I gotta say that whenever I find a symphonic metal band from the States like DAWN OF MORGANA it feels like a novelty.Jared was kind enough to answer my questions. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Could you please introduce yourself to those of us in the dark?
-We are a symphonic metal band called, “Dawn of Morgana” from the Sacramento California area. We take our influences from bands such as Nightwish, Epica and Delain. We are comprised of 6 members including, Yuliya Huziy on lead vocals, Sarah Ireland on keys and backing vocals, Jared Deaver on Guitar and death vocals, Karl Metts on lead guitar, Cory Valdez on drums and Jack Gibson (Exodus) on bass. We all come from different musical backgrounds including death metal, thrash metal, country, jazz, musical theater and rock. We have been a band for about 2 years and just recently solidified this current lineup.
I often wonder how people discover that they can do what they do. How did you discover that you can sing and play instruments?
-Most of us have been musicians since we were young teenagers and I personally developed my playing style and ability by writing original music and playing in bands. I have recently been working on doing vocals and playing guitar simultaneously and it has been a challenge. I have to separate the two but still be able to accurately play both parts. It was more of something I wanted to try to challenge myself with as opposed to being a discovery.
When did it become a revelation that you can do this and maybe get paid for having fun?
-Well, we never expected it to be something we could make a living at and all of us have day jobs except for Jack who is in Exodus full time. We do however hold employment that allows us to follow this dream with minimal effect on our careers. For example, Cory owns his own bar and Karl does live sound so it allows us to pursue and fund this project without affecting our jobs.
When you spend an amount of your life on a band does it ever feel like you have wasted time, that you have fought one too many windmills?
-I don’t feel it is a waste of time because I am following my dream and I personally believe life is too short not to. I try to make the most out of my time with music and make the right decisions for our path so we don’t waste time. All of us are professional when it comes to this and we work together really well.
No matter how small or big you were as a band you will leave a legacy behind you. How do you want people to treat this legacy?
-Our music makes us immortal. I want people to enjoy it for what it is and hopefully it entertains them. We write music for ourselves and compose what we think sounds good. If people like it then great!
Is digital taking away the mystery of waiting for a new album now that you can upload as soon as you have written a song?
-It does take a bit of the feeling away. It’s not like it used to be when I would drive to the local metal record store and buy the newest CD. I feel a bit detached from the artists nowadays in the respect that I am not able to hold their product in my hand and read along with the lyrics. I feel it makes the artist a bit more common. I still try to buy the disc and enjoy that felling like when I was younger. However, I do like the accessibility it provides the fans and the marketing level it provides the artist.
How important is image in separating you from all the million different styles of metal there is out there?
-I guess I am old school in that respect but I believe image is just as important for a band as the music. I think we are here to entertain people as well as write music for ourselves. I think image is important for the success of a band especially in the symphonic metal genre. We have Yuliya as our front woman not only because she can sing but she is very beautiful and personable. She can get up there and entertain with the best of them and is still down to earth and loves her fans. We try to portray a certain image when we do a photo shoot or play a show to entertain our fans because ultimately, they are what keeps us going and makes us a success!
Do you deal in different topics lyrically or do you keep to one, just using different variations?
-Originally I started writing lyrics about cancer and the effects it has on people who are associated with it or diagnosed with it. This came about when my daughter was born with a cancerous tumor. She is now in remission and doing well. Our name “Dawn of Morgana” was created because her name is “Morgan” and “Morgana” is the welsh version of that name. Lately we have been delving into viking topics and have titled songs, “Victory or Valhalla” and “The first Valkyrie.”
Do you consider yourself a live artist or do you like to spend most of the time secluded in a studio?
-We tend to spend more time in the studio writing music and polishing the songs. We are a bit spread out from each other and technology has allowed us the convenience of working on material from home. We do however, get together once a week and practice and plan to start playing more live shows soon.
How much of a touring band are you guys? What memories do you take with you?
We have not begun to tour as of yet but plan to schedule some small tours maybe 2 to 3 weeks long and are trying to do some festivals as well. We don’t want to play a million shows and saturate the scene. This whole experience has created unforgettable memories and is a huge part of our lives. This is something we can take with us to the grave.
What does the future hold?
-We plan to finish recording our EP and finish up our songs for an album. We currently have about 10 or 12 songs ready to record but are still polishing them up. After the writing process, we plan to start playing live. Jack is currently on tour with Exodus but when he returns in April we will get out there more.