Tell us a bit about yourselves! How did the band come together? What inspired the name?
Hyvmine is really the brain child of myself and my manager. We were strategizing the best ways as to how we can get my music out to more and more people and when he found out I can sing it just took things to a whole other level for us. So we thought, why not start an actual band, vocals and all? I get to shred and we also get to reach a wider audience. I loved the idea although very hard to make that adjustment at first. But I trust my manager. As for the name I was watching Stranger Things and they had used the term “hive mind” more than once. I really liked the concept as it pretty much sums up what a band should be in my mind. However, that name had been taken so I played around with the spelling a bit and here we are. Hyvmine instead of meaning of the same mind, it means to us a collective work.
If you had to describe your sound, how would you do so?
To be honest since I’ve written, arranged, and produced everything you here today I’m quite curious to see what becomes of our sound during our next project (which is coming up very soon). As of right now you’re hearing all of my personal influences like Creed, POD, Sevendust, Dream Theater, Symphony X, Korn, Alter Bridge, Pillar, Disturbed, Mudvane, and many many more bands from the late 90s early 2000s.
You’ve recently released a new album ‘Earthquake’. Tell us a bit about it, including recording the album – who was in charge of sound, production, mastering?
I did everything on this record. As I mentioned before the original plan was to step more into the world as a guitar virtuoso. But my manager wanted to see the full range of things I could do like singing and performing with a full band. So I wrote, arranged, recorded, mixed, and mastered these tunes myself. When I got the ok from management we went looking for a band to join us on this journey.
What bands/musicians would you consider to be some of your main influences or inspirations?
As far as bands I’d say Creed, POD, Sevendust, Dream Theater, Symphony X, Korn, Alter Bridge, Pillar, Disturbed, Mudvane, and so many more bands from the late 90s early 2000s.
When talking about guitar players I’d say Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Steve Vai, Greg Howe, Andy Timmons, Frank Gambale, and a new one Marco Sfogli from Italy.
You’ve recently just come back from NAMM – what were the highlights of the weekend for you?
A definite highlight would be the Intervals show we played at the Slidebar In Fullerton, CA. Such an amazing turnout for our first very first show. There was So much positive energy in the room and our managers were very proud of the performance. Really spoke to positive things in the future for us. I want to thank Intervals once again for having us on the bill. It was so much fun.
What are the band’s plans for the next 12 months?
Well I personally have but if clinic coming up. We also plan to be touring by May. Our EP is and next long play record is in the works as well. Things are going to start getting really busy so make sure to keep updated through facebook, instagram, and Spotify!
Thanks for having Hyvmine!
Check out new video ‘Shogun’, taken from the debut album ‘Earthquake’ out now: