Interview - Weak Daze

Sleeping Awake is a sonic baby born in the year 2020. The band spent their 2020 crafting songs that best portrayed their own personal weak daze, having only played a single home gig in December of 2019. With an eclectic body of work and a shared vision for the future, the band has relocated to Nashville, Tennessee in 2022.

- Welcome to this interview. Tell us about your latest release Sleeping Awake.
Sleeping Awake is a post-punk influenced stream of consciousness written during the height
of the 2020 quarantine.
Kailo: “On March 16th of 2020 I was told that I would go on spring break for two weeks and
come back. I graduated May of 2021, alone, in my room. Sleeping Awake were words that kept
coming back to me when boredom and frustration flooded in and I felt overwhelmed and defeated by
the state of the world. Sleeping Awake is the type of song that I felt wrote itself, it felt like my brain
would go on autopilot and every few months the song would get longer until it was finished. Bringing
it over to the band was also really smooth. It took maybe 5 solid run throughs for us to feel
comfortable with the structure and energy we wanted to evoke from it”.

- How would you describe your sound?
This question always feels difficult for us to answer because we are influenced by so much
but we think we fall under emo-adjacent and indie-alternative musical umbrellas.

- What do you write about?

When looking at our full body of work I think most of our lyrical focus comes from life
experiences that evoke the feeling of being in a daze and out of tune with yourself. Our music tends
to be very vulnerable and reads as an open confession about our fears, struggles, and outlooks on

- What do you listen to when you are home?

As a collective we all are drawn to different music but we all find common ground listening to
emo alternative, indie rock, and pop punk music. Bands that are often played around the house
include: Peach Pit, Turnover, Momma, Pinegrove, The Story So Far, and Modern Baseball.

- Your favorite live performance so far?

We are torn between our last show in our college town of Chico, California and our recent
show at the East Room in East Nashville. Our last show in Chico meant a lot to us because
Porchside was an event we started playing very early in our formation as a band and getting
to play our last show there to all of our friends and supporters in our most comfortable
setting was the perfect way to end our time in Chico. The East Room show meant a lot to us
because we played to our biggest crowd yet since moving to Nashville and got to play with
our first friend in Nashville, Paul Vinson. We were born out of the Chico house show scene so
to play a venue full of all of our new friends in Nashville was a big moment for us.

- Tell us a funny story that happened in studio or on stage.
We haven’t had anything crazy funny happen to us in the studio or on stage but
something we find funny about our band is we were all tricked to be in the band by Nick.
Basically Dylan and Tanner were in a band called Creekside that disbanded and Nick
wanted to start a project with them and myself but they were unsure about that. Dylan
and Tanner said they would both be in the band if the other agreed and Nick lied and
told them both that the other had agreed before he had even truly asked and then told
me they had both agreed as well. It’s funny to look back on that because now we have
moved our entire lives across the country to pursue this dream of ours.

- Your favorite albums?
Nick Woody (Bass): Proper Dose // The Story So Far
Tanner Kane (Vox and Guitar): You Don’t Mess Around with Jim // Jim Croce
Dylan Batie (Drums): Avenged Sevenfold Self-Titled // Avenged Sevenfold
Kailo Castilla: Pronounced Mcgee // Mk.gee

- A musician you would like to meet for a beer?
Nick Woody: Dave Grohl
Kailo Castilla: Will Yip
Tanner Kane: Dave Grohl
Dylan Batie: Fronz

- What would you ask for, backstage, if you were the most important band on earth?
Kailo: Choco Taco and an iced Chai
Nick: Bud Light
Tanner: bag of skittles jellybeans and 2 modelo tall boys
Dylan: Joint

- What are your plans for the near future?
We have big plans in motion for the remainder of 2022 and the next year to come. We are
currently working on a new release followed by a string of singles before we buckle down for a
longer body of work. We plan to start creating a lot more visual content for our social media which
include a music video, photography, and more documentation of our growth on Tik Tok and
Instagram. The remainder of this year we set to embark on shows outside of Nashville by expanding
to cities like St.Louis, Louisville, Atlanta, and Memphis.
Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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