Interviews: SLEEPWRAITH


On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the  Metal band SLEEPWRAITH from Canada. 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 Sleepwraith was something I had been thinking of for a while. It draws inspiration from the duality of us all. It’s the shadow figure, the ghost, that constantly weighs on our hearts and minds. The Sleepwraith is the dark part of our own souls that is sometimes dormant, but always there, waiting.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Aggressive music has always been really attractive to us. It involves technicality and intricacy like a lot of other styles, but I’ve always felt it was more emotional. We’ve always found it really important to convey emotion through music, plus I like being able to use vocals as a rhythm instrument.

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

Ryan (drums) and I have known each other since we were kids. We’ve played on and off together in various bands over the last 20 years and always talked about doing a side project with just the two of us. We collaborate very effectively and now, Sleepwraith is our main project.

4. Each band member favorite band?

That’s impossible to answer. We both draw inspiration from all over the music map, and it’s always changing. Over the past couple of weeks, my playlist has had a lot of Baptists, Car Bomb, and Black Tongue, but Giraffe Tongue Orchestra and Jinjer seem to find their way in as well. I often find a classical music station to listen to when I’m driving. Every style of music teaches us something and we appreciate that.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

I would say that listening to music inspires us the most. There is such beauty in music, and we feel it in our skin. We write music so we can hear songs that are created EXACTLY the way we’d want to hear them. 

6. Whom not?

Currently, Sleepwraith is only about writing and releasing music and art. Ryan and I have played hundreds of shows together, but this project only consists of the two of us, and there are a few different instruments that would require more members to be able to perform it properly. At the moment, we’re more concerned with writing it and performing it for albums than playing it live.

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

Just do it. Get up there, don’t give a fuck, or at least pretend you don’t give a fuck, and start making noise. That’s that only advice I have, ‘cause that’s how I did it.

8. What bands have inspired you the most?

Both of us were first really inspired by grunge (Nirvana, Soundgarden, etc) and that sort of led toward the path of heavy music. Personally, some of the bands that have inspired me the most over my lifetime were Nirvana, Deftones, Metallica, Lamb of God, Cryptopsy, and The Dillinger Escape Plan. Each of those bands had something I found really special about them, and they made me practice my ass off to try and write better music.

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

A signature on an empty 7-11 hotdog container was pretty weird. It had nacho cheese sauce all over it.

10. What do you think of your fans?

We’ve had nothing but kind words from everyone we’ve interacted with, and that’s pretty awesome to us. Heavy music is a common ground for us and our fans, and it’s great to automatically have something that ties us together. We couldn’t ask for better fans and friends.

11. What do you think of our site?

Breathingthecore.com is a great site! You could spend all day learning about various artists and their backgrounds through interviews and other media, from every heavy genre you can think of. It’s awesome to have so much diversity in aggressive music and the site really delves into the intricacies of it. I’ll be frequenting it often.

12. Something add?

We’d love to hear from fellow music enthusiasts, so please, check out Sleepwraith.com or facebook.com/sleepwraith and leave us a note. Thanks.

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