As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
-We are a Band from Sydney Australia. We classify ourselves as ‘Technical Progressive Metal’ because we feel that specification is broad enough to cover what we do with our music.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Well we decided on the name ‘Gods of Eden’ because all of us have an interest in aliens and conspiracy. There is a book by a man named William Bramley of the same title, We liked his book and we thought the name had a great ring to it so we decided to use it.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of prog/rock/metal you play? What inspires you today?
-Well a lot of bands have led to our sound and have had influences on what we do. We have a wide ranging taste in music. For me personally I am influenced by bands like Iron Maiden, Pantera, Tea party and Machine Head. Lately I have been listening to a lot of Fleshgod Apocalypse, Opeth, Candlemass and Psycroptic. I know Danni, the main songwriter, has a lot of other influences including the Gypsy Kings and Danny Elfman. His background is in classical, Spanish and Middle Eastern music. Although he has done some film score work which has definitely influenced what he does with Gods of Eden.
What came first; the band name or the sound? How did you settle on a sound?
-Definitely the sound. The band started out as an experiment in songwriting by our main writer Danni Perez and after the band he was in at the time broke up, he decided to push this project and see how far it could go. That’s when I joined the band.
Is digital killing the album format? Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I’m not sure. When I buy albums I usually buy the whole thing. I am not one to just buy a single. I like looking through a bands catalog and seeing the transition as well as how they are able to develop their writing.
I think single tracks are great in that they offer people an introduction to a band. It’s a very rare thing in this day for someone to buy an album for a band they don’t know to just check them out, that’s where single releases are good, because if someone likes a single they may be drawn in to checking out the album.
What part does art work and lay out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-I personally think artwork is still very important in the album process. The artwork, in some ways, helps define the band. It sets up a person’s preconceptions about what a band is about and can give someone a window into the thought process of the band and even concepts within the album itself.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote a cd? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Touring, word of mouth, paper ads etc?
-I think social media can be a good thing, if worked right. It gives bands a wider access to people all over the world and it can lead to some very good exposure for smaller acts who don’t have any label backing or promotion.
There is a down side to it though. Because there are a lot of bands out there trying to get peoples attention it can be harder getting the right attention. On top of that you have social media platforms deliberately limiting band’s reach i order to make more money for themselves, which again makes it harder for smaller bands starting out. In all I think if a band is intelligent with what they do online then they can do really well with social media.
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-Yea definitely. We have a lot of great bands here in Australia and we have some really good friends that have come from playing shows with some awesome Aussie bands like The Seer, Rise of Avernus, Diminish the Gods, Snake Mountain, Daemon Pyre, Immorium and Ne Obliviscaris.
We would love to be able to build and expand our horizons to start branching out into the greater world, to be a part of the international music community and share our love of music with others.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-I love touring. I live for playing shows, wherever, whenever. Unfortunately we haven’t been as much of an active touring band as I would personally like to. That comes down to some recent line up changes we have been though. But now all that is sorted out, and when the album is released, we will start branching out a lot more and playing shows further afield. We would love to get back to play more shows again in Europe and we will be actively working towards that following the album release.
What will the future bring?
-Hopefully more music and more opportunities for shows. We have started working on our follow up album to ‘From the End of Heaven’ and we have some big ideas we want to start working on, but those will be our secret for now.