Nick Neubauer - Vocals
Corey Mohr - Guitar
Dallas Crawford - Bass/Vocals
Foli Creppy - Drummer
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HOW DID YOUR FANS RESPOND TO YOUR NEW CD VEGA?
Overall, the response has been pretty positive! We’re really happy with how everyone is responding to it and super thankful it turned out the way it did.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT MUSIC?
Music acts as our outlet as well as many others. There is no other feeling comparable to that of doing what you love and sharing that experience with your band mates who are on the exact same page as you.. On top of that, witnessing those who come to our shows enjoying that same music is one of the best feelings in the world. It’s all about sharing a great experience and music definitely accomplishes that.
WHAT SUBJECTS DO YOU SING ABOUT IN YOUR MUSIC?
Nick - Generally when I am writing the lyrics, I tend to using varying topics from song to song, add as much diversity in our topics as much as possible. So far they have ranged from addiction, accepting life changes, supporting the local music scene, and dealing with depression. Lyrically our songs both range in tone and subject matter. But generally the overarching themes are positive, finding the silver lining in the worst of situations.
WHAT’S THE HARDEST THING YOU’VE EVER DONE AS A BAND?
There are a few things that prove difficult while in a band. One of the hardest things we’ve ever had to do is kick out a member. Another thing is working with our conflicting schedules. We are all occupied with work, school, and other hobbies, and finding the time to get together and write or practice can be tough.
HOW HAS YOUR MUSIC CHANGED FROM WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED?
So far we have released two EPs. Looking back, our first EP ‘The Order in Chaos’ could be considered a pretty standard metalcore release. I think on our second EP, ‘Vega’, we’ve really evolved our sound to incorporate more genres and just generally having a more diverse sound. Each of the new songs tend to have more identity than the previous material we have written. We have already started writing our third release and we plan on continuing to evolve in this manner.
IF YOU COULD PICK ANY MUSIC FESTIVAL TO PERFORM AT (IN THE WORLD), WHAT MUSIC FESTIVAL WOULD YOU PICK AND WHY?
The obvious choice may be Vans Warped Tour, as it is a festival that is constantly on the move, hitting many locations where we could meet tons of new people and bands along the way.
WHAT BANDS INFLUENCED YOUR STYLE OF MUSIC?
Corey- I’m generally the one to start writing each song, so you maybe able to take notice at some of the influences within the band. I take influence from bands such as the Contortionist, Erra, Invent Animate and Misery Signals.
Foli - Some major influences of mine are Periphery, August Burns Red, and The Contortionist.
Nick - My favorite bands include Dance Gavin Dance, Parkway Drive, Brand New, Architects, and Erra. I take bits and pieces from each of these influential bands when I can.
Dallas - A lot of my vocal influence comes from Bury Tomorrow and old Three Days Grace, two bands that I feel really shaped my style over the years.
WHAT BRAND OF INSTRUMENTS DO YOU USE?
Music Man, Ibanez, Fender, Mapex drums, Zildjian cymbals. Everyone in the band has their personal preference when it comes to the brands they use.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE CONCERT MEMORY?
Dallas - My most memorable show was probably my first metalcore show, back in 2010. Asking Alexandria, Attack Attack, Bury Tomorrow, Breathe Carolina, and I See Stars.
Foli - I’d have to say my favorite concert memory was seeing The Contortionist and Animals as Leaders supporting Between the Buried and Me at the Starland Ballroom. That was a sick show!
Nick - Bring Me The Horizon probably puts on the best live show I’ve ever seen. Seeing them at Self Help Tour was probably my best concert experience.
Corey - My favorite concert memory would either have to be seeing the Devil Wears Prada in the basement at Croc Rock in Allentown because it was a sold out show and it was absolutely nuts. Another favorite would be opening up for the Contortionist with my old band. They opened up with Primal Directive and it's kind of funny. I planned on moshing and whatnot but I just couldn't because the performance and the music was just so captivating and everything was absolutely perfect. I just HAD to watch!
HOW DID YOUR BAND FORM? AND HOW DID YOU DECIDE WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC YOU WERE GOING TO PLAY?
Encoder is an evolution of another band a few years ago called ‘From Dead to Worse’. Eventually through many member changes, three members were remaining, Nick, Dallas, & Corey.
However none of us were original members, so we decided instead of continuing somebody else’s work we would make our own band and make a name for ourselves. We have all been involved in the local metal scene for years now so the choice of genre was obvious, however we all have very diverse set of influences which shows in our music, and hopefully sets up apart from a standard metalcore band.
AS WE ARE PROMOTING YOUR BAND, IS THERE ANYTHING COMING UP LIKE ALBUM LAUNCHES OR TOUR DATES YOU WOULD LIKE US TO PROMOTE ON OUR SITE FOR YOU?
Our second EP, ‘Vega’ just came out on Dec. 23rd. You can find it on all major digital distribution outlets, iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Apple Music, and Bandcamp.
You can find us on all sorts of social media just by searching ‘encoderofficial’, and you can visit our website at encoderofficial.com.
We are hoping to tour the eastern United States in the next few months so keep an eye out for that, and we have two music videos we released last year, you can find them on Youtube if you search for “Encoder - Aion (Official Music Video)” and “Encoder - Hemlock (Official Music Video)”