Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Dan: I’ve been well thank you! Hope you guys have been doing okay.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Facing The Obscure”?
Dan: Stylistically it’s a fusion of the modern Progressive Metal sound combined with the frenetic approach of Metalcore. Lyrically it explores the relationship between our conscious and subconscious mind and how the two can intertwine and connect.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Dan: Lately I’ve been having a lot of strange and surreal dreams that have felt so realistic to the point where I wake up and I’m like ‘Wait, that wasn’t real? Could’ve fooled me.’ Some of them have been fairly reflective of my day-to-day thoughts and I’ve often wondered if it’s my subconscious mind’s way of explaining my conscious moods/feelings. The more I’ve aged the harder I’ve found it to truly understand how our brains work, and that led me to become fascinated with psychology. There’s a lyric where I describe the brain as an ‘endless enigma’; it’s something that is a part of us but we’re constantly striving to truly understand it.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Dan: My good friend Lee Brown who produces all of my artwork has created an excellent visualiser which really encapsulates the theme and mood of the song. It can be viewed on YouTube via the link below:
How was the recording and writing process?
Dan: Both were fairly stagnated for this track. The batch of songs I’m sitting on at the moment all date back to a couple of years ago, during my time as a postgraduate at the University of Huddersfield. I’ve changed a lot as a person since then so I wanted to re-work the lyrics to make them more relatable for me. I also re-recorded vocals and guitars and it paid off as I’m much more satisfied with the track’s overall sound.
What role does Northern England play in your music?
Dan: I’ve lived here all my life so I would have to say the people I’ve met and the experiences I’ve shared. I’ve met a lot of talented musicians over the years and I’ve always had the pleasure of being part of a great music scene. Whether that be watching excellent rock/metal cover bands while in Co Durham, or working with some incredibly talented musicians in Huddersfield. Huddersfield is also home to the Parish, my favourite rock and metal pub.
How has Periphery and Tesseract influenced your writing?
Dan: Periphery were my first real taste of modern Progressive Metal, and I remember being fascinated by the depth and intelligence of their songwriting. They really helped open my eyes to a whole new world of grooves and ideas when experimenting with syncopation. Similarly to Tool, it took me a while to fully digest TesseracT’s music but once you do, the payoff is huge. The polyrhythmic ideas they use in their music is mind-blowing; I love music that really stimulates my brain in such a manner.
How did the whole current COVID situation have influence the music?
Dan: It was a huge influence in motivating me to revisit my old compositions and tap into my creative side. I’m a huge gamer so when lockdown began I was like ‘Oh great, I know what I’m gunna be doing!’. I definitely can’t game as extensively as I used to, so the other opportunity I became excited about was excelling with my music. I wore myself out quite heavily after completing my postgraduate degree so I took a fairly substantial break, but since revisiting these songs I don’t think I’ve ever loved working on music as much as I do now!
Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?
Dan: It definitely means I will be starting work on the next single! Releasing my music commercially is a completely new experience for me so I did a lot of research in keeping up with today’s competitive industry. The general consensus seems to be that starting off with single releases is the best approach, as you don’t get the opportunity for playlisting with album only tracks.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Dan: The following track is titled ‘The Great Debacle’. The release date will become more clear nearer to the track’s completion but I believe it’ll most likely be a November release. Watch this space!
What else is happening next in Aural Decay’s world?
Dan: At the moment just writing/mixing more songs for release. I’ve just started working with Garry and the team at SaN PR which is an exciting next step. I reckon once my following has grown I’ll be hopefully looking to release a debut EP in 2021. Thanks very much for your time