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Dark Water - Dark Water Newsletter Interview

30 Jul 2014 // An interview by Shade

Dark Water are a three piece Taranaki, alternative Rock band formed in 2009. Their first year together was spent developing their sound and style, which has developed into a gripping yet gritty sound with a heaviness that enfolds melody. Thanks to the band for answering the following questions:

Who are your role models in the NZ music industry?

Don’t really have any “role models” in the NZ industry, we have musicians and bands we like and admire, Peter Jefferies has had a long and colorful history both in NZ and abroad, he is very interesting to talk to and brain pick.

Which one of your songs are you most proud of, and why?

Overall we’re just proud of being able to produce these songs and that each one of us are on the same creative page to do that, but in particular Merran enjoys Harmonic Tinker Toys for its super fun bass line and another song called A Murder of Crows which is a track that we all feel embodies our new sound since becoming a 3 piece.

Do you have any plans for future collaborations with other musicians? Who would they be?

Nothing planned but wouldn’t rule it out; one thing that would be really cool would be to collaborate with a symphony orchestra, now that’d be something else :)

Where is your favourite place to relax in NZ?

Home. New Plymouth is an awesome place to relax, whether it be down by the ocean, lost in a bush or scaling the mountain.

What NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why?

Anyone who’s doing something different. We’ve had the pleasure of playing with Decortica, they not only have an incredible sound but they also do things independently which we can relate to, and have a great understanding of their audience and where they are as a band (and if they don’t they give the impression they do :)) and they’re good dudes.

Liam Finn is another NZ artist who has a unique and quirky style that appeals, really like Cairo Knife Fight they have a real cool sound and Jakob are choice, love that ambient texturing they do and also Husk we saw them open for The Datsuns and they were good.

Just anything that’s outside of the square really.

What is the one thing you want NZ to know about Dark Water?

That we exist but ideally we’d like to be known for our sound and originality. To make original music is essentially contributing to music as a whole, and to be recognized for that would be cool.

How would you describe Dark Water’s music in one sentence?

Melodically Alternative Rock or M.A.R :)

What has been your most memorable show to date?

We’ve done a lot of shows and to pin one down would be difficult, but the ones that stand out for us are the ones where we’ve had an awesome sound and a good responsive crowd, whether it be opening for a big band or playing in a hall or small town.

What local albums have you been enjoying recently?

Local albums? The only local albums as in from New Plymouth of late would really be Rival State and Sticky Filth’s album.

What is Dark Water’s long term goal?

To keep loving what we do, progress and improve.

What sets you apart from other bands?

What sets us apart from other bands? We don’t really worry about stuff like that; we just concentrate on what we’re doing musically, artistically and creatively.

Where do you get your inspiration to create music from?

Through art, film, music, life experience, Inspiration is everywhere and nowhere. Inspiration is overrated haha I’m not saying that we don’t get inspired; we just don’t wait for inspiration to occur, though when it does its great. So what inspires us? Everything and nothing.

What can we expect to see from Dark Water over the next year?

We’ve just finished our EP, which is the stepping-stone to the album, so, getting the album released, doing a music video & touring (near & far).

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?

Just keep doing it and do it because you love it, have no expectations and embrace failure, because anyone who creates something, art, music, film ect will always run into multiple “No’s” you cant please everyone but you can be true to yourself and your art, just keep perservering.

Tell us about Dark Water’s next release.

We’re releasing an EP on August 16, 2014 at the Mayfair in New Plymouth, which is the prelude to our album, we’re looking forward to it as we’re introducing another dynamic by way of visuals projected behind us and merch, every T-shirt is hand painted, so very limited.

What can you never leave home without?

Shit, I have trouble remembering what I should be taking with me; let alone what I should never leave home without :)

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

This probably stems from the last question, forgetting your instrument, thats probably up there on the feeling stink list, we won't point fingers :)

What inspired you to start Dark Water? / How did you come up with the name Dark Water?

It kind of just manifested itself from playing with different people.

I was in a band when I lived in Europe (early 2000’s) it was probably my first real band and when I left to come home I wanted to continue doing that, so I used my last name as a band name which translates into Dark Water and the name just kind of stuck and we continued to use it

What rumour would you like to start about Dark Water?

That Justin Beiber is my gay lover? We opened for Benny Hinn ministries; Monty Burns bank rolled our album? Haha rumours, one letter away from humour yeah, don’t let the truth get in the way of a good yarn, right? :)


About Dark Water

DARK WATER are a three piece Taranaki, alternative Rock band formed in 2009.

DARK WATER started life as a four piece, after a lineup change, they are now a hard hitting three piece. Their first year together was spent developing their sound and style, which has developed into a gripping yet gritty sound with a heaviness that enfolds melody.

DARK WATER have already started making a name for themselves having played at G Taranaki and opening for Shihad, The Feelers, I Am Giant and The Checks in their home town of New Plymouth. .

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Dark Water


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