What was the beginning pint for your music career? How did it all start?
The beginning of my musical was when my father showed me The Beatles and additional to this my first chords on the guitar. I loved listening to and playing music myself and since then simply never stopped.
Was there any bumps on the road? What kind of challenges did you have to deal with?
In my time as a “lonely” musician without a band it was the main challenge to find people to jam and play with. When I grew up there almost none other musicians my age around that kept playing their instrument for more than half a year. So Darkest Horizon actually was my first real, songwriting, gig playing and staying together band.
As a band our main bumps came when we reached a level on which we were ought to work with labels, agencies and so on. We never had a label, a booking agency or a management so it was and is very hard to make your stand in this business. Not long ago we started working with an agency, so this is a further step forward.
What was the most fulfilling and satisfying moment so far?
Standing as a co-headliner on stage in Sri Lanka. I have never been to Asia before and then we went there as a band to play a show? Simply amazing! This is one of my most beloved memories.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
We call it “Epic Melodic Death Metal”. If I should describe it, it is film music combined with metal.
What is your creative process like?
All of our songs are written by Chris (Keyboards). We then listen to the song and add our parts to it, mostly separate from each other. I like this way of working because you throw all ideas together, do not neglect anything and in the end you see what fits and what has to be changed or deleted. This gives us the full personal influence of each member.
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
I would try to get more fluctuation into the scene, means that a huge band does not need so much support, if they do not write new stuff, and new bands with amazing ideas really need a lot of support. Personally I think that the true meaning of metal as a free and rebellious music scene for “real” music is dead, nowadays it’s just influencers, klicks, likes and keeping old bands alive. In my eyes almost as bad as in the pop scene.
If you were asked to give a piece of advice to upcoming bands, what would that be?
Do what you love, work on yourself and do not let anybody tell you bullshit. Be prepared for a really hard but fun ride and do not trust any quick offer you get. People mostly try to screw you in this world but if you stick together as band and love what you do, that’s something no one can take away from you.
What has been the best performance of your career so far?
Ou, that’s very difficult to say. Most of the time the gigs we thought were amazing weren’t and when we thought we had a crappy day it actually turned out to be an amazing show. And every performance has its positives and negatives so I really can not pick one particular show.
If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing now?
Actually I do not know. Maybe still hanging around as an actor? Becoming a sailor? I never gave it a serious thought because it has never been an alternative for me.
What is new with the band at the moment? What are you currently working on and would like to share with the world?
Our former lead guitarist left in November 2020 so we took the time to rearrange our songwriting and general band situation. Currently we are working on new songs and new visuals as well as starting to rehearse our new live set. There will be more singles and more further stuff we are going to share with you, so check out our pages and you will see for yourself.