With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to DION BAYMAN. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
– I’d like people to be able to sing along to my songs and feel inspired. I’d like my music to put a smile on people’s faces.

How hard was it to pick your name as the “band” name? How does the name sell your music?
– I’m a solo artist so picking my name was easy. I don’t rely on my name to sell my music, I hope the music does it by itself.

‘Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-I’m inspired by many bands. When I was growing up I was a big fan of the artists of the 80s and 90’s such as Bon Jovi, Richard Marx, Def Leppard, Bryan Adams, Europe, Billy Joel and many others. Today I like the music of Vertical Horizon, Keith Urban, Nickelback, Matchbox Twenty and countless others.

When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-I am a solo artist so my name didn’t have any influence on the music or sound I have. My sound has come about after many years of practice and experience with production.

I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-These days it seems many artists are always releasing singles as it keeps them in the public eye more often rather than taking a year or two to release an album. Digital has it’s advantages as it allows many artists to showcase their music without the need of a big record label. I hope albums don’t die as it’s my preferred format.

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-With my new album ‘Better Days’ the cover art was designed by Aeglos Art who did an amazing job. It helps if the artwork and layout is well designed but ultimately it’s the music that is the most important.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Social media certainly helps with getting the message out. I use Facebook and Instagram along with my website. Having a record label helping with getting reviews, interviews and other promotions is great also.

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-Yes I love playing in a band. The connection with other musicians is fantastic. It’s like a team and we’re all in it together.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-At this time I’m not doing much touring. I think gigging will always be one of the best ways of spreading your music to the masses. I have a show coming up in Italy on March 30th with other great artists that I’m looking forward to.

What will the future bring?
-At the moment I’m taking some time out from writing and recording, but I’m sure I’ll get back into it at some stage. I hope to continue recording and releasing my music for quite some time to come. Thank you very much for the questions 🙂

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