Cydemind (Band Interview)

Today we speak to Cydemind.

Let’s start with this: What’s the history of your band?

We formed in 2011 for what should have been a one-time show and then disband. We played some Dream Theater and David Garrett at a music contest. The experience was so much fun we decided to go on and write our own music. At that time there was just Olivier, Dage and former bassist Elie. We quickly had Kev and Cam on board and we starting writing. It was shitty at first but as the years passed experience sunk in and our music refined itself. We feel that with Erosion we reached a great musical level and from that point we can only go higher.

What’s your musical history? (Trained or Amateur)?

Olivier has a masters degree in violin performance at the University of Montreal, while Camille graduated from the classical piano program at Cegep St-Laurent, in Montreal. Dage, Kev and Nico are self-taught.

So what can you tell us about your latest album? (Inspiration. Sound. Style.)

Erosion is our biggest project to date. We worked on it for 5 years. The reason it took so long is we wanted to have the best music and the best production possible. Inspiration-wise, there’s probably a little bit of everything we listened to in the last 5 years : Dream Theater, Symphony X, Haken, Tigran Hamasyan, Avishai Cohen. Of course the violin adds a unique sound to it!

How did you go about making your album?

We recorded at The Grid Studio in Montreal with producer Chris Donaldson. Chris is a beast and is so much fun to work with! There was also additional piano recorded at Studio 270.

Anything you’ve learnt as you’ve gone along? Or have you simply tried a bit of everything to see how it works?

As far as preparation goes, we learned a lot by recording our ep Through Mists and Ages and our single What Remains. When the time came to produce Erosion, everybody knew what they had to do and everything went very smoothly.

What sort of technology and instruments do you work with?

Kevin uses Schecter guitars and plays through a Axe-Fx.

Cam uses Korg keyboards.

Nico uses Ibanez Basses and plays through a Mesa amp.

Olivier uses a Stratton Skull Electric violin and plays through a Fender amp.

Dage uses a Pearl Reference Series drum set and mainly uses Zildjian cymbals.

Let’s have a few general questions now.

What do you see as a musician’s role in society?

As musicians we have a big communication responsibility. Whether it’s a message or an emotion, we have to create a bond with the listener. We’re also role models to many fans, so being decent human beings is rather important.

Where do you stand on music videos? Do you see their value in today’s world?

Of course. If they’re well done, they can add another level to the music and make the listener more attentive. But metal music videos are usually so crappy ha-ha.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

We would take out the word ‘’industry’’ from it. As soon as you start seeing music as any other manufactured product, something is lost.

Any advice for new bands?

Be creative, find what makes you different and focus on that. And of course, practice your instrument…

Any last words for our readers?

Thanks for supporting us. We hope you’ll like the album and if so, please buy it! That’s the only way we can make another…

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