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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