10th, October 2013
by All Members
time comes DYSSIDIA from Australia, they performs
progressive metal music incorporating a heavy
use of keyboards in their compositions, ethereal acoustic
sections, and a varied vocal range!! So i dont think
any more word need to be added. Just get it and listen to
Hails, first of all how would you characterize the
development of your band during these 3 years of existence?
What are your greatest achievements and downfalls?
band has developed quite a lot in the last 3 years. We
started out with just three of us (Corey, Jesse and Nathan)
jamming each weekend, and have now completed our lineup and
written and recorded our debut EP, Quiet Waters. We have
developed not only in a musical sense, but also in our
relations with other bands in the scene, many of whom we are
been pretty smooth sailing so far with no downfalls to
mention. Our greatest achievement so far would have to be
our EP, Quiet Waters and the launch gig we had for it. Our
EP launch was a huge night for us and had a great turnout.
There has been nothing but positive feedback from our fans
You have described your music as Progressive Metal. Is there
anything that makes the group different compared to other
bands in this genre?
tried to to be different by incorporating various sounds
into our writing. With a couple of the members having some
classical background, and Neil having studied jazz, we've
tried to expand on what we can write by straying away from a
few of the cliches you find in the rock and metal genres,
but still holding true to the particular sounds we've drawn
from through our influences.
noteworthy elements of our band that help us stand out in
the crowd are the heavy use of keyboards in the composition
of our songs, our ethereal acoustic sections, and the vocal
range and timbre of Mitch’s vocals.
Photo by Katt Hatzi
One of the hardest situations in your early days was the
recruiting of a singer and bass player. Are you finally
satisified with the guys? How do you think they improved and
solidified the musical aspect of the band?
are very pleased with the recruitment of our singer, Mitch
and bassist, Neil. When Neil joined the band he exceeded our
expectations in his technical ability on bass and his
writing capabilities. He expanded the musical direction in
regards to the writing style of the band, something which
was only natural considering his jazz background, and
eclectic taste in music.
was also able to bring a new dynamic to the band when he
joined. He has an extensive background in singing, from
classical to rock, to hardcore. Not only are his vocals
great, but he knows how to write great lyrics and melodies.
We never imagined we would get such a unique singer for our
You seems to be a very active band on stage. Can you share
with us the funniest or most unpleasant situation that ever
happened at a gig?
funniest situation we’ve been in at a gig would have to be
when there was a hip hop event in the same venue as us on
another stage. During our set, some of the people from the
hip hop event made their way into our mosh and were mocking
us and the audience. In the end, the mosh was too much for
them and they left, so we were able to indirectly get our
Speaking of your debut EP “Quiet Waters”, tell us
something more about it. Where was it recorded, mixed and
mastered? Did the final product surpass your expectations?
Waters was recorded and mixed by Andy Kite at Against The
Grain Studio in Adelaide. Andy is a great engineer who
really knows his stuff, especially when it comes to rock and
metal. Once we finished the recording and mixing, we sent
the tracks to Fascination Street Studios in Sweden, where
Jens Bogren took care of the mastering for us. The final
product definitely surpassed our expectations. It was both
exciting and fulfilling to hear our hard work come to
Can you explain the method of songwriting employed by
DYSSIDIA? Is the writing process generally collective or
does one member often craft the song on his own?
songwriting is very much a collaborative process with only a
few exceptions. Corey, Neil and Nathan are the primary
writers for the band. We’ll usually get together, maybe
someone brings along a pre-conceived idea, and we bounce
those ideas off of each other to get the foundation of a
song written down. After that we might let the song sit for
a while, work on the arrangement, and then bring it back for
another writing session. This cycle usually repeats until a
song is ready for Mitch to write lyrics and vocal melodies
for it. The writing of a song continues when we start
rehearsing it, and even into the studio, where we fine tune
the arrangement and add some final touches.
Are there any certain religious or philosophical beliefs
within the band? What are your attitudes towards fans that
like your music but do not have your ideals?
of us hold any strong religious or philosophical beliefs.
Despite that, we are very open-minded and believe that
everyone is entitled to their own beliefs. It is irrelevant
to us whether our fans do or do not hold the same ideals as
we do. To us, it is all about sharing our music and we would
never put someone’s beliefs before that.
I’ve noticed your pretty solid technical skills. Are you a
self-learner, or do you have some musical education? Do you
think that musical education is important, when creating, or
playing music? Or both?
of us have had some form of musical education, whether it be
for a few years or most of our lives. There is also a large
part of our musical skills that are self-taught,
particularly our individual styles of playing. The
musician gets from their various influences is something
that cannot be taught, and that is reflected in the way they
play and write music. For us, this balance of musical
education and self-taught skills is very beneficial. It
allows us to take what we have been formally taught and
apply in our own unique way when creating and playing music.
And how are you guys getting along in your private life? Do
you hang out as a band or also as friends? Do you think it’s
important to always be friends first and then band mates?
all get along very well in our private lives, hanging out
with each other individually and also as a group. It’s
definitely important that we are friends before band mates,
as it keeps the band healthy and gives us such a solid
foundation to grow on.
No more questions my friend. Just thanks for your time and
good luck for your future plans. Closing is yours…
you, it was our pleasure.