I had no idea that CYDEMIND existed until I got the chance to interview them. Now I want to know all about them but that has to wait. This interview will at least give me some answers. Answers by Cam Delage (keyboards /piano) Anders Ekdahl ©2017

What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release an album, that it sorta is for real now?
-Since it is the first album we are releasing, we do not feel pressure at all because we don’t have a fan base yet: the listeners won’t have any expectations. Also, in our hearts, we are very proud of the result, which is already a victory.
Of course, we want the album to prosper, but that just makes the whole process exciting!
Maybe producing the next album will be more stressful, but we try to keep in mind to keep having fun too!

When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
-We have wishes more than expectations for now. So far, we don’t set up goals, but we are very curious to see how people will enjoy and react to our music. Even if the industry is competitive, we keep our enthusiasm at a high level. There are plenty of people out there that are going to love what we do!

When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
-Considering we are an instrumental band, it will be harder to analyse fans’ reactions since they can’t sing lyrics along, but, of course, we are eager to see how well the crowds will know our ‘’complex’’ songs. If they can successfully follow the proggy grooves we offer, it will be highly satisfying and flattering.

Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
-We don’t have a second album yet, but we don’t think that we will try to follow in the footsteps of the previous album. It is too early to answer this question accurately, but we think the violin leads will always preserve our image, our sound, even if the songs are developed in a new way.

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
-Yes! With Erosion being released, we feel like we belong to the progressive scene now. Future recognition will without a doubt help us feel more involved in that community, but for now, we are trying to build our reputation and we are trying to pave the way for our music the be revealed to the world.

How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
-Fortunately, we have two really creative composers in the band, Kev and Oli. Their work is also complementary, so they can count on each other to find new ideas and to make adjustments to the songs. We also agreed as a band to have no boundaries for when we compose. There is only one rule: it has to rock! So yeah, we are happy to think that this aspect is not an issue for Cydemind. At least, not for now!

What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
-There are a couple musicians that really inspire us lately. Bands like Haken, Symphony X, Dream Theater and Plini will always be there to compose great progressive metal songs. Their stuff is simply amazing.
We also draw inspiration from classical and jazz musicians. If you don’t know Tigran Hamasyan, you have to reach out for his compositions: he is crazy good and his style is very original. He blends metal, jazz and prog on the piano, it inspires us a lot.
Altogether, we are not looking to send a message in particular with our compositions (it is pretty hard with instrumental music), but of course, we want a cohesive thematic throughout our songs.

We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
-We have not analysed the state of the industry yet because our first album is still on its way. We will have to dig into that to adjust our marketing strategies in the future.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-We think going digital is the future, but we know that physical copies important for a lot of fans. In fact, we worked hard on the physical album that is going to be available on the 26th of May: it will contain poems and descriptions that will help the listeners getting into the vibe of the record.

What lies in the future?
-We are excited to announce that we will be playing live a couple of times this summer (more information to come). Besides that, there will be a second album in the future. We cannot wait to produce it, but it takes time! Maybe one day we will be able to drop our jobs and invest more time into Cydemind! It would be fantastic!

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