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Realized at: 25th, January 2016
(Answers by: Liam Rowley) 
 
 

"Our music comes from the heart..."

1. Sycamyre is a trio — how long have you known each other? And how did you discover metal music for the first time?

Jason and I have known each other since we were five years old and we met Ben when we were 12, so we’ve known each other for many years. I don’t remember when I first heard metal music, but I started to get into it whenever the first “Guitar Hero” video game came out. From there, I quickly started learning about all the old bands such as Iron Maiden and my love for metal continued to grow.  I think Ben has been listening to “Master of Puppets” since he was a toddler!

2. Your self-titled album sounds bloody varied and enthusiastic. What drives you to write such stuff? What charges you with such energy?

For me, complicated music is often the most fun music to play, so writing that kind of stuff makes the most sense to me because that’s what I enjoy playing. As far as what drives us, music is a release for all of us and it is the best outlet for our creativity and chemistry.

3. What I like most about the album is the combination of the most diverse moments and the eerie atmospheres featured on some of the tracks. There are even some cool melodies floating around the songs. How so you attain to gather everything on a solid unity?

I believe diversity is what makes an album interesting. In order to make everything flow I don’t force anything. When I have an idea for a song I meditate on that idea for a while and let everything come together in its own time. And usually I find that’s how I get the best results.

4. You have some guest contributors on the recording. What can you tell us about E. Shawn Qaissaunee (keyboards) and how he came to be involved in the recordings?

Shawn is a personal friend of ours and he is the one who helped us record this album from an engineering perspective. He himself is a jazz musician and he contributed ideas for keyboards which in turn helped greater supplement our songs.

5. When it comes to your lyrics, what are some of the key themes you’ve chosen to focus on in Sycamyre?

We in Sycamyre just try to accompany the music with lyrics that fit well. We write fairly dark music, so oftentimes the lyrics are dark as well. We were inspired by things such as media, present-day society and original stories.

6. If you had to highlight one important message behind your music, what would it be?

Our music comes from the heart.

7. Are there any particular songs that you feel best define the Sycamyre sound or perhaps you find most notable for whatever reason?

That’s a tough question to answer.  We actually don’t want to be defined by one song.  We try to have enough variation that it keeps our listeners guessing.

8. Your music sounds complex, and every riff flows quite well after another, so I guess it took quite some time to build everything! Tell us more about it! And is there more than a composer in Sycamyre?

Yes, it does take a good while to write a song.  Everyone writes his own parts for the songs, but I am usually the one to create them initially. Oftentimes, writing comes in bursts.  There’s a period of time where I don’t come up with anything for a while and then other times things comes together quickly and often.

9. What kind of music do you listen to when you’re not in a creative mood?

I typically listen to anything from metal to movie soundtracks. You can find Jason listening to just about every single genre.

10. We live in a globalized world where there are no borders to be crossed thanks to the internet. How do you best utilize this to gain the outmost for your band?

We have a Facebook page for our band as well as a website.  We have our music on YouTube and SoundCloud so we’re doing our best to be available for anyone out there to hear.

11. How does SYCAMYRE fit into your local/national scene? What kind of scene are we speaking of?

We typically play in our local tri-state area of the US which includes Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.  It’s a pretty diverse scene for metal around here which is nice for keeping things fresh.

12. What are your short-term goals and plans for Sycamyre in terms of hopeful exposure and touring?

We want to get to the point where we can play music as Sycamyre for a living and be successful enough to be self-sustaining musicians. We play every gig we can and are writing all the time because we love to do it.

13. The last word is yours. What would you like to say to those who support you and by extension the readers of The Pain Fucktory?

To all those who support us - you are awesome and it gives us all the joy in the world to have an audience.  To those reading - thank you for checking out this interview and we hope to see you at one of our shows.  Right now we are writing a collection of new material for a future album. Big things will be coming!

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