Interviews: Darkest Horizon

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Death Metal band, Darkest Horizon from Germany. 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 band name was given before I joined the band, so I am no direct witness as to how the name came up. But as far as I know, it came out just like that one day. 

2.Why did you want to play this genre?

Actually, I don't know if we ever really DECIDED to play this specific genre... it is more like: we combined all styles we liked and all skills we had at our disposal and this is what emerged. We love the big arrangements, epicness, and bombastic shows. So, while the direction was clear, it was not at all planned out.

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

Yes, more or less. There was a very well connected metal music scene around here at that time. So we had met before. Most of us have played in the same bands before and switching the members between bands was very common. But the relationship between us grew more and more over the years.

4. Each band member favourite band?

Mine definitely is Rammstein. Chris doesn't have a real "favourite", but if he had to name one, it would be Anaal Nathrakh. For Daniel it is not that easy. He loves some Melodic Death Bands like Norther, Amorphis or Wintersun. But on the other hand he also enjoys a lot of those small black metal Bands like Eis, The Great Old Ones and Tsjuder. Enis likes finish melodic death metal the most, so bands like Wintersun, Wolfheart or Moonsorrow.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

The songs themselves, the musical foundation are written by Chris. Often inspired by dramatic, apocalyptic or simply emotional scenes or plots from movies and videogames (or from his own imagination). But if I (Jonas) write some lyrics for one of our songs it is mostly some kind of thought experiment or a philosophical question that is on my mind. Maybe I read about a case that interests me or I see things in the every day life that I want to observe from every possible angle... that's mostly where my inspiration comes from.

6. Where was your last gig?

Our last gig was in Finland, supporting Wintersun.

7. Where would you like to perform?

If you mean like a big concert hall it would be Madison Square Garden. But just for the feeling, the surrounding and the sound itself I think I would love to perform on a Scandinavian coast line in the woods with all the atmospheric sound from the ocean. Back to nature, so to say.

8. Whom would you like to perform with?

For I said Rammstein before, it is Rammstein now again. Though I have to admit I would be frightening to perform on their stage. I wouldn't survive the first five minutes without stepping on something burning... but that would probably be worth it.

9. Whom not?

Any asshole and/or racist.

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

I personally not, I get very focused before the show but not really frightened. But an old tip I learned from a stage actor was breathing the room. Go onto the stage (before the audience has arrived), walk your ways and get a feeling for the room. Then you feel so huge and powerful you can draw your energy from this. Most of the time this calms me down when I am too stressed. Chris still slightly gets it from time to time depending on the size of the gig and how prepared he feels that evening. Daniel came from a school where acting and being on stage is an important part. So his first time standing on stage was in second grade. Therefore he did a lot of acrobatics and acting long before his first gig with a band. But the first time doing different stuff at stage than one is used to, he gets more focused. When he grooves in with time, he gets relaxed again and just enjoys it.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

For different reasons The Beatles, Rammstein and Queen.

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

If I could send her my worn stage outfit. It stank. And moulded. I didn't send it, it was too gross.

13. What do you think of your fans?

We absolutely appreciate their support, it is simply amazing! Even though we tried different ways and things they always stuck to us, and this is more important than anything to a band. When you know that you are supported, everything seems possible and you dare trying new things even a little easier. And we always try to think of something new to surprise and entertain our fans and make brighten up their day.

14. What do you think of our site?

I like it. I am no software engineer but I like how you support new bands. And it is very clean so even I find what I am looking for.

15. Something to add?

Thank you very much for this interview! Our new single will be released within the next weeks so stay tuned and be prepared!

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