Interview with Guitarist Dreamer of Kissing Candice

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By Mick Michaels

COSMICK VIEW: Hello, Dreamer! Welcome to The Cosmick View. Thank you for taking some time out of your day to chat with me, it's greatly appreciated.

Dreamer:  Thanks so much for having me!  Pleasure to be here.

CV: Do you feel Heavy Metal music in general is viewed differently by fans in Europe compared to fans elsewhere, especially in America, and if so why?
Dreamer:  ABSOLUTELY.  All you need to do is talk to anyone who’s either toured, played or even been overseas in Europe to get an instant taste of the feeling.  It’s much more passionate, and I’ll even say protected.  I guess what I’m saying is it’s treasured and appreciated more in Europe, as opposed to here.

CV: What do you feel makes Heavy Metal music so alluring to the fans? What is it about the music that personally resonates so strongly with you?
Dreamer:  It’s totally infectious.  It’s a brotherhood…an arm around the shoulder and singing with strangers.  There’s no other kind of music and culture that’s like this.  You have a group of like-minded people who live in this totally proud group and celebrate together.  Combine that with a “take no prisoners” attitude and you have it.   That’s what made it so alluring for me.  The fact that it’s counterculture, but you can relate to a lot of others who think the same is amazing. There’s a big middle finger aimed at the general public’s idea of what music and culture are, oh yea and the imagery… need I say more?

CV: Has Metal splintered into too many sub-genres in your opinion, thus, making it harder for newer bands to actually classify themselves as one style over another?  Is it confusing for fans as well?
Dreamer:  I personally don’t think so.  I think whenever people are passionate about things; they tend to put it under the microscope a bit more. You can see this many other things, but at the end of the day it’s all metal and the sub-genres are just like a flavor that you’re looking for specifically.

CV: How would you describe the current state of the music business considering we are now living in a COVID aware, and maybe even feared world? Have things drastically changed long-term for artists and bands given the recent pandemic? What are your thoughts?
Dreamer:  It flat out sucks.  We haven’t been on the road in way too long and it’s taking its toll on everyone in different ways.  I personally have struggled to stay creative and pushing forward, when it seems there’s no end in sight.

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CV: What do you feel makes Kissing Candice and its particular approach to songwriting work? What keeps the band together and making music?
Dreamer: It’s a total collaborative and exciting process.  I usually have most of the skeletons of the songs, whether it’s lyrics or music ahead of time before entering the studio. Then we discuss with other members on ideas and our producers input as well.  Things come to a head and try to put it all in a big mixing pot with some type of input from all members.

CV: On a more global view, how do you see Kissing Candice’s music and songwriting separating itself from just being another Heavy Metal act?  
Dreamer:  I can say for me personally, it’s always focused on groove and feel.  If you can make someone’s head move or get them to move in general, you really have something.  The rest are all accoutrements.

CV: Can an artist truly be unique? Some would argue there is no such thing as being unique; that it’s nothing more than a compounding of influences making an artist who or what they are. Would this then say that artists today are destined to be just copies of those who have already come to pass?
Dreamer:  I definitely think you can be unique.  Sure, lots of stuff has been done before or in the same vain, but it’s the personality or attitude that can really differentiate.

CV: Are there life lessons to learn being in a Heavy Metal band that you feel cannot be taught elsewhere? If so, what are they?
Dreamer:  How much time you got? HA! I have learned so much more from touring in a metal band, than anywhere else.  You learn to be self-sufficient and individual, with respect, but also to get along and a sense of community.  

CV: What do you feel makes someone a “rock star”? Does being a rock star automatically make one iconic or are the two completely different in your opinion?
Dreamer:  It’s all how you present yourself and how you interact with everyone. I know plenty of people with a rockstar mentality or attitude that shouldn’t (lol) and the opposite goes as well.  But every once in awhile, you get the right combination and it works.

CV: What's next for Kissing Candice? What can fans expect to see coming as the world looks to surmount a new normal laced with a load of restrictions?
Dreamer:  New videos and singles, and a new record.  We hope this all clears up soon and get on the road and tour on all this new music.

CV: Thank you again Dreamer for spending some time talking and sharing with our readers. It was a pleasure. I wish you all the best and continued success.
Dreamer:  Thanks for having me and was a pleasure! 

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