DIZZY MYSTICS is a progressive band from Winnipeg, Alberta that I found interesting. Kyle Halldorson answered. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
– I feel like it was a long time coming and still is. The album is not yet released, so though I can look back pretty far on the writing process, it is still my current music that is new to everyone else who comes to see us live or who hears the released singles. I suppose I look back with pride in sticking to my guns with patience and determination to get these songs self recorded/funded. Not giving up at each of the roadblocks along the way.
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-Dizzy Mystics instantly had a ring to it when I first heard it in my head. It almost sounded like a band that already existed. After a Google search to find there were no other (internet) bands with that name, I stuck to it. The meaning came after the fact. I picture much of humanity as “dizzy mystics”, meaning we all have the tools to be prophets, but we are dizzy in our direction or vision. Whether it’s ego or over-stimulation that dizzies us.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-It means the world. It’s the reason that keeps us on our path when faced with adversity. I want to make others feel the way I do when I hear a great song. Chills, tears, joy, fear, adrenaline.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-I feel image is quite important. When it comes to art for album covers or music videos, I feel it’s integral the image resonates with the mood of the music. As for the band itself and attire, we like mild continuity while maintaining individual style. No uniforms, but casual/dressy.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Almost as important as the music itself. The albums that hit me the hardest were ones with covers that truly reflected the sonic journey. Covers to get lost in while listening, Any art of Storm Thorgerson’s (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Mars Volta). Mastodon, Tool, Tame Impala to name a few others.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-It’s been beneficial as a new band in gathering buzz. Getting bodies through the doors at shows. It’s really been the only way to show we existed before our first shows, as well as building connections with respected people in the scene, which ultimately become in person connections. We avoid the petty aspects of social media, especially when it comes to the band.
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-100%! After immersing myself in Winnipeg’s music scene and seeing all the amazing artists, I was more excited to play to my fellow bands and musicians. To gain approval and fandom in people we are fans of. The scene is definitely a massive family that supports one another.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-We only know what we know. We are a brand new band trying to get heard in the internet age. It’s a slow process but it’s definitely a steady climb due to our resilience and knowing what steps to take. We are seeing results, but it’s a labor of love (healthy) in today’s industry (ailment). We would like to answer this question again when we are grizzled cynical scene vets, and not so bright eyed and bushy tailed.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We aim to tour lots. Since we are fresh we have only toured a couple provinces over and back. There is a tour on the horizon for the release of the debut album for sure. Haven’t left Canada yet but we will.
What will the future bring?
-Living our lives doing what we love, hopefully inspiring and making others happy in the process.