EMQ’s with DREAMS IN PERIL
Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kansas City, US based Metal/Hardcore band Dreams In Peril. Huge thanks to them 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?
Demetri – Vocals
Joshua – Guitar
Dalton – Bass
Jeffrey – Drums
And we are Dreams In Peril
Josh (Guitar): “My name Is Josh, Last name is Crocker! Though not related to Betty Crocker the cake mix! “haha” I am the guitarist. We started with Jeff, Dalton, and myself. Dalton hit me up one day over Facebook because he found me on a music forum in the local scene. So I took all my gear to a storage unit. I had a try out and it worked out really well. About a few months later we found Demetri and we were able to write an album fairly fast because we had some material written before the band fully became a thing!”
Dalton (Bass): As far as the history goes, We all knew each other from being in different bands and playing shows with each other throughout the years. All of those bands have gone and past and one day we all decided to try and build something new. Our first show was with The Acacia Strain which for us was like coming out swinging followed by winning the Headbang for the highway Summer Slaughter Showcase where we won the right to give a performance on The Summer Slaughter Tour. Afterwards we went on to play many more shows with other big Names. We then released our Debut Album “Mephobia”.
Demetri (Vocals): “My name is Demetri “durrs”. I do vocals. Josh, Dalton and Jeff had been writing and jamming together and I came across their post needing a vocalist. Being that I knew them all from playing shows with some of our previous acts, I went and auditioned to the song which is known as ‘Seldom Solace’ and we all connected and I was in. We wrote our set list, recorded a 2 song demo then made our social media sites, made our first shirt as well as our back drop banner. It was a full approach that we wanted to have was both professional and business oriented. We wanted to come out of the blue as if we were already known or perhaps regional before our first show… which thanks to Cory Omeara and Stratgazer Entertainment for the show with The Acacia Strain… since then we have won Headbang for the highway and played for a mass list of national acts we all admired.”
How did you come up with your band name?
Dalton: “I ended up coming up with the name at work one day. Our Name is us being a little sarcastic but true. When all of our past bands failed and we were down and out. We kind of felt like our Dreams Were in Peril. Thus, that’s how our name came about!”
Demetri: “Our bassist Dalton had come up with the band name… A basic reminder of our past failures or attempts at achieving our overall dream. Now being we had come into this band, we felt no more would our dreams be in peril so to speak.”
Jeffrey: “After writing a few songs and getting a nice feel for what our sound is, we all started brainstorming ideas for the band name. “Dreams In Peril” was the first name
Dalton (bassist) came up with. Even though there’s much more meaning behind it, when I heard the name I immediately knew it would be the name just because it fit our sound so well.“
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
Josh: “The metal scene in the United States is really diverse! Depending on where you are at in the United States. Different genres kind of take place. Some areas might like hardcore more than deathcore. Some other places might like Beatdown and Djent. Some other places might like the Rockabilly sound. It just depends! But we are also a melting pot of cultures because of our history.”
Dalton: “We are smack down in the middle of the United States of America, in the state of Missouri. And if you are talking locally to us then it’s different to the rest of the country. In some areas, it is more booming than the rest of the Country. In our Area, it has its ups and downs. It has its phases where we have a good group of bands and other times it feels like there isn’t enough.
Right now it’s doing okay and things are starting to pick up in our scene, at least that’s how I feel. But I have noticed that our metal scene can be really competitive where It used to be more united. But we have some amazing talent here that is often overlooked.”
Demetri: “We are from the United States where metal has come and gone in a sense as far as demand and popularity. Yet lately I feel some old school nu-metal acts are making comebacks whereas djent fades and other sub genres that to me pigeon hole a lot of bands are fading. I see this new wave being the return of just metal.”
Jeffrey: “Born and raised in the USA and very proud of the metal scene here. Not discrediting metal in other countries at all. American metal was a huge part of my adolescent years and it’s growing everywhere.”
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
Dalton: “We have just released our Debut Album “Mephobia” with our single “Neckties and Nostalgia” You can find it on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon Music, Napster, Tidal, Google Play, Deezer and more!
For those of you who don’t know what “Mephobia” Means, its “The Fear of becoming so awesome, that the human race cannot handle it and everyone dies”
Demetri: “Our latest release is our debut album “Mephobia” of which we released globally through digital download as well as hard copies March 15th when opening for The Browning on their most recent tour.”
Jeffrey: “The album is titled “Mephobia” and it’s well worth a listen. It sounds vain but I am a fan of our music. Now that I quit just listening to my drum parts and started listening to the band as a whole, I fucking dig what we came up with and I can’t stop listening to it. ‘Neckties’ is considered our single. There’s a lyric video for it on YouTube but we plan on shooting music videos for other songs.”
Who have been your greatest influences?
Joshua: “I have a variety of influences! The main two are Hans Zimmer and Rob Dougan! If you have seen The Matrix or seen any movie like The Dark Night Rises then the music in the movies were from them! But for the metal side, a lot of 90’s metal! Deftones, Coal Chamber, Slipknot! For the modern side of metal from the last 10 years then Bring Me The Horizon, Suicide Silence, The Acacia Strain. I could go on!”
Demetri: “For me I’d have to say Marilyn Manson, Mitch Lucker, Maynard James Keenan, Randall D Blythe and Chino Moreno. Both vocally and performance wise I’d have to say these frontmen are truly innovative.”
Jeffrey: “My school band teachers for sure. They assigned me to the rhythm section and I’m very thankful for it because I originally wanted to play the trumpet. I’ve always had a jazz and Latin influence. In high school Danny Carry had a huge impact on my drumming. More recently I’ve been influenced by just really brutal drummer’s from bands like Born of Osiris, Oceano, Infant Annihilator etc. “
Dalton: “Whitechapel, The Acacia Strain, The Deftones, Fieldy From Korn, Fear Factory.”
What first got you into music?
Demetri: “My grandmother had bought me my first CD with explicit content which was Korn’s “Life Is Peachy” and the second ‘Twist’ played I was hooked..! From there I fell into the nu-metal scene hard with bands like Coal Chamber, Mushroomhead, System Of A Down, and Mudvayne. I had no musical ability but I wrote and just had a feeling I’d do it one day whether it was serious or not. When I did my first show I was 19 and I never felt like I did much good for anyone nor of anything. This was a divine intervention of overcoming my social anxiety & stage fright, IDK…it was my chance to be me… be admired or respected and not because of my mistakes in life and so on .My Passion”
Dalton: “This is a big question. I would have to say my Sister got me into it. My family was always into music. My Cousins played guitar in rock bands, My uncle was a country musician, my mom sang in bars when she was younger, My grandmother played Drums and the Piano.
One day for my 14th birthday, my Sister bought my first bass and we ended up playing in a band for a while and which, eventually, landed me in this band several years down the road. I remember always walking into my sister room and I would always hear some band always playing on her stereo. We always bonded over music. This is how I fell in love with music.”
Joshua: “That is a complex thing in itself. It would take a video interview to explain it all! But to put it simply, I was always into music. But one day, I got tired of being bullied in school. I was in football practice one day just reflecting on what I was good at and what I wasn’t good at. I Went home and picked up a guitar and just started playing. I got hooked! That’s when I realized I wanted this to be my career! It hasn’t been easy. It does have its ups and downs. But anybody that is making their passion or trying to make their passion into a career knows it’s never easy! It’s a lot of hard work and there are a lot of failures along the way! And there will be a lot of people doubting you! And with musicians, we kind of have a negative stigma from the public eyes when it comes to the workforce!”
Jeffrey: “I’ve pretty much been into music since childhood. I started out on guitar when I was 6, I remember my Dad lying in bed with his acoustic playing “House Of The Rising Sun” over and over again. He never learned much more than that but it was enough to get me interested. “
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Dalton: “Oooooh… I would have to say Whitechapel, The Acacia Strain or The Deftones.”
Joshua: “JinJer from Ukraine! I LOVE THAT BAND! They are unique! I would love to work a song with them or two! If you have not seen or heard of them! CHECK THEM OUT!”
Jeffrey: “Tenacious D!”
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Dalton: “BUT THERE ARE SO MANY!!! Haha I would have to say… Download Festival.”
Joshua: “I would love to play any European festival! I heard they are big and insane! And I have always wanted to play and tour in Europe! That’s also a personal goal too!”
Jeffrey: “”Mayhem Fest” because It’s the biggest metal festival around Missouri to the best of my knowledge and, well, we play metal! “
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Dalton: “The honest truth..? Naked Photos..! Not while I was in this band though. Haha”
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Dalton: “Never give up on things you are passionate about. Keep pushing for your dreams.”
Joshua: “Don’t give up on your dreams or career path of whatever you choose! If you’re passionate for it, fucking go for it! Don’t let other people’s doubts make you rethink what you want to do! You have one life! Make it count! Keep swinging that bat! If you fail the first, second or third time! Someone will recognize the work you put in! In the long run it pays out!”
Jeffrey: “Thank you for listening. You give meaning to my life and make all the hard work worthwhile.”
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Dalton: “Easy! Dimebag or his brother Vinnie Paul from Pantera.”
Joshua: “Quite honestly I can’t even answer that question. Too many to count!”
Jeffrey: “Wayne Static “
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Dalton: “I love the high of playing in front of people, seeing other people enjoy what I have created and I love seeing my music come to life and take on form into albums and shirts and everything. And…. What do I hate? The Struggle of becoming something and the constant tear down and set up of the gear.”
Joshua: “Well it does expose you to all walks of life! I love meeting people! What do I hate about it? It is really hard to get your feet off the ground! It can be very frustrating at times! “
Jeffrey: “Playing in front of an audience I surely enjoy. Playing music is truly therapeutic when dealing with life’s daily stress. I hate that I can’t bring my 4.5 yr. old son to the shows.”
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Dalton: “Again, it’s the struggle. I feel as if it is too hard for a band to be recognized and everyone is so money hungry when the musicians should be well taken care of. The person who makes the product should always be well taken care of. Sadly, this isn’t always the case.”
Jeffrey: “The fact that I’m not in it full time.”
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Dalton: “Oh! That is a tough one. Of all time? “Around The Fur” by The Deftones.”
Joshua: “I don’t really have a favourite album.”
Jeffrey: “Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child” by Norma Jean”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Dalton: “In my opinion. CD’s. Vinyl is just too big and clunky though they sound good!
Cassettes are a pain in the butt and always need to be rewound, not to mention they lack appeal. Downloads have no style to them if you ask me. Nothing you can actually hold.
I like CD’s because they aren’t huge, you don’t rewind them, and they come with all the awesome album art and if you want to put it on an MP3 player or something, you still can!”
Joshua: “What’s best? I also happen to be an electronic tech that works on and fixes guitar amplifiers alongside playing music! This is going to be a long answer! “Anybody that hates technical reading then skip over this question!” Vinyl can sound cool, but depending on how the record is cut can change the performance on how it plays. Vinyl is a series of bumps and groves that the needle follows. That needle makes the physical movement into electrical signals that reproduce the sound. Cassettes are cool but they degrade over time! CD’s are great! In fact if you recorded vinyl into a CD format you’d not be able to tell the difference in quality of sound because all frequency and information is reproduced! But the CD uses lasers to extract the info by using reflective and non-reflective surfaces in the CD, instead of the bumps and groves of Vinyl, although audiophiles will argue that. But the needle on the vinyl can skip over some bumps and grooves that cause some sound quality issues, but that does not mean the info that was cut in the vinyl is not there, it’s just because the needle can’t physically get to it. Downloads are cool but depending what you are downloading on, not all information is processed. It depends on the quality of the electronics inside your device be it phone, computer etc. plus you could download it off of a site that might have done some compression to fit their format.”
Jeffrey: “CD’s because my record player is broken.”
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Dalton: “Hands down when we got to play on The Summer Slaughter Tour. Although we have had many awesome shows that could contest it. But I feel as if it was the highlight of where we wanted to be as a band.”
Jeffrey: “In Dream’s in Peril I’d say when we opened for The Browning, considering we got to play almost our entire set.“
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Dalton: “Art. I would be drawing or doing graphic Design.”
Joshua: “I honestly do not know! I would be very lost I can tell you that much.”
Jeffrey: “Working for the railroad, going to school, and going to concerts.”
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Dalton: “Anyone in the world? Snoop Dogg, Ryan Reynolds, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Kate Beckinsale, and George Lucas. Lol.”
Jeffrey: “My Mom, Dad, Sister, significant other and my son.”
What’s next for the band?
Dalton: “As of right now we are working toward getting a tour together and spreading out. We are finally getting our road legs and this is our next step.”
Jeffrey: “Only time will tell.”
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Dalton: “We use as many of them as we can. The number one site is of course Facebook. But we also use Youtube, Twitter, Reverbnation, and Instagram.”
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Dalton: “To be honest with you. Not sure I have had one… haha I assume it’s a Cake if it has Cake in the name. Haha.”
Joshua: “Yeaa!! First off what are Jaffa cakes? Enlighten me! I am a major foodie though! They sound good!”
Jeffrey: “Neither…more like Cookie’s on Crack. Lol.”
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Dalton: “We are an up and coming band, with just a short amount of time in being a band; we have done so much from playing with large names in metal to releasing our first album and being written about. We are pushing ahead and we are intensely rising as a band. It will not be long before people see us on the big festivals and tours. As long as we keep climbing like we have been doing.”
Joshua: “Well, I love answering questions! Rather it’s helping someone with their gear! Or they just want to get to know me more! Or talking to fans! I love talking to people! I love to experience new things and travel! I love music, it is my passion. Without it, I don’t know where I would be in life. Picking up a guitar 10 years ago was one of the best decisions I have made! I also am really happy to be with D.I.P! “
Jeffrey: “I appreciate your interest. The questions were fun to answer. Thanks for helping keep metal alive! “
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