Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life are pleased to bring you an interview with cinematic/melodic/modern metal band, Darkest Horizon.
1. How did you get started as a band?
Actually that’s a tricky question because none of us was a part of that (we all joined the band later on). As far as I know our ex-guitarist found it with some friends and a short time later I joined the band. That is as far as I personally witnessed it.
2. How would you describe your sound?
I would describe it as a mixture of two worlds (or a “musical-bastard” if you like): On one hand is the metal band, drums, bass, guitars, singer, as you know it. On the other hand is the orchestral or soundtrack part which stands for itself. We do not work in one world and then add a little bit of the other to it; both musical worlds are similar important and in the end we combine them.
Somehow it is like a metallic, harder trip through a wide and open soundtrack-landscape. Maybe this is the best way to describe it.
3. What bands/artists would you say have influenced your style of music?
Oh that is a very long list. It includes a big variety of bands as from Rammstein to Amon Amarth to Gloryhammer to The Beatles as well as soundtrack-composer as Two Steps From Hell, Hans Zimmer and so on.
The thing is that each one of us has his personal influences and we try to combine as many influences as we can (not always obvious, sometimes it is just a sound that reminds us of a special band or track). So it is a really long list and we extend it all the time.
4. Has the rise of YouTube & music streaming helped or hindered you as a band?
Actually both. We had a very good start thanks to YouTube and co. because we never had a label or an agency but with these platforms you can start everything yourself. That is definitely a big plus for all social media and streaming devices.
But at the same time we are no digital natives and struggle a bit with the way you have to create content for your social media.
Me personally I would love to have a good photoshoot for a single and present it in some kind of exhibition or else. But with YouTube and Instagram you do not take one or two good pictures, it has to be 1000 (no joke, our last photoshoot ended up in 1000 raw pictures).
So it is with YouTube the same way it is with everything: There are good sides to it and there are bad sides to it. You just have to see for yourself which you want to use.
5. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not making music?
I love working out, reading, watching a good series, writing poems or visiting museums. And I am also a big fan of old and special bars as absinth bars, barbershops, bars from the early 20th century. These are things I enjoy very much and which also give me inspiration.
6. What are your future plans musically? Tours?
We would love to tour as soon as possible! But right now we are working on new songs, new pictures, maybe a music video… we have a lot of things we want to do. And currently with Covid there is no chance of touring so we use the time as good as we can. And there will be more music, definitely!