Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson
MW: Tell me about your first time on a stage?
MM: Our first show was at the Roxy in Hollywood, CA. Dave (the guitar player) and I just formed Edge Of Paradise a few months ago and were working on our debut CD Mask. It was a fun show and we had a lot of support, people were curious about our new project as we were involved in quiet a few things before. We did include a lot of covers, Guns And Roses, Led Zeppelin even Rollin Stones, so it was totally different then what you would see in an Edge Of Paradise show now, but we had to start somewhere, all in all, it was a great time!
MW: How did Edge Of Paradise come about?
MM: Edge Of Paradise came about from a collaboration for hire, Dave and I were working with a Los Angeles area producer on a project. Dave had been looking for a singer, because in his previous band, he had Robin McCauley singing, and Robin got a tour offer, fronting Survivor. Dave and I worked very well together and shared similar visions and goals, so we decided to create a new band and Edge Of Paradise was born!
MW: Describe Edge Of Paradise to me?
MM: We are a heavy metal band, our sound is aggressive but very melodic, with driving rhythms and heavy guitars, you will hear some symphonic and classical elements, our songs are dynamic and sometimes theatrical and will take you on a roller coaster ride 🙂 We’ve been together for 3 years and have a new album ‘IMMORTAL WALTZ’ coming out in May, on Pure Steel Records. Our live show is sonically and visually exhilarating, we love to tour and meet our friends and fans and are a un bunch 🙂
MW: Where is Edge Of Paradise from?
MM: We are based in Los Angeles, CA. But all of us are from different places, I grew up in Moscow, then moved to Houston, TX, then went to college in New York and moved to Los Angeles after that. Dave Bates, the guitar player in from Connecticut, our drummer John Chominsky is from New Jersey and our bassist, Nick Ericson is the only Los Angeles native 🙂
MW: What is Edge Of Paradise plans for 2015?
MM: Releasing our second full length CD, Immortal Waltz, and touring as much as we can. Our goal is to bring the band to Europe this year. We are also involved in a film project, we are writing music for a sci-fi thriller Evelyn Rising, written by Phil Aslaksen, the movie will be out beginning 2016. So we’re pretty excited about that. We are also working on new songs, and will be releasing a new single shortly after the CD release. But touring is our priority in 2015!
MW: Will Edge Of Paradise be on tour? And where?
MM: Yes, we will be touring around the US during the summer/autumn and planning on coming to Europe end of 2015!
We always keep everyone updated on our tour dates through our website and facebook page!
MW: If you could play with any artist or band who would it?
MM: So many cool bands out there! But Iron Maiden would be a dream come true!
MW: What would you like to say in closing?