EMQ’s with DRIFT INTO BLACK
Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Sayreville, New Jersey Doom/Death Metal act Drift Into Black! Huge thanks to Craig Rossi 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?
Hello my name is Craig and I am the vocalist, guitarist, and keyboardist of Drift Into Black.
Drift Into Black is a Doom/Death Metal solo act from Sayreville New Jersey originated by myself in 2017. Paul LaPlaca plays bass and Klemen Markelj plays drums, both are session musicians.
In 2017 I wrote and recorded a five song EP entitled “Shadow People” then in October of 2017 I released my first full length “Dead Suns Under The Forever Moon” which is a concept album. Now in less than a month I’ll be releasing the next full length entitled “Anthems From The Darkest Winter”!
How did you come up with your band name?
This is a good question. Well for one it sounds cool, it definitely flows nicely. I also think because the lyrical theme of Drift Into Black is dark I thought it would be a fitting name. Plus it is so difficult coming up with a decent band name. They’ve all been taken!
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
I am from the US. I grew up in NY and now I currently live in Sayreville New Jersey.
There was a time that the metal scene years ago was dead around the NY/NJ area but now it’s picked up immensely. The local scene here has really gotten better with some awesome bands. I think after L’amour in Brooklyn and CBGB’s in New York City closed their doors there was sort of like an empty gap and no desire to go see bands play. Now you have places like Brooklyn’s St.Vitus bar, Starland Ballroom in New Jersey and other bars/clubs scattered around Staten Island, Queens as well.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
My latest release is ‘The Darkest Winter’ which is a single from the upcoming album “Anthems From The Darkest Winter” which will release on November 15th.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Pink Floyd, Amorphis, The Doors, Paradise Lost, and anything Dan Swanö puts out!
What first got you into music?
Well I’m the youngest of my two older brothers and they listened to a lot of Judas Priest, The Doors, Ozzy, Black Sabbath, and Metallica back in the 80’s.
As far as what first got me into playing music I can tell you right away it was Amorphis – “Tales From The Thousand Lakes”. Imagine bopping to Metallica, Judas Priest, and The Doors which was like the only form of metal that was being instilled in me at a very young age and then you hear that album. I said to myself “This shit is like the Doors and Sabbath but really fucking heavy!” The keyboards with those folk like riffs really knocked me on my ass.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
David Gilmour of Pink Floyd and Dan Swanö for sure!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Man too many to choose. I’d need a band first right? I am a solo artist haha. The rest of my guys are studio guys. I think any Doom/Death fest. Back in the 90’s I played a few Milwaukee Metalfests with my former band Grey Skies Fallen
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I’m still trying to build my fan base but I have received some pins and CDs. Nothing weird or out of the ordinary yet
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
You’re gonna love the new album and thank you for being loyal!
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love the creative process. I love writing the riffs, putting together song structures and layering cool sounds
What I hate is writing lyrics. If my lyrics are coming together quick and easy it only means I’m going through a dark spell in my life which is kind of bittersweet! But most of the time things are going well for me and it makes it that much more difficult to go to a dark place.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I think there is some real talent in our local scenes that the industry needs to pay attention to instead of repeatedly shoving over produced garbage down our throats.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Pink Floyd – “Dark Side Of The Moon”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl of course! Not only has it come back and just recently outsold CD’s but they display the artwork the best!
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
NJ March Metal Meltdown in 1999! I was in Grey Skies Fallen at the time and we went on (if my memory serves me correct) right after Arch Enemy, and before Amorphis and Hypocrisy.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Well I am currently an IT guy in New York City haha.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
I’m not really a star struck person. Perhaps some dead relatives and pets?!
What’s next for the band?
Well I’m basically going to promote the upcoming album as much as possible and then take some time off. I may upgrade my gear as well.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
The Bandcamp page
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
They are Biscakes!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Nothing at all other than that this has been fun and thank you!
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