Dream The Electric Sleep are a progressive rock band from Lexington, KY.
Formed in 2009, guitarist/vocalist Matt Page and drummer Joey Waters recruited bassist Chris Tackett (formerly of Hyatari and Chum). The trio spent the following two years developing a unique sound characterized by an eclectic blend of influences. Although primarily rooted in progressive rock, the band employs elements of classical, folk, doom, psychedelic and pop. In early 2014, guitarist Andrew Hibpshman was introduced to reinforce the band’s live sound.
The band appeared on Progstravaganza XIX: Convergence and Matt Page answered our standard Progstravaganza Questionnaire.
How did you come to do what you do?
Matt Page: Art and music have been always been a part of my life. I spent most of my youth drawing, then around 12 I picked up a guitar. I always knew I wanted to live a life filled with creative practices, and fortunately I have been able to maintain both music and art.
What is your first musical memory?
Matt Page: I was 3 years old singing “ohoh here she comes, watch out boy she’ll chew you up, ohoh here she comes, she’s a man eater”.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Matt Page: I look for cultural narratives that move me personally but that also speak to larger social concerns. DTES’s first album, Lost and Gone Forever, dealt with issues surrounding coal mining, family, energy, desire, and fear and was based in part on the region the band is from as well as the documentary, Harlan County USA. Our second album, Heretics, looks at the suffragette movement and the difficult path individuals walk when standing up for something they believe in.
What message does the song on our Progstravaganza compilation carry?
Matt Page: Matt Page: The song, “Elizabeth”, is in the beginning of the album, Heretics, and introduces us to Elizabeth, a woman living within the traditional ascribed gender and social roles of the early 1900’s but who is beginning to challenge those roles and dream of a better future.
Do you tend to follow any pre-defined patterns when composing a piece?
Matt Page: We usually don’t have a pre-defined way of writing, but rather compose works based on a mood we are trying to create, and what the narrative calls for.
What is your method of songwriting?
Matt Page: We generally have a small snippet of music or rhythmic idea and start building from there. We record the parts and I start working in vocals. We then listen back to what’s been recorded, then we rearrange things, add new parts and rerecord the song, then repeat until we have something we like.
How do you see your music evolving?
Matt Page: I think we will begin trying new compositional styles and new sonic tones.
What advice would you give to other musicians, trying to make inspired music and get it out in the world?
Matt Page: Start with what you love. Make music you want to listen to. Find an audience that cares about what you are doing.
What are you looking forward to?
Matt Page: Playing Night of the Prog 2014 in Germany this July, then getting back and starting to write the next album.
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