I had a chance to email with Edge of Destiny recently. They’re an up and coming hard group from Texas. They combine several flavors and season them with explosive drum beats. They splice metal elements with hard rock influences to create a heavy, desirable sound. Kraevin Caedo’s vocals carry far above the rest of the band, betraying the band’s throaty riffs while adding a wonderful layer to the overall sound.
Follow the band on Facebook and Instagram. Their music is streaming on Spotify and YouTube.
- What are your biggest musical influences?
Kravein: Bach, Beethoven, Queen/Freddie Mercury, Breaking Benjamin, Sevendust, Sheryl Crow, Mariah Carey
Astrum: Early Metallica, 80’s metal like Iron Maiden, Dio, Ozzy, Sabbath, Queensryche, Breaking Benjamin, Halestorm, Shinedown, +Live+.
- Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
Kravein: Classical, country, and Mexican/Mariachi perhaps?
Astrum: Country, classical, pop…a good song is a good song. I’m a songwriter first so while my main genre is rock, hard rock, metal, I can’t ignore a good song in any genre.
- What’s next for the band?
Kravein: World domination!!! but we will start with touring hopefully, Texas and throughout the Southwest and eventually, all over the US, Canada, South America and Europe
Astrum: What she said! Touring and recording more music.
- How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?
Kravein: For fans and music listeners, I think it has made it so much easier. You have access to a huge library of music without having to go anywhere. You can discover new artists and music that you may not have been exposed to otherwise. For us musicians, it makes it easier to distribute our music, but it presents its own challenges as record sales are not what they use to be. It’s rare for people to go to a music store and buy albums anymore. So, we have to get creative to be able to finance our tours and create merchandise that fans want to buy.
Astrum: Streaming is great for fans, for bands and artists maybe not so much. We only get $0.007 per stream from Spotify, so for every 1,000 streams we make $7.
- Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
Kravein: Lightning and thunder!
- Can you describe your sound?
Astrum: It’s like a mix of rock, hard rock, modern rock, prog rock, and alternative metal. To use the band comparison analogy, maybe if you put Evanescence and Breaking Benjamin in a blender, sprinkle in some A Perfect Circle, you’d get Edge of Destiny.
- What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
Kravein: Lately I have been listening to a lot of Sixx AM and Breaking Benjamin. Those are just two bands that I love every song they come out with.
Astrum: My current CD rotation is Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown, Halestorm, Thirty Seconds To Mars, and +Live+.
- What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
Kravein: I never really decided to “get into” music. Music sort of chose me. From the time I was a young child I was always fascinated and inspired by music. My parents gave me a toy keyboard when I was 5 or 6. I was teaching myself to play songs I heard on the radio or learned in church. So, they got me piano lessons, I sang in church choirs, Spanish choirs, school choirs, any chance I got to be involved in music. I was groomed more for classical and opera growing up. But I always gravitated to rock and metal. Something about the passion in the vocals and the guitars and the way everything comes together always inspires me. So, I joined my first rock band as a backup vocalist in college and it’s been rock and metal music ever since. Writing, singing/performing music is what I have always felt I was born to do. It always brings me back.
Astrum: I was born into it. My grandmother played upright bass in 3 bands till age 91 and my mom has been playing piano since she was 4 years old. Music has always been in my life and I’d always be singing and banging around on my mom’s piano as a toddler. In grade school my grandmother encouraged me to take up an instrument and play in the school band so I started off in 4th grade with trumpet, then moved to snare drum, alto saxophone, and in 8th grade I saw The Go-Go’s on MTV and knew then and there I wanted to be a rock star when I grew up. I started playing drums and was in my 1st band a couple years later. I can’t do anything else, and believe me, I’ve tried. Music is my life, my love, my passion, and the reason I am alive. It is my purpose and my calling. So like Kraevin, music chose me, I am just following the call.
- How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
Kravein: My writing process really depends on what I am working on or who I am working with. In Edge of Destiny, Astrum, Gus and I do the majority of the writing. Sometimes Gus or Astrum will come in with the guitar parts all worked out and then once the song structure is finished, I will write the lyrics and melody. Other times, I come up with the lyrics/melody first and basic guitar parts and then Astrum and Gus write the instrumentation.
Astrum: I love how it is really a collaborative process in this band. I mean, yeah, Kraevin, Gustavo, or myself may come up with the template, but then we come together as a band and “Destinify” the song.
- If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favorite?
Astrum: I really can’t pick only one. The 2 albums that seriously altered my life are Rage For Order and Operation: Mindcrime, both by Queensryche.
- Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
Kravein: Breaking Benjamin, Sixx Am, Seether, Skillet
Astrum: Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown, Halestorm, Sixx AM, Queensryche, Three Days Grace…I could go on and on…
- What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
Kravein: From a music junkie’s standpoint, I prefer bands that release full albums. I love experiencing the full album, overloading the senses and picking out my favorite songs. From a musician/writer’s perspective, I love the idea of releasing singles over an album. It eliminates the “long waits” for a full-length album. It keeps new music and ideas constantly flowing and relieves the pressure of having to write 6-12 songs to record at a time! We write many times that many as not all songs make it on the album. The time we spend in the studio is a huge expense. Focusing on recording and releasing one song at a time, allows a musician more time to tour and do shows. You can do a 4-6 week tour, then come home for a short break. Hit the studio to record a new song, release and then hit the road again. Rinse and repeat. This really helps new artists and indie bands like ours who have to self-finance our music.