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Interview: 10 Questions with Dark Serenity

Where do you think your passion for music came from?

Our passion for music comes from the music that we have discovered and listened to throughout our lives. It left such a profound impact on us all that we were inspired to create our own.

Who are your biggest influences?

Our biggest influences are mostly the trailblazers of each subgenre that we listen to; the big bands that changed music moving forward. Some examples being, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Van Halen, Black Sabbath, and so on.

To you, what is the most important thing about playing live?

The most important part about playing live is the audience’s engagement. When the crowd feels just as involved in the music as we are, it’s an incredible feeling - you feel like you’re part of a community, and changing people’s lives for the better.

What is the one song you had wished you had written?

This is tough to narrow down. ‘The Joker and the Thief’ by Wolfmother is definitely a song we’ve listened to recently and thought, ‘man, we wish we had written that’. It has all the elements of a great classic rock song, but with a modern twist.

What are the biggest lessons learned over the years?

Don’t trust everyone. There are going to be a lot of people in the industry that will try and take advantage of you if they think that they can. Always be wary of an opportunity that is offered to you that doesn’t benefit both negotiating parties. If something seems too good to be true, there’s a good chance that it is.

Are there any bands/artists that you recommend that don’t much attention?

There is definitely a lot of good music coming out of the Metro Detroit area that deserves more attention. Be sure to check out these following bands. We believe should get more attention: Strange Flavors, Midas, Anti-Ghost, Edison Hollow, and Black Heiron.

If there is one thing you would like to achieve in your career, what would it be?

We want to achieve mainstream success, yet maintain our authenticity and brand, like many other artists. To us, there is no greater success than having your dream job.

What’s the one thing you hate about touring and the music industry in general?

Nobody in the business really cares about you, specifically. There are obvious exceptions, but the fact is, if you can’t play a show, a venue or promoter or manager knows that there are dozens of people lined up to take your spot. This is why it’s important not to develop an ego, because getting established is difficult as it is, and you definitely don’t want to burn bridges.

What are your biggest interests away from music?

We love to cook. Food is definitely a big passion of ours. In addition, we love travelling and meeting new people/having new experiences.

What is the hardest thing you have had to overcome and how did you overcome it?
As a band, so far the hardest thing we have had to overcome is false hope and rejection; we’ve had opportunities offered then stripped away and so on. We overcome it every time though because we know that most of the people we look up to have had to overcome the same issues, so we persist. It’s important to be fearless when pursuing your passion, and not to take no for an answer.



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