I have a bias against discovering new British bands based on past experiences but ASCENDING DAWN proved me wrong by being really, really cool metal. ©2015Anders Ekdahl
Could you please introduce us to the band?
-Ascending Dawn is a multi-national band, spanning three countries – USA, Australia and the UK. Marlain Angelides(vocals) is of Greek/Cypriot descent, currently residing in New York; Constanze Hart (bass) is our extremely talented bassist, now back in her homeland of Australia; and Mark Weatherley (drums) and I (guitars) live in London.
The band to me acts as a convergence of multiple projects that we were all involved in, almost coming together somewhat by accident. I knew Marlain from my previous band. The rest of us worked with bands and mutual friends in the London music scene without really getting to actually meet each other.
What has been the greatest catalyst in forming your sound?
-I really don’t think there is one single contributing factor that formed our sound. It really has been an amalgamation of influences and styles that got us to theCoalesce sound. Mark is a great songwriter, Marlain has this uncanny ability to create melodies nobody else could think of, and Constanze really underpinned the riffs with these fantastic bass movements. I guess the starting point was always Mark’s guitar riffs (he played all the rhythm guitars on the album) and textural layers, and we really just spent time building from there.
How hard is it to record and release new songs?
-I think the process of recording and releasing songs is easier than it ever has been. Affordable home studio setups and online digital distribution has made this accessible to nearly everyone with a little bit of know-how. The great thing about this is that there is a wealth of new music out there to be discovered, by artists ranging from the signed mega-act to the bedroom producer.
Has digital made it easier to get your music released?
-Digital releases made it easier for our product to reach a wider audience in a short amount of time. The cost of releasing digitally is far less costly than with a physical release. We live in an on-demand era, and I feel that delivering music this way is paramount to keeping up with the demands of the consumer.
If you release your music digitally is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before you are ready compared to releasing them on cd?
-Certainly not in our case. It took about two years of writing, producing, and rewriting to get the material to a standard we were happy to even have mixed. Is releasing your music too soon a real issue? I think fans want to be involved in the creation of the product, so if they hear pre-mixed demos etc, they feel like they were there from the inception.
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music?
-We have had some really positive reviews from numerous webzines, making into a few ‘Top 10 / Top 100’ lists for 2014. It really makes all the time and effort worthwhile!
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-I am sure i speak for myself and Mark when I say that Jochem Jacobs (Split Second Sound, ex-Textures) was by far the surprising contact we made. He was contacted by Mark to mix our album, and we communicated back and forth for months. We have flown out to his studio in Amsterdam a few times to oversee the mix sessions and became good friends. Textures were a huge musical influence for me as my taste in progressive metal matured.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a metal band?
-There is a great metal community throughout the major cities and online through social media. Without the social media community, distributing our music would have been much harder! With this album I think we are on the edge of a few genres, with Marlain’s vocal lines really lending a pop sensibility. The online metal community have been nothing short of responsive and appreciative of the material.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Up until now we have been concentrating on the business side of the band, getting music out there and making contacts. 2015 will see us play live shows, where we can bring the studio production to the stage. Without a doubt, live shows help a band gain a following. But you only have to look at bands such as Destiny Potato and Vildhjarta to realise what can built before you even play your first major show.
What plans do you have for the future?
-2015 will see us hit the live scene, and hopefully 2016 will see some sort of a tour. Moving forward, we have a number of musical ideas we would like to explore, perhaps exploring the more technical roots of our musical influences. We have just started our journey with Ascending Dawn, and the future is an exciting prospect.