Eric Azure from Design The Skyline recently spoke with Patrick Walford on his radio show, Rock The Walls. Check out what Azure has to say on the recent firing of their bass player, being a signed band and everything else going on in their world.
Patrick Walford: Eric, it’s been a couple months since you guys recorded your debut album, how does it feel to finally get it out?
Eric Azure: It feels overwhelming, just amazing. We feel very positive, on a whole nother level now as musicians, and we’re really looking toward the future. Things are looking very good for us.
Just before the album was released on Tuesday, you guys kicked out your bassist Ethan White. With that, obviously Ethan has come out on the internet and said what he has to say. As far as your perspective, what was really the decision behind that?
We had been considering kicking him out for a couple months, but at first we really didn’t think it was necessary, so we kind of let it pass. But it really began to show that he wasn’t really contributing as much to the band as we were. His writing just wasn’t on the same level as us, he wasn’t contributing as much as we were, or showing his dedication to want to practice and know what’s going on with the band. He was always the one that wasn’t there with us, for whatever reason he was off doing his own thing.
We really felt that by replacing him, we could bring in someone more experienced, to really serve a bit more and provide our band with another head that would aid us in our compositions and overall energy as a signed band. We didn’t feel he was on the same level as we were as musicians.
Obviously with touring and high school and that kind of stuff, that was probably a factor as well.
Yeah, that was a factor too, and we were also thinking about any problems that could come up while we’re on tour, such as him being 16 and not being old enough to get into certain places. He really has a lot of potential and he’s a really cool guy, but he just wasn’t ready for this right now. We had to make a decision for the benefit of the whole band.
As far as it goes with the feedback so far, in the months leading up to the release, you’ve seen these people talk about how shitty your band is based off one single song. To see that and now coming out with the album and seeing the positive fan reaction, what’s it really been like for you guys over these past few months?
Most people think that we’re just losing our minds and going crazy, but I’ve really been calm and content in these past few months. Our music getting out there, and these releases, are more than I could’ve ever imagined. It’s really boosted my confidence to another level, as well as the rest of the band.
Taking things back to the start for you guys, how exactly did it come to the point where Victory Records showed interest in your band? What kind of a process was it in order for you guys to get signed?
The process differed from most situations; there was a pretty short time span, which made things pretty crazy. It took a lot of dedication and effort on our part. As for when Victory came into play, that was after we put out our music video for “Surrounded by Silence,” which got about 20,000 views within a week or so and they thought that was really impressive, and they dug the music themselves. So they instantly got in contact with us to do a showcase up there and we hit them up right away.
Just to give people an idea of how new your band is, exactly when was it that you guys started the band?
The band has only been the full lineup of Design the Skyline as of April 2010. Before that, we were in smaller projects, but those were not the same as DTS.
It’s no secret that you guys have had a lot of hate towards you on the internet over these past couple months leading up to the release. As far as it went with you guys and seeing the feedback of that first song you guys released and leading up to the point where you went to record the debut for Victory, what kind of direction did you really want to take going into the studio?
We wanted our sound and look to really get out there, so in order to do that, we wanted to make it as crazy and unique as we possibly could. The direction was very much a blend of a lot of influences that we take from modern bands, and old bands too, but still keep it fresh. It was pretty complicated at times, having such a unique sound.
We were pretty sketchy about how people were gonna react to it. Like, they’re either gonna think it’s really amazing, or think it’s absolutely terrible, or somewhere in between. But we really felt we had something different than what most bands were currently doing that would really stick out there. And along with the music video, which was also different, adding different sceneries and stuff, the overall goal was just to make something really out there, and that’s what we did. We’re proud of that.
Coming up with a sound that’s gonna catch people by attention, do you almost feel that at this point in time, in the music scene with some of the bands that are out there right now, that that’s what it takes to get a label’s attention? Because there are so many bands from the local level trying to make it big, but all they’re doing is trying to sound exactly the same as all the other signed bands.
Yeah, definitely. That’s what I noticed; that’s what we all noticed from a lot of the bands that were trying to get signed. That’s why we tried so hard to be something different, that people could remember easier. There needs to be more bands that are trying to get out of that “normal” mold that everyone’s used to, because it won’t get you remembered, which is what we want to be.
Is that why you think you remained so calm and cool over the past few months, knowing that initially when you released that song, that there might be a bit of a backlash just because of the way it sounded?
Yeah, totally. I completely understand how modern society is typically pretty close-minded about differences of such magnitude. I was totally prepared, totally saw it coming. There’s so much hate, there’s always people fighting about many different things, so I knew there was gonna be quite a bit of hate, not only about the sounds we were bringing, but also the look and the music video.
Combined with the whole situation of us barely being a band and getting signed to such a well-known label in such a short time, all those factors stirred up so much hate because it was all so different and strange. None of it caught me off guard in any way, and I’m really happy with the way things are going.
Thanks a lot for joining me today. I really appreciate it.