Fireworks

Fireworks Magazine Online 64 - Interview with Sonic Divide

SONIC DIVIDE


Sonic Divide is a Melodic Rock band hailing from Adelaide, Australia. A six-piece unit, the band is riding the crest of fantastic feedback on their recent self-titled album. The result of four years of effort, it is a modern AOR showpiece album with flashes of Journey and even Styx in places. Keen to find out more about the band, Rob McKenzie spoke to Wayne Holden (vocals), Glenn Johnson (lead guitar) and Andy Young (keyboards) half way around the world.

What response have you had on your album?

AY: Really good, when we first heard the finished product we went, “Wow, this has taken our sound to a new level”. We had exposure on Australian national radio and local Adelaide ABC radio from which we received terrific feedback. The UK first heard of us when Glenn took a video snippet of us recording the opening track ´So In Love´ and put it on YouTube; radio programmers came across it and started playing us. The former guitarist of Air Supply, David Moyse, lives in Adelaide and really loves the album and said he would see what he could do to help us. Pretty much everyone has been positive; our biggest challenge is to get people to hear us.

Your sound is very AOR with layered keyboards and lots of guitars; I also think Wayne´s voice is reminiscent of Chad Kroeger [Nickleback].

WH: I have had one or two people suggest that, but I even had a reference to James Hetfield once.

What´s the music scene like in Adelaide?

GJ: Big bands have come from here; The Angels are an Adelaide band and AC/DC cut their early teeth here as well. At the moment, if you are doing Screamo or Hardcore Rock, you could get gigs here every night of the week. There are not many venues that support the music we play; there are two or three venues around that we do play at but not on a regular basis. There are some venues that accept touring bands but Adelaide is a small town with a population of about a million. However, if you want to see somewhere with beautiful vineyards, Adelaide is the place to come to!

The production of your album is stunning, who was involved?

GJ: We had been working on our original songs over a four year period and when we decided to record them there were a couple of engineers who came to mind. One of whom, Darren Mullan, had worked with my brother in the past.

WH: Glenn got word of Darren being at a new studio named Karisma which is part of a 1920´s building; the acoustic layout had been created by the same person who had done the Sydney Opera House! Darren demonstrated that he had experience of producing our sort of music; so we went into the studio and he did an amazing job.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine for Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


Tell me about the Midnight Oil connection you have.

AY: The 1987 album by Midnight Oil named ´Diesel and Dust´ has an old building on the album cover; well, that was the location of our video for ´I Wonder´. All of us are filmed inside the ruined homestead after we got permission from the owners; it is such an iconic building that people were coming up and taking photos of it from a distance. Although most of our influences are American, I love Midnight Oil´s passion - they are a great band.

The guitars sound great on the album, tell me about your musical roots.

GJ: I was in an Australian band named Disciple in the late 80s, early 90s; we recorded an album, supported Stryper and gigged in Melbourne and Sydney. My older brother, Russ Johnson, used to be in a band called Mississippi which went on to become the Little River Band. As for my guitars, I play a Paul Reed Smith, a 1989 pre-factory model, and an Ernie Ball Music Man "25th Anniversary" guitar which I used for the solos in ´So In Love´, ´When The Morning Comes´ and ´The Healing´.

Who carries out song writing duties?

WH: Glenn is the main culprit in getting us off our butts to start writing the songs. ´So In Love´ and ´I Wonder´, which were probably the first songs for the album, were written by Glenn. I find it easier to write the lyrics to existing music. Sometimes we sit on music ideas for months and sometimes we have music and lyrics down in a week.

Ian Slade, our bassist, initially wrote ´Horizon´ in the 80s when he was heavily influenced by Simple Minds. It started out as a keyboard piece but it gave me enough structure to build a melody and add some lyrics to; getting the music structure tends to be the catalyst to build all our songs further. Ian has written some songs with unusual time signatures so sometimes we have to compromise on how they end up. My style is to keep it simple.

As our songs originate from different members of the band working on them individually, our diversity ensures they don´t sound the same.

What are your musical influences?

GJ: Our diversity comes in here; for me they are Van Halen, Kiss, Iron Maiden and more recently John Mayer. Wayne is into totally different music such as Dream Theater and Whitesnake.
AY: From a keyboard perspective, I have always loved Rick Wakeman; he´s been a big influence.

Finally, what are your next steps?

AY: We have written six songs for the next album already and the standard has gone up a notch. They have the potential to increase our exposure and we are really excited about that. Also, the promo video for ´I Wonder´ will be available very soon.

Further details of Sonic Divide can be found at www.sonicdivide.net

Sonic-Divide-Interview

Share this on the web.


Comments (1)add comment

Test said:

June 26, 2014
Votes: +0

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Latest Reviews on Rocktopia

Status Quo - 'Backbone'
21/09/2019 | Central Electronic Brain
article thumbnail

'Backbone' proves that Status Quo have still got it – and long may they continue!


Latest News on Rocktopia

DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL announces second run of bands for 2020
19/11/2019 | Central Electronic Brain




JOINING THE LINE-UP:

VOLBEAT, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, BA [ ... ]


Member Login



Calendar

<<  November 2019  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
      1  2  3
  4  5  6  7  8  910
11121314151617
18192021222324
252627282930 

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 4 days, 7 hours ago
  • Rocktopia Te : @l.thijs: Apologies for the delay, your digital copy can now be downloaded from your "My Downloads" section.
  • l.thijs : Hi Fireworks Magazine. I made a purchase on 10 nov and I paid by Paypall. I bought the #85 fireworks mag download for GBP3,50. But I didn,t receive anything. Please can you find out what's going on?
  • kazooba : I have digital versions of every issue from 27 thru 88, any way I can get issues 1 - 26 with cd's digitally?
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: The links are in the Fireworks menu. Have you tried scrolling down? Maybe your screen size is too small...
  • SeaDog57 : Berny; there are only links up to Fireworks 86. Which is kinda strange because i already downloaded CD 87 but i'm looking for the link to CD 88...Chris
  • Rocktopia Te : @Johns Band: Can you please contact us here: «email»
  • Johns Band : Fireworks Magazine 88 did not arrive by post. paid by PayPal. Any Suggestion.
  • Berny : @bpomper: Can you pls. contact the Rocktopia team here: «email»
  • bpomper : i found the problem..old email i can not access.i have tried to change it by editing my info but it wont allow. any suggestions
  • Berny : @bpomper: A reply was sent yesterday, We recommend checking your spam/junk mail to see if our message was filtered there. The magazine was already sent to your shipping address. Please let me know if you do not receive it within the next couple of days. Thanks for your patience!
  • bpomper : Thanks didnt of that. I still have not heard about fireworks 88 was it sent out. Thankyou
  • Rocktopia Te : @bpomper: For security reasons, we removed your previous message. Please do not post your private e - mail address. Many thanks for your understanding.
  • bpomper : Thanks for the reply. I see download but can you confirm that hardcopy was or is sent ou .thanks.the email i used is inder the contact me info of the website
  • Berny : @bpomper: Apologies for your troubles. Where did you send the email to? We haven't received anything. I will send you a longer reply via mail. Also, you can download the free CD from the "Fireworks" menu on top, but the CD links are only shown if you are logged in.
  • bpomper : 3rd email inquiring about my purchase of fireworks #88. i purchased on the 2oth of sept and today is the 24 with no response...paypal has taken the payment. should i have a down load of the cd for mu usa magazine. Looking forward to an answer
  • bpomper : hello i purchased fireworks #88 through paypal on9/23 and have not recieved an email from rocktopia. purchase is for a hard copy of the mag. should i have cd download instructions.when should i expect it
  • Berny : @Johns Band: I've just sent you an e - mail. Best regards, B.
  • Johns Band : I have ordered FM Live video and £1.99 taken from my PayPal account. How do I download video. Something gone wrong at processing with Fireworks. The links to report it do not work.
  • Berny : @kevinw01: Have you received the mail containing the donwload instructions? It seems as if you are downloading the bonus CDs from the "Fireworks" menu, those are meant for our readers in the USA and Canada whose copies do not come with the CD. I will send you a mail now. Thanks, B.
  • kevinw01 : I have ordered several issues of Fireworks but when I press the download button I only get a copy of the MP3 but not the PDF files. I have an iPad. Am I doing something wrong? Kevin
  • Berny : @ARONITY: Thanks for your order. As stated in the item's description, it can take up to three hours for your purchase to be processed. You should have received a mail containing the download instructions by now. Thanks for your patience!
  • ARONTY : Hi, Just ordered #88 pdf, Paypal show the payment, but no d/l link, please help..
  • Berny : @John: Pls. check your mail, this should have been sorted by now. Apologies for the delay!
  • johnmason : Hi. I paid for #88 and it doesn't show up in the licenses/Downloads and I never received any email telling me how to download it.
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks Magazine #88 is out now!
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks Berny got it
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: Not sure why the password disappeared, but it's back. Pls. download your copy from the usual place (i.e. Fireworks - > Bonus CD 87 on the TOP menu). Have fun! :)
  • SeaDog57 : Berny looking for the link and password to Issue 87 free music
  • Berny : @yvesrock: Apologies for the troubles. I've just sent you an email.
  • yvesrock : Hi,I ordered the 11th june the new Fireworks' magazine (issue 87) and I didn't receive it. Can you see if you sent it ? Best wishes Yves

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site