Florida natives Abiotic (hailing from Miami, Florida) recently gave me the opportunity for another interview! But, this time, with the new members (drummer) Aaron Stechauner and (vocalist) Dickie Allen!
Abiotic is a Technical Death Metal band that stroke the underground Metal community with their EP "A Universal Plague" and their music video "Vermosapien". Abiotic's music signaled the attention of Metalblade Records and perked up ears of executives who soon thereafter were signed. They came out with their full length album "Symbiosis" In October of last year (2012).
Q: Firstly, thank you for taking the time to answer these questions for me! How has it been on the road lately with all of these amazing Metal bands such as: Dying Fetus, Waking The Cadaver, Exhumed, Rivers of Nihil, Wretched, Allegaeon, etc?
A: Not a problem! Being on the road with such amazing, like minded bands and musicians has been a humbling experience, to say the least. We've formed some very strong bonds with a lot of these guys, so not only have we gotten to play awesome shows with incredible bands, but we've been able to make some life long friends in the process.
Q: Two members recently split from the band, the drummer and the vocalist (Andres and Ray) and you gained a new drummer and a new vocalist (Aaron and Dickie). Can you tell me the story behind it and the transition it has been to quickly get the drummer on speed of your songs and go straight to touring on the road? Were there any conflicts and resolutions? Or was it a mutual understanding and just time to move on? And how is Aaron and Dickie conforming to everything?
A: Having Aaron and Dickie come into the band is the best thing that could've have happened to us at this point in our career. Decisions were made by both parties and I feel like Abiotic as a whole has never been stronger. Aaron flew in from California and had most of our set learned even before he arrived. He's a hard working, dedicated, and talented individual, which you all will be able to see/hear on our next record! Ray decided to part ways with the band and that gave us an opportunity to bring Dickie into the mix. Dickie is a vocalist that I have been following personally for some time in the Florida scene and I have always wanted to work with him. He's been a fan of the band since before we even got signed, so this was a natural transitions for both him and us. Adding Dickie talent and range into the mix of things will just make this next record even more devastating.
Q: What was the best tour you've been on recently? Why?
A: The best tour I've been on would have to be this last run we did with Dying Fetus, Exhumed, Waking the Cadaver, and River of Nihil. We learned so much from the death metal legends in Dying Fetus on that run and we can't thank them enough for taking us out. The shows were all incredible. We played to more people, consecutively, than we ever have before and we were finally able to venture into the beautiful country of Canada. Over all it was an amazing experience and we'd love to tour with all of those bands again soon!
Q: What was the best show you have been to recently? Why?
A: Being on the road so much, I don't get to attend a lot of shows as just a show goer, but I saw The Contortionist earlier this year and they really blew my mind. Really cool dudes and spectacular musicians. Always a pleasure to watch.
Q: Are there any cities and countries you haven't been to and would like to go to?
A: There are probably thousands of them, but right now I'd love to hit Europe, Japan, and Australia.
Q: What are your inspirations with Abiotic and just in general music inspirations?
A: With Abiotic my inspirations vary because we all like to try and fuse together our favorite parts of all types of different genres into our music. My personal inspirations range from flamenco guitar players like Vicente Amigo, fusion/shred guitar players like Guthrie Govan, and more neo-classical players like Vinnie Moore. In the death metal and proggy-er genres, bands like Necrophagist, Cynic, Obscura, Wretched, Opeth, Death, Fleshwrought, The Faceless, The Contortionist, and more are huge influences on me.
Q: Where do you come up with your lyrics in your music?
A: Our vocalist usually handles those duties and he's hard at work on our upcoming album!
Q: Some fans say Abiotic wrong, how do you as a band pronounce Abiotic?
A: Phonetically, it'd be pronounced "Ay-bye-aw-tick." But that's just how we pronounce it. No real wrong way to say it, I suppose.
Q: When Abiotic first started out, did you all as a band ever think you would make it this far in 2013 to where you are now?
A: Definitely not. It was always the goal we had in mind, but never did we imagine that it would happen so quickly. I never saw myself on tour with Dying Fetus 2 years ago.
Q: Do you have any news for an upcoming album?
A: Nothing we can talk too much about just yet, but we're about 7 songs into the writing process and can't wait to show everyone all of our new material!
Q: Anything else you would like to say to your fans?
A: Thank you all so much for your incredible support. Without you all, we would not be able to do what we love to do. You have my sincerest gratitude. Keep an eye out for our sophomore album and be sure to catch us on our upcoming headliner in December!
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