What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
I guess without registering it, music is a huge part of British culture. We’re all exposed to it daily one way or another. I always found a sense of evocation in music, that transpired into more with the introduction of influences/substances. Add the fact that mankind can send people to the moon but still can’t explain to me why music moves us the way it does, add to that the social scene, the expression, the artistic beauty (or disaster) and there you go – tippin point. It took a second wave of passion for music to finally get the debut album done mind. I put myself through a shit time to get it done but done it is.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
The Dark Hores; At A Time When Time Was Irrelevant. The word “Hores” relates to Whores, Horse, Hours/Time (Catalan), Audio/Listen (German “höres”) to maintain a certain sense of ambiguity and personal interpretation that is echoed throughout the debut album. I can’t read music and with no formal musical education under my belt I just really winged it together, it consumed my thoughts. I intentionally didn’t listen to others music, I admit I had a few drinks many times to erase any self criticism too which aided in just getting stuff done – perhaps that had an effect on the cryptic lyricism – who am i to judge.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
One of my best mates brothers was insanely good at guitar, I think through him, at parties or just hangin out in the garage I picked it up n from then on soon bought my own cheap shit guitar and tried to make a good noise. It must’ve sounded so shit looking back but at the time it was great. I actually wanted to be a drummer. I guess some people buy punchbags n let off steam that way- I bought a cheapass drumkit n lost myself in that. I remember watching the music video for “From the Ritz to the Rubble”, with my mind blown I got a drumkit soon after.
For writing, jesus I don’t know, I look back in disbelief sometimes. It’s a whole mixture of efforts and experiences here n there, kind of fused into the final thing. It’s a matter of trying something knowing it could be a waste of your time, you want it to be great first time but it usually takes writing n re writing. I’d drink to erase any crippling doubt and let my mind wonder when writing lyrics or searching for the direction to take the songs. It must’ve sounded fucking insane to anyone walking by, but I would sing (it was more shouting) different phrases/words/strange noises with my guitar til something clicked n keep testing out what my voice is even capable of. Getting drunk helped,t was the excuse I needed to experiment.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
That’s a great question, i think the main way it differs is coz i didnt have a clue what i was doing, and didn’t follow the standard way of writing,recording and producing (not that there is one, but it amazes me people go to ‘songwriting classes’ → The whole point to me was to let it out, artistic expression – if you follow a recipe you’ve already shot yourself in the face). The best songs i ever listened to were honest. I gave it some soul and worked with my most original instrumental ideas to give listeners a taste of something new.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
The best book i ever read was Shantaram whilst in India. It blew my mind in so many ways, it is a true unsung literary masterpiece. Perhaps its better unknown, before Hollywood gets its claws in it. I honestly can’t decide, music’s so dependent on the moments circumstances, too many have been my favourite at some point
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
I’ve never been in a studio, performing live therefore wins.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
For the “Breakthrough” Track- it’s about Reformation – staring at your path and going off road into the unknown because you know it’s better despite what’s ahead. The true measure of a man is the capacity to change. The courage to step into darkness to become the luminary. Harris explains how he had the lead guitar riff recorded from the early days of experimenting with his bedroom producing – so early in fact the guitar parts were recorded on a 13 year old electric guitar he had bought off his mate on the cheap, who had bought it from Argos for just over £100 as childhood mates, and had left in the attic ever since. He didn’t know it then he says, “but the overall result gave it something unique – the strings were so rusty and the guitar was so shit that I had to re tune the guitar to record the lead part, and then the rhythm part, as otherwise it’d go out of tune as you go up the neck.”
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Breakthrough for the reason above.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
After the pandemic it’s time to get out gigging as much as possible. There are plenty of new ideas on the go, the aim is to take the music in a more heavy energetic moshin direction to make the live shows wild.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
What is the biggest problem you face have faced in the music journey?
Tightroping the line between self belief and self doubt. There are countless problems – the music industry is dead. Monopolised by the corporations that just regurgitate commercial recipes. It’s a financial struggle. It’s also great to be able to record and produce a bedroom album but the industry is saturated in material – coupled with the modern minimal attention spans– it’s fucking hard to have people just listen.
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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