Drawing influence from acts like All Shall Perish, August Burns Red, and The Black Dahlia Murder, PROTOSEQUENCE root their music in technicality while layering emotional, yet gruff vocals weaved into every track. The band transitions seamlessly through djent riffs, grinding drums and groove elements, making their sound versatile and ever-changing. Their latest EP “Biophagous” was unleashed this past August to follow their 2016 debut “Schizophrene”.
How did you first get in to music? Who turned you onto rock/metal?
Music has always been a big part of my life. My dad was in bands and toured when he was younger and my mum has always been a big music fan. They are both pretty creative people in their own respects so I was around it a lot.
How did you become a guitarist and vocalist? Are you proficient in any other instruments?
I started playing guitar at 15 years old, and wanting to do vocals as well came not long behind it. I always wanted to be in a band and tour like my dad but didn’t take it all that seriously until my dad and my godfather bought me a Epiphone SG and Traynor 30 watt combo amp for my 16th birthday. I also credit a fellow local band (Quietus) for also inspiring me to become a serious musician and start performing. I play drums as well but it’s definitley not my primary instrument.
Were you forced to go to church as a youth, if so were you an altar boy or participate in some other ways?
My mother has some Christian beliefs and I was baptised but no, I have no religious beliefs whatsoever.
What was the local scene like, in the beginning? Was there a particular band you aspired to be like, favorite local bands back then, favorite local bands now?
I went to my first metal house show/kegger when I was 15. It was a really eye opening experience. I knew I wanted to be a guitarist but being at that house show solidified me wanting to play in a band of my own. QUIETUS , a fellow Edmontonian band, is to thank for that. They continue to be one of my all time favorite bands, period. Check them out, criminally underrated.
The scene in Edmonton/ Canada is pretty diverse and filled with tons of amazingly talented people and bands, so we have made quite a few friends over the years through music.
How did the band form and how did the band name come about? How did the band meet and how long did it take to finalize this lineup? How stable is the current lineup?
The band formed in early 2014. It originally was a concept that never really came to fruition. Our old vocalist Marshall Payne can be credited for bringing us together, as it was him who came up with the name, and introduced Kyle to the rest of us. Unfortunately things with him and our original bass player didn’t work out, and we got Joseph McKee on vocals and Jacob “2 legs” Teeple on bass. Both are amazing musicians and people who are not only a perfect addition to the band, but really completed the puzzle that is PROTOSEQUENCE. The 5 of us are locked in and the dynamic is solid. I don’t see that changing.
Do you recall any strange celebrity encounters while on tour or at shows?
No, we haven’t really had any “celebrities” come to our shows. I don’t think we have caught any of their attention yet.
You have a new lyric video for Parasitic, how do you like lyric videos compared with a typical music video?
Generally speaking, a music video is a better idea in my opinion. But our good friend Nathan Seargant did an incredible job of deciphering our vision as well as his, into the half music video half lyric video idea that is the Parasitic video. We couldn’t be happier with it and we hope you enjoyed it as well!
Biopahagus is your second EP. Can we expect a full length anytime soon? How was producing and putting the latest release together different than Schizophrene? Have you recorded any covers?
We are currently tucked away writing for our full length release. Not quite sure on a release date as of yet, But it will definitely be our most diverse release to date. Putting together the release only differed in the sense that Biophagous was a collectively written album. Schizophrene was a collection of old revamped and rewritten ideas and songs by Kyle. We tracked both locally and sent both out of country to be mixed and mastered. As far as covers go, only at a live show! Never recorded.
What is the writing process like for you? How do you pick what you want to keep and release and what gets tossed aside?
It’s 100 percent a collective call. Kyle and I will come up with rough riff ideas and we present them. If they pass , we all start writing for the song.
Is it wrong for bands to play along with pre recorded music?
In the sense of a play along video, it’s fine. Live backing tracks should only be samples in my opinion. Not full mirrored tracks live.
What keeps you passionate about your instrument after all these years?
The constant release of new and inspiring material by other bands. The endless creativity and positive outlet. Playing guitar changed my life.
If you weren’t already playing with Protosequence and could play with anyone alive or dead, who would it be?
To be honest I don’t really think of those kinds of things. Wishful thinking is nice, but I want to play music with my brothers in Protosequence, so all of my thought and effort goes to that.
What kind of references or influences do you take from other mediums? Is there any particular book, or other artists that you are inspired by?
I listen to tons of music that isn’t metal from Motown to rap. So I get inspired by anything I like, from movies, to music, to people.
What was the first music you bought and what have you bought more than once in different formats?
To be honest I don’t recall and I never buy duplicates.
What can we expect from a Protosequence live show?
Blast beats, beer and bud. We like to have a good time and just play music. Come hang, you won’t regret it.
Do you still buy cd’s and records or mostly use streaming sites? Which sites do you use and what do you like about them?
I still buy CDs to support the bands I love. It’s the proper way to support. Buy merch, buy albums.
How much time, do you spend, on social media a day? Which do you hate the most but can’t live without? Which do you like and why?
I don’t have an exact number, probably way too much. But that’s the way to reach your fans. And we love our fans, so we try to be as active as possible.
Top 5 albums or songs released in 2017?
FIRST FRAGMENT – Dasein
VALE OF PNATH – II
VIRVUM – Illuminance
VIRULENT DEPRAVITY – Fruit of the Poisoned Tree
QUIETUS – Of Scars and Devastation
What endorsements do you have and what endorsements do you still want? What gear is currently giving us the Protosequence sound?
I would love to be endorsed by Orange Amplifiers, Ernie Ball strings, and Gruv Gear.
Bands you would love to tour with on a dream tour package and musician or artist you would like to meet and interrogate?
VIRVUM , VALE OF PNATH, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER. please tour with us. Haha
What does metal mean to you?
Final thought /shoutout?
I’m Dylan Parker and I play guitar and do backup vocals in PROTOSEQUENCE. Check us out at protosequence.bandcamp.com , or come to a show and hang out with us. Shoutout to Cara Ashbey, Jon Asher, my band mates, and all the people that support / help us along the way. We love you all.