Today in our interview section we have a Seattle based progressive metal band “ESOSON”. Lets have a chat with him.
Twist Online : First of all please introduce yourself to our readers.
We are the Seattle Progressive Metal band from Seattle, Washington.
[Sara] My name is Sara Herrschaft, and I’m the vocalist. I’m technically the newbie in the band; I met Gabe and DJ at Cornish College of the Arts and had been following Esoson for a while, going to their shows and what not. I’d secretly been wanting to join the band for a few months, and when I heard they were looking for a singer, I was stoked to finally have that opportunity.
[Josh] My name is Joshua McAdams and I’m a guitarist and vocalist for Esoson. I have been playing guitar since I was twelve. Besides guitar, I also dabble in audio engineering, including mastering our first record, “Sound Within”.
[Gabe] My name is Gabe Brooks-Lopez. I’m a guitarist, composer, and audio engineer. I became interested in music when I was about twelve and I was diagnosed with a heart condition that prevented me from doing most of the activities that I enjoyed at the time. I had just gotten my first guitar and I loved playing it so naturally I started to take it seriously. Eventually I made my way to Cornish, met a lot of great musicians, and here I am now playing with them.
[Dj] I’m Dj Rough and I provide the low end. I graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in 2016 with a focus on the bass, and I provide much needed comic relief for the band.
Twist Online : Who or what inspired you to start the band?
[Gabe] So I joined Joshua and Chance Monaghan’s (drums) old duo for a show six years ago. There was a local “Battle of the Bands” coming up and I didn’t have a group to play with so I asked if I could join them for the show and they were more then happy to have me. We played the show and we had such a great time making music together that we decided to start a band and look for some other members. I can only speak for myself but it seems as though none of us came from typical families and I think we connected on that level. Our music at the time was probably the byproduct of that.
Twist Online : Our readers would like to know about the band members and their roles int he band?
[Gabe] Since we are an independent band we have to fill the roles that a label would normally fill. I do most of the composing, distribution, and promotion work and split the production/engineering work with Joshua.
[Josh] Besides my instrument and vocal duties, I tell bad jokes. Also, I help Gabe with writing music and lyrics, as well as produce and master the album.
[Dj] We all have different responsibilities within the band. For me, it’s mostly playing as well as possible and public relations.
[Sara] My first big task was completing the process for ordering the physical CD’s such as uploading our music, artwork, and helping choose the packaging we wanted. It was a bit nerve-wracking when they finally arrived and I put a CD in my car’s CD player for the first time… I was so relieved they came out exactly how we wanted!
Twist Online : Tell us about your upcoming album “Sound Within”
[Dj] a lot of hard work and a ton of practice and here we are. It’s a concept album, and musically we explore a lot of variations on the Progressive Metal genre.
[Gabe] “Sound Within” is our first full length album. It has a lot of different themes from song to song but it follows the story of a scientist mainly, as well as the general population in response to an mysterious scientific anomaly that seems to get worse and worse every moment. We talk about success and failure, fear, classism, intelligent life, pretty much everything you need for a great Sci-Fi movie.
Twist Online : What kind of response the two tracks released from the album has received?
[Dj] Only good! It’s been a great experience to get feedback so positive on something that we worked so hard on.
[Josh] Honestly, better than I expected, but I try not to keep my hopes up. We’ve had some great feedback and kind words from a bunch of people and I’m excited to see what think of the full album.
Twist Online : Any particular track from the album that’s your favorite?
[Sara] It’s funny, but one of my favorite tunes to listen to is actually the one instrumental we have on the album; Solar Prominence. The breakdown just smacks you in the face so hard, it’s impossible for me to not groove to it.
[Josh] It’s hard to narrow it down to one because each of them has a special place, but I would say It’s Logical. That song is a complete journey in itself and I always get chills when we play that one live.
[Dj] It’s Logical is definitely up there, but I think the cake would have to go to Acceptance. It’s Logical has more challenging passages and interesting switches of feel, but Acceptance just really get my loins rustling in terms of simply how fun it is to play and how brutal it can get.
Twist Online : What attracts you more performing on stage or working in studios?
[Josh] As much as I love the technical side of studio work and how detailed you can get, there is no feeling in the world like playing in front of people. The energy between the band and the crowd creates an atmosphere that I can’t get enough of.
[Dj] Totally performing on stage. It envelops you and forces you to lay it all out. It’s a great stress reliever.
[Sara] To this day, one of my favorite feelings is right before I get on stage, nerves and all. There’s really nothing quite like it. Then once I’m on stage, everything else that I’ve been worrying about or thinking about just melts away. For me, that’s the definition of “living in the moment”.
Twist Online : What’s your favorite music genre?
[Josh] This is a really terrible answer, but whatever is good. Variety is the spice of life.
[Dj] Surprisingly enough, Progressive Metal.
Twist Online : Have you set some goals to achieve as music band?
[Dj] For sure! Mainly goals dealing with playing more gigs, gaining a more consistent fan base, and personal goals to enrich our own lives.
Twist Online : What are your expectations rom the 6th June release?
[Josh] I expect that some people will love it and some people won’t. We’ll just keep pressing on and hopefully what we are doing speaks to people.
[Dj] I don’t have any ‘expectations’ per say, but my dream is to get on an album, and join a national band on a tour in the near future.
For further info and updates on the band you can visit www.esoson.com