Interviews: Day Of Departure

This is a new interview with the Rock/Progressive Rock/Hard Rock band Day Of Departure from the 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 plan it or came out just like that?

The name of the band evolved organically from the development of the concept for the album and the lyrics. We thought that it perfectly embodied what we were trying to achieve and represent with this music, but would also embody the music and themes we plan to explore in future offerings.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

We set out to create music that combines our various influences from metal, rock, progressive rock, post-rock, and ambient music. We have found it difficult to categorize our music/sound into one particular genre, especially given the integration of all of these sounds and styles. But we think fans of any of these types of music will find something to identify with and enjoy on the album. We like to refer to the album as “post-rock-alypse with vocals.”

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

Yes! The members of Day of Departure are also members of the bands Brave, Stellar Death, and While Heaven Wept. Members of Day of Departure also have been consistent contributors to Witnesses. Brave has been playing in some shape/form in the Washington DC area since 1996, so we have had many years of collaborating with each other before the creation of Day of Departure.

4. Each band member favourite band?

Matt Kozar - Alice in Chains

Michelle Schrotz - Tori Amos

Trevor Schrotz - 90s era Sting

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

The music was heavily influenced by recent heavier post-rock offerings by If These Trees Could Talk and Russian Circles, while also heavily drawing from more ambient influences such as Hammock, Steve Roach, and Tangerine Dream.

6. Where was your last gig?

We have not yet played a gig as Day of Departure. We did play a gig through our other project Brave in the Fall of 2021, which was roughly 2 years since our last gig, given the pandemic.

7. Where would you like to act?

Given that we are based out of the Washington DC area in the US, the ideal venues for us to play would be either the 9:30 Club or the Anthem. The 9:30 Club has such a history with who has played there over the years and is known as a legendary indie/rock venue. The Anthem is a newer venue in DC and is top-notch in terms of sound quality and overall experience.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Being matched with bands like If These Trees Could Talk, Russian Circles, or God is an Astronaut would seem to work really well. It would also be interesting to be paired with acts that have more of an ambient soundscape focus, as our music could serve as an interesting juxtaposition to that music within a gig.

9. Whom not?

There really is no band that we would not consider playing with. Obviously, it would be ideal to be combined with other acts that are complementary to our style or have a similar sound or vibe that we are achieving with our music. We certainly would not miss out on an opportunity to play with bands of various styles that would allow us to present our music to new audiences.

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

I don’t think any of us suffer from stage fright, but we’d be lying if we don’t all get a certain level of anxiety in anticipation of playing a gig. We all want to perform well and accurately represent our music to the audience, and we also enjoy collaborating together on stage.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

The most influential bands overall for us consist of Pink Floyd, Steve Roach, Hammock, Alice in Chains, and My Dying Bride. In terms of bands that are most influential to what we have accomplished with Day of Departure, it would be Tool, Hammock, God is an Astronaut, and If These Trees Could Talk.

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

I don’t know that there has been something that would identify as “weird,” but we always find it interesting when we are asked to autograph merchandise. We hope that that signature is worth something someday, as it will be good for both of us!

13. What do you think of your fans?

We are so appreciative of everyone and anyone that connects with our music and get enjoyment from what we have been able to create and share. We hope that this is just the start for us in creating this music, and aim to continue to share out our creative endeavors in the years to come.

14. What do you think of our site?

The site is fantastic and we are pleased to be able to be a part of it. There is so much content, but it is organized in a thoughtful way to help listeners easily navigate through and hopefully new and interesting artists.

15. Something to add?

We really appreciate being able to share our music with everyone. It has taken much longer to finally release the album, but we are extremely happy with the final product and hope all of you enjoy it as well. Please check us out on:

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