Not being familiar at all with MILLENNIAL REIGN and wanting to know more I knew that I had to interview them. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
Could you please introduce us to the band?
A: My name is Dave Harvey, I’m the founder and guitarist of Millennial Reign, lead vocalist is James Guest, second guitar Jason Donnelly, bass guitar Daniel Almagro, and last but not least Wayne Stokely on drums.
What has been the greatest catalyst in forming your sound?
A: I just write what comes natural, there’s nothing really special about it. I’ve always liked hard but melodic music. Early on, I listened to bands like Kiss, Rush, Styx and Kansas then came the heavier 80s bands, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Queensryche.
How hard is it to record and release new songs?
A: The Internet has made things much simpler. You can reach a very diverse base of fans that you couldn’t reach back in earlier days. Although, I still believe having a good label behind you makes all the difference in the world.
Has digital made it easier to get your music released?
A: Yes, sites like CD Baby that does a lot of the distribution work for you are very good places to start. I independently released the first Millennial Reign recording project through there.
If you release your music digitally is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before you are ready compared to releasing them on cd?
A: It’s a possibility… when working with a good label you have someone on the outside of the band that sees or hears things that you may not. Where artists are concerned, sometimes finances may be a huge factor. You might tend to release something prematurely simply because you don’t have the recourses to put into it.
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music?
A: It’s all been very good. Reviews from all over the world have been positive. I actually consider “Carry The Fire” more or so the first album, because we are actually a full band now. The next album should be even better.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
A: That’s a hard one… since the Internet is available in virtually every country now, nothing really surprises me anymore. We might hear from certain people every now and then that we’d never guess was a metal fan but being surprised? I can’t say that’s happened so far.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater conmunity playing in a metal band?
A: Absolutely… metal brings people together from all races, countries and cultures. Concerts and festivals know no differences where fans and bands are concerned. We all meet people and make new friends that we never would have made if not for metal shows.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
A: Yes I do… recording and releasing albums are enjoyable and necessary. But getting out and playing live shows are what it’s all about. How else to reach a lot of new fans but playing live?
What plans do you have for the future?
A: We’re already writing for the next album. We also hope to do some shows with our label mates Theocracy in later 2016. Not to mention, we want to start playing festivals here and Europe eventually. We just have to wait for that door to open, but that’s our ultimate goal for the future.