have a theme in my head, the words just seems to flow.
Q: If you could share the stage with any artist, who would it be? Why?A: My three favorite bands of all time are Kiss, Rush, and Foo Fighters... in that order. Sharing the stage with any of those bands would be a dream come true. But Dave Grohl seems to be so down-to-earth, that I'd pick him if I had a chance. Geddy Lee recently said that Grohl is the nicest person he's ever met in the music business. Now THAT'S saying something!
Q: Has there ever been a point in time where you have just wanted to give up and stop making music? What made you decide to continue?A: I never had the nerve to pursue music in lieu of education and jobs. I wish I could have been one of those guys... Someone who jumps in a van and drives cross-country to pursue a dream. I think I was too logical (not necessarily in a good way) to do that. But I always loved playing and writing. I think the cliché is true: Once music is in your system, there's no getting rid of it. Lucky us, huh?
Q: What do you hope the future holds for Unfinished Wood?A: I just want music to remain as fun as it always has for me. If people hear the music, I'd love for them to dig it. I'm not really looking for tons of attention, but I can't help but enjoy when someone like my songs... Or when they're singing my lyrics back to me.
Q: Some say that fan loyalty has dropped ever since the introduction of social media, since so many "say" they support the artists, yet never take action to help... Have you found this to be true? A: It's no secret that things are so different today than they were ten... even five years ago. But this flaky fandom is certainly not restricted to music. It's true for everything out there... music, movies, television. So many things are grabbing our attention these days. I just hope people take a few minutes to listen to a couple of our tunes. Q: What is the absolute best moment in Unfinished Wood's musical history?A: For me, when I held our "Is It Just Me?" CD in my hands for the first time. I had dreamt of having my own record (songs, liner notes, lyrics, pictures) for so long, it was really exciting. Even if no one was to ever hear it, I wanted something that I could hold in my hand when I'm 100 years old. I simply want to be able say, "I did this."
Q: What do you think of current mainstream artists and all the attention they receive?A: It's hard for me to have ill-will towards musicians that I like and respect. Hating mainstream musicians because they're mainstream is like hating movie stars despite the fact that you love movies. Those stars provided you with a great deal of enjoyment. How can you hate them for being mainstream?
I tend to look at these things from a selfish point of view. My goal is simple: I want to be entertained. If you're able to entertain me, and you get a great deal of attention doing it, I don't have a problem with that since the main goal has been accomplished. To check out Unfinished Wood check out the links below:Twitter Click_Here
I recently conducted an email interview with one of the artists in the Nova Elite... Rob, Drummer/Manager of Fail to Act... I hope everyone is enlightened by the interview and I know I certainly enjoyed doing it...
Thank you again Fail to Act for doing this for not only DSN Promotions but for the fans as well...
Q: I know you say the name, Fail to Act, was inspired by Da Vinci's quote... but what exactly is fail to act, acting upon?
A: Fail To Act is acting upon alot from the politics of war to the survival of our planet, our freedoms constantly at stake.
Q: What is the Metal scene like in Southwestern Ontario?
A: The metal scene in our region is quite sectioned. Cities branching off in directions of metal really, each having a sort of sub genre typically. Fail To Act is different in a sense, we travel to different cities and find we mesh in a different way and use this to spread the music across many styles of fans and artists alike.
Q: What can fans expect with the upcoming EP, Concept of Freedom?
A: We think fans will see more of the puzzle in this EP. We love to play a variety and show that we cannot be labeled to just a sub genre in the background.
Q: What would you say is the biggest struggle with being a fairly new Metal band to the scene?
A: The early struggle in the metal scene is normally finding a fitting sound for the artists without compromise of style. It can be hard to get into the scene and we found struggle as we had no target audience for where we would best be fit. We struggled with costs of traveling a lot and had to push ourselves showing we could do it and had what it takes.
Q: If FTA was to share the stage with one big name, who would it be and why?
A: As a band the one group we want to share the stage with is Stone Sour. Their sound is a great mesh to ours in many ways without being alike and it would be an amazing experience.
Q: Where do you guys draw your inspiration from for the lyrics of your songs?
A: We see inspiration in everyday things, from politics to the struggle of loss and anger to any person. It is just about the way we percieve things...what they feel or see may be a new experience to another.
Q: What do you hope fans take away from hearing your music, lesson wise?A: We hope to open our fans minds with our music, to look at things a little differently, to create a curiosity.
Q: What do you hope the future holds for FTA?
A: I hope the future holds bright with us. The fans true and strong, they have always been there supporting us. We hope to continue doing what we love and never to have our message censored.
Q: What kind of advice would you give to the up and coming generations of Metal bands?
A: Our advice to those is to always be true to your music. If you focus on what you think is right others will soon see it too. Never give up on yourselves.
Q: You guys are known for your live shows... Where was your most memorable performance? And why was that one so meaningful?
A: Its hard to pick just one show as they were all amazing. But to pick one would have to be our first. We had an amazing first show, the lights, sounds and fans were just inspiring. The night was just adrenaline pumping and the pit was jumping. The night was a double bill for Cody and Rob who had played in the opening act "And Then" with Rob on bass. The show went well with each artist working together as a team and it was a great spark to the start of our gigging.
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