I came to see Sanguindrake live at the hotel café in Hollywood, California, before we did this interview. I must say, you and Sarah are a bit wondrous and intoxicating. Can you describe the magic that makes it work — the dynamics between the two of you as artists?
Well thank you. There has to be a strong attraction, not necessarily sexual, but a chemistry that ignites a reaction in each other and for an audience. It is very scientific. Also, in regards to singing, the voices have to blend nicely.
Are there any legendary artists from the past that have influenced you?
Of course … far too many to mention. My favorite band at the moment is probably still Radiohead. I also love very organic music like Iron and Wine. I do not enjoy much heavy metal. Most every other genre I listen to and take influence.
What do you get the most satisfaction from, performing or composing a new song?
They both give me satisfaction, but if it has to be a competition, I guess completing a song. Without that, there’s nothing to perform, and I don’t want to be in a cover band.
What are the short-range and long-range goals for Sanguindrake?
A short-range goal is to get as many fans as possible. Long-range is to get as many fans as possible. Our first album (not 100% sure of the title yet) will be out by early June 2011. The album is being recorded and produced by Kevin Augunas, who has produced exceptional artists such as The Black Keys, Cold War Kids, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Jon Brion.
Wow, that sounds amazing. Can’t wait to hear your album. Do you have a favorite venue for live performance?
Any venue that has a little darkness and ambiance to it. Not so much drunken bars. Our music is for listeners, not a beer party.
People say your music is “beautiful.” It reminds me of John Lennon’s work. Do you see yourself as a throwback artist?
Not really. I like to think that our music is original and more of a sign of the times. I do love John Lennon’s songwriting and voice very much and have always been influenced by him though. Thank you for the comparison to one of the greatest musicians who ever lived on planet Earth. Kevin Augunas records on all vintage gear, so the album will definitely have somewhat of a vintage sound though.
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Music comes from the soul. Are you trying to tell the world about yourself through your songs?
I’m not trying to, but I am sure I will … if people are interested.
Did music become a support system for you in this life?
Good question. Yes. I am sure any artist feels that they find comfort and support in their craft. I certainly do. There have been lonely times in my life where my only support was a baby grand piano. It is easy to lose yourself in music — or just art in general. Losing yourself is the key to the kingdom.
What would it take to get you signed? A record company offering us a good deal.
Do you have any songs on iTunes or videos on YouTube for readers to listen to?
Yes. Our first album, being recorded right now, will be available on iTunes and Amazon this coming June. At the moment, Sanguindrake has two music videos on YouTube and Vimeo and three singles on iTunes from a demo. Also, visit our Website at sanguindrake.com and join us on Facebook.
This may be a bit profound, but how do you want to be remembered with regards to your music and how you are living your life?
I would like people to realize that I am telling the truth in my music. I definitely do not write songs because my ego needs to be a pop star. I write because I have to write. I also believe that Sanguindrake’s music is cool enough in its dreamlike psychedelia for teenagers, but also soothing and sophisticated enough for grandparents to enjoy. Our demographics are endless, and it would be nice to be known and remembered as such.