DYD: We have this thing about names, where did the name, Asleep in Transit, come from?
Asleep in Transit: Allister came up with it…. Like our music, it’s meant to bring up an image, a feeling… so Asleep in Transit is about that feeling you get when you’re being driven somewhere… maybe going on holiday, and you don’t have a care in the world, and you are about to fall asleep – that moment is what Asleep in Transit is meant to feel like, I suppose.
DYD: How did the band get together initially?
Asleep in Transit: Allister was working on a few of the songs that we are now playing as Asleep in Transit on his own, and met Irina through Vlad. Irina had just finished high school, and was looking to get into music. Vlad and Allister went to high school together, and Irina and Vlad are siblings. When they met and Allister heard Irina sing, he really wanted to work with her because they really clicked and Allister felt she was the right vocalist for the songs he had been working on at the time. At that stage it was just Allister and Irina in the band, and the rest of the members joined as it felt right to add them.
DYD: What would your ultimate musical success be? We know that you’re one of Converse Get out of the Garage Competition bands. How did you feel about being selected?
Asleep in Transit: Well, we don’t really know what our ultimate musical success would be… of course we would like to become an international touring band, maybe win some Grammys haha, but who knows? We feel great about being selected! It just means that people appreciate our music, enough to get us to the top ten out of so many entrants, and that makes us want to work harder and write more music for people, so everyone wins really.
DYD: Where did you get the idea for your documentary and how did you make it happen?
Asleep in Transit: We have always wanted to put out a documentary… and we have been collecting footage from the start. I guess the actual structure and plan for the documentary sort of came together when we decided to go up to the Drakensberg to work on the new EP, Kaleidoscope. We decided that we should now use that process of writing and recording, as the core of the documentary about the band so far. We made it happen by… Allister! Haha, Allister is a videographer and photographer, and he shot and edited the whole thing, on his own. What a man.
DYD: Do you guys have a favourite performance? Where was it and why is it a favourite?
Asleep in Transit: Probably our recent gig with the Parlotones at the Durban Botanical Gardens. There were over 5000 people there, it was a beautiful day, and we had some of our friends on to play banjo and violin and accordion… It was amazing.
DYD: In the last few years, due to the rapid growth of internet access and use, music has become more accessible to people, how much would you credit the internet for your current success?
Asleep in Transit: Well, it definitely is a lot easier to build an online community and share info about releases, shows and all that via the internet, so in that sense, the web has helped us a lot. But we wouldn’t say that’s all you need to be successful. It’s just another tool, a way to reach people. You still need to have good music that people like, at the end of the day.
DYD: Who are some of your favourite international and local acts?
Asleep in Transit: So many! We all listen really widely, but I guess we can all agree on Foals, Lykke Li, Jimmy Eat World, Death Cab for Cutie, Local Natives, Vampire Weekend, mewithoutyou… lots and lots! Locally we really like Shortstraw, Al Bairre, The Plastics, Desmond and the Tutus and ISO.
DYD: If you weren’t in the music industry where would you be?
Asleep in Transit: Allister would be a photographer/videographer, Vlad would be a lawyer, Irina would be a student, Josh would be a computer programmer, and Sid would be… we don’t know haha! All that guy does is play drums, all day!