Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
DH:We are Darkest Horizon, a german Epic Melodic Death Metal Band. So, a metal band with a lot of symphonic elements and well overdone amount of epicness.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
DH: Well, we have been making music together for the last 10 years (some changes in the line-up included). In this time we released two full length albums and two EPs, played concerts in Europe and Asia and shared the stage with a lot of other musicians and friends.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
DH: Oh, that’s a very big pool of influences. There are (of course) metal bands as Wintersun, Sabaton, Gloryhammer and Amon Amarth, but also bands like Rammstein and Anaal Nathrakh as well as Two Steps From Hell, traditional music (from all over the world) and classical composers such as Brahms, Tschaikowski and Schubert.
Non-musical influences are also a lot as authors like Stephen King, Lovecraft, Markus Heitz, Hemingway and Crichton but also artists and actors. Too many to count.
So, all in all you can say we do not break down our influences to a small group from the same scene but we love music and art in (most) styles and everything gives some kind of creative impulse. At the right time, at the right place.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
DH: The big stage. And than a bigger stage. And than an even bigger stage… I think that is what every bands dreams about. And we are no strangers to that! Playing a lot of shows, having a great time with people who actually like (and love) what you do – could there be something better?
Also being in the position of personal liberty to write whatever you want, record it whenever you want and play it wherever you want. I think, that is our main goal (and of thousands and thousands of other musicians).
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
DH: The songs are all written by Christian Mühlbauer (Keyboarder). He writes them as an orchestral composition and then we add our “metal” parts to it.
The subject differs because we do not have one big subject we write everything about. It changes from album to album, EP to EP and song to song. We like to be free in our subjects.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Actually at the moment mostly online. We would love to go out, play shows, have a good time and get people to get known to us but the situation does not allow it. So we focus on writing new music, having photo shoots and trying to stay as creative as possible these days.
DH: What do you think about downloading music online?
It is the way the world works. If you like it or not, if you accept it or not. This was the logical next step after vinyl and CDs. We personally do not mind downloading music for a real fan will always support his or her favorite band – if it’s by buying a physical album, a t-shirt or promoting the next gig. This is the main thing music is about, connecting people. And yes, you do not make as much money with downloads as you did with CDs but on the other hand more people can hear your songs in a shorter period of time… not the worst of situations for an artist, isn’t it?
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
DH: Oh, this list could be endless, too… but currently it’s just me here (Jonas, bassist) and so I will give you my choice: “Who wants to live forever” by Queen.
I have to say I absolutely adore this band, I am a huge Queen fan. And this song is so emotional, so clean and huge at the same time and by all its softness so unbelievably difficult to play on point… simply amazing!
But I should correct myself, maybe I do not wish I had written it because then it wouldn’t be the same song and there wouldn’t be Freddy on the recording. That’s not a price I would be willing to pay.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
DH: If the first day of recording starts with the search for the main riff or the question which song is which… It doesn’t matter how hard you practice or you well planned you are:
There are five minutes a day for each of us when we are complete idiots. And that’s the same with a band. Only worse.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
DH: Very difficult question… I think when we stood on the stage of Maelstrom Festival in Sri Lanka. I have never been to Asia and now I not only travelled there but also played and co-headlined a metal festival? That was freaking awesome.
And the amazing aftershow that went straight into the next day. One of my most beloved memories concerning music.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
DH: At the moment we are working on our new single which shall be released in June. The most parts are recorded, some vocals are left and then the mixing begins.
We also work on new shootings, making plans for a time after Covid-19 and preparing everything necessary for live shows and rehearsals (in the future).
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
DH: We have all our music online on Bandcamp, which is also our main online presence for all our music and merch. You can listen to our songs and support us there which would be amazing! Every new song or piece of merch we have will be added to this page.
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