Sages album Sleepwalker will be released 10th February 2017
Lauren had a great chat with vocalist Dino regarding what to expect and the inspiration behind the album.
(LC) Hi Aaron, I’m Lauren from Silver Tiger Media. Thank you for taking the time to talk with me today about your new album Sleepwalker. Due out in a few days (Feb 10th).
Your album is set for release in just a few short days how has the response been so far about the news?
It’s been great. We’ve had to push back the release of the album for the last handful of months and it seems like quite a few people are excited that it’s finally coming out now. We’re all stoked about that.
Are you pleased with the outcome? (Sound – production wise)?
Yeah, definitely. I mean, it was a self-produced record and it was quite the journey to get it where it’s at today, so I’m proud of what we accomplished and I’m excited to release it.
How long did this album take to make from start to finish, recording-wise?
Oh man, it took a pretty solid amount of time. Since it was recorded at my home studio, we weren’t paying for studio time or being pressed for time in any way. We just worked on the album at our leisure until we decided the thing was done, and I think it’s safe to say that it took at least six months.
What kind of ‘sound’, did you have in the back of your mind, prior to entering the studio?
Deftones and Metallica, haha. We love Deftones, man. They’re a huge influence on all of us. Metallica is more of a personal preference for myself than a collective preference for the whole band though. They all dig Metallica too, but I’m a straight up Metallica fanboy, haha. I always appreciated their ability to arrange songs that were seven minutes long and held people’s attention until the very end. I think that takes some pretty serious artistry and I respect the hell out of that.
Any overall theme of mood that you are trying to capture while you are writing songs?
There isn’t really anything in particular that I’m trying to capture, but I love heavy music, and I love psychology and philosophy and things of that nature, so a lot of the songs I write tend to be heavy and have philosophical or contemplative themes to them.
How would you describe the sound of your album to any potential new fan?
I would say it’s kind of a Deftones vibe with a little 30 Seconds To Mars influence, with a dab of Killswitch Engage in there, maybe some Saosin, and some other shit.
Who are your influences and heroes? (Music-Wise)?
Well, since guitar is my main thing and has been since I was six years old, I’ve always been drawn to bands that have killer guitarists. Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Dream Theater… Dudes like Satriani, Vai, Dimebag, Paul Gilbert, John Mclaughlin… all those cats, man, those are my musical heroes. As far as influences go though, I’m influenced by almost every genre of music out there. Rock and metal will always have a special place in my heart, but for the last few years I’ve been listening to mostly world music and old school hip hop.
What’s Your Songwriting Process?
It kind of depends. When we’re writing as a band, we’ll typically all just get in the rehearsal room and start grindin’ out riffs and beats, and piece things together until we have a song. For me, personally, when I’m just at my house writing by myself, I’ll typically program a drum beat on Pro Tools, pick up the guitar and start improving over it, and then before I know it, in two or three hours I’ll have ninety percent of a song done with drum parts and guitar parts written and arranged, and ready for vocals. Other times I’ll pick up the acoustic guitar and approach it singer/songwriter style. It really just depends on my mood, I guess.
Is there any one town/venue you would really like to play the most this year?
It would be cool to swing through L.A. and play The Roxy or The Whiskey a Go Go this year. There’s always good vibes down in that neck of the woods and Sages hasn’t played down there yet. If we could hop on any of the massive festivals happening this year, that wouldn’t suck either.
What embarrassing songs might I find on your iPod? (guilty pleasures)
Well… You’ll find a lot of Nickelback, haha! I know it’s not exactly “hip” to like Nickelback, but I don’t give a shit. Those dudes know how to write great songs and I dig a lot of what they’ve done.
Are there any ‘crazy’ behind the scenes anecdotes that you can share with us?
One time we caravanned in three or four separate vehicles about a hundred miles to play a show we were all stoked about. Turned out we drove that hundred miles to play a venue about as appealing as a heavily used porta-potty on a hot summer day, and out of the five other beings there listening to us, two of them were horses. It was awesome.
If you could play support for any band right now who would it be?
What do you think about when you’re performing? Or is it purely about getting out there and
just enjoying yourself?
It’s mostly about going out there and enjoying ourselves and just giving people a great show and a good time. I can’t really think too much while we’re performing. I get too lost in the music and lose my mind… literally. It’s like the songs end up playing me instead of the other way around. Sometimes there are moments though where I’ll be singing a song and I’ll drift back in time to the events that inspired that song, and relive them in my mind as I’m singing about them, and that’ll intensify everything to the point where it’s almost overwhelming. Performing is an extremely cathartic experience for me. I love it.
If you could only play guitar or sing for the rest of your life what would you pick?
Guitar. I just can’t imagine not being able to play guitar for the rest of my life. I love to sing and all, but the guitar is my jam!