Breaching Vista Interview by Hope Drew
Who is who and who does what in Breaching Vista?
> John Maksym: Lead Vocals/Guitar
> Mike Chhangur: Bass/Backing Vocals
> Al Malnar: Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals
> Nolan Orth: Drums
Where is everyone from and how did you guys meet each other?
> We are all from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario and met during our high school years, each playing in different bands at the time. Our bands had crossed paths over the years and we all got to know each other in the local music scene. When bands started disbanding it became an open market to find like-minded musicians to begin working with on new projects.
> John, Mike, and Al are all founding members of Breaching Vista, having started together in early 2007. After 4-1/2 years playing together, original drummer Nik Varey decided to leave the band and pursue other interests in life. This opened the door to auditioning for a new member and after several months of auditions and a few meetings over coffee the search was narrowed down to Nolan Orth who was the perfect fit for the band.
What do you think sets Breaching Vista apart from other bands right now?
> We’re not claiming to be the band that’s re-inventing the wheel or changing the music industry. Our moral is staying true to ourselves and writing music that we enjoy listening to. What really sets us apart is our ability to engage our fans into the show. We take pride in bringing entertainment value to our performance by creating moments on stage to connect with our audience and leaving them wanting more.
What are some of your musical influences?
> Our influences stem mainly from the 90’s alternative rock movement. Bands like Green Day, Silverchair, Our Lady Peace, Bush, Blink 182, and Third Eye Blind to name a few. Also, some classic bands like Styx, Bruce Springsteen, and Iron Maiden should be mentioned.
What do you want fans to take away from your music?
> We’d like fans to be open to interpretation and take what they need from our music. We want them to feel some kind of personal connection to the songs, whether it be pleasure or helping them through a hard time.
Where would you like to see the band in a few years?
> We’d like to see ourselves being able to travel and play in different parts of the world. We have an indie label called Engineer Records supporting us over in the UK, so a UK and Europe tour would be amazing. We are also very interested in exploring the markets in Japan and Australia as we’ve heard that there are strong fan bases for Canadian music in both countries.
What is the largest crowd you have played?
> We’ve been fortunate enough to play a Canada Day festival 3 consecutive years (2008-2010) to an estimated audience of 10,000 plus. It is a free festival, open to the public, with a very large fireworks display at the end of the night.
What is one song you wish you had written?
> John: Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”
> Mike: Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On”