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Interviews: Lyken21


In this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Progressive Metal/Rock band Lyken21 from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

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

The name itself was planned. We had an affinity for werewolves so the word Lyken is a play on Lycan. The number 21 was Marton’s number, as he wears that in any sport he plays. We also wanted a name that no one else had – worldwide. So before we settled on any name we made sure it didn’t have any results in a Google search.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

A publication in Japan called us Tradmetal, and it kind of stuck with us. We have a variety of influences, and all of our taste span the spectrum of music. Simply stated we wanted, hooks, aggression, and when we finished writing or playing the song we (as a band) were happy with it. Our style – allows us some diversity in shows we play – we can be heavy – or we can do the hair metal thing. They’re not too many bands that can say they’ve played with Stryper, Overkill, WASP, Great White LA Guns, Heretic and Dillinger Escape Plan in the same breathe, We have and will continue to do so.

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

NO. Oleg & Andres were forming another band with another drummer and guitarist, and Marton tried out as a vocalist. That didn’t work out but the audition stuck, and 3 months later we were playing with Skid Row.

4. Each band members favorite band?

Tricky question – we’ll just put one here but there are many bands we listen to 

Andres: In Flames

Oleg: Ghost

Joe Billy III: Streetlight Manifesto

Marton: Symphony X

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

We don’t write songs with some purpose in mind. A song by Lyken21 has never been written to make a political statement, voice an opinion – ON PURPOSE. We write songs with a melody in mind but our subject matter is varied in its approach. Societal dysfunction, corruption, love songs, a few covers, or just a random thought that may enter our collective psyche.

6. Where was your last gig?

Our last show was with Metal Mike & Dokken at Starland Ballroom. It was sold out! It is likely the premier venue to play here in NJ that holds a large number of people. While listed as a club it holds upwards of 2000+  

7. Where would you like to act?

Our favorite region to perform in Europe. Germany in particular. We found the people very friendly, accommodating and receptive. They also buy merchandise – CD’s shirts etc.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

If we had a choice it would be Megadeth, Testament Iron Maiden– some band in that sub-genre.

9. Whom not?

Anything associated with Rap, hip-hop Dance, etc. Sorry while they have talent in their own regards – we’re not a fit.

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

Never. As far as advice goes – you know at an early age if you would suffer from stage fright or performance anxiety. No one just starts playing live in clubs at 40+ I would say that if you have a condition that will inhibit a live performance - Don’t play live! Focus on your craft – work your way in smaller rooms – get comfortable and take it one song at a time. The worst thing you could do is not connect with the audience OR your music because you’ve psychologically disconnected. If your love of music runs deep – record your material and release it – become a songwriter or producer.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

We’re just going to put one each here but this list could be 50 bands long. 

Andres: Iron Maiden

Oleg: Ozzy

Joe Billy III: Foo Fighters

Marton: Fear

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

Budapest – Someone bought 2 shirt – 1 to sign and 1 to wipe the sweat from our arms. Drum heads, picks, set sheets, drum sticks, all the standards are the usual though.

13. What do you think of your fans?

They’re loyal! Not just ours but the Hard Rock //Metal community seems to be intertwined worldwide. I firmly believe that everyone involved in this realm are only separated by 6 degrees to anyone – anywhere. The best compliment I can give is when we’re on stage doing a set – no one is looking at their cell phones – distracted etc They are engaged – making eye contact and enjoying the moment. We feel that as an artist what else can you ask for?

14. What do you think of our site?

Very Nice. A lot of diversity among artist styles but mostly where they come from. Mexico, Italy, Bosnia, USA, Slovakia, Canada You should be very proud of that kind of outreach – it is a global community and you’ve seemed to tap into every corner of it.

15. Something add?

Our newest Album – Our 4th official - is being released June 18th via Sliptrick records. It is Called CYCLICAL INSIGHT. Kevin from Dillinger Escape Plan produced it, we had contributions from artist such as Mike LePond from SymphonyX on one song. It is a typical Lyken21 album in that you just hit play and enjoy the ride. No ballads on this album – we did record one song in German and we truly think people will enjoy and appreciate the effort that went into this one. Thank you for taking the time to talk – we hope to see you next tour.

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