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Auradrone’s Jon Mack on meditation, sci-fi, the band’s new album and acting

Electro-rock band Auradrone has been in the music scene for a few years. Their debut album, Whitelite Britelite, was released in 2009 and ever since then, Auradrone has been growing in popularity. Later this year, their sophomore album, Bleeding Edge, will be released. Jon Mack, lead singer of Auradrone, took time from her busy schedule to grant R&RR an interview.

Q:Where does the name Auradrone come from and what does it mean?

A: The name came to me as sort of a flash of insight one day. It’s a combination of the word “aura,” like the human energy field, and the word “drone,” which is a continuous tone.? I realized later that together these relate the concept of sympathetic resonance.

Q: Seven levels with their own frequency, very clever. I notice your music videos are “out of this world,” new age art – where does your inspiration come from?

A: Exactly! I get inspiration from all places but mainly from anything to do with transcendental meditation or visioning. I have been a seeker since I can remember and I resonate best with things on other planes than just the physical. I’ve done my share of experimentation, so there’s always a part of me that’s got one foot in the void. I am also a visual artist and find much attraction to artists who bring the otherworldly element to their own art. Travel and other culture inspire me a great deal as well. I am currently transplanted for the summer in Belgrade, Serbia to find a different kind of inspiration for the beginning stages of the next Auradrone album.

Q: Bleeding Edge is your sophomore album – how will it differ from your 2009 album?

A: Well, this time I have a different set of collaborators so this immediately brings a new energy to the table. I’d say this album is a more evolved sound for us with more grit and heavier grooves. It’s definitely dirtier and I mean that in the best of ways. It’s more immediate production quality retaining more of the raw energy of the sound. More lo-fi!

Q: I see your music videos have a lot of sci-fi in them – is sci-fi a big part in your music?

A: I love sci-fi and have acted in some sci-fi-type of films, but wouldn’t say that I’m obsessed with it. I think it was more of a theme with the first album where this new album is moving more in a direction of experimentation with mutation and transcendence of dark energies.

Q: I also see and hear a balance of light and dark in your music. How important is it to embrace both the light and the dark side in oneself?

A: Very important. You can’t deny something in order to gain dominion over it; you must look it in the face and acknowledge that it exists without giving in to the weakness.

Q: When coming up with new songs, tell me what goes into making a song and how you all agree on what songs go into the album and what songs stay out?

A: It’s always a complex process when creating a new piece of music or song, at least for me. I get inspiration sometimes from a lyric or emotion, or even a drum loop or synth line; each one is unique in how it comes about. It all just evolves from there.

When deciding what songs go on the album, Fred and I have been going back and forth and tweaking and shaping until we feel it’s developed enough to be album worthy. If the baby doesn’t evolve, the baby gets put in the incubator for future reference. I’m a perfectionist and that’s both a blessing and curse because I cannot write a hundred songs and just churn them out this way. For me, it’s like a painting or film, where it’s stages and steps until it just feels right.? Some babies are still in incubators as we speak.

Q: You also act, how did you get into acting? What movies have you come out in and how was working on set?

A: I grew up in the theater as my mother directed musicals and drama in both college and high schools. I was in my first production at age five. My father also owned a video store, so I spent a lot of time watching both foreign and domestic films. I guess it was sort of kismet because it seemed to be a natural progression for me; I loved to perform since I can remember.

I just wrapped on a film called Playing The Field with Gerard Butler, Uma Thurman and Jessica Biel. I have also done a few films for SyFy channel and have some other projects coming up.

I love working on set; I feel most comfortable and happy there. It’s a great example of teamwork when things come together and personalities fit because there’s a greater goal in mind. It’s a moment in time that can’t be repeated since every project is different with different dynamics and circumstances. I like the fact that it’s unpredictable and every day is unique with it’s own challenges.

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