Hi, Dead Defined, and welcome to LiveTrigger Magazine! Let’s start by introducing your project: what does make it unique and where is based?
Hey guys, thanks for this opportunity! Dead Defined was formed in 2018 and is a Pop/Rock/Industrial project. It’s instrumentally written and sang by myself, Craig Ewan. It is produced and engineered by Mike Dmitrovic of Voodoo Records Canada. We’re based in Toronto, Ontario. It’s more or less an amalgamation of all my favorite styles of music-focused into one place.
How was your 2021 so far?
It has been a bit of a rough one as far as the ‘Live’ side of things, performance-wise. Canada has been under strict lockdown because of Covid, especially Ontario. We are now in the stages of reopening small businesses and concert venues. Thankfully I used this time to focus more on my studio writing, Social Media, and song promotion. I’ve been trying to release a song every 2-3 months to keep interested and promotion moving forward.
What’s the most exciting thing that happened to you recently?
I was a nominee for Music Video of the Year in the 20/21 OMA’s (Oshawa Music Awards).
One of my previous releases entitled ‘Lifeline’ was nominated for this award. Myself and my videographer Luke Camozzi of Camozzi Films were nominated as the music video portrays the dark side of Addiction. I’m a mental health advocate so I like to intertwine this into my music and visuals when writing and releasing a song. This video really seemed to resonate with a lot of people and for that I’m thankful.
Where do you get inspiration and how do you create your music?
My creative process can really be anything. Sometimes I pick up the guitar and just write, or start humming a hook in my head while on a walk. It can really start with anything. Luckily these days we all have cellphones, so it’s very easy to record those ideas on the fly. A lot of my successful ideas came from boredom, to be honest. If it’s a slow day at home or work and have nothing better to do I’ll just dick around with past recordings and splice some new ideas together that fit well. A lot of ideas come from in-studio collaboration with other artists or producers as well. That’s where it gets really fun.
Who are your favorite artists in your local scene?
Sadly I’m not too sure these days as it’s been such a break from reality and playing live shows or even attending in or around my area. I’ve had to gauge from online presence and interest.
How did they influence your style & sound?
As mentioned, I haven’t really followed any local artists however as far as major artists most come out subconsciously through writing music, but I’ll name a few of my favourites! I grew up listening to the late 90’s, early 2000’s commercial Hard Rock scene. American Hard Rock/NuMetal was a huge part of my musical influence, even if that doesn’t transpose to my own style of writing. I do take a few things here and their idea-wise, but try to compose music that’s more relevant for todays listener. Growing up it was bands like P.O.D., Sevendust, Staind, Korn, Creed, Alter Bridge, Nirvana etc. These days I’m all over the map when it comes to new music and ideas as it’s so easily accessible and easy to find daily. I listen to anything from Top 40, Country Rap to Chill Lo-fi and Instrumentals.
What’s the best live music show you’ve seen recently?
As mentioned previously, since Covid has shutdown our industry in Canada for quite some time I haven’t been able to attend any live concerts within the last year and a bit. But as far as ‘Live’ online concerts go I have watched ‘Sevendust’ and ‘Love and Death’ on their live streams. Definitely not the same experience as real live music but ay least it’s something ha.
What is your best and your worst memory on the road?
Do you want the Pg-13 versions or, ha? I’ve had many ups and downs while travelling from gig to gig. I do however remember an awesome gig I once had. One of my most memorable gigs was with a previous band of mine years ago. Sadly the club doesn’t exist anymore, but it was a 2 stage venue. One small stage floor room which was kind of hidden away at the back of the club and one larger stage which was the main stage. This story is a bit of an ego booster haha My band was booked to play the smaller stage of the 2 in the back of the club. There were also bands playing on the main stage that night as well. From what I remember as our set got underway was the room starting to just fill up with more and more people until they couldn’t let anyone else in. Apparently as us and another band on the main stage started playing, a promoter that was watching their gig popped in to see ours and I guess really liked us so he stole the crowd from the main stage and funneled them into our gig. Haha. It was a real ‘Rockstar’ moment for us all at the time as we mainly depended on foot traffic and word of mouth to drive ticket sales as social media wasn’t even a thing at that time. Quite a memorable one.
What do you think about Livetrigger?
I think it’s a great website with tons of resources for bands! The industry really needs something like this for us independent artists. It’s hard these days to find gigs and venues and for who to contact to book shows. I’m just new to the platform but hoping it will help me out in the near future when live shows come back to life in my area!
How can our readers follow you on social media?
I’m on pretty much every type of social media there is these days ha. Thanks so much for the chat, Much Love!
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