What kind of idea did you have in forming Dream Aria and what is it that you guys have that other bands in your sub-genre doesn’t have?
-About ten years ago I decided to get back into the world of music so I went out and bought myself a Korg Karma keyboard and started to write songs. My Idea I had forming Dream Aria was a band that was rock/opera based, mixing in other genre into the mix. Once I felt I had about an album worth of music. I got in touch with Garry Fline (now the drummer and producer for Dream Aria). We started to record and I decided to bring in a female singer who could handle opera and rock as well as any of genre of music I might throw at hear. I found Ann Aria Burstyn on the internet, brought her in to sing on “Sungoddess” and the rest is history. What we have that other bands may not have is our versatility we may use many genres in one song.
What is a Dream Aria and why did you chose it as the bands moniker?
-Ann came up with the name and we all thought it was a great fit , here is the definition is
Dream: A succession of images, thoughts, or emotions passing through the mind during sleep. An involuntary vision occurring to a person when awake. A vision voluntarily indulged in while awake: daydream, reverie something of an unreal beauty, charm or excellence.
Aria: A lyrical song for a solo voice with orchestral accompaniment, generally expressing intense emotion. It?s found in opera. A deep harmony passage. The vocal-singing expression for a solo singer, adding chorus and instruments based on lyric and/or dramatic and poetic narrative.
When you write songs do they have to have a “hit” potential? What is it that makes a great song?
-We decided that writing Fallen Angel we would not place any hit potential songs on the CD it would be cut our own throats and bleed to death and the reason we did that was that with Transcend we wrote a couple of songs we thought were hits and we have great reviews calling the CD a masterpiece but did not even get us signed.
When you have a vocalist like yours does that bring along any limitations in the way you write songs?
Is there anything you’d never ever consider doing music wise?
-Not at all Ann can and does sing everything. I am not sure there is a genre we have not touched in some way.
To call you exclusively goth metal would be to do you a great injustice. Do you see any trap holes in being hard to pin point exactly when you have to sell your music to those who have never heard of you?
-That’s really hard for me to answer, we do use Goth and Metal but many other genres, I guess that’s the main reason we are not signed, a record company may have a hard time finding a label.
What would you say are your major influences in creating music?
-It could be almost anything, a book eg: In the Winter of 1942 was a German offensive to relieve the 6th army forces during the Battle of Stalingrad this was one of the turning points in the war. This frozen hell where many young German and Russians both gave their lives for their country with only a Christmas Day stopping he killing . In the end Germans mounted an effort reminiscent of the Charge of the Light Brigade, only to find themselves In the Valley of Death. They called this mission Operation Winter Storm. An old Wise Tale eg: One evening an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, My son, the battle is between two ?wolves? inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.?
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: Which wolf wins? The old Cherokee simply replied, The one you feed.?
Why haven’t I heard about you before and why did I have to search the web in order to get to know about you?
We are an unsigned band but saying that we are being played on over 600 radio stations and have many great reviews in many printed and non printed magazines around the world also if you check the MySpace charts we were #1 on the MySpace progressive GLOBAL overall charts MUSE is #2.
In promoting yourself how far would you go in order to achieve the greatest results?
-I have not paid for any promotion just work hard to get us out there
From what I can tell you’ve released a couple of albums. How would you describe the progression from album to album?
-We have 3 CDs; “In the Wake” was our first CD where we played with allot on genres. “Transcend” where we found our sound and “Fallen Angel” where we added a heavier sound.
When you record what kind of procedure do you use? Is it harder to achieve a band feel and a flow when you record each part separately? I imagine that when you record pretty much “live” you get a more organic feeling to the recording.
-You are probably right but we do record onto tape (one of the last bands to record with no computers) and usually just use one or two takes so we do have a warm and fresh feel to our music
What kind of future do you envision for Dream Aria?
-I First I would like to thank you and Battle Helm for this interview so your readers can learn a little about Dream Aria. I hope Dream Aria can get sign and tour the world and hope we can see you all on the road. Love and Light Dream Aria