By James Kingsley
How did the name Sirens and Sailors come about?
Our band name is derived from mythology for those of you who aren’t familiar with it. The story of the sirens luring in the sailors to their death, is the ultimate story of deception. Our name is something anyone can relate to because at some point in our lives, we have all been lead to believe that something is what it isn’t in life.
What motivated you to pursue a career in the music industry?
We started playing music because there is nothing like it. There is such a fulfilling, exciting rush you get when you get to play live for people. This is first and foremost our passion, whatever follows with it is just a bonus. We play music because we love to. Our “careers” as musicians are just getting started. Us, like many bands, have to put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into our passion before we can even begin to think about making enough money to support ourselves, and families. It’s just how it is, you have to earn your place.
Since announcing you are going on tour what are you promoting heavily?
Touring is such an essential platform of promotion. You get to expose yourself to a ton of people who may have never heard of you before, and meet people in person who are already fans. By the end of 2012 we will have played in 40 different states this year. We are very proud to have had such a productive year, and can’t wait to continue it in 2013.
What platforms are you using to promote yourselves, the tour and your brand new EP?
Touring first and foremost is such an essential part to promoting ourselves. Besides that, we released a lyric video, and a music video this year for people to enjoy. Before the year is over, we will be releasing a live music video, which we are so excited to share with everyone. We have a lot to prepare for in 2013, such as a new full length record and much more touring. Thus far, our productivity has payed off, and it shows. We only hope to keep climbing the ladder, and working our way towards meeting goals that we have set for ourselves.
How did you all meet? Were all of you friends prior to being in the band?
Every member of our band were a part of other local bands in the greater Rochester, NY area. We all met through playing shows together in our old bands, eventually coming together to form Sirens & Sailors.
I’m sure you get this question a lot but who do people say you sound like?
It’s funny because people always want to compare you to someone else. We obviously write our music to set ourselves apart from others, but if you insist! We have been compared to bands such as Parkway Drive, August Burns Red, and As I Lay Dying just to name a few.
If you guys could set up your dream tour, who would be on it?
Well, I’m sure each member would have their own “dream tour” but we will do our best to combine our choices. Our dream tour would consist of AC/DC, Blink-182, The Black Dahlia Murder, Every Time I Die, August Burns Red, Parkway Drive, Stray From The Path, and Adam Lambert. Haha, there are so many bands we would love to include, but we aren’t going to pop a blood vessel thinking about it.
What musicians were the most influential to your music?
Our influences range from the music our parents made us listen to growing up, all the way to current music that we listen to today. That is the beauty of music, it’s timeless. When we get together to practice and write, we do our best to create our own sound, but of course we are influenced by the music we love to listen to.
How do you want to make an impact on the music industry? Is it a goal of yours to bring rock music back onto the scene as opposed to the music out today?
Our goal as a band is to stay true to the roots we were brought up on. Like the bands we grew up admiring, we want to be remembered for our hard work ethic, our ability to put on an amazing live show, and for our relationship with the people who support us. We want nothing more than to make a positive impact in the music world, and hope we get to see the world while doing it.
Of all the bands that you have played and toured with, whom was your favorite listening too? And would you go on tour with them again?
We have had the privilege of touring with some amazing bands, and we have made some really good friends by doing so. No doubt about it, we would love to tour with all of them again. However, it would be so much fun to tour with Though She Wrote again, problem is, they are no longer a band. We had the privilege of playing their final show, and it was such a great feeling to see our good friends, and to be able to share the stage with them one more time. In a couple of weeks we get to go back out on tour with our best buds in Affiance and A Faylene Sky again, so we are extremely excited for that as well!
What was your favorite venue you played?
There have been a ton of amazing venues that we have gotten to play across the country, to pick one would be extremely tough. Sometimes you get to play huge venues with amazing sound, and sometimes you play veterans halls with a couple of speakers for vocals. Either way, they are both what makes touring so interesting and fun, and we love them all equally. Of course, playing at our home venues in Rochester, NY are always a great highlight for us.
Thank you so much for the interview, we appreciate all of the support so very much. To anyone reading, go to a show, support music, and live with passion. Love you all!
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