After debuting with a cover of Nightwish’s “Slaying the Dreamer,” Russian symphonic metal band Dreamsense have just released a new single — “Glasswall.” The single is taken from the band’s upcoming album which is due in the first months of 2019.
We spoke with guitarist Ilya Dykin and singer George Ognev.
Hello! Thanks for responding to this interview. How have you guys been lately?
Ilya Dykin (guitars): We’ve been really busy with recording of our debut album, I really hope we will finish it soon!
George Ognev (vocals): Almost all the free time we spend in the process of recording the album. It remains a little bit and soon we will be able to present it.
How might you introduce yourselves to new potential listeners?
Ilya Dykin (guitars): Solid metal carcass, wrapped in orchestral arrangement
What inspired the name of the band — Dreamsense?
George Ognev (vocals): Every person during his life has feelings through which he perceives the world around. And dreams, the embodiment of which he seeks. Dreamsense is when feelings and dreams come together and you can feel your dreams.
How did Dreamsense initially form as a creative unit?
George Ognev (vocals): Many things led to this. If in short – the life of each of us has determined our tastes and the direction in which each of us wants to move. In the band it was decided from the very beginning not to drive oneself into frames and format. Everyone does what he love and we do it together.
You have just launched a new single. Where did the inspiration for “Glasswall” come from and how did you go about the whole process of writing and recording it?
George Ognev (vocals): This song appeared as a cry of the soul. Naturally, the history of its creation based on personal experience, the pain of disappointment and the understanding that if you do not change anything, you can forever get stuck in despair. If there’s a wall on your way – you have to move and destroy it. Even if it hurts.
Originally the song was just a stream of thoughts in notes on the phone. But when Ilya sent the main guitar riff (4 of its stroke) immediately it became clear that all of the text in the notes starts to turn into lyrics. Line by line they were formed, guided by the melody. And the song was born. It’s not difficult to write a song – it’s much more difficult to record it in the Studio. But apparently we did it
What can listeners expect from “Glasswall” and Dreamsense in general?
George Ognev (vocals): Pure and undisguised emotions. In general, all our material – frank and honest stories from our lives. I think many listeners will be able to find something close and dear to themselves in our songs.
What’s your songwriting process like?
George Ognev (vocals): It’s very unpredictable, actually. This process is always different. Sometimes a melody appears and then lyrics, sometimes Vice versa. Most often (as with “Glasswall”), Ilya send a guitar riff and I write lyrics, or I already have lyrics and put them into the riff.
Ilya Dykin (guitars): I send musical ideas to George (our vocalist) and after that we choose the best of them and turn them into songs.
What are your ultimate hopes for Dreamsense? Do you have any bigger plans for the future?
George Ognev (vocals): Our plans: not to stop and create further! To write music, make videos and delight our listeners. Play live shows.
As for the biggest hopes, and these are dreams – to play seven days sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, thus completing the tour, during which we will play in every corner of our planet
The last words are yours.
George Ognev (vocals): Don’s stop dreaming! And listen to Dreamsense.
“Glasswall” is available now from iTunes.