My first impression of Aaron Dyson was that he was an all around ambitious altruist. Constantly complimenting others and sharing in their successes, he seemed genuinely selfless. He tipped me off about other beginning bands when he could have been boasting about his own ongoings. I had to find out for myself what a self made man Mr. Dyson was!
Whatever you want to call him – jack of all trades, do-it-yourselfer, one man band, this artistic Australian is a handyman that has handcrafted his art at home in Hobart, Australia. Self-described as a “rock and roll dreamer,” Aaron Dyson didn’t give up and has done all that he can do to deliver a demo. In his song “Emanates” he concludes “I can’t give you everything but I can give you me.” Aaron Dyson graciously gives us all of him, at least in music form. All instruments– him! Vocals – him!
In true humble habit, he kindly confesses, “I would have loved to have found a better singer other than myself.” Although Aaron may not have been his own first choice, he is his own best bet! So he can’t sing as well as he wanted, but he can try as hard as he has! When it comes to his work, I was interested in the song “Emanates” within ten seconds and liked it within twenty! I look forward to the rest of his rough cuts!
Sara Fincham: Obviously you’ve faced some diverse decisions with this demo. Let’s start at the beginning. What was the process like when you decided to produce your own playlist? When it went from covering songs to contributing to your own?
Aaron Dyson: It’s all over the place and still is, that’s how I like it. It gives me options and the freedom to go with the flow of creating music. It’s really just a natural progression of what’s going on in my life.
SF: You have been so dedicated to this demo. What about accomplishing this fuels you, makes you stand by it and stick with it even if it seemed like a far shot?
AD: I stand by it because I don’t care what people think. [I want to] do what I was born to do, which is play guitar.
SF: When you make those choices – studio time vs. electric drums vs. doing it yourself, what weighs your decision the most? How hard is it to have to pick?
AD: Money. I could have had a below average demo done by now with electric drums and cheap studio equipment but I had to sit down and think about what options I had for the best result possible for the best value, even if it’s put the process back 6 or more months. Patience here was hard but it’s given me time to get a little better at singing which I only started very late last year and refine the music and create more songs. I also had to decide if I should find other musicians and collaborate before recording or find musicians after I record the demo. I live in a small town so getting musicians wasn’t worth the effort at this point. You would understand why I made this choice if you lived here!
SF: You say your music is about “the perils of rock and roll.” What have some of those been for you?
AD: That’s in a way a bit of tongue in cheek. When I was younger playing in a band I got caught out with the trappings of the music scene. Everything gets thrown at you and when it’s free it was hard to say no and with my personality back then I wanted the dangers all the time and I did [them]. I’m lucky to still be alive!
SF: Then comes the puzzle of how to promote. Digital downloads, hard copies, shipping, I’m sure this has produced a lot of out of pocket expenses for you. I know you’re working on songs right now – how far ahead have you thought – just one day, one song at a time, or do you already know how you’re going to sell the songs, do you already foresee future albums?
AD: I do have a plan and going back to one of your earlier questions I can continue to record here for as long as I want because I have the equipment and I do have several different projects that will be done afterwards. I consider myself a musician first so making music will always be a part of my life. I’m not happy with my singing at this point but I’m still learning and working on this. There is a lot more than meets the eye when it comes to promoting and selling your music.
SF: I see all that you say about others, how you help promote them, make sure you do your best to praise and promote them – is this in part because you know how hard it is to make music so you want to see all who do succeed?
AD: I like to help other artists out and with today’s social networking it’s easy to do. If one person spots what I say about a band and goes out and becomes a fan that’s awesome. I did recently encounter a problem with a selfish artist that I promoted on my website for free, which I pay to run, so I’ve limited where I help all other bands out now.
SF: Also, you are such a music fan! I can obviously guess a couple of your influences, but do you have any influences that would surprise me?
AD: Great question! I could answer this on many different levels. The obvious would be KISS, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC especially when it comes to guitar work. Dave Grohl and The Foo Fighters really captured something inside me about songwriting more than showing off your chops. I started focusing more on songwriting when this happened. Stevie Nicks and Ace Frehley recently have been a huge influence. I guess a couple of bands that might surprise you would be bands like Crowded House, Van Halen, Fleetwood Mac, Metallica, Guns N Roses, Split Enz. I could go on for days, really.