Soulscape: In 2000, Dan and myself got together and we met Sam and formed the band. Dan, unfortunately, is no longer with us. The original idea was that Dan and I were just going to write the music and have session musicians to play live. That initially was the idea but we just liked (Sam) and he fit in so well with us.
Chain D.L.K.: How does it feel to play out?
Soulscape: Incredible! This was one of the most nervous experiences I ever had, playing to so many people as our first show. There was such a wait of expectation. We were definitely surprised at how many people showed up! It was a wonderful night. You could feel the magic in the atmosphere.
Chain D.L.K.: Are there any more upcoming shows?
Soulscape: September 20th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There will be more details about that soon.
Chain D.L.K.: What are your musical influences?
Soulscape: We all listen to a variety of music. For myself, I steer away pretty much from anything I hear in popular music charts. I came out of Punk. That is where I really started my musical foundation into Goth and Post Punk, and these are things that, musically, are really focused and define my music, and that is what I’m bringing to the band.
Chain D.L.K.: How do you feel about the Electro scene, its effect in dominating the Goth scene, and it’s impact on Europe vs. the States?
Soulscape: I enjoy it. I think (Goth) was endangered of disappearing of it’s own art, and while I know there are a lot of purists who lament the fact that traditional Goth Rock kind of dropped by the wayside, I think you can see bands like ourselves (which form) a synthesis of both guitar Goth and more synthesized and electronic elements that have been populating the scene for the last four to five years. I think that it is only for the good, but I’ve watched how the Goth scene has changed and evolved over the years. When I first moved to the States back in 1999, the music scene in the UK, especially the Goth music scene, was very electronic, very Electro-oriented, and traditonal guitar Goth had been displaced. Since then, there have been a couple of bands that have come out that sound very traditional. I think Faces of Sarah are probably the best known of these. They have that very classic sound. I don’t think we sound anything like that at all, but you can hear it in our guitar style, you can hear what bands I like, plus I know you are fully aware of what my influences are.
Chain D.L.K.: How do you feel about the audience attendance for Goth and Electro shows in Europe vs. America?
Soulscape: I think sometimes Goths in America do themselves an injustice because Europe has a real dynamic scene, and when I say Europe, I don’t necessarily mean the UK. I think the Continent has a very dynamic scene. You look at Germany and you can see all the myraid subgenres of what you would call the Goth scene. They are all there, and that is what makes it such a rich scene. So many people will attend festivals there. I think in the US we have a real dynamic scene too, but it is just not as well attended as it could be. The scene here doesn’t get promoted as well as the scene there. The way everything in the music scene here is promoted, what supposedly is the cool thing to listen to on the radio dominates a lot of things. I think (this is) more so (here) than (it is) overseas.
Chain D.L.K.: Do your ideas for your lyrics come from dreams, thoughtscapes or personal experiences, or both?
Soulscape: It comes from pretty much all of that, (from) a lot of chapters of my life that started to pass by. The whole idea (is the) concept of “Brave New World”. The title is lifted from books like that. It is a very dystopian view that we have for this album (and) where we are heading personally, as individuals in our relationships, and also our relationships in our society and where our culture is heading. When it comes to writing songs, which is what we are doing here, and I look at it, and I know this sounds awfully pretentious, but I look at it that we’re carrying on the bardic tradition of telling stories. Historically, the bards were those (within) a culture who passed on information and cultural values through their stories, and that’s what I think we’re doing. We’re conveying our experiences through stories.
Chain D.L.K.: In conclusion, what are some survival tips for bands that are just starting out?
Soulscape: Stick to what you do. Don’t wait for things to come to you, but don’t worry about things not coming, too. The biggest thing is just to play out and do what you love, and from that everything else will come.
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[interviewed by Michelle Russo] [proofreading by Audra Brick]