EMQ’s with LEAVING EDEN
Hi Everyone. Welcome to our EMQ’s interview with Boston, MA Rock band Leaving Eden. Huge thanks to guitarist Eric Gynan for taking part!
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Hi I am Eric Gynan Co-founder/Guitarist of the band Leaving Eden Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Leaving Eden has been around for well over 10 years. We’ve toured 47 of the states in the USA, Canada and Europe. We’ve got seven albums and we are a rock band.
How did you come up with your band name?
We were thinking about this whole planet being like the Garden of Eden and with all its corruption and deception wouldn’t it be nice to just go somewhere else, thus Leaving Eden.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We’re from the USA as I said and we’ve seen what I feel is a great metal scene all over the country. I think people love the freedom of being themselves not being judged by anybody else and having the opportunity to hang out with others that enjoy the same thing at the live shows. I think people are starving for new bands new material so yeah man it’s very cool.
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We have just released our newest album “The Agony of Affliction” released by Dark Star Records/Sony. The Title Track will be in Massimiliano Cerchi’s movie Lockdown starring Michael Pare (The Philadelphia Experiment, Eddie and the Cruisers).
Watch the Lyric video ‘The Agony of Affliction’:
We are excited about this new album not only because of the production value but the entire album will also be featured in a new fake reality comedy movie titled “The Nitwit”
Watch the teaser trailer For THE NITWIT MOVIE
Originally I had written this movie script loosely based on real life events with the intention of having Leaving Eden’s music throughout the movie and procuring other pros to make the movie. Where Leaving Eden has been involved with having our music placed in different movies and TV series this simply made sense. While in Iowa after wrapping up on a shoot I sat down with Ray Van Blarcom and Matt Moody “production crew” over a scotch and threw the script down on the table. They started reading it, thought it was hilarious so we decided let’s make the movie. For me being the director of several music videos it was a very simple transition to direct The Nitwit. Finally, I was intrigued by Matt Moody’s experience not only in production but as an actor. Ironically Matt fit the leading role as The Nitwit perfectly then he also brought in Jordan Smith as his co-star and the rest is history. We expect the movie to be released in 2020 by SGL Entertainment.
Who have been your greatest influences?
It’s funny because I’ve had the opportunity to share the stage with some of my greatest influences such as Black Sabbath, Disturbed, Alice In Chains. So for me I feel like my music career has really come full circle in terms of being influenced and then being able to share the stage with such notable artists. Of course I like metal but I also like stuff from Fleetwood Mac and Simon and Garfunkel. Anything that really has a good bass and drum sound!
What first got you into music?
As a kid, since I could walk, my parents had instruments so I would get up and play these instruments and literally learn. I’ve never stopped. Myself, I play guitar, bass, keyboards, Drums, singing. I like to really know a lot of aspects of a rock band, really gives you a good sense of rhythm and helps with recording.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I would say Fleetwood Mac or Mark Knopfler. Love the harmonies and Fleetwood Mac and of course love Mark Knopfler’s guitar work.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
It would be the Download Festival. I’ve seen so many incredible bands to me that would be a highlight for sure. The crowd is unbelievable and that’s why we do it man.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Well I wouldn’t say it’s weird but I would say it’s pretty cool. We got this glass picture of the band. So the picture was etched in the glass. It was something I’ve never seen and I still got it.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
That message would be how thankful we are for every single friend, I call them friends not fans, but of course if it wasn’t for our friends throughout the world where would we be, why would we be doing this and who would be listening? I would be playing if nobody was listening but it’s much better to have an audience and most importantly for people to care.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
We got to play with Dimebag and now his brother before they sadly passed away. They were so cool. Dimebag was such an innovator of his time and it was such a tragedy.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Great question! I believe in this life you should be doing what you want to be doing. I hold firmly on that. So I would say I enjoy the freedom of music. It’s really one of the last frontiers so to speak in terms of freedom of expression. Of course I love performing and the sharing of the energy with the crowd. A crowd draws a crowd right? I love writing music and recording the music. We work with Grammy award winning friends like Johnny K for instance (Disturbed, Three Doors Down, Staind, Megadeth, Pop Evil) to name a few and Brad Blackwood (Maroon 5, Alison Krauss, Adelitas Way, Three Days Grace, Blues Traveler) and Bob St John (Extreme, Collective Soul, Steven Tyler, Duran Duran).
I think what I hate most is the snakes in the business. People who prey on musicians, take their money and literally do nothing. Over the years I’ve come across many of these snakes and it’s really a shame but there are so many musicians out there that are willing to put forth dollars into people that really promise the world and give nothing back. It’s a shame. Record labels to ask for money from bands you’ll be surprised how many there are and I call them predator labels. The label is supposed to put money in your pocket not take it from you.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Well I am a voting member of the Grammys and I would Love to see more local, less known artists get nominated in the rock and metal genres. I would also like to see the streaming companies like Spotify for instance get these unknown bands in more popular playlists as well as pay the artist more for each stream.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Oh God! Eagles – “Hotel California”! Such great harmony!
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Well now it’s downloads but more so streaming platforms is where the industry has firmly planted their feet.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
This is where I’ll copy and paste lol.
Leaving Eden has toured the USA, UK & Canada sharing the stage with hundreds of the biggest national bands in the world including; Lacuna Coil, In This Moment, Black Sabbath (Heaven & Hell), Ronnie James Dio, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed, Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Puddle Of Mudd, Korn, Killswitch Engage, Buckcherry, Jefferson Starship, Big Brother and The Holding Company, Country Joe, 10 Years After (40th Anniversary of Woodstock), Shinedown, Dropkick Murphy’s, Alice In Chains, Papa Roach, Bret Michaels, Halestorm, Theory Of A Deadman, Avenged Sevenfold, Seether, HELLYEAH, Trapt, Dope, Soil, Fuel, Queensryche, Saving Abel, Hinder, Damage Plan, Sevendust, Sebastian Bach, Soulfly, Days Of The New, Nonpoint, Drowning Pool, The Misfits, The Butcher Babies, Collective Soul, Mushroomhead, Mudvayne, Chevelle, Godsmack, Powerman 5000, 10 Years, Taproot, Gin Blossoms, Michael Schenker (UFO, MSG & The Scorpions) Herman Rarebell (The Scorpions), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Kittie, One Eyed Doll, Uncle Kracker, Tremonti (Creed/Alter Bridge) Lamb Of God, Slayer, Stone Sour, Motörhead, Blackstone Cherry, Hookers & Blow (featuring members of Guns ‘N’ Roses, Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P.), Steven Tyler, Ted Nugent, Lita Ford, LA Guns, Trixter, Warrant, Apocalyptic Review (featuring members of Godsmack), Adelitas Way, Scott Stapp (the voice of Creed), Gemini Syndrome, Pop Evil, Ratt, Anthrax, Testament, Napalm Death, Nickelback, Skillet & many more.
To pick one would be very hard but today let’s say it was the anniversary concert of Woodstock with Jefferson Starship, Big Brother And The Holding Company, 10 Years After and Country Joe and the Fish, basically whoever is still alive was there. That particular show we were not slated to play we were playing a benefit concert the day before and briefly we walked in and saw all these huge stages sound systems light shows and said wow this is going to be great. Then the guy said no you guys are playing there you’re playing over there and pointed to a coat rack of a stage. Our motto we will play anywhere anyhow anyway so long as we can so we did the show to maybe 100 people. After the show the guy came up to us and said wow you’re great you guys want to play tomorrow? And I said sure man we’re here what you got going on? He immediately got aggravated and said what do you mean what do I have going on you don’t know do you know how much money I spent on this advertising? Woodstock man!! And I said like the 90s Woodstock or? He said the original Woodstock man Jefferson Starship, 10 Years After… you guys want to play or not? Of course I said absolutely sir. They gave us a driver in one of those 12 person golf carts and carted us around everywhere we wanted to go. We got to meet a lot of the bands hang out with Jefferson Starship and dine with the kings. Woodstock is where it all began so for us it was like full circle. We got to play on that big stage and it was surreal.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I’d be working in the movies, videos, engineering for recordings.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Alice Cooper and Kiss! All innovators in the live performance!
What’s next for the band?
As I said earlier my Movie the Nitwit to be released in 2020 with lots of our music in it. Already working on our next album and looking forward to all our tour dates.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Hmm not sure even what those are lol. I’ll look it up.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
To introduce the whole band, Leaving Eden is myself, Eric Gynan on guitars and vocals, “Eve” on lead vocals, Alyssa White on keyboards and vocals, Jake Gynan on drums and David Amato on bass and vocals.
Well it’s been a pleasure here today, wish you the best man and peace!!
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