Interview With Logan Cohen Of “Oceans On Orion”

Q. What was the beginning pint for your music career? How did it all start?

A. My music career started in college when I started experiencing with music production as a part of my degree in film music and soundtrack production. After that I started producing music as a session producer and guitarist. After a while I was offered to join the doom metal band Edellom and from there I slowly gained slight reputation around the Israeli metal scene.

Q. Was there any bumps on the road? What kind of challenges did you have to deal with?

A.  There are always bumps on the road. For example I had to set my gear ideal for live shows. At first I thought that my amp modeler would be enough but I discovered that using an actual amp can troubleshoot a lot of sound problems on live stage so I had to get one. Most of the bumps were technical but I’m always trying to do better.

Q. What was the most fulfilling and satisfying moment so far?

A. I’m pretty satisfied with the release our music video of Start from Nothing. This is the first time I show my face in a music video so I’m pretty excited about that. It’s always a nice first kick to show the world that you’re a part of something that takes things seriously.

Q. How would you describe the music that you typically create?

A. The music I try to create is focused around progressive. But unlike most of the bands I know, I do my best to be melodic as possible and focus on emotion and feel more than technique. For example, I can play quite fast and be technical, but I rather focus on the melody itself an express a certain emotion that would “charm” the listeners in addition of my guitar techniques. I focus on the feel more than on the performance.

Q. What is your creative process like?

A. Anytime I start working on something new I do my best to dig inside. I try to induce a “dreamlike” state where I can “dream” of the music I want to write. Then I do everything I can to express that by writing sessions into my DAW then working on it into a track. This is a method I used for years now and it still allows me to express something from within.

Q. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

A. I’m not quite sure… But I miss those times when people used to buy CDs and vinyl records. Nowadays everything is on streaming services. I know there’s probably no way we could go back to those times but I do like how things used to be back then.

Q. If you were asked to give a piece of advice to upcoming bands, what would that be?

A. I think the first thing you need to have with your bandmates is the right musical chemistry. Make sure that you match the band’s genre and musical taste. When the chemistry is right, the materials you write are good. From there it’s all about teamwork and how professional you guys are. Do your best to keep things on track and work together. A band is like a family and you all must work as one and be great friends with each other. There are a lot of other bands out there who might be cooler than you, But don’t be afraid to dive into the ocean. You probably won’t be the greatest but you will be something that makes someone’s playlist a bit more awesome if you work hard enough.

Q. What has been the best performance of your career so far?

A. My best performance was a nice tribute show my friends and I did for the british prog band Haken. We managed to sell out and fill the venue and I played songs that I didn’t know I’m capable of playing. I managed to break my limits and have the courage to go on stage and play extremely complicated songs I never dreamed I’d have the courage to play live. Apart from being the greatest show of my life so far, it sparked the interest of my friends in Oceans on Orion. After that show they reached out to me about joining them and that’s how I became their lead guitarist.

Q. If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing now?

A. In addition to my music career, I studied web development programming. I’m pretty sure that I’d be more focused on my work as a programmer if I wasn’t a musician. I always had a thing about computers and programming. I guess I’d have more experience in programming than what I have now and I’d find myself as something like a lead tech.

Q. What is new with the band at the moment? What are you currently working on and would like to share with the world?

A. We are currently boosting up our work on our upcoming album. Hoping to release it on January. Another music video is currently in our works and we have a special show in February alongside with 2 really awesome bands I’m super excited to share the stage with. We work very hard as a band but it sure pays well with great shows and awesome audience. Feels like we always have something exciting coming up and we hope it excites our audience too. So stay tuned for more!