Owen Padfield Bassist Dying Vision 01/12/22
MM: Can you tell us about your Band and whos your biggest influences
Early influences that had a profound impact on the band were. Swedish death metal bands (including Edge of Sanity and Pan.Thy.Monium), Emperor and Early Metallica (albums including Master of Puppets)
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from
For music, it is never easy to pinpoint since so many sources get mixed together when we create and we do not consciously try to attribute what we create to a particular band or artist that we may have had in our minds at the time
MM: What would you say is your Bands favourite song?
This varies over time (if you ask anyone of us this question sometime later, you would likely get a different answer). If we play a certain set of songs live and in rehearsal often, then it just feels good to break out something different. That particular song might enjoy its place on the favourite song pedestal for a while.
I do enjoy ‘Lost in the Darkness’ for how it contrasts slow, melodic textured sections against ferocious and intense ones that follow.
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2022
Since we are at the end of 2022, we are finishing the year with Reset Festival in Gravesend on 10th December
MM: What can we expect from DYING VISION live?
The textured and ferocious aspects of our music really come into their own at our shows and you can truly immerse yourself in that.
MM: What do you like best and worst about touring?
I will generally answer about gigs. There is nothing better than experiencing a mutual energy exchange with an audience where what you put in is reciprocated by them and vice-versa.
What is not so great is the external factors and logistics. At the mildly annoying end is orbiting a London venue’s one-way system for a parking space and at the worst end, a show cancellation due to a global pandemic followed by subsequent opportunities being eliminated by that very same externality (imagine that!).
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies
I would have to answer with bands that we admire and respect. I would dream of a bill with De Lirium’s Order, Ouroborus, and Melechesh for example.
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why
My top pick was quite recent but I am certain that it will endure. I saw Death To All (Death tribute act) at Bloodstock Festival they played a set consisting of songs spanning the band’s career I had not had the opportunity to see some (I had also been to another show by this act in London) of these songs live myself since the band was essentially finished by 1998 followed by the sad passing of Chuck in 2001.
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with
I would say the band’s greatest accomplishments to date are the 2 full-length albums ‘Univerself’ and ‘The Death and its Slaughter’ I joined in 2014 but I was already a fan myself after hearing the first album. The strengths of these works spur us on to create more.
MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time
‘Incurso’ by Spawn of Possession and ‘Emanations’ by Ouroborus
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?
I was a guitarist in a school band in my early teens. I recall playing ok but looking like a deer frozen in car headlights.
MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall.
I never really went for posters. More recently I picked up a ‘The Faceless’ cloth banner that I have hanging on a wall next to a Cryptopsy ‘Blasphemy Made Flesh’ one.
MM - Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person
I think Frank Zappa was important in terms of being a positive force for pushing the boundaries. I am not necessarily a fan of everything he put out but the ethos of unlimited creativity that he represented was important without a doubt.
MM - What's the most important thing to the band right now?
The next album – we are actively writing music and lyrics for it at this time and expect to release it next year.
MM:If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?
We have never felt drawn to the idea of covering other artists. Currently, our own music is enough. Maybe that will change in the future but I cannot see it happening for now.
MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band
A fan at one of our shows who told us that they had to listen to our songs more than once to appreciate all of what was going on within them. That I think is the greatest strength of a song – when it is compelling enough to warrant re-listening. There are accessible melodic parts sure, but the music also contains textures (sometimes harmonic and at other times dissonant) in there too.
MM: Four words to describe DYING VISION
Creative, focused, aggressive & dark
MM:Final Words for your fans and our readers
Thank you for getting this far! Really though – if you enjoy our music (available from https://dyingvision.bandcamp.com) then please consider purchasing our album or our merchandise (available from https://dyingvision.bigcartel.com). All funds are reinvested into the band. A recent example: the mixer for our In-Ear Monitoring system to be used at our shows was funded that way entirely.