Dark Matter is a progressive metal group out of the south coast of Florida. The band features Jeff Lords, Paul Beach, Terry Schambers, GJ Gosman, and features from special guest singer Todd LaTorre, bringing together a dynamic line up of artist from diverse backgrounds brought together by a love for heavy metal. This progressive power groove metal band has released 2 albums with more out on the way so don’t miss out!
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
For me, personally, the catalyst to start writing music was nothing more than having a desire to bypass the whole cover band/bar thing. Putting one's favorite bands on a pedestal, in some ways, is perfectly normal. But considering that everybody's favorite artists at one time or another likely played other people's songs when they first started out, this sort of puts things in perspective. You grow up thinking that being like "them" is unobtainable, when actually it's not.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
One of the craziest things that ever happened in my career would have been during a photo session in which we all had used massive amounts of Aqua Net to hold our hair on place. Well, I apparently leaned in too closely to a candelabra that was used as prop, subsequently, learning the hard way that hair spray is highly flammable.
What has been the high point of your music path?
The high point of my career was going from writing and rehearsing songs in a warehouse in Bradenton, FL., to being flown abroad to open for Ozzy, Queensryche, Metal Church, to name just a few of the national acts we open for.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I approach song writing by not having an a definitive approach. Sometimes I'll sit down and come up with a riff that inspires a song; other times I'll some chorus lyrics while I'm driving around town.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
The biggest challenge for indie bands today is getting your band/songs noticed. This is no small task given that any joe can going waltzing into a music store today, and with minimal cash-flow, they can leave with just enough equipment to record, mix, master, and produce their own CDs. Songs can then be uploaded to YouTube and the various online stores, and voila. Because of this, the market is constantly flooded with new artists and the competition is a bazillion fold what it was before the advent of digital. In the 70's, you and your friends could score some instruments at Sears or Montgomery Wards, create some jams, give yourself a name, and boom---people knew who you were. People knowing who you were was half the battle. Getting your songs to A & R people or having one show up at a gig was the other half.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Pantera and/or RUSH, given that the marriage of these two bands is the description that our band is often given.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Our rehearsals consist of walking in to our rehearsal room, chatting about daily events briefly, tuning, setting up, etc., then we usually move right into going through our set. If new stuff is on the table, we hit that last.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Songs are never a challenge to write. If anything, the challenge comes in arrangment. To me, a song can have a bunch of great parts, but unless the arrangement of those parts is right, the song may not ever be as good as it could have been. It's also tough to not get stuck in an arrangement pattern. To me, the trick is to not become too predictable, while not going over the listener's head, either. Like a lot of things, there's a balancing act going on.
What's coming up in the future?
For the short-term future, we're covering, or more like revamping, an 80's classic by a prog-metal band that just so happens to be my first band. Since I co-wrote the song, I feel better about covering it, because, while the skeleton of the song is intact, we've bulked it up and put a modern spin on it. It's one of those things where old fans will either love it, or hate it, which can actually be a good thing. But the main goal is to hopefully get the attention of a whole new generation of fans who have no preconceptions about it. Long term goals are to keep writing and to score some opening slots for nationals.
Tell us where fans can access your music.
Check out their music video for their song “Silence is Rage” here!