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Interviews: Dark Agenda

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the  Metal band, Dark Agenda, from USA. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

The idea for Dark Agenda came when we were brainstorming ideas. We were thinking of something that could represent our interests and Dark Agenda had a nice ring to it.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

We didn't really pick a genre because we didn't want to lock ourselves into a single sound or expectation. Everything we write is just what we feel and we just let it develop/evolve naturally.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Yep, most of us grew up around Anamosa, IA. Jesse Albaugh (Lead guitarist) Eddie Coyle (Rhythm guitarist), & Robert "Bob" Dains (Drums) all played in a previous band called Sinistir Mind together.

4. Each band member favourite band?

Bob - Trivium, Dope, Bullet for my Valentine

Jesse - Helloween, Testament, Slayer

Joshua - Alice in Chains, Type O Negative, Pantera

Dan - Memphis May Fire, Monuments, Parkway Drive

Eddie - Lazarus A.D., Exodus, Lamb of God

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Our love and passion for music is our biggest inspiration. Most of our music is inspired by our personal lives, things going on in the world, Dark topics such as horror, hell and more. Other times we're simply just speaking on raw feelings and emotions.

6. Where was your last gig?

Our last gig was at Spicoli's in Waterloo, IA where we played with Sunflower Dead and Sons of Texas.

7. Where would you like to perform?

CBGB's if it was still around & Red Rocks Park & Ampitheater would be a couple really awesome places to say we performed or somewhere out of the country.

8. Whom would you like to perform with?

It would be a dream come true to perform with Testament, Slipknot, Lamb of God, Megadeth or any of our previously mentioned favorite bands.

9. Whom not?

Ha ha Nickelback!

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

I Joshua did at first, at the time I had 0 shows under my belt and we weren't even a complete band yet. We had a couple opportunities however I got super bad anxiety about it and chickened out. However looking back we weren't ready nor did I have the confidence in what we created with our music yet. When Eddie and Bob joined us in 2018 we practiced about twice a week and our songs evolved so much from there. At that point our confidence grew more and we grew tighter as a band. My anxiety about it was gone at that point. If I could give any advice I would say practice, practice, practice the more you do the more your music will evolve and your cohesion as a band will grow.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Joey Jordison formerly of Slipknot inspired Bob tremendously. Alex Skolnick of Testament inspired Jesse. Ryan Martinie of Mudvayne inspired Dan. Layne Stayley and Phil Anselmo were Joshua's biggest inspirations. Exodus and Lamb of God for Eddie.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

One time someone asked if they could have Jesse's hat however it was a pretty cool Archer Nation hat, so I don't blame them. I used to think it was weird that someone would ask us for our autographs because we're just some regular dudes but that comes with the territory I suppose. However, we're all about weird so we will sign autographs all day and maybe if you're lucky one of us will give you our hat!

13. What do you think of your fans?

Our fans are awesome and their energy gives us the drive and motivation to keep doing what we do. The feedback we've received whether its negative or positive has helped us grow and we appreciate it all. We too are simply fans of music before anything. 

14. What do you think of our site?

We had a chance to check it out before the interview and it's really cool. As an artist we all appreciate what you guys do by showcasing other artists and providing them another platform to have a voice in this world.

15. Something to add?

We'd like to thank you for the interview and showcasing us on your site. To any and all upcoming bands stay true to yourself and keep on practicing even when things seem hopeless. Music is magical.

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