INTERVIEW: Darker Still

How would you classify your music?

Well, definitely rock. If we had to be more specific, it is a style of classic rock meets modern recording technology with nineties vocals. You will more than likely hear our influences in how we play.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

They are a little spread out over the map. Jimi Hendrix for his songwriting and mind blowing stage presence.A strong vote for Eric Clapton (especially in the sixties). Listen to Pat`s guitar for proof of that. We might as well say the Beatles because it wouldn`t be fair not to. The Beatles is what started Quinn`s collecting of music. Led Zeppelin. Enough said. Ha haha but seriously! Is there a better example of what we as rock artists strive to be? Finally, Black Sabbath.The musical style, riff writing and the moodiness. They’re so awesome.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

When I listen to music. I really get in to it. I lose myself in the music. Music isn’t an escape. It’s a way of life. I want people to be absorbed by our music. But for now, I’ll settle for people coming back for seconds.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

The local music scene is a little dry. There are good guys and a couple of very enthusiastic promoters that are trying to revive the music scene. They bring a little colour to the area when they are in town. We’re not too far from the GTA so we have places to go when we need somewhere to play.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

There are a lot of concerts to choose from. Probably Genesis. If you want to talk mind blowing performance, think Genesis. Have you ever laughed because of how insane something looked or sounded when they were performing? My face hurt the next day. Other than being given full freedom over my craft. I love working over a crowd. There is something magical about connecting with people on a musical level. They often feel compelled to tell you afterwards about the experience they had. I love that feeling.

Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?

For me I think it is Time To Shine, I have always loved that song and it has been around a lot longer than the lyrics or even the band. I taught myself to improvise over chord progressions with that song. It turned out so well. I will always be proud of that song.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

Over the last year, we have matured a great deal. We know what we want as a band and are at a level of comfort with one another that is greatly improved from past years. Not that we were ever uncomfortable. Musicians just learn to feed off one another and anticipate each other’s next move. It makes for great song-writing.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

I would love to perform with Led Zeppelin. Jason Bonham is still performing, so it doesn’t even have to be a dream sequence. Maybe someday it will happen.

What’s next for you? 

We have material collecting for our next album and are planning shows and televised performances in the new year. 2017 is looking like it is going to be quite a year.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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