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Awake By Design / Bio

Awake By Design are a modern, melodic Metal band encompassing the best of the Euro Metal genre. Awake By Design was originally formed in December 2007 by vocalist Adrian Powell and original guitarist Toby Stewart. Together, they wrote and self-released Awake By Design’s debut album, Sentiment. This album gained the band quick recognition via publications such as Powerplay, Classic Rock and Terrorizer Magazines as well as on the TV and radio via the BBC. This widespread approval and acclaim led to support slots with some highly acclaimed Metal and Rock acts during 2010-2013 such as My Dying Bride, Anathema, Apocalyptica, Diamondhead, Sonata Arctica, Queensryche, Lacrimas Profundere and Curved Air. The experience gained from the mentioned gigs and tours culminated in Awake By Design performing at Bloodstock Festival in the summer of 2013. This great exposure from 2010 onwards led to Awake By Design being Midlands Rocks Reviewer "Claire Frays" top local band of 2011.

2011 would prove to be bittersweet for the band. The big support opportunities continued to pour in with bands such as Leaves’ Eyes and Pain of Salvation offering slots; however these commitments meant some members could no longer commit leading to changes within line-up culminating in increased frustrations and some lost opportunities. With only Adrian Powell (Vocals) and Callum Downing (Guitars) remaining from the ‘Sentiment’ sessions, alongside Dave Favill (Bassist 2008-present), rather than admit defeat, pushed forward with extensive auditions searching for the next formation of Awake By Design. These positions were quickly taken, including Luke Smith (Guitars) to fill the ranks. However, the drummer position remained a particular problem. Still, the band continued to prepare to record by writing the songs that would comprise the follow up to ‘Sentiment’. Awake By Design entered The Animal Farm studio in February 2012 with two new members Jake Stone (Drums) and Janson Sissons (Keyboards) to complete the recording of the bands second album "Carve The Sun".

The material of Carve The Sun was trailed and tested live and has been described as ‘a step above their already impressive debut,’ however; the release of Carve The Sun saw complications of itself when long time member Callum Downing and drummer Jake Stone left the band. Once again, Awake By Design entered an audition process in summer 2014. It is at this point where we see Awake By Design’s current line-up take form. Guitarist Luke Hatton responded to an advert that Adrian, Dave, Luke and Janson had placed online and quickly filled the guitarist vacancy; and current drummer, Dave Roelofs, approached the band shortly after.

It is now where we find Awake By Design ready to continue where they left off; with more momentum than ever. Around the same time as the summer auditions, the band began working with LMC Records, an upcoming, but exponentially expanding label based in Staffordshire. The long awaited album “Carve The Sun” will be released by LMC Records next year and will be accompanied by new releases featuring the current line-up. The extensive gigging schedule that the band know and love will undoubtedly continue, and the backing provided by LMC Records; and most importantly, their fans; will see the band rise to their former glory and onwards.

General Info

Band Members
Adrian Powell, Callum Downing, Luke Smith, Dave Favil, Jake Stone, Janson Sissons
Artist Name
Awake By Design
Home Page
Active Since
Metal / Hard Rock / Metal

Contact Info

Birmingham, UK

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