What's the name of your band? What's the origin of that name? Have you changed the band's name before?
The name of the project is The Aeons Collapse, which I envisioned to signify all of history and the future being condensed into an instant. Originally there was no "The" before the name, but I noticed people starting to add an apostrophe to Aeons, which led me to believe that people were interpreting it a persons name. That made it seem super emo, so I had to think of a way to rectify that.
Please give us your name, age, and respective instruments you use.
Greg Fender, 32, Guitar, Bass, Programing, Keys, and Vocals.
What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?
I try not to paint myself into a corner, but this project is most definitely some form of metal, with quite a bit of lean toward death, but I like to drench everything in synths and sci fi elements, but I don't really know what you would call that. I like to aim for a cinematic vibe without going too orchestral, because I think that's already been done by lots of bands who can do it much better. I'm influenced by everything from Cannibal Corpse to Massive Attack, but I think the most apparent influences would probably be Strapping Young Lad and Mnemic.
When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music?
I started The Aeons Collapse when I was between music projects in 2007. I had recently relocated to Oregon from California, and I didn't know anyone but I really wanted to create music, so this is what happened. I ended up joining Better Left Unsaid shortly afterwards, but by that time I was too invested in The Aeons Collapse to end it, and it sort of became my baby to the point where I didn't want to share it with any band members, so it will remain my solo project for the foreseeable future.
What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change
My debut release (The Myth Is Law) was somewhat of a vague concept album having to do with an alternate universe which was created by a god who later abandoned it after it turned out to be a disappointment. That's pretty much the first three songs, after which there are various topics dealing with corruption, manipulation of truth, and finally the realization of failure as a collective universe, if that makes any sense. I'm working on a four song EP at the moment which is much more personal and less fantasy-based, which is kind of the beauty of this project for me, is that I can write about whatever I want without worrying about having other band members disagreeing with anything I have to say. It's a selfish view, I suppose, but that's why it's a solo project.
Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
I usually come up with ideas when I'm away from any instruments, so I'll have to use my phone's voice memo thing to record a sketch of the idea, Then I work it out on the computer at home. All of the drums are programmed, as I sold my drums years ago without having a place to play them without pissing off my neighbours. I'll usually make demos and listen to them in the car, tweak things where I feel necessary, then re-record everything. The Myth Is Law was mixed by Cameron Conyer (ex Bleed The Sky, Cascus) and Mastered by James Stephenson (The Black Stymphalian), but I plan on doing all of the production work for my next release myself, just to keep it ultra personal.
Do you have a record label? Are you a member of any music organizations?
What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?
I rarely practice my guitar, much less rehearse any of this material. Normally I pick up my guitar to write and immediately record and idea, then if I end up forgetting the idea I'll re-learn the parts in order to record the final version, then that's pretty much it for that idea. I'm fairly confident that I've forgotten how to play 90% of the material on The Myth Is Law. For me it's all about creating and sharing ideas. Once it's down in a permanent form there isn't really any need for me to rehearse it because I don't play the material live.
What can you tell me about your instruments? (i.e., Are you subject to brand loyalty or will you play with whatever's available? What made you choose the instruments you have now? Was it cost or was it a style/model/brand/colour preference?
I play a custom Strictly 7 Cobra 7 string for all of the Aeons Collapse material, which I chose based purely on the quality of the instruments that I had had the opportunity to test drive at trade shows or on tour with my other band (Better Left Unsaid). It is hands down the best guitar I've ever played. I also recently acquired a Kemper Profiling Amplifier, which I am now using on the upcoming EP, which was also chosen for quality. In my specific situation there is absolutely no reason to own a traditional amp anymore.
How has your music evolved since you first started the project?
I'm definitely writing from a different place than I was when the project began, but I feel that the same signature is present in the new material as was there in the earlier songs. There's definitely been a shift of some sort, but the new EP is shaping up to sound like a definite sequel to The Myth Is Law, even if the lyrics deal with a completely different subject.
What have you got planned for the next 6 months? Hopefully something fantastic.
I plan to release the EP I'm working on within a few weeks to a month, unless touring with my band prevents that. Seeing as The Aeons Collapse is my side project, I generally put more energy into my band Better Left Unsaid, who I'll be touring with in the coming months. I'm still trying to decide how I'm going to release the upcoming Aeons Collapse EP. I mainly just want people to listen to it and hopefully enjoy it.
What is your favourite festival (played) / (been to)?
I haven't been to any festivals since the Ozzfest days, but I have to say I don't generally like festivals much. It usually seems that there are more bands that I dislike than bands I genuinely want to see, and that makes it hard to justify the cost and the time. I much prefer to see a band that I love headlining their own show than to watch them play a 5 song set sandwiched between 10 other bands I wouldn't care to see.
If you could sing one song on X-Factor, what would it be?
I am a horrible singer, so I would pick something that would get me booted as fast as possible. Maybe a Lana Del Rey song sung in my best Peter Steele impression.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
My ex wife had her second affair and we thus terminated the marriage.
What has been your biggest challenge? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
My biggest challenge has been finding time to work on music. That challenge has been mostly overcome by the ordeal outlined in the answer to the previous question.
What's your ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking fame and fortune?
I'm definitely not seeking fame and fortune. Success to me would be knowing that new listeners occasionally stumble across the project by whatever means, genuinely like it, and my music becomes a small part of their life, even if it's just to help them escape from reality for a bit during their commute to or from work.
What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
Write music you love, find other people who love it too, and write music you love together, and then play it for people who will love it.
How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?
The Myth Is Law is available on Itunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, Beats Music, and many other places, but if anyone wants to listen to it for free they can do so at theaeonscollapse.net. I have a Facebook page for the project which I severely neglect, but I plan to post updates on the progress of the upcoming EP there in the next few weeks.
Is there anyone you'd like to acknowledge for offering financial or emotional support?
My band Better Left Unsaid has been hugely supportive of this project, as have my friends and family, so I'd like to acknowledge all of them.
Any last words?
For anyone who likes what they hear from The Aeons Collapse, I'd like to invite them to like the Facebook page for updates on the progress of the upcoming EP. I'm thinking I'll give the EP away as a direct download to everyone who likes the page.