Ever since the 80s, well ever since I dicovered AC/DC Australia has been a place of interest for me musically. DARKYRA being my latest Aussie discovery. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-Well prior to the recent converting to a band the first album ‘Dragon Tears’ and the current album ‘Fool’ were released under the Darkyra Black pseudonym. Creating an album this way was very productive but also had it’s limits when considering touring and performing as all the involved musicians were spread out over different continents. I wanted to start performing my songs in my hometown and also wanted to keep creating music. The cost involved with working with oversea’s production and session musicians is something that i really couldn’t afford to do for a third time. I’m extremely lucky to find the right team here in Perth Australia that have adopted these songs as their own and I now feel comfortable sharing the writing load and recording responsibilities with my new musical family.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-I listen to a wide range of rock and metal from the 70’s and 80’s as well as a lot of symphonic metal, power metal, gothic metal and prog. I don’t intentionally set out to follow any other style but i guess subconsciously it something that occurs naturally as I’m sure will happen with collaborating with a new group of musicians, the music is bound to evolve to include some of their own personal influences.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-The initial song writing and idea’s stage is something that has continued to flow for me fortunately. I’ve always tried to put together a rough shell of a song in midi form and lay down a rough vocal melody so everyone kind of knows where I’m heading with the overall song feel. From there everyone can include their input and magic touches and help with restructuring, solos’s, riffs etc. Sometimes, Dave Lyon will send me some random guitar riffs and I’ll get a spark from some of his idea’s. Personally I really like working with a Keyboard player when writing melodies, so I’m really looking forward to working with Kim Siragusa to start developing some of the new material we all began putting together a little while ago.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before they are fully ready to be launched at an audience?
-I really hate the whole digital releasing idea, and have had no luck with it so far. Regardless of which distribution avenue selected, digital seems to be a compulsory requirement for sampling songs and the minute a song is uploaded to a digital platform, it is pirated and available on every free download and torrent site. This is regardless of self release or through a reputable distribution channel. I really don’t think there is a way around this anymore.
I for one feel that the change of how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for recorded music?
-Unless things change, the artist can no longer keep financing the production of new recordings. This is why there are so many 360 record deals where the record company pays for nothing and this is why there are so many artists turning to crowd funding.
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-The response to the Darkyra brand of music has been welcoming within the Symphonic Genre, we’ve received some great reviews and we have some fans in Netherlands, Germany and even some in Canada that appreciate what we are doing but we are like a small dot in the international music scene. It takes a hell of a lot of marketing, more than we can afford to get anywhere near the same attention as some of the bands signed under a reputable label.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Surprisingly, there is always someone willing to lend a hand and answer a question or two when it comes to finding out about reputable PR companies, labels and management companies. It’s very easy for an new independent artist to get taken advantage of and I find it really overwhelming the level of support, help and response to any questions and concerns I’ve put out to musicians that have been in the industry for a really long time.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a band?
-Being in a band is great. Putting your whole self out there can be daunting at times but for me it is who i am and music will always be in my veins. I’m just glad i have my buddies right there with me. They have seen me at my strongest and at my worst and know that i still have a bit of a rough road ahead.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Maybe not in our home town. The live scene has deteriorated a bit here in Perth with less and less people going out to see local bands. But regardless of this i think the live shows are still important. For me writing and recording offers no satisfaction without the live aspect. It’s all about reaching as many people as you can in any way you can even if it’s baby steps.
What plans do you have for the future?
-As a band we plan to reschedule our cancelled tour of Netherlands / Germany in about a years time. We should be ready to release our first collaboration together, new album and perhaps a video toward around this time too.