THE UNDERGROUND EXPERIENCE 7-16-012


This month we are expanding our musical spotlight to a band that comes from many areas with Carolina connection and many indy accomplishments let’s check out Dream Killers……………

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Mistajay: What is the story and conception behind your band name?

Dreamkiller: Our name, Dreamkiller, comes from a character in the story of our album, Sleepless Dreams. To dreamkill, is to be a thunder-thief; to take the wind out of someone’s sails. And that is the intention of the Dreamkiller in the storyline. Our story is about a dreamer named Lyrik that travels to “Crystal City” seeking the culmination of her aspirations.  The “Dreamkiller” is the antagonist in the story.  This character represents all of the obstacles in life that try to prevent you from attaining your wishes and goals.  He has everyone in the city wear a mask to rip them of their identity and with young Lyrik, he promises her the world in exchange.  She must overcome the naysayers as well as temptation to stray from staying true to herself and her beliefs all while trying to balance her focus with finding true love. Our story is about strength, persistence and overcoming these hurdles against all odds.

Mistajay: Where are you from?

Dreamkiller: Christy is born and bred from Greensboro, NC. Erny is from outside L.A. California. Paul is from Puerto Rico, by way of NYC and Jim is from Long Island, NY. All of us have been involved in music in some form or another for most of our lives.

Mistajay: What are your influences of your music? And what inspires you?

Dreamkiller: We think it’s important as musicians and songwriters to have an eclectic taste in music. We love everything from musical theatre to progressive metal and everything in between. We admire artists and bands that carve their own path and take risks as well as create music with substance.  We are inspired by truth, beauty, passion, drive and energy.

Mistajay: How do you describe your style?

Dreamkiller: We definitely have our own unique style.  We are storytellers and create music that is both sexy and dark but also energetic and positive.  There is a lot of imagery and is both soulful and melodic.  Although it is unbounded with pure rock n’ roll, it is also quite commercial.

Mistajay: What is your best song recorded to date and why?

Dreamkiller: We have had a lot of success with placing our songs in films and hope to do so with many more in the future.  Our song “Ragnarok” was written as the theme for the controversial documentary “SUPERPOWER” that has been released internationally.  It has won numerous awards including a Telly and was honoured with a Hollywood F.A.M.E. Award this past November.  http://superpowerthemovie.com

We were also fortunate to have the opportunity to write the theme song for the film “Eyeborgs” [starring Adrian Paul from the “Highlander” series and Danny Trejo from “Machete”] entitled “Watch This”.  We have released music videos for both of these songs.  The music video for “Watch This” was awarded “Debut Music Video of The Year” at the 2011 Los Angeles Music Awards!

Mistajay: If you could share the stage with any 3 artists or bands who are still around and touring, who would they be and why?

Dreamkiller: We are heavily influenced by theatrical rock bands that are original and take risks.  It’s incredibly difficult to choose only 3 as we have a long list of influences but some of the top contenders would be Dream Theater, Queensryche, Halestorm, Coheed & Cambria, Sixx: AM, Pat Benatar, Iron Maiden, Rush, and Tool.  All of these bands are amazing, though we could easily add to that list.

Mistajay: Rock artist Henry Rollins talked about the state of music today as indy bands just using the cd/album format as a just a tool to get noticed and not as a source or the main source of revenue for an artist what are your thoughts?

Dreamkiller: The music industry is most definitely being geared towards selling a hit single nowadays.  Everything is going digital and we are losing the idea of the album.  Dreamkiller is a band that wants to keep it alive.  We love having a concrete item in our hands.  We love reading along with the lyrics and looking at the beautiful album artwork.  We love stories that have a beginning, middle and end.  Certainly it’s beneficial to have your hit songs, but they should not only gain attention for the band but drive the listener to want to purchase the entire album.  The only way to keep this idea alive is to not fill your album with fluff but create a piece of art as an entity.  As far as revenue for a band, it’s wonderful that there are so many other ways to create income.  Obviously, touring is the most important.  There are also merchandise sales, endorsements, film & TV placement, etc.  Music is everywhere and can be found in all types of media.

Mistajay: 2011 INDEPENDENT ARTIST MUSIC AWARDS - Best Rock Band

2011 LOS ANGELES MUSIC AWARDS - Debut Music Video of The Year [“Watch This”]

2011 LOS ANGELES MUSIC AWARDS - Rock Single & Rock Album of The Year Nominee

2011 QUEEN CITY AWARDS - Rock Artist: Female

2010 LOS ANGELES MUSIC AWARDS - National Female Vocal Performer of The Year

2009 CAROLINA MUSIC AWARDS - Rock Band of The Year

2009 CAROLINA MUSIC AWARDS - Rock Artist: Female

2009 Queen City Music Awards - Rock Artist: Female

With these accolades who or which one do feel was the best of them?

Dreamkiller: We are thrilled to have had so much exposure and hope to have many more of these to add to the list in the future.  We are proud and thrilled to have national recognition in multiple categories from the Los Angeles Music Awards but it doesn’t make it any ‘better’ that the wonderful local and regional awards we’ve been given.  We are humbled and grateful for every opportunity!!  We’ve even had the chance to perform live at several of these events.  Additionally, it’s a great way to network with other artists of all genres as well as meet other up-and-comers that might not normally cross your path as they are involved in other aspects of the industry.

Mistajay: Where do you see the music scene going in 2012? How do you see yourself fitting into that?

Dreamkiller: The way things are going we are losing the need for labels.  We’ve already seen the major labels diminish and combine.  Bands are finding ways to stay independent and create revenue through licensing and working with PR companies.  We are currently independent but desire to sign.

Mistajay: What are your future plans?

Dreamkiller: In the immediate future, we plan to write and record our second full length album.  We have a new music video in pre-production and are in talks with writing a song for a major motion picture.  We are also touring to Florida this September to showcase for record labels so we hope something prosperous will come out of that!

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