Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Craig Ewan of Dead Defined.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
EWAN: Dead Defined was formed in 2018 and it is a Pop/Rock/Industrial project. It’s instrumentally written and sang by myself. It is produced and engineered by Mike Dmitrovic of Voodoo Records Canada. It’s more or less an amalgamation of all my favorite styles of music focused into one project.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
EWAN: I have too many music and life influencers to even list, but as far as musical influences, off the top of my head, as far as bands and writing styles go it would be anything from bands like Staind, Filter, Beastie Boys, Theory of a Deadman to legit anything on the other side of the spectrum of Chill/Lo-fi or Melodic tunes at the moment. I’m allover the map when it comes to musical influence these days.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
EWAN: My latest single is entitled ‘Ignite’. I hope your readers will take the time to check it out as it’s more of an experiential tune on my side. I’m used to writing the four on the floor, hard hitting rock tracks that my fanbase seem to love, but wanted to throw a bit of a curveball on this one since it’s something that really spoke to me music wise. It’s my first track working with just samples and not a full band setup. I want to show diversity in my writing and music style so I thought it was an appropriate time to release this one. So far I’ve had nothing but positive feedback.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
EWAN: High energy fun and lots of fan interaction. I’ve always been the type of performer to lure the crowd into some kind of engagement at my shows. I find it’s such a rush when the audience is wanting to participate and respond during a performance, that’s what us performers strive for. If you’re up on stage and people are just staring down at their phones the whole time, what fun is that from a performance side of things? I want to make them look up and ask “who the hell is this guy?” Positively or negatively ha! At least you’re paying attention.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
EWAN: I don’t really have a solid answer for that actually. I try not to predict the future too much these days to be honest. I like to focus on the now and try to grow my fanbase and quality of my music in hopes to continue an uphill climb. It’s small steps for me at the moment. The music industry is always evolving now more than ever so it’s hard to predict anything when it comes to wanting a certain outcome in that length of time. Just trying to be a consistent artist in these times is hard enough, but you have to always be striving for more and staying positive!