Interviews: Minds Like Mirrors

In this new occassion we have had the opportunity to interview the  Metalcore/Progressive Metalcore/Djent band Minds Like Mirrors, from USA. Check out this band and give them a like on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1.Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?   

Well to be completely honest, the band was originally known as "Of Tides & Currents", and was known decently well locally in the post-hardcore scene. But then after many line-up changes and more importantly shifting ideologies for a new sound, we came to the conclusion that a fresh start was the better way to go.  The name "Minds Like Mirrors" came from the idea that we wanted to perform music that we all enjoyed and felt was a true reflection of self in each individual at any given time. That way no matter what happened to the band in the future, the name could hold its weight despite any line-up changes or new direction choices in music.  

2.Why did you want to play this genre?   

We were drawn to it. So many bands tend to get lost in the static of trying to sound like other bands and sometimes that really keeps them from truly knowing/learning their own strengths and abilities. Luckily with being together for as long as we have, we have had ample opportunity to learn from one another and create our own sound.  From there we decided to go to a producer that we felt could really bring out the quality in our sound. We honestly couldn't be happier with the way the EP turned out and can't thank Brian Hood enough for all of the work and effort that he put in to helping us define our sound in the genre.  

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?   

Actually yes. Most of us went to the same high school together and if we didn't already know each other personally we "knew of" one another through friends of friends/acquaintances.  

4. Each band member favourite band?   

Oh boy, what a loaded question. To be honest I don't think any of us in particular have a "favorite" band per se. When I give the generic answer of "we listen to just about everything" I mean that the last time we were all driving together we went from jamming TRAITORS to all singing The Backstreet Boys together. We collectively listen to a lot of music.  

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?   

Personal experiences I would say is the most predominant inspiration when it comes to our songs. We've all been through hellish challenges in life individually and collectively, but we continue to move forward in positivity and do this because this is what we're passionate about.   

6. Where was your last gig?   

The last show we played was pretty crazy. We were the opening band at Baltimore SoundStage for the bands For Today, Miss May I, We Came As Romans, and Memphis May Fire. The crowd was insane and had such great energy. Not to mention we met a lot of the guys from the headlining bands and tried really hard not to fan girl over most of these guys that we'd been listening to ever since we were kids.  

7. Where would you like to act?   

We'd love to hit the west coast. As an east coast band, we'd really like to know how big of a difference the scene is from one side of the country to the other. Specifically though? Chain Reaction is a venue that's definitely on our list.  

8. Whom would you like to feature with?   

Considering we may or may not have some features coming up on some of our new music, I don't want to say too much and give anything away. But just know we're huge fans of so many vocalists that we've been looking at lately in the hardcore, heavy metal, and metalcore scenes.  

9. Whom not?   

I mean there's no one artist in particular that we wouldn't want to work with. Every artist is out there trying to pursue their passion and spread their own message. That's an idea we back whole-heartedly no matter what art form someone may pursue.  

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?   

Pre-show jitters can definitely be a thing (especially once you start playing for larger audiences) but it's always temporary. When it's something you're truly passionate about, it tends to be a lot easier to express yourself. If you ever feel nervous about getting up in front of people, just try to remember all of the reasons why you were doing it in the first place. It definitely tends to help.  

11. What bands have inspired you the most?   

I'd say some big influences to the way we write music (and the albums we found most influential) would probably be Nothlane and their album 'Singularity', Circa Survive and their album 'Blue Sky Noise', Volumes and their album 'No Sleep', as well as Erra and their album 'Augment'.  

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?   

Our vocalist Austin came back to our merch table one time to see a note written on one of the cardboard boxes that said "Austin will you marry me?" With two possible check boxes one reading "Yes" and the other reading "Hell yeah"... We still to this day don't know who wrote it.  

13. What do you think of your fans?   

They are awesome. No doubt about it. They've asked us for photos, to sign EPs, to go hang out after shows and they're always normally the coolest people we've ever met. Very down to earth and always spreading good vibes. We love anyone that jams our album, you guys make it possible for us to do more.  

14. What do you think of our site?   

To anyone that hasn't checked out "Breathing The Core", stop what you're doing and go check them out right now. It's a great site and we're glad they took the time to interview us and feature us on their page. They are the real MVP.  

15. Something to add?  

If you're reading this and have never heard of us before, go check out our Facebook page. That is our form of social media that we are the most active on and we always love the feedback. Don't hesitate to message us, talk to us, or hang with us. We can't tell you how much it means to us to meet new people who enjoy our music!

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