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INTERVIEW: Dax and The Dayz

Hi Dax, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been well! Trying to balance music, a day job and my family is always a challenge but I realy can’t complain.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Brutocracy”?

Yes. Brutocracy as a song title is something I have been batting around for years, and it took a long time to become a song. I’m happy with how it turned out.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

The song is about the brutalization of our culture and government, where kindness seems to be less and less important as a guiding principle, which sucks. The election of Trump in the US pushed the song forward, though I’ve been thinking about it conceptually for years. But I don’t think he is a kind person and his election is symbolic of a lack of a more brutal approach to government and between people.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes but we haven’t quite figured out yet what we’re going to do. But yes, we really want to do one.

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing was fast, as the good ones are. I had the song title in mind and came up with a piece of music that felt right for it. Lyrics took longer as they always do. The recording process was torturous. Well, not completely. We’d been rehearsing the song awhile so basic tracking was easy. But once we dug into it, we came to a point where we realized the song as recorded wasn’t working. We totally reworked it for the version now recorded, which we really like, but that reworking was very, very difficult.

How has your upbringing have influence your music?

How hasn’t it?!? Seriously, everything I write and perform has some element or inspiration from real life. From parents who divorced when I was 10 to moving around the country (I’ve lived all over the place) to being exposed through my family to all kinds of music and show business characters to being the oldest of 7 kids…all of it factors in. For this song in particular, my views on culture and society, shaped by my upbringing, have influenced the lyrics. And the music is a modern take on 70’s era rock vibes, which I definitely was exposed to growing up!

Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

Nope actually it does not. We recorded a second song, Waves, which will be released as a single soon, but nothing else. Rather than do an album we’re kind of in this “write, record and release songs” mode – which keeps things fresher and always interesting. I love albums and would love to do a full one but the song-by-song approach is working for us right now.

Any plans to hit the road?

We are a band of 8 and all of us have day job or school or family or all of the above. That means taking short jaunts out for a show or a few shows but not jumping into a van and touring the country!

What else is happening next in The Dayz’s world?

We’re working on crazy remixes of both of our new songs…kind of in this mindset of breaking apart all of the elements and putting them back together in interesting ways. I am a huge believer in the craft of songwriting but songs aren’t sacrosanct – I like to fuck with them. So, expect some very unexpected stuff to come out soon.

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