at: 25th, January 2016
by: Liam Rowley)
music comes from the heart..."
is a trio — how long have you known each other? And how
did you discover metal music for the first time?
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!
self-titled album sounds bloody varied and enthusiastic.
What drives you to write such stuff? What charges you with
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
it comes to your lyrics, what are some of the key themes
you’ve chosen to focus on in Sycamyre?
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.
If you had to highlight one important message behind your
music, what would it be?
music comes from the heart.
any particular songs that you feel best define the Sycamyre
sound or perhaps you find most notable for whatever reason?
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
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?
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.
kind of music do you listen to when you’re not in a
typically listen to anything from metal to movie
soundtracks. You can find Jason listening to just about
every single genre.
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?
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
How does SYCAMYRE fit into your local/national scene? What
kind of scene are we speaking of?
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.
What are your short-term goals and plans for Sycamyre in
terms of hopeful exposure and touring?
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.
word is yours. What would you like to say to those who
support you and by extension the readers of The Pain
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!