by Danielle Holian

Where did the band’s name “Dream Awake” originate from?

The name originates partly from the song title by an influential Australian band called Northlane, but mainly around the meaning of the name and our goals as a band. We hope to live our dream of being a band through music. We want to become the dream, create our own future in real life and embrace it. It also represents the atmospheric aspect of our music which is a major part of it and anyone who listens to our music will feel a connection to that.

How and when did you get into music?

We’ve all been heavily into music from a very young age. Throughout our teenage years, we became friends through music, listening to the same style that not many other people were really interested in. We also attended countless gigs together and saw what music can become through other bands’ performances. This is when we knew music was the path we wanted to follow.

Why did you choose Melodic Post-Hardcore as your genre?

Melodic Post-Hardcore is a vague term we use to describe how we sound as it is different and doesn’t limit us to expand our musical horizons. We’ve always had an interest in heavy music and this is the direction we’ve always wanted to go as it’s a similar style to the bands we listen to and are inspired by. However, the melodic and atmospheric side of our music gives it a sense of emotion and meaning behind what we write.

Who or what are your influences?

We tend to take a lot of influence from other artists and bands that showcase passion and themes, while sticking to and progressing their musical style. We take this inspiration and create our own unique ideas that present our own meaningful themes. This can also include the work ethic, attitude and aspirations we have. The smallest seed of a thought can present bold possibilities and entire musical ideas.

How has being from Northern Ireland shaped your music?

Being from Northern Ireland is difficult as a band as there isn’t as much exposure as places like the mainland UK, America or Australia. Musically we tend to stray from the type of bands that regularly come from here but this has helped us stand out in a positive way. We don’t want the fact that we are from a small country like Northern Ireland to be a hindrance and deter people from listening to us as we want to be recognised for the music. There is a lot of talent here and that is starting to be recognised with bands like ‘Making Monsters’ breaking into the scene so we know we can do the same.

Can you describe your music-making process? And who or what inspires you to write songs?

Our music making process usually begins with an idea that isn’t necessarily musical. I personally think of a message I want to inspire in a themed manner and start writing guitar and melody that fits the idea sonically. We then develop this as a full band. Moments in time, amazing places and other music inspires us to write our own.

How has your music evolved since you began?

Comparing our first single to the music we are writing now and everything in between, we have matured musically and we are beginning to find our own sound. This has all came from experience and developing ourselves.

Where can someone view your music?

All of our music is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and all other online music download websites worldwide. We also have music videos on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/dreamawakeofficial

Do you have any gigs coming up?

Yes, our next show is a support slot with Napoleon in Liverpool which we are stoked about! Then we are going on tour in August, playing 6 dates around Ireland with our mates in Heel Of Achilles. We would encourage everyone to come out to a show if they can.

What has been a highlight for you so far?

A highlight for us so far would have to be getting the support slot for Napoleon. It will be our biggest show to date and a huge opportunity. We are honoured to be sharing the stage with these guys!

Any last words?

We would just like to thank yourself for the interview and everyone who has supported us thus far and to continue helping ‘Dream Awake’ become something great. We appreciate every opportunity we are presented with and encourage everyone to come out to a show and give us a listen.

Check us out on all social media including Facebook at facebook.com/dreamawakeofficial