6 Questions With Ascending Dawn6 Questions With Ascending Dawn

Welcome to “6 Questions With…,” a series of interviews with emerging artists, musicians, and bands focusing on the music scene and how they live within it. It started as a quick, fun project, but has quickly gained serious interest, so it has become a permanent fixture here on Indie Minded. Over time, the questions may change, but the sentiment will stay the same. This is a way for independent artists to be discovered by new fans on a global scale.

Within in each post, you will find all of their social media links, and also either a link to their music, or the ability to stream at least one of their tracks or videos, depending on the availability.

We hope you enjoy this series, and if you know anyone that might be interested in being part of it, please have them reach out to us for more information.

Next in the hot seat is New York & UK-based indie prog-metal band Ascending Dawn. We have not yet had the privilege of featuring Ascending Dawn here on the pages of Indie Minded, so we are thrilled to bring you this short interview. Sit back and enjoy! This is what is great about this series – the discovery of new music.

For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started?

We are a prog-style, ambient, melodic metal project, fronted by Greek/Cypriot singer Marlain Angelides. What the hell is that you ask? Too many words to describe the sound, but then there doesn’t seem to be a single genre to define the sound, so here we are! Marlain is a graduate of Royal Academy of Music, London, has a background that includes a pop all female chart-topping pop band in Greece, the West End stage and the Eurovision Song Contest and is now based in New York. She currently also fronts the all-female all Zeppelin band LEZ ZEPPELIN. Owen Rees and Mark Weatherley are both based in the UK, near London, writing the instrumentation and producing from afar. Style wise we draw from quite a few genres and styles hence the long-ass description. The project essentially was started online, from the ashes of several other projects for all of the contributing members.

As an artist, how do you define success?

An artist is in constant flux. There is no one single way to exist. And success can be anything from gaining one new fan to headlining a major stadium tour. For us, I think at the moment, finding our audience would be considered a major success. We believe in our music and know they are out there, but we need to find each other. After that happens, please come back and ask us again!!! 😉

Yes! Will follow up with you once you nail that down! 

What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business.

Our style of music is complex. It isn’t the kind of thing you can write in one day and present online as ‘our latest idea’ and then do another one in the next 48hrs. The sound, the fx, the complexity of the rhythms, the melodies, harmonies all of it, takes such a long time to perfect that it is really hard to produce visual content to keep fans engaged like other genres do. We have yet to find our way of ‘engaging’ but we hope to soon!

If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?

Probably “Opposites.” It is a song written in 5 (mostly) and has a different chorus every time it comes around, building on a theme. That is a trademark we are still developing but it seems to be recurring and keeps us excited. It is complex enough, yet ‘pop’ enough too. The song can be found on our debut album Coalesce [out now]. A full 9 track album, mixed and mastered by Jochem Jacobs (ex-Textures) in Amsterdam.

Who do you consider your greatest influences?

Tool, Karnivool, Tesseract, Textures, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Pain of Salvation, Leprous.

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Kelly Murphy
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