Interview with Stride (March 8th, 2006)

Hi, first off I just want to congratulate you on your new album. To new fans could your please fill us in on the history behind it all?
Stride -
Joel and Matt met at Musicians Institute out in Hollywood in the 90s. They started Stride and moved to Houston . They recruited Rick and Marcus (last bassist). They could not find the right vocalist so an instrumental album was released. Music Machine. Shortly after, they were able to grab Gary Belin. Soon after Gary joined, Marcus left the band. I joined the band last year. There you have it.  

How has your new album been received by the media?
Stride - WOW! It has been amazing. So far, it has been received with open arms...

I know artists donąt like to put a label on their music - but a spaceship from outer space has just landed in your backyard, and is demanding an answer - so how would you describe your music to an alien from another galaxy?
Stride - A blend of progressive and blistering riffs combined with melody and...

If your music was an emotion, which one would it be?
Stride - Elation or Euphoria.

Who and what inspires you when you write a song? Walk us through the creation of a song?
Stride - The creation process is different for each song so its hard to put it into words. Inspiration comes from so many different things. It is different for each song.

Which subjects do your lyrics refer to, and who writes them? And what inspires you when you write your lyrics?
Stride - Lyrics have come from all of us. The main references are positive outlooks on life and hope, faith and belief in yourself.

Who has produced and mixed the album? Are you pleased with the result?
Stride -
Gregg Gill at Spyder Studios mixed and helped produce the album. We were very pleased with his work. Spyder Studios was a great experience for us. Gregg and his wife Allison are like family to us.

Who has done the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to have a great cover?
Stride - Mattias Noren with progart did our album cover. I think he did an amazing job. Album covers are definitely important. Some people may judge a book by its cover. 

Do you have any touring plans?
Stride -
We don’t have anything lined up but we plan on touring.

Let’s speculate – you have been granted a free slot on a tour of your own choice – who would be your ideal touring partners?
Stride -
I would say Rush would be the ideal band to tour with...

How do you feel about the co-operation with your label?
Stride - We are very happy with our label. We work well together and they are a great company.

The internet is a very important source for many metal fans – how do you use the internet and how important is it for you and other bands?
Stride -
The internet is basically our life support. Without the internet I don’t think Stride could be what it has become.  

And how do you feel about the metal scene in general at the moment?
Stride - There are many great metal bands. It seems to be back on the rise in the States.  

Which song do you consider to be the best one you have ever written?
Stride - I would say "Time". It has so much emotion and complex vocals.

Name an album, person or event that has had a huge influence on your life … and why?
Stride - JESUS the CHRIST has a huge influence on my life because he was the ultimate person and role model.  

Which music do you listen to at home?
Stride - I have a massive music collection at home. I listen to so many different things. It would take up this whole page to put down all the bands. By Genre though, I listen to progressive metal, rock, classic rock, jazz, blues, oldies… I like it all. Hahaha.

Vinyl has had a small comeback lately – do you still prefer “the old sound” or are you a CD/DVD kind of guy?
Stride - Me personally, I am a cd/dvd type of guy. I like the wave of digital!!  

Last question - do you have any famous last words for our readers?
Stride - Thank you so much for the interview and we appreciate the support of everyone. Come visit our website at  Hope to see ya soon.

Stride - Imagine

Album available on Sensory Records.

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