Interview/Review: Sleepless Droids - 'Dust'


Aaron was kind enough to tell us about his music, all the way from Australia. Many of you may be familiar with the Sirus remix of 'All

exits are open' which was the opening track for Beat:Cancer Volume 3.



Interview:


Q.

This single ‘Dust’ has a lot of energy and it’s (substance) remix even more so. Also featuring on this single release is ‘Believe’ which is very much in contrast in its slower tempo. So tell us about these tracks, the meaning, inspirations, and lyrical meaning within them; and how they fit together being fairly opposite in style?


A.

Although they differ in style and momentum, the three tracks tie together lyrically and are part of a series.‘Dust’touches on loss and latching onto a higher entity for comfort, ‘Believe’ is about being enticed by faith and a higher power and the impact it has on its host and finally ‘Dust (Substance)’ opens up the doorway to divine intervention through substance abuse.


Q.

Tell us about Sleepless Droids and it’s members. Where did it all start for the band, who makes up the band, and what inspired you to start making industrial music?


A. 

Sleepless Droids started in late 2011 when my band (Empty) at the time had gone on an indefinite hiatus, I decided to record a handful of songs that didn’t quite fit the mood of past projects so it only felt natural to continue on under a fresh name. Sleepless Droids in the studio is just myself and our live shows comprise of a three piece band whose members vary from show to show.


I’ve always been interested in abrasive music that had a strong message and the idea of creating it has always appealed to me. Upon hearing Nine Inch Nails, Fear Factory and Front Line Assembly throughout the 90s there was no doubt in my mind that I needed to be a part of it.


Q.

Is this single release a prequel to a second album? If so will it be very different from your 2012 ‘Decision’ album or continue with the familiar sound of Sleepless Droids so far?


A.

Dust is somewhat of a precursor to a larger project which is currently in the works and will explore various new concepts whilst still delving into familiar ‘Decision’ esque territory. The concept behind Sleepless Droids is that our sound will evolve and we must never tie ourselves down to any particular genre or be cornered into this week’s trend.


Q.

Your song ‘All exits are open’ (Sirus remix) which a lot of people will know you for, was the opening track to the album Beat:Cancer 3. Tell us about that track and how it came to be on B:C3?


A.

I was contacted by Josh of Sirus who was interested in collaborating on a reworking of ‘All Exits Are Open’. It’s extremely flattering to have an artist as talented as Sirus reach out and completely turn your song on its head. The timing of the track happened to coincide with the Beat:Cancer 3 compilation so there was no better way to release it.


Q.

What are the plans for Sleepless Droids for the foreseeable future. Are there collaborations and future shows in the works? 


A. 

Live performances are unfortunately on hold during these unprecedented times so in between studio sessions for the new record we’ll be involved in various projects, including a collaboration with longtime friend and fellow producer Lucidstatic plus a few compilation appearances. 


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