Hi, I’m Eric Gynan, Cofounder of the Rock band Leaving Eden from New England USA.
Leaving Eden Lineup: Eve Lead Vocals, Alyssa Bailey White Keys and Vocals, Jake Gynan Drums, Eric Gynan Guitars and Vocals, Rich Chouinard Bass and Vocals.
Who inspired you to make music?
I come from a musical family so it’s in the blood. Inspired by Ritchie Blackmore, Sabbath, Zeppelin and anything new. Playing concerts really inspired me as well. Leaving Eden has toured the USA, UK & Canada sharing the stage with hundreds of the biggest national bands in the world including; 10 Years, 10 Years After (Woodstock Reunion), Adelitas Way, Alice Cooper, Alice In Chains, Anthrax, Apocalyptic Review (featuring members of Godsmack), Avenged Sevenfold, Big Brother and The Holding Company (Woodstock Reunion), Black Sabbath (Heaven & Hell), Blackstone Cherry, Bret Michaels, Buckcherry, Chevelle, Collective Soul, Country Joe (Woodstock Reunion), Damage Plan, (Featuring Dimebag & Vinnie Paul) Days Of The New, Disturbed, Dope, Dropkick Murphy’s, Drowning Pool, Five Finger Death Punch, Fuel, Gemini Syndrome, Gin Blossoms, Godsmack, Halestorm, HELLYEAH, Herman Rarebell (The Scorpions), Hinder, Hookers & Blow (featuring members of Guns ‘N’ Roses, Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P.), In This Moment, Jefferson Starship (Woodstock Reunion), Killswitch Engage, Kittie, Korn, Lacuna Coil, LA Guns, Lamb Of God, Lita Ford, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marilyn Manson, Michael Schenker (UFO, MSG & The Scorpions) Motorhead, Mudvayne, Mushroomhead, Napalm Death, Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Nonpoint, One Eyed Doll, Papa Roach, Pop Evil, Powerman 5000, Puddle Of Mudd, Queensryche, Ratt, Rob Zombie, Ronnie James Dio, Saliva, Saving Abel, Scott Stapp (the voice of Creed), Sebastian Bach, Seether, Sevendust, Shinedown, Slayer, Soil, Soulfly, Steven Tyler, Stone Sour, Taproot, Ted Nugent, Testament, The Butcher Babies, The Misfits, Theory Of A Deadman, Trapt, Tremonti (Creed/Alterbridge), Trixter, Uncle Kracker, Warrant, ZZ Top, Nickelback, Skillet & many more.
What is your creative process like? Do you start with lyrics? Instruments? Concept?
It varies, so I would say all for different songs.
I’m writing all year long and I like to connect to the universe and listen. Sometimes I will dream about music and wake up and try to get it recorded in some way. I usually record scratch tracks and then give it to the rest of the band for their influence. We put it all together and finally come up with an album.
What do you feel is the best song you have released/written and why?
With over 100 songs released worldwide, there’s a lot. Today I’ll say What more from our Out of the Ashes album. It’s heavy, punchy, great riff, fun to play and sing, great melody with some harmony. Drop C tuning. The lyrics are prophetic, apropos. What more do you want from us?
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Ha, I was just asked that question in a previous interview. Familiarity breeds contempt. For example, I give you $500 a day for 5 years, I’m a good guy, but then I have to stop, and suddenly I’m an a–hole.
If you could be any kind of cookie, what would it be and why? (Most important question)
Well fresh, wholesome, homemade chocolate chip cookies are just the best. They are sweet and provide something to chew on.
Or maybe I should say a raisin oatmeal cookie because I can’t stand those and maybe then nobody would eat me?
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
I think that it has worked both ways. On the plus side, you have your music distributed throughout the world and people can see and hear you instantly. A lot more people can see you. You can make money through your distribution. You can communicate with people instantly. On the downside, I think there is an over saturation point and there’s definitely a lot of mediocrity going on in terms of talent and production which is fine but it just takes a lot to sift through and find those gems out there.
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
I’ve said this before, I think radio stations should be loyal to a few local bands, show some support and start building new artists because they are always 40 years behind and those artists won’t be around forever. Who will they be promoting when they’re gone?
What is the most useless talent you have?
I can whisper in harmony?
Man I crack myself up.
When you’re done with music, what do you want people to think when they talk about you and your work?
That is a great question because in the end all that’s left are the ones who can talk about you. There was a time that I had a vision and it was clear and I really didn’t want anybody getting in my way so you can say that I may have been a rebel so to speak. Since then I’ve really tried to be quite objective and go out of my way to take into consideration other peoples philosophies, ideas, feelings etc. so if they could say he wasn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination but he was a good songwriter and committed to his craft and really wanted to share that with the world.
What is your most recent project/upcoming project?
With the time down we recorded our newest album titled Fable.