-Interview- Dream Legacy (10/22/21)

Dream Legacy talks about their signature sound, the current Rock music scene and much more.


From: Germany
Sounds like: Rock

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Dream Legacy" and is there any meaning behind it?

Andy Paynes started of the age of 14 years learning guitar. Up from 18 years heI played in different local bands in Biberach/south Germany till he was 28. Then he stopped playing music and did a regular job for 32 years. All the times we played self written songs, we didn`t cover songs. With 55 Andy wanted to play guitar again, bought some new equipment and practiced for 3 years. When Andy was 58, he decided to stop working to realize his dream- composing a heavy rock album. Andy bought some home recording equipment, started to learn the recording software and realized some ideas and composed some songs. The first 2 songs were `Don`t Waste Your tTime`and `Let It Rock`,both are for him some of the best songs of the album. When Andy started to compose and record songs, he didn`t know if he is a good songwriter, but after composing and recording the first 5 songs, Andy realized that he have the skills and that he is able to make a good album. Over Hayo Well, the owner of a sound studio, who mixed and mastered all songs, Andy got contact to André Carswell, an american professional vocalist. André liked the songs and through the pandemic, he had time to sing the songs. When most of the songs were done, Andy asked his former band collegues Ebo Hösch (Drums), John Zell (Rhythm Guitar), Ryan Zell (Bass Guitar), to found a band and play the songs. They agreed. Addtionally André Carswell (Vocals) an Michael Hauck (Keyboards) completed the band. Right now we practice the songs for playing them life after the pandemic.

Andy`s close friend and advisor, Alan Medeiros, founded the name oft he project: Dream Legacy. Dream Legacy stands for: To live our life for rock music and to fulfill our dream, to create timeless rock music, to play it live on stage and to give and leave a timeless musical monument to our audience. Our songs are our „legacy“.

2. What do you want people to take away from your music?

Our messages stand for life experiences, life inspiration, feelings, questions how we spend our time and even thoughts about the corona pandemic (The End Of The World). The title of the 15 track album, which will get released in 2022 "Once In A Lifetime" stands for Andy Paynes' dream and goal of producing a rock album - once in a lifetime.

3. How would you describe your sound to the average listener?

Dream Legacy stands for American-influenced classic rock, paired with progressive elements. Melodies as well as pronounced rhythms and polyphonic singing are the load-bearing foundations of all songs. Our style "Legacy Rock": Classic Rock, Power Rock, hard Rock`n Roll, solemn, melodic rock ballads up to classic hard and heavy rock. Our musical roots are apparently in the 80s.

4. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Kiss, Pretty Maids (Andy`s favourite band), and the Scorpions.

5. How has Covid affected what you do as a band?

Not that much. Andy was composing and recording the album until April 2020. After that mixing and mastering the album, Up from 2021 founding a label, studying a lot for producing the album, artworks, promotion together with his bandmates….and the band started practicing the songs.

6. What’s your take on the current state of Rock?

Rock Music is loved by a huge audience around the world. Rock music is timeless and will exist forever. Our motivation to start into the music business was creating good music, giving good feelings and happiness to our audience.

7. What’s the current music scene like in Germany?

Germany has basically a good Rock Culture. There are many bands in this genre. But we are not so deep inside the german music scene because we didn’t play music over the last years except our drummer, André and Michael, who made music all the time. It`s our biggest aim is to make concerts in front of a big audience, certainly starting in Germany.

8. What’s your take on the royalties that streaming services pay out to artists?

Streaming music is a good and fast way to reach a bigger audience and to get new fans … but not earning money for the artists! Andy produced the album on his own costs. To promote your product is very important but expensive too. Without partners it’s nearly impossible for an unknown independent Band to play on all promotion channels.

9. What’s next for Dream Legacy?

Practicing the songs to get fit for life gigs. We hope to find agencies or organizers to get the opportunities to play life. And last but not least to make new songs. 4 of them are already composed and recorded. As professional musicians, André and Michael have also their own project and produced the album „André Carswell – Singing for Your Soul“.

10. Any shoutouts?

We love playing our music and we play it with all our passion. We hope that a huge audience love our songs and like to see and hear us live on stage.