Gemini Syndrome Talks Pleasure and Pain!

The guys in Gemini Syndrome encapsulates both ends of the spectrum. The band conjures ethereal alternative melodies and then tempers them with gnashing, guttural distortion. These five musicians—Aaron, Rich, Mike, AP, and Brian— all from diverse musical bands and worlds converged when the guys discovered that the spiritual musings of Aaron melded with Rich, AP and Mikes taste for dark and melodious rhythms. It was when Aaron’s fascination for the illuminati and mysticism caught Brian's attention and sealed the unbreakable bond that would then extend between each of the members. They began residing under one roof, to live, sleep, and breathe music together communally as a band in the truest sense. Bandmates Rich Juzwick and Brian Steele Medina answered some questions about their success and band's musical ability.

1. Can I get a backstory on the band/ band biography?

Many factors helped manifest Gemini Syndrome. All of us collectively have a similar vision for creating music and art and it was a perfect storm as we all came together to build what we have all been seeking our entire lives.  We live this vision together at all times, making it a part of our lives, and the basic foundation for everything else we do.

2. How did you guys come up with your band name?

The name was an inspiration that appeared in the mind.  It came from a synchronicity of ideas that took on a life and energy of their own.  The name materialized and became a representation of these inspirations and thought forms, leaving room for more meaning to manifest itself as time has gone on.

3. Why did you pick Pleasure And Pain as your single?

Pleasure & Pain was the last song we wrote and recorded for the album.  We were energized by it's creation and realized that it was a perfect introduction to the various vibes and facets of the band.

4. Where did you get the music video for that song?

The video was a combination of introductory principles and symbolism combined with footage from our recording sessions.  It was meant to be a simple but striking preview of things to come.

5. Tell me about the song Pleasure And Pain.

Pleasure & Pain is an anthem about the things we all experience in this life.  The two extremes of pleasure and pain are things we can all relate to, therefore tying us together as conscious beings.

6. How did you get signed to Warner Bros. Records? What do you think they can bring to the table for you guys, that no other label can?

Warner Bros. was exposed to us shortly after we publicly introduced ourselves.  After proper alignments of time, circumstance, and belief they approached us and we quickly signed.  What makes WB stand out is a combination of two things:  their rich history of ground breaking bands and the great personnel.  Everyone we work with has become an extension of the Gemini Syndrome family.

7. What lyrical theme do you guys use in your music? What message do you want to send?

We talk a lot the human condition.  A lot of it is taken from personal experience but a lot is also influenced by the general state of living that I observe around me.  Ultimately, I want there to be a positive message that even in the darkest times, there is hope for something greater.

8. What bands have influenced your band and its sound?

Many bands and sounds have influenced us.  The most obvious foundation of our sound comes from the heavy and alternative bands of the 90's and early 2000's but we listen to many other genres of music that help to expand from that basic foundation.  Artists like Jeff Buckley and Sade have been great filters to help us mutate and evolve from our rock foundation.  Each of us has a very eclectic taste that once put together, lends us a vast and unique soundscape.

9. What are your plans for new music?

We plan to take the principles and vibes from our current music and move forward along each various path.  The heavy will become heavier.  The lighter will become lighter.  Our dynamics will grow but will keep the same principle focus that is Gemini Syndrome.  We have already begun to expound on this idea as we write constantly.  As time goes on we will evolve our sound and message and try to reach as many people as possible.

10. You just started a fantastic US Tour with Mushroomhead. If you could think of one thing you would like to accomplish the most through that tour what would that be?!

We want to learn and share.  We want to better ourselves as artists by learning from Mushroomhead and their vast experience.  We also want to convert any of their willing followers to our music and message.

11. What have you done to prepare yourselves for the tour?

We haven't toured for many months so we mentally prepared for the endurance trial that is constant touring and played music with each other every day leading up to departure.

12. How easy is it to keep the motivation going on a daily basis for Gemini Syndrome?

It's very easy to keep the motivation.  Every day we take a step forward so that forward motion and energy helps to push and motivate through the tougher times.  We all are very passionate and love what we do. We are blessed to be able to dedicate our entire lives to our art and that that is motivation enough.

13. What are you looking forward to about working with Mushroomhead on this tour?

We're looking forward to learning and sharing our music with them and their fans.  Mushroomhead are seasoned veterans that have understanding and wisdom that we can apply to what we do and build from.

14. Once the tour in the US is over what do you have planned afterwards?

When this tour with Mushroomhead is finished we intend to continue touring throughout the Spring and Summer.  We are scheduled to play Welcome to Rockville in April and Rock on the Range in May.  After this initial schedule of touring we intend to continue touring nationally and internationally.

15. Is there any song that when you play it live on stage makes your adrenaline levels kick in and make you want to go hyper?

Pleasure and Pain has been a great song to play live because the crowds know it.  The song has been available for a few months and is being played on SiriusXM Octane so it's always exciting to feel the energy of the crowd when they know a song and are getting into it.  Beyond that, there is so much personal meaning in so many of the songs that they all strike a chord deep within.  Being connected to the music on a deep personal level makes the energy manifest itself without forcing the effort.

16. When it comes to performing each and every night does the time stand still or does it fly by when performing?

It's very surreal when playing on stage.  It's a weird balance between the time flying by in slow motion.

17. What is one special effect that you would want to use or see during your shows?

We would like to incorporate more visuals…a more elaborate set design, video screens, etc.  There is a very specific time in a bands evolution to incorporate more elaborate elements and we will when the time is right.

18. What about stage props what items would you want to use if any?

Props are not currently a part of our plan but there is always room for adaptation and development, so the addition of props could be possible in the future.

19. What has been the biggest band banner that you have used during any of your shows or tours?

We currently use an 8ft x 6ft backdrop behind our drummer and have in the past used 10ft x 3ft long banners behind our back line.  The positioning of these banners creates a very altar-like atmosphere.

20. Where hasn't Gemini Syndrome toured when it comes to touring around the world?

Gemini Syndrome hasn't toured internationally but intends to as soon as we've covered all areas of our national continent.

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