END OF THE DREAM is a Dutch band. Knowing what I feel about Dutch bands I just had to interview them, Questions answered by our guitarist Robin van Ekeren. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
You have one of these names that does not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Pretty hard actually. At first we were called Elysium, but after finding out that there were already several artists and even a music management organization called Elysium we decided to change it. Then it took quite some time and several dozens of bad names before we came up with End of the Dream. We took this name because of the mysterious ring it has to it, which is also what we want to project with our music.
Could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-As I said we started out as Elysium, which was around 2011. The year before we already played some covers but once Armen started writing own material we took the name Elysium. Around 2012 the band sorta broke up and Armen, Micky and I continued without a drummer and bass player. After a long time and a lot of auditions we found a new drummer in Pieter Driesen and a bass player in Tim van den Hooven. After a few months of practicing in this formation we did some shows and made the plans to record the album. Unfortunately Pieter had to leave the band in the middle of the recording process because he wanted to commit to his career. You can still hear his drumming on the upcoming album however. Luckily for us we already knew a drummer who could step in for Pieter, Pim Geraets who studies at the Metal Factory of Eindhoven. Pim has been a part of End of the Dream since the departure of Pieter and is doing a great job.
What would you say has been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-That really differs from song to song since the songs have been written at different times and ‘a strongest influence’ changes over time when you listen to a lot of different music. Shadow’s Embrace for example is very much inspired by Dream Theater, where Colder has much more of an Evanescence sound to it. Even bands like Linkin Park and My Chemical Romance have at some point been of influence on our sound.
What is the metal scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-Not as vivid as we would like but it is getting more easier for us to score local gigs. At first we really had to force ourselves onto club and bar owners to let us play but now we’re also getting asked to do shows. I think it’s because we’ve gotten a lot more professional in the last year and we’ve got more and better connections than before.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-We don’t really think about that when we’re making music. We just write and play the music that we think is cool without paying attention to whether it belongs to a certain style or genre. Of course, because we play quite heavy music and we have Micky doing lead vocals we belong to the female fronted metal-genre, but we’re not aiming to sound like any other female fronted metalband that already exists.
When you play the sort of metal you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-For us it had to be a dark and mysterious one so it gives people the right idea of what to expect of our music. We spend quite some time looking for the right album art and are really happy with the artwork we managed to get for our first album. In general I think it whether an album cover is good or not depends on the expectation it sets for the music that’s on the album. It is as you say, as a metalband you can’t really go with a happy album cover since metal isn’t ment as happy music. If you do go with a happy album cover as a metalband your listeners might be disappointed with what they hear, just because they were expecting something entirely else based on the album cover, and they may even feel cheated.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music
-No, absolutely not. The digital platform provides bands like us (that don’t have a lot of resources and connections) a great opportunity to spread our music around the world in an instant. We’re currently not in a position where we have to make a living off our music so the most important thing for us is to make sure as much people as possible get to hear our music and the internet is a great way to do this.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-We think the female fronted metal scene is absolutely amazing! The fans are really dedicated to the bands they like and are really supportive. We already have a fan from Switzerland who came all the way to the Netherlands and Belgium to watch some of our shows. When you hear that someone is making such an effort to come and see you play it is just a great incentive to work even harder to give those people an even better show the next time they come to see you.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-When we’re playing we try to do the best we can for the audience so there’s not a lot of partying going on at the stage. But the hours before and after the show when we’re building up and hanging out with other bands and local crews are usually just one big party!
What would you like to see the future bring?
-In the next couple of months we’re going to focus mainly on promoting and selling our new album and making sure we get a lot of gigs this year. We even hope to play at some small festivals this year or the next. Of course It would be awesome if we could also get a record deal at some major record company with our debut album. The ultimate goal I guess would be an international tour across different countries but as a wise man once said: It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n roll.