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Gemini Syndrome – Interview

By • Aug 29th, 2015 • Category: Artist Interviews

Interview by William Simpson

Gemini Syndrome rocked the crowd at The Warehouse in Clarksville, TN on August 26.  The band is a powerful metal band hailing from Los Angeles and they have been on the road building a huge following constantly since before the release of their debut album “Lux’ in September of 2013.  Gemini Syndrome  played hits from their mega successful album “Lux” and also mixed in new music such as their newly release single “Eternity” and a couple other new tunes that will be on their upcoming album, which will be in stores in early 2016.  From the moment Brian Steele Medina climbed atop his drum set for his normal show starting prayer until the last bass chord from Alessandro “AP” Paveri before the curtain came down, Gemini Syndrome had the house on its feet and singing along to every song.  This is an amazing band that puts on a very electric live show that should not be missed.  StageShottz Magazine met up with vocalist Aaron Nordstrom before the show to discuss the band, its music and its philosophy.


StageShottz Magazine: You released you debut album “LUX” back in 2013 and you have been on tour constantly since then.  Your crowds and fans have grown exponentially in the last two years and now your fans are singing every song word for word with you.  When you are onstage looking out and the crowd and watching that growth how does it make you feel inside?

Aaron Nordstrom: That is ultimately, I think, the core motivation to do this is seeing peoples reaction to it.  I play music because I love music and I have been playing it my whole life but to be on the road and writing this kind of stuff and touring all the time, to see that affect other people and see them react to it in a positive way, that’s the reason to keep going.  We are not like a party rock and roll band; the songs have a lot of meaning and a lot of personality to them and come straight from our experiences.  To see that resonate with other people that’s the point.  It very encouraging to see that keep happening and depending on where we are playing the shows sometimes they are packed and sometimes they are a little smaller depending on the region.  But even those shows everybody still sings along and knows the words.  It doesn’t matter the size crowd we play to, the quality that comes back from those fans are always the same, which is very very cool.


SSM: I read that you are very into the Illuminati and exploring your higher conscience and the meaning of life.   How does that work into the music that you write and your philosophy on life in general?

AN: I got into studying conspiracy theories and the esoteric stuff and the occult in my late teens.  In college I was a psych major and I was very into Timothy Leary and Carl Young and that kind of stuff so that kind of put me on that path.  I just think as I explore different types of consciousness and experimenting with that and ultimately I think it comes down to what is the meaning of life, you know, what’s the purpose of being here and that was just another outlet to explore that question.  It comes out directly in the music, that’s a lot of what we write about, the human condition and what’s the point of being here.  Trying to find the reason, trying to find the motivation or the purpose to keep on going.


SSM: Your hit song “Basement” from “LUX” caught my attention and it sounded like a very personal song for you but it also could be an anthem for a lot of people who feel alienated or all alone.  Can you tell me a little about the background of the song?

AN: You know I think that true, there is a lot of teenage angst in that song.  That song was written, obviously not on my teens but about that time in my life and growing up with Albinism. I lost my father at a younger age and I was adopted and I had a lot of social problems with being different and bullying and that kind of stuff.  It’s really about struggling with that and trying to find an identity and trying to become comfortable with who I was in my skin.  No matter what their given situation they are in, I think a lot of people ask why me why did I get stuck with this bullshit.  I think it’s just a very natural thing that teenagers go through, maybe people of all ages.  For me it was definitely in those years and I think that is why it’s so relatable.  I tried to make it as vague as possible, you know, but it’s no secret that that’s what that song is about for me personally but I like the fact that it can relate to anybody in any given situation.


SSM: Being a fairly new band, you have shared the stage with some larger bands over the last couple of years, what have you learned from those bands that has helped you grow as a person and as a band?

AN: We have made a lot of friends out of those people; we have had a lot of very gracious partners on the road.  They have shown us where they come from and what they have gone through.   I think a good part of it is solidarity in your band and knowing that everybody goes through crap at some point.  You argue, you’re a family and you’re going to have fights and stuff that just the nature of it.  Being on tour for long, long, long periods of time takes its toll on you physically, mentally, spiritually.  You get to pick up on how people cope with that.  It’s been definitely a blessing to tour with the bands we have toured with; we have met a lot of great people.  We’ve learned how to stay the course and to stick through the hardest times and sticking around to see what comes next.


SSM: So there are rumors out about new music in the works and maybe coming out soon.  Being on the road so much is there any truth to the rumors?

AN: We just released a single “Eternity” about a week ago now.  It premiered on satellite radio.  As soon as this tour is done we will be going to Vegas and going into the studio and doing the full length second record.  It’s pretty much written.  I’m sure there will some changes in the studio, there always is.  That will carry us through the holidays and a release early next year.


SSM: If you could sit down with anyone living or dead from any genre of music and have lunch and pick their brain, who would it be and why?

AN: That’s a good question.  I never got the chance to meet Dimebag (Darrell), he was a huge influence of mine.  I was a guitar player too and grew up listening to him and I liked his attitude which was kinda like that carefree party attitude but he was such a genius as a writer.  Just because he is one of the most mysterious guys in the industry I would love to pick Maynard’s brain for a minute, from Tool.  I think that’s guys got a lot going on upstairs.  It would be cool to have a conversation with him.   One more would be Elliott Smith; I’m a big fan of his.  I don’t know how familiar you are with him but he is like a folk writer.  The guy killed himself.  The guy stabbed himself in the chest 7 times which I thought was an insane way to go out, a painful way and his music reflects that pain.  I’m a real big fan of his and I would love to see where that guy was at to take yourself out in such a horrific way.  That’s dedication ot not wanting to live anymore.  And just the psychology behind it and see why.


SSM: One last thing and I’ll let you go get ready for the show.  Is there anything else you would like the fans to know about Gemini Syndrome?

AN: We’re not going anywhere, man.  We are here for the long haul.  We have gone through some changes in the last few months and people have been asking questions about that and I just want then to know we are stronger than we have ever been and we are committed to this in every fiber of our being.

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