Heyoka’s Mirror is a progressive metal trio from Canada who has just released its debut EP “Loss of Contact with Reality.” Over the course of my time writing for this and other websites, I’ve come into many interesting and unique acts. I can certainly say that Heyoka’s Mirror are creating a very interesting progressive metal, which is often mixed with other different styles such as classic Power / Heavy Metal, Modern Metal and Opera.
The three dudes in Heyoka’s Mirror — Andrew Balboa, Omar Sultan and Bayan Sharafi — answered my questionnaire about the EP, touring, and more.
Alright, first thing is first. Before we dive into all the music stuff, how’s life?
HM: Life is good and life is cold right now. Today (Dec. 30th) is -27C but it feels -40C with the wind chill. So yeah… But life is great right now!
Speaking of new music, you have an EP. What can people expect from “Loss of Contact with Reality”?
Bayan: People can expect a musical adventure.
Andrew: We’ve had a few reviews from other magazines and everyone is getting pretty confused hahaha. People love it but they say they have never heard anything like this before. So….. expect something new.
Omar: Even if you don’t like heavy music or prog music.. try it! This will be a great introduction for you.
What was it like working on the EP?
Andrew: It was fun! It took nine months to write the three songs, and recording took ten months. We all have full time jobs so, finding the time to write and record was a bit challenging. But the overall process was really fun!
Are there any touring plans in support to “Loss of Contact with Reality”?
Omar: We would like something short to start… Three or five cities, nothing big because our main focus right now is to record the full album.
While we are on the subject of touring, what countries would you love to tour?
HM: Japan, Germany, Brazil, Russia and the States of course!
What other genres of music do you listen to? Have any of the other genres you listen to had any impact on your playing?
Omar: Hard rock! I grew up listening to hard rock and that’s the reason why I started playing when I was 16. It made my playing very musical.
Bayan: Funk! A lot of 80’s and 90’s music like Tom Jones and The Bee Gees. And it has changed the way I feel groove.
Andrew: I listen to a lot of jazz, classical… everything! Even J-Pop! … Japanese pop is beautifully composed.
I really appreciate you giving us your time today. Is there anything else you would like to tell us and the fans before we wrap things up?
Omar: Get the EP, listen to it with headphones. find the time to really pay attention to it, give it a chance and you’ll love it!
Andrew: I think that you have to listen to it a few times, you can’t just listen to it once; if you do, you’ll think it’s just another “wanna be prog album”. Listen to it a few times and you’ll discover really interesting things.
HM: Thank you very much for interviewing us!
“Loss of Contact with Reality” is available as digital download and CD directly from the band, here.