Interview – The Dramatic Finish

The Dramatic Finish is a rock band based in Vancouver. The band consists of Ryan Clayton (Vocals/ Rhythm Guitar), Adam Green (Lead Guitar), Bryan Fowler (Drums) and Sam King (Bass).

If you missed the review that I did of their EP, you can check that out here:

I had the opportunity to do a virtual interview with the band, so keep reading!

How did you choose the name “The Dramatic Finish”?

DF:  The name came to be when Ryan (Vocalist/Guitarist) and Bryan’s (Drummer) previous project came to an end due to lack of commitment, morals and integrity of certain members.  Ryan wanted to create something that was greater than the sum of his previous music ventures, his climax as a song writer, musician and story teller.  When he told Bryan the name, he immediately loved it, they started jamming just the two of them and The Dramatic Finish was born.  They later found Adam (Lead Guitar) and Sam (Bass) and the machine was complete.

When did you realize you wanted to pursue music?

DF:  If it’s not obvious to anyone that knows us as a band or personally, music has always been in our blood.  The passion that runs through the veins of this band is strong and true and we all feel like it’s our destiny to fuel the fire that burns within us.

I recently reviewed your self-titled EP, I really liked “She Hides”; can you tell me the meaning behind the song?

DF:  From the very beginning, the motto of The Dramatic Finish has been to make our music for the right reasons.  Although none of us are obviously females, we wanted to write a song to offer hope and compassion towards each and every female out there, struggling through life.  We wanted to show and let them feel through our music that we understand how they try to hide it, how strong they are and how much they just want a decent person to save them from all the darkness that can creep into their lives.  The central theme of the song is them seeking something real in the people they let into their lives, trying their best to filter out the “fakeness”.

What can your fans look forward to from you in the future?

DF:  For just a new band we already have a ton of songs.  It has honestly come so easy for us to put these all together in such a short time and we contribute that to our amazing chemistry as musicians and lack of egos as human beings.  We are going to be hitting the studio again over the next year to record the next batch of songs, record a high quality music video, play shows with bigger bands at bigger venues and grow our brand until “The Dramatic Finish” becomes a household name.

Up until now, what has been the most memorable moment in your music career?

DF:  While it varies among the various members of the band, the most memorable moment we’ve had together was seeing the overwhelming reaction at our first show this past June (2013).  We had gotten so used to playing and practicing the songs over the past year in our private rehearsal space that we forgot that nobody else had heard any of these songs yet.  It was extremely exciting and rewarding to see all the people almost immediately get engulfed in our music and wanting more when the show was over.

Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?

DF:   We would love to work with Tim from Rise Against or Kris from The Ataris.  Both are highly respected singer/songwriters that would know what to do with a band like ours and take us to the next level.

Who would you say has been your biggest musical influence?

DF:   As a collective band I would say Rise Against is our biggest influence.  Their music is timeless; their songs are chalked full of morals, truth and integrity with the perfect amount of aggression, hooks and production.

If you had to explain your sound in one word, what word would you choose?

DF:  “Post-Hardcore”.  Every song we write has meaning, layers and dimension.  We try to create them to be as dynamic as possible while still containing our signature catchy hooks.

What is your current go-to song? (Not your own)

DF:  “12/15/10” – The Ataris

What is the first concert you remember attending?

DF:   Goldfinger in the 1990’s

Which social media website do you prefer?

DF: We prefer twitter from a social interaction sense, but youtube from an educational standpoint.

How important do you think social media is in the music industry today?

DF: We think it’s important, however we feel a lot of bands get lost and caught up in how many twitter followers or facebook likes they have and forget that one day this stuff might not still be around; but if your music is good enough and timeless enough then it will last.  Our approach is to create the music that we feel deep down inside and hope that it resonates with our fans to want to help spread the word and support our journey of truth and passion. 

Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?

DF:  We want to thank each and every one of you for supporting us as we take this very “against the grain” approach to the music industry, branding and marketing.  We want you to love our band because the music touches you and not for any other reason.  We want you to know that every time we play these songs in public or in private we feel them and give the same energy whether there are people watching or not.  We want to be the band that offers hope and a life line to those who are giving up and have nowhere else to go or turn to.  Hang On particularly was written to help save someone’s life that is contemplating suicide.  It was written unselfishly, for no commercial gain and we want nothing more than for that song to be passed along from one strong soul to another (link to lyric video):

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