The Dystopian Project are an Irish band based in Dublin, formed in Summer 2013. Drawing from a wide and eclectic range of musical influence’s and backgrounds, The Dystopian Project create music to entertain and evoke emotion with energy driven riffs, surrounded by beautiful and haunting soundscapes infused with complex intertwining vocal harmonies. Ahead of their first live show on the 4th Dec, they did this interview with us.

How would you describe your music?
We would like to call ourselves Progressive Rock. If we were to describe us it would be that we produce emotive soundscapes

Tell us about how the history of the band?
The band actually came together really fast. bassist Ivan O’Sullivan had just left his previous band and guitar player Hytham Martin had just come off tour with a band he was in. Ivan had wanted to start a project with Hytham for years as they were childhood friends. Once they got the idea down, Ivan heard drummer Darrin Bell had also left the band Ivan was in previously so he recruited him. Phil Dolan joining two days later and down the line Tess was added.

What are you influences/ musical heroes?
We have many influences between us, but Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree have a big impact on how we like to write and approach our songs.

What inspires you?
Inspiration comes from a lot of things. We try and keep our lyrics a little off point, open to interpretation so the listener can put themselves in the song.

Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
We like to write in the studio. We have a very stripped down process.

What is your favourite song to perform live?
Our first live show is coming up on the 4th of Dec, so the song we are looking most to playing is our 20 minute three song suite Utopian.

What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree, Rush & Metallica

What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
Its a business, so you need to learn how to work and operate in that. If it was easy everyone would be doing it.

What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
We have not been on your yet, I am sure there will be loads…so check back with us soon

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About The Author

Always on the lookout for new music, Jo has an eclectic taste from 80's synth pop to black metal. Music creates many emotions and memories for Jo, using it as a soundtrack to her life. She en devours to absorb music, using it to inspire her creative works.

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