Saskia brings a unique, powerful voice tempered by heart, dreams and euphoria. Hoyt brings a heartfelt hard rock edge that nods to guitar heroes of yesteryear while traveling through passages, roads and stations. ‘The Reverie Suite’, Euphoria Station’s sophomore album is a concept album based on the life of vocalist Saskia who delivers her story with an earnest passion that’s hauntingly beautiful. Its theme is centered around childhood and musically presented with a sound that evokes America in all its beauty – whether it be folk, rock, jazz or Native purple mountains majesty with progressive tinges.
The realization of this album began with Saskia and Hoyt exploring the many acoustic sounds from the 70s rock and pop that seemed more in tune with their other passion, nature - especially the vast and beautiful southwest of America. Starting with a trip to Sequoia, CA, their vision for the album began to mature and change into something organic that breathes while retaining the depth and melody they're known for. To realize this new sound, they brought in a new keyboardist, Ronald Van Deurzen who brought a wealth of heart and virtuosity, sticking to piano and organ that reaffirms the organic direction. Adding harmonica player Tollak Ollestad, flutist Rebecca Kleinmann, violinist Trevor Lloyd and percussionist Bobby Albright, they completed what they named The Americana Day Dream Revival Orchestra. Together they created what you hear on Euphoria Station's second full length album, "The Reverie Suite."
Whether you’re a fan of concept albums, catchy tunes or adventurous instrumentals, The Reverie Suite will deliver and transport you to what can only be described as an Americana Daydream Revival.
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Our single music video 'Reverie': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBSPHvu9F-A
Saskia Binder - Vocals
Hoyt Binder - Guitars, banjo, mandolin, background harmonies
Ronald Van Deurzen - Piano, organ
Trevor Lloyd - Strings
Tollak Ollestad - Harmonica
Rebecca Kleinmann - Flute
Paulo Gustavo - Bass
Chris Quirarte - Drums
Mike Disarro - Background harmonies
Bobby Albright – Percussion
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Hoyt Binder: Progressive Americana with a hard rock soul.
Saskia Binder: It's tough to narrow down and we definitely cross a few boundaries, but at the end of the day we are melodic progressive rock with a focus on tunes that connect. With our new album, we describe our music as an Americana daydream revival.
Ronald Van Deurzen: Instruments such as the flute, harmonica and electric violin bring out both the Americana and prog sound, while the rock setup of guitars, keys, bass, drums and vocals give the music its edge.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
Hoyt Binder: A while back we tried to describe our musical input via scenic descriptions.
Saskia described hers as heart, dreams and euphoria while Hoyt described his as passages, roads and stations. We went with Euphoria Station as it best describes Saskia's musical state of mind and Hoyt's desire to keep moving forward.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
Saskia Binder: We started out on our first album with heavier as well as more pop influences, but our new album, The Reverie Suite, is inspired by a lot of 70s bands as well as the vast beauty found in America's Southwest up through Northern California. I'm influenced by great singers such as Steve Perry and Anne Wilson, but my musical influences are vast, from 40s standards and The Beach Boys to Hall & Oats and Dream Theater to name a few. My other big influence is nature.
Hoyt Binder: I'm influenced by everything under the sun from Brian Wilson and Van Halen to Bach and Duke Ellington. During our travels, we found a deep love for 70s bands such as Loggins and Messina, The Doobie Brothers, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Allman Brothers, all of which seemed to best provide the sound track to the American road trip through nature and became a huge influence on the new album.
Ronald Van Deurzen: There are many, but a few of my influences are Spock's Beard, The Dixie Dregs and Frost. As with Saskia and Hoyt, nature is a big influence for me.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
Hoyt Binder: We are working on the second video for The Reverie Suite, a song called "On My Way." In addition, we have begun writing and demoing ideas for our third album which will pay homage to Southern Rock.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
Saskia Binder: Our goal and plan are one in the same, to keep on keepin' on by doing what we want and never stop being who we are.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
Saskia Binder: My favorite song to sing is "Reverie," because it brings back childhood memories at the creek.
Hoyt Binder: My favorite song to play is "Seasons" because it has an emotional build up that goes off on a tangent that interacts with all the musicians involved.
Ronald Van Deurzen: 'Reprise' because of being able to support Saskia's wonderful vocals with their deep lyrical meaning.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
Saskia Binder: Definitely Covid-19. We put together a big show and released The Reverie Suite along with our first video for the title track, "Reverie" and planned on more shows including opening for one of our favorite bands, The Marshall Tucker Band, when everything got canceled.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
Saskia Binder: It's usually Hoyt playing or demoing an idea with me chiming in with a lyric or general direction. With The Reverie Suite, a lot of this took place while on the road, for example the seeds for "Seasons" started while at a rest stop near the entrance to Sequoia National Park in Northern California. Hoyt came up with the mellow acoustic riff while I felt the line "growing up through the years..."
Hoyt Binder: In the end, a lot of the general direction for the production comes from Saskia who has knack for cutting to the chase.
Ronald Van Deurzen: I start out noodling at the piano, until I have found a meaningful idea that I develop further. Hoyt's guitar parts are often a big inspiration for that as they trigger me musically to respond with new ideas on either piano or organ.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Saskia Binder: It's been very beneficial to have so many tools. We have been able to get our message out without any help from the mainstream media and it has done wonders for us, even while quarantined!
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Saskia Binder: Journey's "Precious Time," The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations," Dream Theater's "Take The Time" and Extreme's "Hole Hearted."
Hoyt Binder: "Broke" by Kings X, Van Halen's "Dance The Night Away," Brian Wilson's "Vegetables" and Queen's "Radio Gaga."
Ronald Van Deurzen: "Thoughts Pt.2" by Spocks Beard, "Outside Your Window" by Harem Scarem. I also listen to various film soundtrack.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
Hoyt Binder: That's a tough question for Saskia who was singing to passengers on her flight from Indonesia to Holland at the age of 18 months. I was a late bloomer, but spent my previous life learning everything I could about music while being stuck in vacation Bible school.
Ronald Van Deurzen: Aside from drawing during my child years, I was a captive listener, sitting at the radio day after day, listening to the songs I like and discover small bits in the music that I didn't hear the first time. That natural curiosity for discovery is what eventually led me into making music myself. Later on it drew me into prog, orchestral and world music.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Saskia Binder: Head the other direction.... but seriously, do it because you love it and never quit.
Ronald Van Deurzen: Work on your craft and follow a path. Learn whatever you can about music, production and other instruments in order to get a wider perspective of your own role within music. Be careful not to get bogged down too much with technology. Enjoy the ride, wherever it leads.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
Hoyt Binder: We'd put the emphasis back on supporting and developing bands with great songs and originality rather than focusing on the immediate sales.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Saskia Binder: Uncompromising. There's no substitute for originality.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
Hoyt Binder: The influences we've had in our lives have made us strive to be better at our craft. Also, it's tough always be asked which box we fit in when to us, music is a story dictated by a present feeling.