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Interview: The Dye
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Bruno - I loved listening to music more than anything throughout my life growing up listening to The Beatles, Vivaldi and The Doors. I went to Coachella and then started playing guitar after I saw Radiohead and The Cure. I realized I had to play music as I wasn't going to find anything that would bring me as much joy. I would be a writer as the thrill of making music for me is about inventing and creating stories. I'm a storyteller.
Eudora - I grew up singing in the choir while listening to mostly rock n roll and Jazz..artists like Elvis, Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald. I became immersed in the world of dance and how rhythmic movement connects to sound. The trance-like state I experience through dance led me to exploring music in all its forms from Post-punk, new wave and psychedelic rock in my teens to Jazz at Berklee to alternative rock with The Dye. I would be a dancer.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
Bruno - Listening to music while walking in nature or the city. Watching cinema and reading literature and poetry. For me the narrative and images help to carve my imagination so that I can channel other voices and release mine from within through music.
Eudora - I am a yogini, sound healer, vocal, dance and water coach. Working with healing and sound through studying shamanic instruments and eastern spiritual and meditation practices allows me to become a vessel of sound where voices and harmonies from distant places echo through me.
How long has music been your career?
Music has been our career since 2011/12 when we finished Berklee College of Music and began writing music together in NYC forming The Dye in 2015.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
We are based in NYC! The fiery energy of the city with its history, possibilities and multiculturalism helps us to develop our sound. The shadows and legacy of splendid artists/bands such as Bowie, Velvet Underground and Interpol that created music here have encouraged us to chase their creative spirits.
Tell me about the best and worst shows you have played.
The most sparkling show was The Dye at The Cutting Room for our album release of "Painting the New Night" June 9,2022. The venue is top notch, the sound was great and the room was packed with serious listeners. Halloween 2019 at the Fierce Femme Fest The Dye headlined with Bruno as Joker and Eudora as Space Goddess. Super fun to play in costumes with killer sound and a fabulous community supporting women in rock!
The worst was a terrible stormy night tornadoes were rushing through the city and folks were afraid to attend due to weather warnings. Also the first show The Dye ever played as Eudora got laryngitis and Bruno had to sing all the songs including vocals written for Eudora's vocal range. Looking back in made us stronger going forward as it could only go up from there.
Tell me about your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
The Dye's favorite venue to play at is The Cutting Room with an amazing sound engineer and the Mercury Lounge for the vibe of a true rock crowd standing close to the stage. We would love to play at Coachella, SXSW and all the festivals in Europe and Radio City Music Hall in our hometown NYC!
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
The Dye, Interpol, New Order, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Cure
Would be fun to open for Radiohead and Bowie would have been a dream!
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into music?
To have patience, persistence and passion!
If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, what would it be?
Bruno - Start playing guitar younger and have a lot of faith and perseverance.
Eudora - Pursue your goals of music sooner and never give up on your dreams.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Bruno - "Colors of the Universe '' came from a poem I wrote and Eudora developed beautiful melodies for her voice. The sound and production is spectacular with perfectly developed instrumentation.
Eudora - Helen is my favorite as it's a free flowing melody channeled from a deeply connected powerful vocal expressing love for femminity also love "Tantric Pace" with it's fierce femals vocals with the theme of violence against women.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
Bruno- "Sheets of Flowers" epic quintessential song that defines our music and that's why it's opening tune of our album and
"Full Moon" has an exciting beat that reminds me of the bands of the 80s like The Cure and Echo and the Bunnymen and is a fun song to play live.
Eudora - "Mirror" will be a song on our album we are currently recording. The melody is lush, deep and haunting with a very exciting storyline. "House of the Fall" on the current LP is a super gothic intense and cinematic horror story!
Sheet of Flowers, Clementine, Tantric Pace and House of the Fall get requests the most!
What is the creative process for you, and what inspires you to write your music?
What inspires us to write music is being in touch with the unknown, the worlds beyond this realm, magic, the natural world and all other art forms including dance and cinema which inspire us with movement and images connected to sound,
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
Self empowerment, Self healing, connection to the unknown, dreams, magic, beauty, femininity, nature, animals, the discovery of the self, topics concerning loss, love, innocence, bringing inner gifts to fruition.
Do you ever have disagreements when collaborating and how do you get past them?
As a songwriting duo we argue all the time ha ha.. We both feel very passionate about our musical ideas and both are born leaders.
It's this fiery combustive collaboration that allows us to create, destruct what we have created then build something even more raw and beautiful! Birth, Death and Rebirth.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
Currently released album June 10 "Painting the New Night" will be promoting that album with national and international tours to the UK and Europe. Single from current LP "Helen" will be released with a wicked video in the Fall. Presently recording our next LP.
Bruno and Eudora