EMQ’s with DARKEST HORIZON
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Berlin, Germany based Epic-Melodic Death Metal band, Darkest Horizon. Huge thanks to guitarist, Daniel, for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
I´m Daniel, guitarist of DARKEST HORIZON. We have experienced quite a lot. We released two EP´s, two Albums and our third single in a row last month. We played many festivals around the globe. To name some of them, we have been second headliner at Maelstrom Festival in Sri Lanka, Metaldays: Slovenia, Metal Gates Festival Romania, Dong Open Air Germany and many more. We have toured with Cradle of Filth, Septicflesh and Wintersun. Ok, to be honest, now that I read this, it’s quite a lot.
How did you come up with your band name?
This name exists longer than I do in this band. I only know that Olli, our former lead guitarist and the second founding member, came up with this name.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
I am from Germany. The metal scene here is nice, but I have to admit, that I´m the wrong one to ask about the metal scene here in Germany. I like visiting festivals with my friends, and I do know some people around, but I rarely go to bars and meet people there.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest release is single “Conquer And Command”. You can find it everywhere as long as you are online 😊.
‘Conquer And Command’ (Visualiser)
‘Ad Nauseam’ (Visualiser)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Oh, that is a difficult one. Me personally, I love Nuno Bettencourt and Angus Young but there are many more styles and guitarists like Pat Metheny and John Scofield I look up to. For Darkest Horizon I think there are much more different genres and styles from which we mix and build our own style.
What first got you into music?
At the age of 12 I got my first CD from my mother. It was at the Airport. She just let me choose one CD from my likes. My choice was AC/DC´s “Highway To Hell”. This is how I became infected with music. Later on, I fell in love quite fast with bands like Dimmu Borgir, Norther, Imperanon and Ensiferum.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?
Oh, maybe Hans Zimmer and Two Steps from Hell. For metal it could be interesting to work with bands like Nightwish, Amorphis and of course the big ones like Iron Maiden etc.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I would like to play Wacken very much, I´ve been there several times and the people are just amazing. The audience is so nice and friendly, of course it´s overcrowded by now but still I could imagine that it would be amazing to play there.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Hmm, so far nothing special, some mobile numbers but that´s it for now. But Jonas had a weird experience: A fan asked him, if he can give them his wet and dirty stage outfit after a show. This was a new one for all of us.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you that you support us with all our ideas and that you have been with us all the time. Without you we would not be here (anymore).
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
For me personally it would be Lemmy, his attitude with his fans and his way to never give up his passion is a true inspiration for me.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Of course, the most enjoyable thing is to make music. That´s why we are here, and this is what we love. Furthermore, it is the fact to continue learning more over time. You learn how to make videos, photos, how to run a company and do different things and witness if your ideas work or not. I don´t like the fact that you have to wait a lot, sitting around and waiting for your time to soundcheck etc. Therefore, you need something that you can do with your spare time. Another no go in my opinion is the music business itself. So many companies are trying to trick you, some on purpose, others don’t know any better; that young bands are pushed to decisions they can´t overview, because they think “a company always helps and maybe we sign here so we can be bigger”, but young bands can´t see what really happens. So, this is a point I hate, because so many wonderful and talented bands get caught early in their careers and they aren´t able to reach their full potential because of the trap they are stuck in.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
If a band is able to reach a certain level of “fame”, give them a chance.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Fiction” by Dark Tranquillity.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I am an internet addict. So, I love streaming and downloads. For Darkest Horizon, the online way is a great way to knock ourselves out. Currently we don´t release CD’s but singles. We can develop our sound from song to song and take our fans with us on this journey.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
For me there is no best gig. We have played a lot of amazing shows but some of them are standing out. One is the Maelstrom Festival we played. We flew to Sri Lanka, played there and the day after we flew back to Germany. It was hard, never slept less but the experience was outstanding. The two tours with Wintersun were amazing as well. We played a European tour together, we got to know each other, and a good relationship has developed between the two bands and the touring team. So, we went to Finland and played a tour there and the bond between us became even stronger.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I am currently still studying to become a teacher for special needs, so if it fits with the music, I will do that on top, but I would prefer to do music only.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Yes, that´s an easy one, my girlfriend and the rest of the band.
What’s next for the band?
We are working on some new stuff but for sure, the next single just awaits being released soon.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We love the idea behind Bandcamp, so we use it a lot.
To tell our stories we use Instagram.
Spotify (but we are on almost every other streaming platform, too) www.open.spotify.com/artist/69pjvzdL4JuBCcRyyYFpGn
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaffa_Cakes (That’s cheating – Rick 😊)
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for these amazing questions. Really enjoyed to go through this. If the gentle reader wishes to support us, we can only recommend visiting the online shop on our homepage.
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