What’s the story behind STEALING AXION? According to the promo sheets, you guys started out as three guitarists working on riffs together.
We did start out as three guitarists, but as we became more mature as a group and found out what we needed, we decided it was better to have a permenant bassist. Luckily it didn't change any of the writing or recording process, so internally, nothing really changed.
You’ve managed to get a label deal in just three years. How? More specifically: what channels/media did you use to spread the word?
I think it was a combination of we were writing music that people really liked and were in the right place at the right time. We recorded our EP as well as our album with Acle Kahney of Tesseract, and Century Media heard it and contacted us. It really was a dream come true.
What was working with Acle Kahney like?
Pretty amazing. Acle really made our album sound like it did in our dreams. He's very good at what he does, and is very personable. He was very willing to work with every little thing we wanted to do. He also put his own created touch on the album in a very friendly, non intrusive way. Very cool experience.
Was writing and recording the album very different from writing and recording your EP?
Actually, the album was pretty much written and recorded at the same time. We like to work together while recording parts to chance/enhance certain parts, so everything really comes out together as cohesive as possible.
Which bands influenced your music and/or playing style?
I think we all have the same core of the same bands who influenced us. Classic prog groups like Yes, Rush, Camel, Gentle Giant etc. Heavier groups like Opeth, Dream Theater, Meshuggah. Individually we have tons of different influences from Elton John, to Philip Glass, to Imogen Heap, we try not to be boring.
How do you react when people call STEALING AXION djent? Do you think that’s a legitimate genre or rather a fad with a hip label?
It's not something that concerns us. It's not a title that we embrace. People have the freedom to call us whatever they like, and people tend to pigeonhole music into the most nitpicky genre specifications these days. The bottom line is that we're more concerned with making music than deciding what to call it.
Now that the album is out, what’s up next for STEALING AXION?
As far as we're concerned, touring. Lots and lots of touring.
Will we get to see you in Austria anytime soon?
We have a show scheduled in Austria on November 12th. Hope to see you there!
Anything you¹d like to tell our readers?
We're on the Euroblast Tour so come check us out! Keep your eyes peeled for more tour announcements! Check us out on Facebook too! Thanks for reading!