A Chat With: Skybound

Yesterday was the 1 year anniversary of local prog gods Skybound releasing their debut album, For All The Hope We Hold, and we had a chat with them! Read what they had to say, down below!

1. How would you describe your sound?

If a movie score team all of a sudden took a semi serious interest in progressive rock and post rock and made a weird hybrid band

2. Who are your influences?

I can honestly say that the current state of the world, to simple things such as taking in nature and the environment around me and infusing those feelings into melodies that come to my head. Musically, it’s hard to say specifically since my taste is so broad and changing

3. What’s on the horizon for your music in 2019/2020?

We have a release on deck that we’re just trying to figure out how to release and promote it in a fresh and creative way that lines up more with our touring plans for later in the year to start a new cycle. Expect new stuff by the end of 2019, then 2020 is touring through and through in new places.

4. What is your creative process?

Usually it starts with a tiny melody or riff that I have to hum or whisper it into a phone voice memo because it always comes at the most inconvenient time (of course). Past then I couldn’t even say because it’s on such a case by case basis.

5. Where do you draw inspiration from?

As stated before I usually draw the overall aesthetic of what’s going on in my or my band mates lives as well as the weather or nature that surrounds me. It’s always tricky with instrumental music because there’s no way to put it into words, so it’s a bit different.

6. How do you deal with nerves before a show?

I don’t really get nervous before shows anymore now however the only time I have nerves are if we feel underprepared or we have gear troubleshooting to sort out pre show, which is why we are always over prepared performance wise before any show or tour.

7. Fave venue in Ottawa?

Definitely either Ask A Punk or House of Targ. They are both super open spaces that encourage the local scene to flourish and are both hubs for the scene to get together

8. Craziest thing you’ve seen at a show?

Well we’ve definitely seen our fair share of messed up things on tour but definitely getting mugged out of our beer in downtown Montreal by a couple of drunk habs fans definitely makes that list

9. If you could tour/play a show with any line up who would it be?

Definitely touring or even playing a show with complete heroes of mine Dream Theater would be pretty surreal

10.Advice for new musicians/bands?

Focus on the music, make one good song, and build from there. In an industry where a lot of success is based on timing and sometimes luck (right place at the right time), the one thing you can control and work hard at is making quality music that resonates with you.

11. Any shout outs you want to make?

Shout outs to Alex Bradley Hodges for always helping out the scene, the owner of a certain Ottawa sound for all he does, and for all the photographers, venue owners, sound guys and everyone that comes out to support.

12. Social media links/music links

instagram: @skyboundofficial

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