DARKOLOGY

Whenever I see a band name like DARKOLOGY I get vibes of something darker and more sinister but since I have no idea what this band is all about I had to interview drummer Brian Harris about it. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

Could you please introduce us to the band?
Kelly “Sundown” Carpenter – vocals
Michael Harris – guitar
Mike Neal – bass
And myself, Brian Harris – drums

What has been the greatest catalyst in forming your sound?
-I’d say that having 4 seasoned musicians in the band that have contributed a lot to many other bands over the years definitely helps bring in a lot of different influences & styles, but even more so…a lot of creativity.

How hard is it to record and release new songs?
-With band members spread out in different areas of the world, as well as each of us in other projects, that’s the hardest part about the songwriting process. However, with technology as grand as it is today, it certainly makes it easier for us to share demos during the songwriting process, and record our parts in our own studios without necessarily having to all get together in one studio.

Has digital made it easier to get your music released?
-It definitely lends itself to getting it out to the masses quicker and more widespread.

If you release your music digitally is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before you are ready compared to releasing them on cd?
-Yes, you always take that risk that people will share it and spread it illegally. It sucks, but in this day and age we as musicians almost have to just embrace the digital age and use it to our advantage. We know that even though we are losing money by illegal downloads and free sharing, it is reaching a lot more people. Our fans are almost like our marketing campaign. And that part is free. Anymore, bands make their most money on tour, by selling merchandise. Thankfully there’s enough people out there, myself included, who prefer an original hard copy of the album versus just a digital download.

What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music?
-Between our first and second album we have definitely created a fanbase and people are loving our music. We are proud of both albums. However, I’m personally more happy with my performance and drum tones on our latest album “fated to burn” which was released in June 2015.

We live in a world were there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-To be honest, I don’t take care of much of the correspondence so I can’t really answer that question. But I do believe that our bigger fanbase is overseas, all throughout Europe. I could be completely wrong on that and it’s possible that the USA has our bigger fan base.

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a metal band?
-Absolutely. The metal community is a tight family. We know we are different and we are our own support system.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Definitely. Touring is where bands pick up new fans, and really get to show everyone what they are truly about. A great sounding album is impressive, but to go out on stage and knock heads off, and then hang out with them after our set is the best way to connect with our fans.

What plans do you have for the future?
-We hope to tour in 2016 in support of our album “fated to burn”. When that happens, we will definitely be looking forward to melting faces on stage and then hanging out with everybody after each show. And of course, begin writing our third album in the near future. We already have some songs started!

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