October Sky consists of Karl Raymond – guitar and vocals, Alex Racine – drums and Yanik Rouleau – Keyboards. The have literally been taking the world by storm with their progressive rock sound. Friends and band mates for more than 10 years, they have 2 full length albums as well as 2 EPs to their name. Their latest LP The Aphotic Season is making waves all over the world. I had a chance to ask the band’s sexy drummer Alex Racine a few questions about their music and their success….
Cat: Hi Alex! Thanks so much for taking the time to answer a few questions. You guys have been making music for 10 years now…actually starting as teenagers. Can you tell me how you met and what inspired you to start playing together?
Alex: Karl and I met during high school. We were in a big band with 25 other musicians. We had fun and it was a great experience but the only thing we wanted to play and talk about was rock. So we started jamming rock music with a couple of friends in my parent’s basement. It didn’t take long before we decided to work full time on the project. We spent a couple of years to find our own sound and that’s when we decided we wanted a keyboard in the band. Later, Yanik joined and October Sky was born.
Cat: Your sound is so professional. Have you, Karl and/or Yanik had formal training in music, or has it been something you’ve developed as a group?
Alex: We all played music during high school but none of us had formal training. We’ve spent so much time all together jamming or even alone rehearsing. We’ve always taken our musicianship very seriously and I think that’s one of the reasons why our live show has always been the best thing about October Sky. After each show we have a debriefing, we talk about the mistakes we made and the things we could improve. We are not afraid to be honest with each other even when it’s harsh. We are like brothers and we all care about this project.