Owleye are a post-hardcore band from Denver. Their various influences help create a unique sound, which they fill to the brim with emotion – something fans love about their live show. Vocalist Tim took the time to answer my questions, talking about musical influences, the origin of their name and the most challenging song to play live.
Where did the band name come from?
The band name came from a saying of Knowledge is held within the eye of the beholder. We are all people that strive on gaining as much knowledge as we can during our time on earth and with that we are pretty open minded individuals. Owl’s represent knowledge and wisdom so there you get Owleye.
How did you all get together?
The original lineup was formed in 2013 with DJ (guitars), Frank (drums) and Brad (bass) discussing starting a band over free pie day at Village Inn (DJ loves pie). Then in 2015 I (Tim) joined the band after they had parted ways with their previous vocalist.
What inspired you to become musicians?
We all kind of just had the idea of being a musician when we were young. But like other musicians that inspired us to make this our path were Underoath, Haste The Day, Greeley Estates, and Chiodos.
Was that what you always wanted to do?
Oh absolutely, I sang in the choir during elementary school then always tried starting or finding bands to join but nothing ever really panned out for the long run until I met up with these dudes.
What song would you recommend to someone who hasn’t heard your music before?
I would say it would have to be our song ‘Knight To B7’, basically it is our favorite song to play live. It really shows just how bouncy we can be with a good combination of heavy and soft tones and emotions.
What artists influence you as a band? Who do you admire?
We really are inspired by Underoath, Saosin, Chiodos, Haste The Day, and Dance Gavin Dance.
Is there anyone you’d like to collaborate with?
If I could ever collaborate with Spencer Chamberlin from Underoath I would die a happy man, that dudes voice and writing is just incredible.
My Mum insists that in every interview I ask; what apps do you have on your phone and which one is your favourite?
Probably my most addicting and most used app would be the game Three’s. I literally get lost for hours in my phone making multiples of 3 (which is the whole point of the game).
Can we expect to see you playing shows in the UK anytime soon?
We have had some talks here and there so we are hoping some time in 2017.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Like right before our set I do my vocal warm-ups while stretching out because getting a cramp on stage is terrible. Then I have a cup of throatcoat tea, sing through “Fame Over Demise Acoustic” by Woe Is Me and whatever Mayday Parade song I have stuck in my head that day, then have 2 honey hauls within 5 minutes of going on stage.
What would you like to achieve through your music?
We just want to connect with people and bring together in a society being venues. Music is so great by being able to actually bring people together as opposed to almost everything else separating people.
To you, what is the most important part of a song?
I feel the overall production is the most important thing of every song, you can have the most talented band but have shitty recordings that withhold people from hearing their true talent. Another more specific part would be the chorus or hook of a song, the chorus is so crucial to the majority of music genres.
What do you think is the easiest and hardest part of a song to write?
I thing anything that is an effect is the easiest part to fill parts in post production. Once you have that solid foundation it is so easy for me to hear string parts, or like vocal effects and synths. The hardest part to writing a great song is transitions. Transitions are super essential to a great song and sometimes very difficult.
If you’re buying music, how would you do so: CD, vinyl or digital?
It depends on the music, some artists I will literally buy the cd, vinyl, and digital copies but I have to admit I’m a lazy person and buy my music digitally.
What is the most challenging song to play live?
I would say our song ‘Cycles’, it is just a really emotional song and still is tough to get through for just how much it means to all of us.
What’s your earliest musical memory?
My sister actually brought this to my attention the other day with some old tapes of us as kids and me at the age of like 7 singing and dancing to Michael Jackson in our living room haha.
What’s your fondest musical memory?
The EP release show we played for “No Wounds” really was an incredible night and gave us a glimpse of just how many people care about our music in our hometown and really lit the fire under our ass to start striving to make this our career.
Have you ever met an idol and freaked out about it?
We are about to work with Craig Owens for our first album and that first phone call with him I was low key freaking the fuck out while trying to be calm and as professional as possible.
What would be your dream tour?
The dram tour for me would be us opening for Chiodos, Underoath, and Silent Planet. That tour would be incredible.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Just keep at it and never give up on your dreams, it is super cliché to say but it is the most honest thing anyone can say as advice. Work hard and work harder to be the best person you can be and growing your craft.
Where would you be, ideally, in 5 years?
Traveling the world and still connecting with and making new fans.
I really enjoyed checking out their ‘No Wounds’ EP and recommend you give their music a listen. Follow them on social media to hear all the latest news about live shows and new music:
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