I am a huge fan of Dream Theater so anything that is being described as prog metal gets my attention. Like WAKEN EYES, ©2016 Anders Ekdahl

As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
-We are Waken Eyes from all over the world (lol) and we play melodic/progressive metal!

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-The name took a little while to find. It had to resonate with the music and the purpose of the project. Waken Eyes seemed to fit because of freshness of the music and style.

What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of prog/rock/metal you play? What inspires you today?
-Lot’s of bands from Pink Floyd, to Pagans Mind, Dream Theater, Deep Purple, Kansas! All these guys are inspirations to the music we write. Right now I am inspired by virtually anything. Could be a painting, a film to someone telling you a story first hand. All these things come to play for inspiration. Musically I get inspired by composers like James Newton Howard and Nobuo Uematsu.

What came first; the band name or the sound? How did you settle on a sound?
-The Sound came first! It just came out the way it came out. It wasn’t premeditated. Definitely wanted some heavy guitars in it but other than that the music drove it self!

Is digital killing the album format? Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-Well I think it someways it is and someways it isn’t. I think the value of music has gone down a lot since the CD days. But change is good sometimes and we have to adapt to it. Releasing single tracks is nice because it is cost effective and it is a good way to focus on getting that one track heard to a wide audience firstly.

What part does art work and lay out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-The artwork has to represent the album’s atmosphere. It has to tell the mood of the music. I think we nailed with this one, it has the classic good vs evil in a big landscape setting. It’s hard to catch peoples attention because you want to stay true to the theme of the music without sacrificing “attention”. You have to compromise at first.

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?
-Social media has definitely changed the game of promotion. Facebook, twitter and all these pages are a good way of quickly reaching to your audience. But we do all means necessary which includes word of mouth, paper ads, and future touring.

Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-Yes things are growing and I feel like we are party of the international and national community for sure. We still want to get attention of other areas like Asia.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band
-Right now we are not touring but we are hoping it will come fairly soon. Schedules and budgets aren’t easy nowadays but we hope so soon. And I think touring is one of the best ways still to get your band noticed. People still love to see live bands and expect them to play just as good as on the album. So yes, we really would love to start doing shows soon!

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