Interview: Eric Gynan of Leaving Eden

  1. How did the band come together?

Hey man, it’s a pleasure to talk to you I’m Eric Gynan co-founder of the band Leaving Eden from the Boston Mass area USA. Myself and the lead vocalist Eve co-founded Leaving Eden. We had a bunch of music that we had been recording, and it was really after the first hundred people came up to me told me how great she was, not me but her. It was consistent, and I knew that I needed to do something. The name Leaving Eden came about by looking at this planet being the Garden of Eden so to speak and with all of its deceit and Hate wouldn’t it be nice to go somewhere else. Thus Leaving Eden.

2. What are some of your most memorable moments with the band?

I think touring is probably the most memorable moments because you really get to see the world. You get to meet people everywhere, people who you could never have possibly met with long-lasting relationships.  Leaving Eden has toured the USA Canada and over the pond in Europe, sharing  the stage with hundreds of the biggest national bands in the world including; Lacuna Coil, In This Moment, Black Sabbath (Heaven & Hell), Ronnie James Dio,  Rob Zombie, 5 Finger DeathPunch, Disturbed, Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZTop, Puddle of Mudd, Korn, Killswitch Engage, Buckcherry (Jefferson Starship, Big Brother and The Holding Company, Country Joe, 10 Years After, 40th Anniversary Woodstock) Shinedown, Dropkick Murphy’s,  Alice in Chains, Papa Roach, Bret Michaels, Halestorm,Theory of a Deadman, Avenged Sevenfold, Seether, Hell Yeah, Trapt, Dope, Soil, Fuel,  Queensryche, Saving Abel, Hinder, Damage Plan, Sevendust, Sebastian Bach, SoulFly, Days of the New, NonPoint, DrowningPool, The Misfits, The Butcher Babies, Collective Soul, MushroomHead, Mudvayne, Chevelle, Godsmack, Powerman 5000, 10Years, Taproot, Gin Blossoms, Michael Schenker (UFO, MSG & The Scorpions) Herman Rarebell (The Scorpions), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Kittie, One eyed doll, Uncle Kracker, Tremonti (Creed/Alterbridge), Lamb of god, Slayer, Stone Sour, Motorhead, Blackstone Cherry, HOOKERS & BLOW Featuring GUNS N’ ROSES, QUIET RIOT, W.A.S.P. Members, Steven Tyler, Ted Nugent, Lita Ford, LA Guns, Trixter, Warrant, Apocalyptic Review (featuring members of Godsmack) Adelitas Way, Scott Stapp (The voice of Creed), Gemini Syndrome, Pop Evil, Ratt, Anthrax, Testament, Napalm Death & many more..

3. When going to one of your concerts, what should people expect?

I think that they should expect lots of energy and a very up close Vibe between the band and the crowd. Eve is incredible at fronting the band and including the crowd completely. I always say that it’s really not about us it’s about that particular night, and everybody’s there for one thing to have a good time, and we like to do it together. Leaving Eden is best seen and heard live. Not only do we plug in and really lay it down but we also do some acoustic stuff somewhere in the middle of a set.

4. Out of every band you have seen live, who are some of your favorites?

I must say we played with Alice Cooper and I was blown away by his stage show where he hung himself on stage. Very theatrical. Playing with Dimebag before he passed away and his brother Vinnie Paul or playing with Ronnie James Dio and Black Sabbath’s Heaven and Hell before he passed away was very cool, and it’s something that can never happen again, so we feel humbled that we had these opportunities.

5. What are some of your biggest influences that have shaped your music? Have you met any of your favorite musicians and what were those experiences like? If you have not met anyone, then who do you want to meet the most?

We’ve met a lot of people. I remember when we played the Woodstock anniversary concert with all the bands that are still here that played in the 60s. So we got to hang out with Jefferson Starship in their families and dine with the Kings. Cuz, after all, that’s where it all started kind of like full circle. We played with Bret Michaels a lot, and he’s so cool and really enjoy hanging out with him.

6. What are some long-term goals you have for the band?

We like to release a new album every year so to continue recording, and we like to tour anywhere we can so we will continue that.  Our motto has always bee that we will play anywhere, anyhow, anyway we can so long as we can. We’re looking at an East Coast USA tour all the way down to Florida in a couple weeks that should be pretty fun. We like playing these bike festivals all over the country you know very cool people down to earth nobody seems to judge anybody it’s just a really nice environment the party.

7. What is the biggest accomplishment you have had so far?

I think getting some songs in movies going to Hollywood yeah man very cool. I enjoy the movies, and we have music in some movies and TV series.  Here’s some links;

Leaving Eden Exclusive Lyric Video

“Out of the Ashes”

(Over 100,000 Views)

Featured in “LOCKDOWN” Movie Director: Massimiliano Cerchi

Leaving Eden Live

“Maniac”

Video from “Out of the Ashes” Album

& From Live DVD “LEAVING EDEN LIVE XTREME ROCKUMENTARY”

(Over 100,000 Views)

Dark Star Records in assoc. w/ Sony Music

LEAVING EDEN

“SKIES OF GREY”

LIVE IN CONCERT AT WALLYS HAMPTON BEACH NH

From Leaving Eden Live DVD & Out of the Ashes Album

Featured in “Maday” Movie Director: Massimiliano Cerchi

(Over 100,000 Views)

Dark Star Records Artist Leaving Eden Song “NO SOUL” is Featured in the Movie/TV Series “Jezebeth” Written/Directed by Damien Dante

Leaving Eden New Album

“Out of the Ashes on Spotify”

 

8. What plans do you have for the rest of the year?

We have a new CD.  We released a single from Thin Lizzy called Jailbreak, (Recorded/mixed By Johnny K. (Disturbed, Pop Evil, Staind, 3 Doors Down,) Mastered by Brad Blackwood (Sevendust, Dave Mathews, Adelitas way, Korn) and Produced by myself reinterpreted by Leaving Eden. Jailbreak is going to be on our new album to be released October 19th, 2018 again called Descending through Dark Star records/Sony music worldwide.  “JAILBREAK”

OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO PERFORMED BY LEAVING EDEN, A SONG BY THIN LIZZY

I’m excited about this album because it was recorded and Leaving Eden Studios. We were able to take all the time we needed and really craft This Album to exactly what we wanted it to be. I did a premix on it and sent it off to Bob St John for the Final Mix and Mastering. Bob is a Grammy award-winning engineer and has done bands like Duran Duran, Extreme, Collective Soul, Steven Tyler. Such a great guy to work with too.  MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Leaving Eden New Album Descending; Release date 10/19/18

https://darkstarrecords.net/extras/new-releases/

 

https://sglmoviestore.com/documentaries/leaving-eden-live-xtreme-rockumentary/

 

You can find the ban here;  WWW.LEAVINGEDEN.COM

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