Progstravaganza Questionnaire: Dimension Eleven

Polish progressive metal quartet have just put out a single “Point of No Return” which is featured on our recent Progstravaganza compilation. Naturally, the band answered our questionnaire.

Prog Sphere: How did you come to do what you do?

D11: Music is everything around. We do believe that it was always inside us, just now we found a good time, place and atmosphere to express it.. Most of us played in different bands before. This project has existed for some time, but in quite different form as it is now. Pawel and Darek joined the squad in 2013, so the band transformed to the present form.

Prog Sphere: What is your first musical memory?

D11: Hard to say. We all grown on metal music (on cassettes players…) in that time as we remember, the most important bands on a scene were Metallica, Iron Maiden, etc.. Good old times, haha.

Prog Sphere: What does progress in music represent to you?

D11: We wouldn’t say it is the ‘change’ because it is so obvious… to us it’s more about curiosity, incomprehensibility and so on… something which is unpredictable being interesting at the same time.

Prog Sphere: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

D11: From everything what surrounds us… from the simplest things. Highly inspiring for us is a matter of the universe creation (beginning of time and the end of all matter). For sure we would like to follow this trend in the future, reflecting the name of the band.

Prog Sphere: What message does the song on our latest Progstravaganza compilation carry?

D11: Basically was created to capture ‘event horizon’ phenomena with some parallels to real world. We were trying to comprehend the situation of someone which might be lost in real world, seeking to way out, but sometimes there is none.

Also, this song is for us purely symbolic meaning associated with the band’s name being dimension eleven – the point where everything starts and ends, the mysterious zero point.

Prog Sphere: Do you tend to follow any pre-defined patterns when composing a piece?

D11: Not really. We are coming with our ideas on rehearsals and jamming basically or someone brings some finished phrases already. We try not to fall into any patterns, although the issue of inspiring the bands such as Dreamscape, Dream Theater seems to be inevitable ;)

Prog Sphere: What is your method of songwriting?

D11: Very different. Some songs from the very beginning were created only basing on guitar, some are result of jams. Basically Bartek (guitar) is main songwriter here and he drives this topic very well, but all have good ideas and it’s quite common that one phrase will change when second instrument will join and so on.

Prog Sphere: How do you see your music evolving?

D11: For now we are about to record second SP in the end of this winter. Hopefully good drummer will join the band and we will be able to start the record of long play next year.

Prog Sphere: What advice would you give to other musicians, trying to make inspired music and get it out in the world?

D11: We would say: ‘never give up’. There is always someone in the end of the world who would like what you are doing. The key is to let them know about you.

Prog Sphere: What are you looking forward to?

D11: First of all, for publishing our SP haha… then next goal will be the second one. We are not looking too much ahead, because the life brings very surprising scenarios.