Interview with Marcel Gadacz of Dream on, Dreamer

It’s 11pm and Dream on, Dreamer completed their final set on the ‘This Means War Tour’ roughly four hours ago, but that doesn’t mean the guys have just been sitting around. This six-piece that calls Australia home has spent the entirety of the show meeting with fans, taking pictures, and signing autographs. So it’s no wonder that after the energy-filled performance and hours of talking, singer Marcel Gadacz looks tired. Hopping onto the bar behind their merch table, he spoke with us about the band’s first tour in America, plans for the future, and how they came up with such an awesome name.

So this was your first US tour. Now that you’re done, how was it?

It was one of the coolest experiences ever for us. It’s been a dream come true for us to get over here. It was just positive all the way through.

Awesome! Was there a favorite experience that you guys had?

Just every day, you know? Every single show was sold out. And just playing for people that you’ve never played for before and playing stages you’ve never played before. Yeah, just the experience as a whole was mind-blowing and amazing.

Cool. So the response has been good then?

Yeah, yeah, yeah! Surprisingly, it has been really good.

Yeah, after your set, I saw a lot of people leave to meet you.

Yeah! That was great. We were kind of impressed.

Definitely. I know a lot of foreign bands who’ve had success when they start out and then they come to America and had to start all over again. Is it easier the second time around knowing what you’re doing, or is it like trying to cater to a different audience all together?

It’s definitely as you just said. You come over here and you have to start again. That’s what it feels like compared to our home shows and stuff. For this, being [that it’s] our first time over here, it’s just been really, really good and we couldn’t ask for much more.

That’s really cool. I know you guys are from all over the place. Has that affected what influences your music?

Yeah! I mean, we all grew up in different places. Not all of us, but most of us grew up in different countries even, but we [now] live in Australia. And I guess with the whole growing up somewhere else, you have so many different people coming together with different influences musically and personally — that’s just our band, I guess. It just happens to mix [well]. We’re like a family.

How did you guys meet? You came from Germany, right? You were an exchange student?

Yeah, sort of, but I had a working holiday visa for about 12 months. I didn’t want to work and travel, though. All I wanted to do was start a band. I got into a local band, which was fucking awesome because I couldn’t speak the language at the time — three and a half years ago, I couldn’t speak English. So I was just [playing] in local bands, playing shows with some of the dudes that are in my band now, and then I just said, “Let’s do something serious,” and just picked the members. And here we are.

Wow, I would have never guessed you didn’t speak English three years ago. You speak it better than me, and I’ve been speaking it my whole life.

I mean, I learned English in school, but it wasn’t like where you can actually talk to someone; it’s just a language you learn in school.

Yes, you learn it to get the A and that’s it. Or even just a C to pass. [laughs]

That’s it. [laughs]

On Tumblr, you guys posted a review and it was in German.

Did we?!

Yeah, about three months ago, I think. It was really funny because it said, “Only Marcel can read this.” Are there any other “special talents” that any of the other guys have? That’s assuming you count reading German as a talent — I do. [laughs]

I didn’t even know about it! Well, I BMX, and that’s what I’ve been doing before I even started doing music. It’s what I do as a hobby. I’ve been doing it for years, so that’s my thing that I’m passionate about as well, but not so much anymore since the band’s done well. What about the other dudes? I don’t know. Our bassist [Michael McLeod] is actually a vet nurse, so he looks after animals and stuff. All the other dudes play video games, which I never do.

That can be a talent! You can make money being a professional video gamer.

Exactly!

Who came up with the name? And is there a story behind it or a meaning?

Well, we all dream big, and everyone has dreams. For us, we were looking for something catchy, something that’s not already out there, and something that’s easy to remember. It shows off what we’re all about. We have dreams and we’re following them. I think it was the best way for us to bring that across. Keep dreaming. Once you reach one goal, reach for another, and that’s what it’s all about: just always climbing.

It’s definitely a good name.

Yeah. So we all came up with it, to answer your question.

Awesome. You guys were filming for a DVD tonight. Will it be detailing your life on the road in the US?

It’s actually going to be a documentary about coming to the US for the first time. It’s been filmed every single night we’ve played. And tomorrow we’re flying out to Japan to do dates with our friends We Came as Romans. Then we’re going back to Australia for a festival tour, which we’ve never done before.

Soundwave, right?

Yeah, with Marilyn Manson, Limp Bizkit, and System of a Down — so like huge shows, and normally it’s not common that an Australian band gets to play Soundwave. Usually, they [pick] all overseas bands, but we were pretty lucky. We’re one of three bands, I think, from Australia that get to play, and that’s just been a dream come true, and we just want to show that. I think we played in front of 250,000 people within like 40 shows or something, so I think that’s the whole theory behind the DVD. It’s just something that we wanted to do, and it’s pretty awesome.

That’s going to be neat. I hope it’s released in America. That’s always the worst when you see bands like, “Oh, we released our album!” but then we can’t get it here.

Yeah, of course! Since we have Rise Records looking out for us over here, everything’s possible.

Pick up Dream on, Dreamer’s new album, Heartbound.

For the band’s upcoming tour dates, check out their Facebook page.