There used to be a band by the name of Midnight Eternal that are no longer. Let me introduce you to EVERDAWN. Anders Ekdahl ©2021
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
Boris [Everdawn]: Our band started back in 2014 as Midnight Eternal with Rich (guitars), Dan (drums) and me (keyboards). We decided to form a new project together as we knew each other from the past bands and projects. Around that time we had bassist Mike LePond of Symphony X, whom we also worked with in the past, join us while we were searching for a vocalist. After a few years as Midnight Eternal, we once again reunited with Mike. We also added Alina to round up our new line-up to handle lead vocalist duties, the line up that has eventually (in 2020) become Everdawn.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
Boris [Everdawn]: It is certainly quite challenging to come up with material that is very different from other bands. I think that every single one including mighty Led Zeppelin or the Beatles have had some influences from their predecessors whether they’d like to admit it or not. Everdawn just like most others got together based on the connection we had built based on our influences and love for melodic rock and metal ranging from classic rock to extreme metal. However our sound can certainly be compared to Nightwish, Kamelot, Delain and other bands of symphonic / power metal genres, while we do try to break the boundaries and venture into some other musical territories to come up with our own sound that will stay with Everdawn
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
Boris [Everdawn]: That is true, we face the same hardship as other bands. With all the digital advancements in recent years it has become increasingly easier to complete recordings at our home studio(s), especially for the pre-production. We adapt and take advantage of new technologies where we can, especially since Alina, our singer is in Toronto, Canada while the rest of us are in New Jersey, USA. I think that for Everdawn the biggest challenge however is to find time to record and then to pick the best sounding tracks for the albums since we never stop creating and producing new songs.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
Boris [Everdawn]: Yes, the risk is absolutely always there. We understand that the latest trend for a while with first MP3 downloads and then streaming services out there has been to focus on releasing singles at the expense of an LP / full album. At the same time, we believe that after all these years albums are just as necessary – they represent the whole body of work and tell the complete story, whether albums are conceptual in nature or not. I think most of us grew up with the album oriented releases and at least for me – nothing will ever replace that feeling when you unwrap the coveted CD that you just purchased anticipating to see and hear the new creation of your favorite band.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
Boris [Everdawn]: There certainly is an element of that. Everyone’s work has to be compensated, there’s no free lunch. Bands continue to produce songs for the love of music, however lack of funds eventually leads to breakups or unrealized potential. Of course one could make a case that it’s a matter of survival of the fittest and best bands out there. The truth in my mind is that the middle layer that has been present in the past giving an equal chance for bands to get out there and produce has grown thin and therefore only the ones on the very top can stay competitive and concentrate on the music aspect making a living out of music. And of course, our current situation with pandemic does not help the matter…
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
Boris [Everdawn]: So far we were thrilled with all the positive reviews and responses we have received over the last few weeks since the release of our debut album Cleopatra. It’s extremely important for us to get that kind of feedback as it gives us inspiration and assurance that we have done something right and we are on the proper path. As a result, we strive to keep all the elements that brought us to this point and keep maximizing our potential with future releases that we very much look forward to.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
Boris [Everdawn]: In this day and age it’s absolutely thrilling to see people reaching out from different parts of the world sharing their affection for the music, communicating and partaking in the conversations real time being thousands miles apart. I can’t think of a situation that has recently surprised me since the internet has broken a lot of logistical and distance barriers in a while. With the current situation however, we might see many surprises in how people interact where virtual encounters and experiences substituting the real ones become more and more of a reality.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
Boris [Everdawn]: It absolutely does. Especially in the world of today, music becomes a sanctuary / a sacred place where we can come together and bond over our influences, our voices are heard and there is always someone out there who’d listen and align with you on the level you’d otherwise spiritually never reach.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
Boris [Everdawn]: I can’t imagine keeping an existence as a band without playing live. Nothing can match the electrifying power and the feedback you receive from the crowd. No virtual concerts will ever replace the pure energy.
What plans do you have for the future?
Boris [Everdawn]: As soon as the lockdown is over and borders reopen again, we plan on having a full video filmed for one of the songs from Cleopatra In the meantime, we are in the middle of recording of our follow-up album in order to keep the momentum going. We will also look to start booking shows as soon as we have an opportunity. We can’t wait to perform live again and to see our new fans in person!