About Eye Empire
Their collective mantra of "Love, Respect, Support," is one they practice internally, in all interaction with the fan base, and inevitably embrace with near evangelical fervor in the live show. Their mission is community, and unequivocally they have begun to build one that is populated by fans, friends, and other artists, covering corners of the globe from Ukraine to Ypsilanti and Santiago to San Francisco. Singer Donald "DC" Carpenter shares, "For me, it is something I feel is needed in the overall picture. Three Simple words that say so much: Embrace Love Not Hate & Judgment. Respect Everyone no Matter Race, Creed or Preference and Support Each Other by Being Present & Active. If you are at an Eye Empire Show, then we are all there for the same reason."
The members of Eye Empire have all seen success in the past through other ensembles. The origin of the band began in 2007 when Corey Lowery (Stuck Mojo / Stereomud / Dark New Day) and B.C. Kochmit (Switched) began to collaborate. Lowery remembers, "BC and I started playing together when he was in Switched, and I knew that he would be the guitar player that I would one day create something special and lasting with. He has a great sense of melody with rhythm and solos and a great understanding of arrangement and what's best for the song. He knows the difference between shredding and holding one note, and making that one note sing. He truly has his own style as an artist."
After a couple of years of writing and searching for the right voice, Donald Carpenter (Submersed) joined in October 2009. Lowery recalls, "I met him Halloween three years ago and from the first note he sang, I knew he was something special. He treats his voice like an instrument, always focused, pushing himself to finding new voices with each song. Lyrically, he believes in what he is singing. Never preaching, but expressing what he's been through or seen in his life on the road. He's always focused and loves the process of studio, and then he makes it come to life with the live show." Former Texas Hippie Coalition drummer Ryan Bennett joined in 2011, whom Lowery believes is, "One of the baddest drummers to come to the rock 'n roll scene in years. Grabbing some of his favorite drummers and making his own style with Eye Empire. He's the guy that is always smiling staying positive until he gets behind the drums then he explodes."
Guitarist BC Kochmit shares, "Like me, they're a bunch of guys who have been around the block a few times. Aside from being my best friends, and all being extremely talented on their respective instruments, we all share an almost self destructive hunger to succeed. We really do have a team mentality in this band."
Musically, they have established a connection that has witnessed an organic swell. Bassist and in-house Producer Corey Lowery offers, "I think a lot of it has to do with the chemistry together. Musically, we are always pushing each other to stay fresh and new. We are always evolving. There's a level of trust that we have for each other that allows us to take music from the heaviest with up-tempo to the simplest three-chord progression with a acoustic guitar. Rock 'n roll's is a rebellion art, so it's very important to be fearless, not putting any ceilings on the art that we do. From the start we have kept this belief and we've watched it grow and it continues to grow to this day."
After a year plus of radio support on the single "I Pray," close to 600 performances over the past three years, and a unity that keeps Eye Empire going strong, the focus shifts to crowd favorite "More Than Fate" as single number two. Carpenter offers, "I am deeply connected to this story. You truly have to live by your heart and trust that life will lead you in the direction you are needed. I believed and it led me to Eye Empire. I will never take that for granted."
After three variations of a debut titled Moment Of Impact, Eye Empire packaged all of the band's recorded work on to a 2-CD set titled IMPACT, and released to physical stores June 19, 2012. Alongside 19 studio recordings, three acoustic performances and two live cuts rounded out the release. The album was released by Bulldog Productions, whom the band holds in high regard. Carpenter reflects, "It's goes way beyond any business aspect of gain. We needed partners who understood that we are family men, and that we are trying to do something that we are committed to building over the long haul. They trust our vision, and work with us to accomplish our collective goal. They're in it for the long haul and we're all in. The business is changing and Bulldog Productions is a facilitator of change, and we couldn't be happier!" Lowery adds, "I've been signed to major labels and to be in a partnership with Bulldog has been nothing but a blessing. These guys don't think about thinking outside of the box. They threw the box away and they're rewriting the script of how music business should be handled for the future!! To be with a label that is as passionate about music as the band is something I haven't seen in years."
When asked about perception, many artists do not have a keen sense of what they aim to have their public image become. Carpenter, alongside his band mates, is not challenged by this sense of self. When asked how he wants the legacy of Eye Empire to play out, he articulates, "We are a band that is always evolving and encouraging our fans to come along for the ride. We are a band that brings their fans IN to the experience. They are a part of the evolution and we hold them accountable for their role in our success as a band. We're in this together!"
Musically, they have established a connection that has witnessed an organic swell. Audiences have grown, and the band is now a bona fide headliner. It has everything to do with chemistry. They push one another to stay fresh. Thus, the chosen title of EVOLVE for the upcoming album which follows the band's independently released debut IMPACT. As Carpenter shares, "I am deeply connected to this story. You truly have to live by your heart and trust that life will lead you in the direction you are needed. I believed and it led me to Eye Empire. I will never take that for granted."