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INTERVIEW: Astari Nite

How would you classify your music?

 Post-Punk, New Wave, Gothic Rock.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star), Brian Molko (Placebo), Robert Smith (The Cure), PJ Harvey and Peter Murphy.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

Every word that I say to the beat of a drum, the sound our guitar makes and the bass line that balances us along with keyboards that float in the air – take it all, it’s our gift to you.

How’s the music scene in Miami/South Florida?

It continues to grow like the evergreen.

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

The Cure on June 26th 2016. As far playing live I would say the most gratifying thing about it is that one person that you meet that tells you “I know the feeling” or “I can relate” or “Thank you”. Those are the words that are far more worthy than any amount we make that evening.

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

I’m certain that I have grown accustomed to hearing my own voice which is something that has always frightened me. I find that if I stay true to my story telling then my words will be more convincing to myself.

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?

Milk shakes and donuts in the middle of the night with Robert Smith.

What’s the story behind your newest release “Lovesick”?

Lovesick is about rejoicing in the memory of those who have passed on in our lives, whether it is someone we know and or admire. I’d like to think of it as a eulogy or an anthem for saying goodbye.

What’s the main difference between your previous album and the upcoming Dreams of Majesty?

We wanted to take an approach of simply focusing on fewer songs which in turn created the Dreams of Majesty – EP. Writing each song as if it is a single was the idea and now we leave that judgment in the hands of our listeners. Another key element is having Rees Bridges master the songs as well as mix a couple. He has worked with (Pete Doherty and Tears for Fears) in the past. We find that Rees has shed a new light on our direction of writing and we are very thankful for that.

When is Dreams of Majesty coming out?

Dreams of Majesty will be released on Cleopatra Records this summer, I believe mid-August.

What’s next for you?

Currently Astari Nite is plotting a new music video and getting ready for our performance in France on August 19th at the Gothic Darkwave Festival held at the Château de Tilloloy (CASTLE). Our day dreams are becoming reality and this is because of the people that admire our songs who continue to stand by our side. We are very thankful for each and every person who acknowledges our songs.

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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