Quintin Goynes | ManIntheMiddleqg
1. So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
The Dreaming Tree: I grew up in the humble small town of Telford in rural Shropshire. As with many musicians, their early inspirations are uncles or cousins. Mine came from my uncle who used to play my 3/4 size acoustic guitar when he came to visit. He’d sing and play Beatles songs and I just loved to listen to him sing and play. The guitar always captured my imagination.
2. How did you come up with that name? What was your inspiration behind it?
The Dreaming Tree: The band name came from the song The Dreaming Tree by the Dave Matthews band. Our drummer Neil is a massive fan and he named the band after that track.
3. What do you think about online music sharing? Do you ever give your music away for free? Why?
The Dreaming Tree: We are in an era where the music industry isn’t sure which way things are going and as a business it’s trying to claw back revenue which ever way it can. With the advent of cheap high-quality music production in home studios, it’s taken a lot of the power away from the big labels and give the little people the potential to make music and sell music on a small budget. With artists being able to share and sell their music to a world wide audience without huge setup costs and marketing budgets I think it’s a good thing. The only problem is every man and his dog is either in a band or a musician. This means that there is just a glut of music out there and to make your music get through it does still cost bands to put their music out on a national level. So while sharing and giving away music is part of what artists need to do they still need to be able to make money from sales in order to recoup their costs.
4. Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
The Dreaming Tree: Present yourself as a professional outfit. Get your self-looking good, make sure your photos are high quality, make sure your music is high quality and make sure your performance and recordings are the best you can possibly do at the time. Work hard to network on a local level and then do your home work. Know your market and make in roads into the market that best suits your music. Then make a contact list of press, radio, venues and promoters and present yourself to them in a professional way. Find out how the industry presents their artists and do the same. The bottom line is no one has your interests at heart better than you so work hard and don’t expect others to do it for you. And lastly don’t be afraid to be direct and ask when you want something. If you don’t ask you don’t get.
5. Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
The Dreaming Tree: I’m Only human and although I’ve played guitar for over 20 years I still get nervous and if I don’t manage that with humor and having fun it get the better of you. So I always rehearse to our albums back stage before I go on and then just have fun when I’m out there and let any slips just go. It’s all in the moment.
6. Do you tour? Anything interesting happens while on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
The Dreaming Tree: We have done a few short tours which were a blast. One which is memorable was traveling to Germany to play a few dates with our good friends in the space rock band Arylin. While stopping over in Brugge for the night we went out on a band night out which was a blast, boys will be boys. We get back to the hotel worse for wear only to find out that we’ve lost our room key. So one of us goes to reception to get a spare but no one was behind reception and we couldn’t find anyone to sort us a new key. So as there are very computer savvy people among us someone decides it’s a good idea to hop over the reception desk and book us all out new room keys and off we went to bed (lol). I definitely was expecting to be woken by the police but we managed to get to the next venue without making a short stay in a police cell!
7. Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process?
The Dreaming Tree: Inspiration usually comes from what we are each listening to at any one time. Then when riffs, chord progressions or melodies are brought together at a rehearsal it takes on a new life of its own. It’s very organic.
8. Do you have a band website? What online platforms do you use to share your music?
The Dreaming Tree: We have a website: wwwthedreamingtree.co.uk and we have decided to settle with a few social media platforms and SoundCloud. Nowadays Facebook, twitter, and SoundCloud are really it when it comes to your online presence.
9. What are some really embarrassing songs that we might be surprised to notice on your mp3 player?
The Dreaming Tree: Bod Dylan ‘It must be Santa’ I love that tune lol.
10. If you were given half a million dollars and a year o×, what would you do? How would you spend it?
The Dreaming Tree: Look for people who I could help who are struggling to get their ideas out there and give them support. I’d make sure I was okay first and then give money away to others.
11. Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
The Dreaming Tree: As a band, we all use pro tools for recording and we all use it for initial ideas and for recording album tracks before we go into a pro studio. At the present, we are exploring music genres and getting inspiration for new ideas.
12. How do you invent ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
The Dreaming Tree: Usually after a drinking session when we have had a few and we are all having a laugh we often come up with daft things that turn out to be quite good ideas.
13. If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
The Dreaming Tree: I can’t speak for the other guys in the band but I’d get Hendrix, Jim Morrison, with John Bonham on drums and Stanly Clarke on bass and put on a free gig at the whiskey ago go, now that would be a weird gig.
14. So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
The Dreaming Tree: We are currently promoting our music video for the song ‘Kosovo’ from our latest album ‘Silverfade’. The video will be release in November. After this will be looking back at old demos and get ideas together for a new album.
15. If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
The Dreaming Tree: I’d be in some weird cult.
16. Do you remember buying your very first album? Who was it? What was going through your head?
The Dreaming Tree: Yea, I was about 8 years old and it was Eddie Grant ‘Killer on the rampage’. Don’t ask me why! It was one of those things where you just liked one thing in the song and for me, as a kid, it was the sound of the motor cycle.
17. How do you juggle the rest of your responsibilities while trying to stay ahead in your music life?
The Dreaming Tree: I’ve made music pretty much everything I do, I work in music, I play music for fun and I teach music. My responsibilities require me to be totally engrossed in music every day. I have only ever wanted to make music my life and thankfully I’ve not given up on that and I never will.
18. What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
The Dreaming Tree: People who like our stuff should look forward to a totally new batch of eclectic tunes with an electronic edge and a jazzier vide whilst still rocking the joint.
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