I had the time to chat with Daniel Weiland from Me In A Million about a few things.
Read it below.
First question, How did Me In a Million start? How did you all meet?
Daniel: We had all been playing in different, unknown bands and knew each other from shows that our bands played together. At some point it became clear that we wanted to achieve bigger things, and we started talking for a couple of months about doing a new project. This time, however, we wanted everything to work professional. So there was a lot of talking, and when one of the old bands broke up, we formed Me In A Million with the goal to shake up the scene.
Me In A Million recently got signed to the one and only Redfield Records, how is that? How did you guys strike their attention?
Daniel: Well, being signed by Redfield is of course a huge plus for us. They are THE label you want to be on in Germany, they know what they’re doing, and they care about their bands. So when they approached us, we were quite happy! How did it go about? We had self-released a video for “The Warning” in the beginning of 2013 and had hoped to get some attention with it – which we got a lot by fans. However, there wasn’t any label in sight towards autumn 2013, so we decided to release another video, this time for “PaniK”. That somehow got Alex’ attention and we started talking. As you can see, it worked out nicely.
Also, some other Me In A Million news. You guys are about to release your debut album “Still In Balance”. What can you tell us about the album?
Daniel: We really put our hearts in this album. Actually, about 2 months before recording began, we scrapped all the pre-production we had, all the songs we had already written and started from scratch. That means we threw away ten fully-written and pre-produced songs! We just felt like we could do better and started over again! We’re really happy about how the “second version” turned out to be – we flew to the states with pre-production for ten new songs that we were really happy with, and Cameron pushed them over the limit. Every detail on that record got discussed a lot – there’s not one deciding band member or something, be it guitars, drums, or vocals – everyone get’s a say I everything. So this is really a Me In A Million product. Go listen to it and you will understand!
What was the writing / recording process like for “Still In Balance”?
Daniel: As said above, we basically pre-produced everything together. That would usually mean starting out with guitar work/riffing, then followed by drums and a bit of backing production, e.g. electronics. We had a pretty good idea what everything should sound like when we flew to Orlando, Florida. Then, at the Chango Studios, we started recording with Cameron and Shawn Christmas and it went REALLY well. They immediately understood our ideas behind the songs and added their own touches, mostly regarding sound and backing production. So basically, production and recording were a lot of fun for us – sitting there in Florida, recording guitars at 30° Celsius, seeing those guys push their buttons to take the sound over the edge. We’re really grateful for that experience! Overall, it was very relaxing. We were like parents watching our children grow when it comes to our songs. Everyday some little thing would improve. The end result is beyond what we had imagined!
Looking at the track list you guys have a good few features, how did you guys pick them?
Daniel: The features are a mixture of planning and chance. For instance we knew we wanted Tyler Carter on the album because all of us are huge fans of his voice and style. Lou, Jeffrey, Shawn and Cameron just happened to like our pre-production, so we asked them if they’d like to be on the record. They immediately agreed! We couldn’t believe how lucky we were!
Is there anything on the album that you would change if possible?
Daniel: At the moment – no. We’re still super happy about how it turned out. After all, that is the first album anyone of us has ever written, and that is quite an overwhelming feeling. Having their own album is every musicians dream isn’t it?
Ask again in a year or two, then we’ll be able to judge it more objectively
Off the topic of the album, and into a tour question. If you guys could tour one place where would it be and why?
Daniel: Actually, we want to tour everywhere! We just love seeing new places. If we had to narrow it down to one place, it would be the United States. We’re a European band after all, so making it across the pond is a huge goal for us.
What are some albums/bands you guys find yourself listening too?
Daniel: We listen to a lot of different things. Of course there are bands from our own scene, like Asking Alexandria, Memphis May Fire, Sleeping With Sirens and the like. But then again, everyone listens to a lot more different genres. In the bus you might hear everything from the Beatles to Rap. Some of us like electronic music, some like pop music. You get the idea!
What is your take on album piracy? Do you fear it as an upcoming band?
Daniel: That is a difficult question to answer. Of course, piracy is a bad thing if you want to make money as a musician. On the other hand, as you put it, we’re an upcoming band. So if kids download the album, it might help us spread the name. In the end, we’re hoping that people who pirate the album like it so much they’ll buy it afterwards. That would be ideal. If you like it, help us out
Last question, what do you think makes Me In A Million stand out? What do you think makes you guys worth listening too?
Daniel: What makes us stand out is definitely the vocals. While the instruments try to produce something unique, of course there’s only so much variety on what chords to play or techniques to use. However, with Luke’s screams and Jules’ outstanding voice we really have an advantage, in our opinion. Jules’ voice especially is instantly recognizable, we feel. Other than that, we try to make each song unique! We hope that you can recognize and differentiate each and every song on the album – our goal was to make every song have their own sound and structure to it. If we achieved that, we’re really happy!
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