Most boys dream that one day they will be famous rock and roll musicians. But the only way to do that is to go for it. For years the members of Daybreak Embrace played in different bands, until one day James Wamsley read a “singer wanted” ad on craigslist. Well as we can say the rest is history. Each member of Daybreak Embrace brings with them years of talent. What I learned, is that they are self taught, they hear, they play. “Sheet music….nah what’s that?”
In 2010 Daybreak Embrace released Tomorrow Awaits and in 2013 Mercury. Each album received raved reviews from fans and radio worldwide.
During the time of those 2 releases they had the opportunity to open for bands such as Nonpoint, Gwar, Fuel, HedPE, Gemini Syndrome, and Living Colour. They were also invited to play on the ultimate rock show on the high seas, Shiprocked 2015, with bands such as Limp Bizkit, Chevelle, Metal Allegiance, Black Label Society, Buckcherry, POD, Sevendust, Red Sun Rising, Tremonti, Filter, Lacouna Coil, Otherwise, Crobot, Wilson, Cilver and many more.
Daybreak Embrace are:
JW-James “Wamo” Wamsley – vocals
DC-Dan “Cardigan” Cartagena – Guitar
KF-Keneth Figueroa – Guitar
GR-Giann Rubio – Drums
RD-Ryan Dorries – Bass
SHOCKWAVE MAGAZINE: – We would like to take the time to thank you from breaking away from rehearsal to talk with us tonight. This is a pretty big step for Daybreak Embrace, 1st time going overseas. How do you feel about being part of the huge festival in Poland, Poland Woodstock?
Giann Rubio: Fucking awesome.
Dan Cartagena: Numb, I don’t know what to feel yet. I don’t understand the scale yet.
James Wamsley: It will hit me when we get there and see the crowd of 100k people looking back to us.
What are you more nervous about? A crowd of 50 of your best friends or 100k of people getting to hear you for the 1st time? No nerves about flying?
JW: I’m more nervous about 50 of our friends only because I know they will judge us (laughs).
GR: If I mess up you will know as my friend! No fears in general, just sitting on a plane in 1 seat for 10 hours!
JW: Stage fright went out the window 10 years ago. It’s not fears. We are so willing and ready to get to this next level that when you see 100k people in front of you and say ok, that’s what it looks like. We’ve been needing confirmation of what it looks like.
Keny Figueroa: Yeah, I don’t know how I am going to sit still for 10 hours; I am going to need to figure out how to just sleep!
Ryan Dorries: I’m just thrilled. I have seen what these guys put together on a stage and I’ve seen it on all different sizes and for some reason, it seems the bigger the better. Each time we have been given an opportunity and get on a big ticket, it’s not like we flop. That’s when I saw this band really breathe and really move and make it happen.
JW: I think we are more relaxed when we know the pressure if off for the show, it’s like for 50 people, you put so much pressure on yourself to perform right. Make sure everything is in its place. But when you get to the bigger, larger scale, you have more room, literally to relax and when you’re more relaxed it comes out so much more easy and natural, it just works.
GR: I remember drawing this when I was in middle school, drawing the stage and drawing these little upside down U’s as people’s heads, I still remember doing that and imaging it was going to happen. And that’s why there is no fear; I’ve been envisioning this since I was a fucking kid! And now we finally got there.
KF: I think what happens is that we enjoy watching those shows, enjoy being in the crowd, so when the crowd is there and we are the ones providing the energy and the energy comes back to us, the nerves, fears, thoughts, go away and then we just have fun with everyone.
DC: It’s almost like you black out and zone out and do what comes natural.
What can Poland Woodstock expect to hear? How long is your set?
JW: We have an hour set. We plan on going from point A to Point Z in 1 hour and go full throttle, playing new music for this set. We have no rules for it. It’s kind of a blessing that no one over there is 100% familiar with us so, they might have heard us, found “Suffocate” online, they might find “Thirty Six” online, other than that we have 40 other songs that we have not played, 20 of them we haven’t played for anyone. We can now play all our music and they can find that song that they like, or connect with.
RD: We’d like to get cool videos and pictures from Poland – put something out for the fans. At that point in time when we can really show people a better view. We are so limited with videos, where do you find Daybreak Embrace live videos; they are nowhere, so when we have something to show people, live videos of quality then we will have that.
JW: We are going to take some go pros over there and shoot from the stage and wherever and see what we get.
So tell us about the new music, when do you anticipate the new music release?
JW: The release should be sometime before we leave for Poland or right after with an actual release. We just don’t know yet because we are getting the mixes right, we still have to master them. We would like to release them before we go because then we can make a big deal about a release. We don’t know if that really can happen or if we have to say here’s the 1st listen to our new unreleased music. Actually, O’Malley’s Sports Bar in Margate, FL on Friday July 8th – we are streaming it live – if anyone is interested in hearing the set we are playing, they can hear the new music then, in a very organic, raw format. That will be the uncomfortable Daybreak Embrace show with 50 of your closest friends (laughter). (https://www.facebook.com/events/906539152789375/)
RD: There is a big change in the quantity of ideas and how much we have been writing and some of these songs are birthed by Giann in his studio and he plays a riff on his guitar and something in his head and he puts it down and sends it to us and we are like wow…
KF: Giann is killing it. He plays something on guitar and then puts it to drums and before you know it we hear something…
I find with a lot of band, you hear about one member playing multiple instruments, but then you wonder, who writes the music.
KF: It’s weird because when we 1st started it was just Giann and I in a room, we said this a lot. Just he and I in a room bouncing ideas off each other and then it turned into all this writing and lately a lot of ideas are coming from our drummer.
RD: It starts off in infancy and a riff idea but if we all get on board with it, we are either in our own studios and we add a lot, just at our own laptops or we get in the room and we bring it live and let’s see what it becomes. It’s like this cool, natural organic changing, it’s like I think I know or you think you know it, but what we really come up with is our idea or our version of it.
So, lyrically you guys all add to it?
KF: I try to give where I can. (laughs)
RD: It’s a theme, the message we try to impose we put on James’s plate. This is what direction we think it’s going, and we say sometimes we like it, sometimes we don’t.
JW: Every singer writes so differently. The thing of it is, if in a key – A, G and E chord, they are certain perspectives of the scale when it comes to notes. Put it all together, it’s all rhythms. And it tells you where to put the fill in. It really tells you everything.
If you don’t like it, it goes to what I call the vault, and in a few years you pull something out of the vault and revamp it into a hit?
KF: Those stand out like a sore thumb. In a good sense. Far beyond, we turn it into something great. You’ll hear it tonight during practice – a song called Sedona, not ready to release, but still something we are working with, maybe somewhere in the future.
RD: And what about Cardigan!!! One of the new songs “The Moment” was written by him. When we heard it we knew there was something special about this. We have to do something with this.
KF: The 1st time we heard it we were like whoa where did that come from.
JW: People might hear it and think oh that isn’t Daybreak Embrace but, at the same time we are like hey, it is Daybreak Embrace. It’s just saying here, this is something new, not reinventing, but having another layer of sound. We haven’t been a band that long. We haven’t really given them anything like this yet. So it’s time. So if this is what pushes us to the next level, so be it.
I heard it and let me tell you, when you hear a song for the 1st time and you get tears or chills, it’s something special. It has a very catchiness to it that is so radio friendly.
KF: Before we heard the lyrics, I was in a bar with my wife and I heard it thru my phone and I was like dude, this could be something.
RD: When I heard it was Dan’s idea and they played it for me and I was like Holy fuck. We got James involved, brought him in the studio and he started adding to it and we all got all giddy about it. Next thing you know, we put lyrics to it.
GR: That song almost didn’t make the cut, we finished it the week before we started recording, what you heard was just half of it. It was drafted so late in our catalog of songs, but immediately shoved its way into the front of the studio bumping a lot of stuff to get that song made.
So what is next for Daybreak Embrace after you invade Poland?
JW: We are planning to do a lot more live stuff. We have a lot of the music we have been writing to finish up and get ready to play out and then the goal is to keep playing shows. Get a year or so in of just berating our fan base with just us and the new music and new sets. We might even do a radio campaign for “The Moment”. We know it costs to put a radio campaign together while we do shows, but that could be something.
I don’t think your fans would be opposed to that; you never do a crowd funding. I don’t think that is a bad thing, why wouldn’t you consider doing a crowd funding?
JW: We slightly did it with Poland with our donate button on our webpage. When it comes to crowd funding I think all of us take a seat with in the business and where we are currently with song writing. Like with “The Moment”, we know it could do something, so we aren’t opposed to a crowd funding/radio campaign. Did we get there before? Yes, we got there before with 2 albums where we put our best foot forward and got a lot of music out there to fans. We strive to get the best product to our fans. We have been fortunate to make money off those products. But going back to crowd funding, if we think there is the ONE where we can say go, we can put this product on autopilot, it’s going to go viral, it’s going to do its thing, then we would consider it.
RD: We plan on putting promotions items together with “The Moment”.
GR: This song is going to hit and then people (who are unfamiliar with us) are going to think this is what we put out and all these girls are going to be like oh we came to see Daybreak Embrace and then open our set with Karma and they will be like this isn’t the band that sings “The Moment”. Then we play our other music, we have a wide variety catalog, so they can expect to hear all sides of Daybreak Embrace.
The fun, geeky, un-journalistic question I always like to ask… what is your guilty pleasure?
GR: Wham, that song – Everything She Wants.
KF: 80’s new wave and I’m a fucking trekkie.
JW: If it were music, I would say – Barry Manilow.
RD: Besides game of thrones?
DC: Video games fallout 4, roller coaster tycoon, James was killing it on that. Oh and Soul Calibur and Destiny.
Thank you guys for taking the time to sit down with us. We wish you all the best on the European shows and Poland Woodstock and we can’t wait for the new music.
Video for Suffocate – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgIFOXc-b0I&feature=youtu.be
Video for Severed – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEHXWmvIuHA
Video for Mercury https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pfh7kB24YOg