What are your names? / Who plays what?
We are a 5 piece metal band. BASTIAN is:
Chris Revill - Bass / Vocals
Ty Kingston - Guitar / Vocals
Dylon Opalinsky - Vocals
Jeff Wang - Guitar
Scott Miller - Drums
Where are you from? We are from Vancouver, BC, Canada
Did you make music even when you were young? We all started playing music as young kids. Through multiple previous projects, we all came together in this group with a cohesive vision as to where we wanted to take the music.
What year did the band form? Our first demos were recorded in 2014. We have had a few member changes since then to bring us to where we are today.
What's your style of genre? Metalcore / Post-hardcore
How often and where do you reverse? We rehearse 3-4 times a week. We have a studio set up in the basement of a home in Whiterock, BC,
How have you developed since you started with the music? As we write more songs, we like the fact that we don't feel bound to one specific style or subgenre. We just like to make songs that are solid and convey a real feeling or emotion. The more songs we write, the more of these emotions we tap into to develop our sound.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? We are presently a do-it-yourself band all the way. We write, record, produced, mix and mastered our latest release all in house. We also do our own music videos and book our own tours at this point. We would however, like the opportunity to work with an agency to further our reach and play in front of new demographics, as in other countries.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? Our thoughts are that if you work hard and stay persistent on the DIY front, the label will come looking for you. Labels are inundated with bands sending demos saying "LOOK AT US, LOOK HERE!" and we prefer to take the approach of working hard, and knowing that the labels that are worth their weight have talented A&R people that are on the hunt for talent.
When writing, do you start with the music or the lyrics? We usually write the songs first, then the lyrics. Sometimes there are lyrics written without music, and they are then rearranged when placed with an instrumental song.
Do you compose in a certain environment? Usually at home, sometimes at the rehearsal space.
Have you done any covers live? None as of yet, maybe one day though!
What language do you sing in? English
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We have a set that we play every night, which we usually change up once a tour in terms of the order and which songs.
What was your latest gig? We played in Vancouver with '68 on June 2.
Have you had to cancel a gig? Hell no, the show must go on!
Where have you played live this year? We have traveled the west coast and islands of BC, as well as select markets in Alberta, Canada.
What march do you guys take on the road? The usual standard stuff. Shirts, CDs, Stickers, and business cards. We plan to make booty shorts for the next run of merch.
Where can people buy your merchandise? At any one of our shows, or at www.bastiansounds.com
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? Streaming and downloading are how people like to listen to music these days. They allow your music to make it to the ears of a far wider scope of listeners than was previously available with the CD or cassette tapes. Its where music is headed in our eyes.
What do you think of my work? Its nice to see someone take the reigns and give small and upcoming bands a chance to have someone to listen to what they have to say!
Do you think that this interview will help you in the music business? Hopefully your readers will feel like taking a listen to our music after reading this interview, We have FREE DOWNLOADS on our website.
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? Each member of our band actually likes to listen to very different music. We bring our inspiration from all of our personal favourite bands, and cram them into one package called BASTIAN. You can hear influence from 80's hair metal to modern thrash in our tunes.
What have been your biggest obstacles? Not killing our tour vans. Seriously though, we have had some previous bad luck with tour vans!
How do you get psyched for a gig? Whisky.
How do you get psyched for a gig? Whisky.
Do you have any new material? Our debut, self titled EP will be available for download on all platforms, summer 2018!
What are your web sites?
BASTIAN Official : www.bastiansounds.com
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/bastiansounds604
Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/bastiansounds
Youtube : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvcYXZC3wHfqgyZPW_pb-lg?
How can people reach you? Through our website, Facebook, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What are your plans for the future? Take over the world. Obviously.
Do you have something to add? Trix are for kids! Check out our latest music video here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HA49052VrTI