Dear readers, we are pleased to offer you in this article an interview with an American band that offers a mixture of Post-Rock and Ambient. We welcome The Color Of Cyan.
Hello, how are you?
Edu: “Great, thanks for having us.“
Your sound incorporates elements of Post-Rock Metal, where does your passion for these sounds come from?
Edu: “Lots of influences from both metal and non-metal artists, really. But thinking specifically on the heavier side, I grew up listening to bands like Slayer, Megadeth, and Sepultura, which opened the door to bands like Death, Amorphis, and At the Gates. I’m still a big fan of them. I got my first electric guitar around middle school and started jamming with a few good friends right after. We played those cassettes over and over, trying to figure out and learn those riffs, hehe.“
In September, your album ‘Egress’ will be released, how would you describe this work?
Edu: “Cyan’s music is very personal. I want each record to feel like a moment in life, not only from our lives but also for anyone listening. The overall theme in Egress is about what I believe is the most precious thing we all have to give, which is time. Time to learn and to feel. Time is the ultimate love language. I wanted energy traveling from one song to the next, like waves in the ocean.“
The tracks are intense and full of orchestral parts, how does the creative process of your music take
Edu: “Most of the time, I start exploring and experimenting with interesting chords, searching for melodies and conflicts in them. I edit and re-edit constantly, trying several takes, multiple sounds, different melodies, etc. It needs to entice me. It does take me some time, hehe. When I find progressions that help me visualize the song themes, I write them and record demos for the rest of the band. The demos are usually far along in structure to give them a clear roadmap. They take my compositions and work on their parts. They are very talented; they push the songs to the next level, sometimes to places I wasn’t expecting, which I truly value. Although, I still make room to improvise during the final recording sessions. I treasure the dynamics and how we communicate and push each other during the sessions.“
You have just released the first single, will other tracks from the album be released?
Edu: “Yes, we’ll release the song “When Autumn” as a single before the full album is out. A pretty aggressive track when compared to the rest of the album. Upbeat, epic melodies. It’s a lot of fun to play.“
Many of your fans and our readers wonder if there will be a chance to hear your music live, do you have any plans in this regard?
Edu: “Absolutely, I can’t wait. We are currently planning a few shows before the end of the year.
Unfortunately, we have to plan them quite in advance as most of us have other commitments or
are touring with other projects.“
This will be your second studio album, how has your sound evolved over the years?
Edu: “Technically speaking, Egress introduces more delicate layerings, playing with chord tensions, dissonance, and experimentation. The sound quality of the electric guitars got slightly crispier. We also added a string quartet, and their parts take more presence in the overall output than in “Agape,” which had just one cello and one violin. We mixed the album with Greg Norman (Russian Circles, Godspeed!) at Electrical Audio in Chicago.“
The American music scene has always been one of the most active in the world, since the 1960s/70s, how would you describe the modern scene in your country?
Edu: “The scene here will always be fertile ground for many talented metal bands. The media, distribution channels, and ways to promote is what keeps changing. That said, it feels like it’s ramping up again, with many new festivals, venues, and digital and social outlets. There’s also a great camaraderie between bands. We haven’t lost that.“
Music is constantly evolving, how do you see your genre in the future?
Edu: “The beauty of anything post is the rawness of its language and that, for most acts, the expectations are different. That gives the genre card blanche to experiment, keep it interesting, and reexamine its boundaries in the future. It’s a healthy genre with a niche but supportive audience. Like in other industries, new technologies will bring new tools and new blood, which could take the genre into unexplored territories, but projects like ours, where we keep it pretty much to the core in terms of instrumentation, will continue by pushing ideas through its musical arrangements and relatable emotions.“
Do you have any other passions or artistic activities outside of music?
Edu: “I also write and direct films and commercials. I guess there’s some synergy between my music and visual work. It’s all storytelling at the end. For example, I directed both “Agape” and “And One Will Fall” music videos from our previous album.“
What advice would you give to young artists approaching music in a more elaborate genre such as yours?
Edu: “Don’t be afraid and enjoy the process. The process is where you’ll spend most of the time. Make sure it is honestly speaking to you first.“
I thank the band for the interview and wish them all the best for the continuation of their artistic career.
Edu: “Thanks so much. I appreciate the time. It was a pleasure.“