Interview: Dark Serenity

We recently had the opportunity to chat to a bunch of bands from the Rogue PR label. Our latest one was with hard rock band Dark Serenity from Michigan, USA where we found out about plans for new music, influences and rock and roll attitude.

Interview by Jane Howkins

How is 2019 treating you so far?
It’s treating us very well! We had a successful summer tour, met a lot of new faces, made connections and have made big strides as artists.

Have you released any music so far this year? If so, what can you tell us about that?
We haven’t released new music this year, because the release is planned for next year.

Are you working on any new music at the moment? What are you working on, and when will it be released?
Yes, we don’t want to release too many details yet, simply that it is a full concept album. We are extremely proud of what we’re creating and can’t wait to release it to the world.

Have you got any upcoming tours planned? If so, where are you playing and where are you looking forward to going most?
We are in the process of planning shows for our next tour. In the meantime, we have several confirmed dates this fall near where we’re located in the Metro Detroit area. We are most looking forward to playing with Detroit freak-rockers the Lucid Furs this September 14th at the Sanctuary.

Who/what has influenced you the most as musicians?
The music that we listen to shapes our lives and inspires us as artists. The artists that we would say have influenced us the most are some of the greats, such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, the Who, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and so on.

What have you been listening to recently that you can recommend to our readers?
We’ve been listening to Dirty Honey, Goodbye June, Badflower, Haunt, and Void Vator. These are all modern artists that we would recommend.

Why do you think people should pick up one of your records or come and see you live, and what can people expect from one of your shows?
People should support us because we are the epitome of raw, authentic rock ‘n’ roll, not just regarding our sound, but also our attitude and ideas about reformation of the standard of rock in the industry. We see a lot wrong with the industry, just as we see a lot right with it. Too many times, music is inauthentic and over-manufactured to maximise profits, prioritised over the art the musician truly intends to create. We intend to draw attention to these issues throughout our careers, and defy them, while having fun during the process.

People that see us live can expect a high energy experience. We get the crowd involved as much as possible, because the fans create the energy in the room, and music is such a shared experience. You’ll leave our shows inspired, but with less hearing.

Any last words for the fans?
Thank you all for your support! And if you’re just hearing of us, you can find our music on every major music streaming platform, and find us on social media to keep up to date on our future endeavours.