Where do you think your passion for music came from?
Hi, I am Eric Gynan co-founder of the rock band Leaving Eden and Nice to chat with you today. When I was a youngster since I could walk I played instruments that my family had. I never stopped playing. Definitely listening to rock ‘n’ roll was certainly a catalyst for my passion. It runs in the blood two of my great grandfathers had their own orchestras.
Who are your biggest influences?
I get this question a lot. We’ve been fortunate enough to share the stage with some of my biggest influences like Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Disturbed, Alice In Chains and Steven Tyler to just name a few. So it’s kind of like full circle being able to play with them.
To you, what is the most important thing about playing live?
Great question. I think the most important thing is having confidence when you walk out on the stage. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: people Are like dogs who can smell the fear. If you have confidence there not looking at how you’re going to screw it up there looking at how great you can be instead. That all comes with the sharing of the energy and really including the crowd.
What is the one song you had wished you had written?
The Boxer by Simon and Garfunkel. Love the lyrics love the melody. “I have squandered my resistance, For a pocket full of mumbles, such are promises, All lies and jests, Still a man hears what he wants to hear, And disregards the rest”.
Because people hear what they want to hear and this goes for musicians also. With a lot of snakes out there in the business people promise you the world but what you get is a sack of lies. As a musician you can almost become delusional In a way that you’ve convinced yourself that you’re a rockstar and that you’re self worth it’s potentially so much more than it really is. So I think it’s important to keep yourself in check and be satisfied wherever you’re at musically. Aim high but stay humble and never forget where you came from because you don’t want to live a life full of let downs.
What are the biggest lessons learned over the years?
Like I implied above keeping yourself in check and being aware of the snakes out there. You can really piss through a lot of money because there’s many out there who will take it including record labels who promise you the world and give you nothing in return. I would make sure that anybody that you deal with has a clear track record that you can confirm. Also importantly, you’re dealing with other human beings and nobody is going to be perfect, nobody is going to be exactly what you want them to be so one must accept people's setbacks as they accept yours so long as it’s not hurting each other or your plans.
Are there any bands/artists that you recommend that don’t get much attention?
Well I think that there’s so many great bands out there, right here in New England for that matter. I don’t really like to talk about whether another band gets much attention or not but I would say that it becomes overwhelming to sift through them all. Lots of talented people out there.
If there is one thing you would like to achieve in your career, what would it be?
I’m a voting member of the Grammys and I think it would be great to get a nomination. That’s the finish line to me. Talk about aiming high lol! Aim High be humble.
What’s the one thing that frustrates you about touring and the music industry in general?
Not to sound negative because I absolutely love touring. There’s nothing like it. Leaving Eden has toured the USA, UK & Canada sharing the stage with hundreds of the biggest national bands in the world including; Lacuna Coil, In This Moment, Black Sabbath (Heaven & Hell), Ronnie James Dio, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed, Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Skillet & many more. Can check our tour dates here: https://leavingeden.com/tour
One of the few responsibilities is to just make it to the next show. You get to share the stage with other great bands and the list goes on an on. I guess the budgeting and other financial variables involved when the band manages all that stuff becomes tedious.
What are your biggest interests away from music?
Making movies, Recording albums, Directing music videos and relaxing more.
What is the hardest thing you have had to overcome and how did you overcome it?
Assuming we’re talking about the music business, I think it’s always hard if another member doesn’t ultimately work out. All bands go through changes, like life, so people come and go. That’s always a sad situation where you’ve each invested your time and effort. It’s best to understand that change is inevitable and all you can do is do your best while you navigate the stormy waters. Things tend to work themselves out. Leaving Eden current line up: Myself, Eric Gynan on guitars and vocals, “Eve”on lead vocals, Alyssa White on keyboards and vocals, Jake Gynan on drums and David Amato on bass and vocals.
Hey, man cool questions! Makes you think. Thanks for that!! Have a great day!
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