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Date: 10th, October 2013
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This 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 this band! 

1. 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?

Our 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 friends with.

It’s 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 so far.

2. You have described your music as Progressive Metal. Is there anything that makes the group different compared to other bands in this genre?

We've 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. 

Some 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.


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3. 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?

We 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.

Mitch 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 band.

4. 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?

The 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 revenge.

5. 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?

Quiet 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 fruition.

6. 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?

Our 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.

7. 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?

None 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.

8. 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?

All 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 inspiration any 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.

9. 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?

We 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.

10. No more questions my friend. Just thanks for your time and good luck for your future plans. Closing is yours…

Thank you, it was our pleasure.

 

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