INTERVIEW: Stephanie Stevens talks with Dallas, TX band EMPIIRES about their new song "Through The Flames", how they pick subject matter for their songs, how they coped during Covid and MORE! - READ IT HERE
BY STEPHANIE STEVENS
Dallas, TX hard hitting, hard rocking, energy driven sensation EMPIIRES is coming in strong with the bands latest single and video for THROUGH THE FLAMES. Fire riffs, hooks that pull you in with ease and the catchy melodic nature that slides in and out of the track just confirms these guys are going to be excelling in the music community in no time.
They are putting excitement back into the game of music bringing a unique approach of blending modern metal and hard rock soundscapes with groovy melody and ear catching choruses with dynamic and killer guitars that will pull you in and you will be content to stay and enjoy.
I had a chance to ask the guys about how the band became, what the process is for songwriting and found out some fun facts about the members. Enjoy!
Q: I’m so excited to have you guys a part of the East Coast Romper, I pride myself in helping people get to know up n coming bands and you guys have such catchy, high energy and relatable sound that I can’t wait to promote the hell out of you. So on that note tell me How EMPIIRES became a band and what each member brings into the overall sound of the band?
A: We all knew each other and have worked together in some capacity prior to this band. We started talking about writing and that led to working on some ideas. The next thing you know, we’re making demos. Each member of the band has their own strengths but I think it’s the chemistry of the four of us together that makes it work.
Q: Being from Dallas, TX how has that inspired you guys as musicians and just your look into the world of art in general?
A: There are lots of rock and metal bands from Texas so it’s an inspiring environment to be in as a band.
Q: You have a special spelling for your band name; can you tell me the reasoning and what the band name means to you?
A: We were looking for something to make the name stand out. Our graphic artist friend showed us a couple of logos with this spelling and thought that looked cool.
Q: Your newest single THROUGH THE FLAMES is addicting. I have had it on repeat since I got introduced to it. How was the writing process for it? And was it a fun song to write because the sound makes me feel like it was a hi-energy and a lot of positivity when it was all coming together?
A: Thanks for checking it out, it’s always great to hear someone tell you that they connected with our song. We did have a good time writing it! The riff and the lyrics worked well together live and we were hoping that would translate in the recording process.
Q: Along with the track being just badass, the lyrical content shines with overcoming obstacles in life. How do you guys pick subject matter to write about and with a song like this does it feel cathartic when it's written and you listen to what you came up with?
A: The lyrics and the story just kind of wrote itself about fighting through adversity. We were thinking most people could identify with the feeling of going through tough situations.
Q: If you could look back on any song the band has written and take a lyrical line you're proudest of that you wrote; what song would it be from and what is the line?
A: I think we’re really proud of the chorus in "Through the Flames." It tells the story of why we can’t walk away from situations even when they are really tough.
Q: Another single you guys released prior to this new one is a song called LOVE OR HATE a darker side of the band, do you guys pride yourself on being diverse in your sound and if so how do you know when to pump the brakes about being overly diverse you should be in that aspect or does it not matter?
A: We’re always trying to write the best song that we can and not repeat ourselves. We write a lot of different songs and see which ones make it through the process that a band goes through with new material. It’s kind of like a dating show, the ones that stick around make it!
Q: In your opinion what makes you really go insane? Love OR hate?
A: I think they both come with their own level of insanity, just depends on what part of the process they’re in!
Q: With the singles doing well have you guys thought about releasing a full album or EP or do you feel that singles are the way to go in this day and age of rock music?
A: We’re thinking about creating some type of package once we have enough singles to put that together. Whatever format that’s on, we just want to make our music available to the listener.
Q: Mentally how did you guys deal with the chaos we all endured the last year and half and how does it feel that Life for the music world is slowly coming back to normal?
A: We dealt with it by focusing on writing and recording. We knew things would get back to normal at some point and wanted to be prepared as a band to go out there and kick some ass when it did.
Q: Have you spoken about touring and if so any hints or info you can share with the public?
A: We’ve been playing shows and talking about doing some touring. We’re just looking for the right situation and will probably have something put together for this fall. Looking forward to getting back out there on that level!
Q: What is one thing about live shows you feel will be the hardest to get the rust off personally for you?
A: Pacing ourselves and not getting too excited from the beginning of the show. That was the hardest thing about our first few shows. We’re ready to go out there and slay it because we’re excited about what we have to deliver.
Q:Three fun facts that people may not know about the band or band members you would love to share?
A: We worked on a TV show together. Toured in other bands together. Have written and recorded together for film and television.
Q: What inspires you guys when you think about the fans of EMPIIRES and has there been one highlight from a fan interaction that stands out for you?
A: When anyone tells you they identify or connect with your music, that’s really cool. Probably the best ones are when people tell you that they put on your music for workout motivation or deal with a tough day.
Q: Anything I missed touching upon you guys are working on you want to share before we end this? (Plus I just want to wish you all the best of luck, you have something really motivating and powerful in these tracks I heard?
A: We’re working on a video for our next single release, looking forward to that and playing more shows! We want to thank everyone who helped us put out our music and the people listening. Thank you all!
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