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DAVE DRAMEDY X DARKNESS CALLING INTERVIEW

How did you get started in music?
 
First and foremost, thank you for this interview. I know you're a busy person taking over Darkness Calling and all so I appreciate it. 

 

I've always loved music when I was a little kid right when I heard hard rock and new wave. Throughout my formative years I expanded to punk, glam, alternative, goth, industrial, britpop, electro, etc. Now as an adult I pretty much listen to anything that sounds good to me. 

As far as going into a career in music, probably when I was about 14 years old listening to The Ramones and Guns N' Roses. The Ramones showed me that anyone can write a good song without being well versed in an instrument. With Guns N' Roses it was their intensity and attitude that really hit me at that age.

 


 
As a solo artist, do you find that you have more creative control over your music and image rather than as part of band?

I didn't fully embrace the title of "solo artist" until fairly recent. I have to say there is a sense of freedom going forward as "Dave Dramedy" and not "The Dramedy." It's not limiting and I feel that my music can go in any direction if I decide to expand. As far as being in complete creative control, I was always in control because nobody would fully commit to the band. 
 

 

 
Who would you say are your greatest musical influences?

That is a loaded question because I am influenced by so many. And not just music but work ethic, attitude, drive, etc. Simply put, any artist that constantly moves forward and never repeats themselves. Bowie is a perfect example and a major influence. Another would be Depeche Mode. I mentioned The Ramones and Guns N' Roses earlier. Joni Mitchell. A lot of people think she's a meek folk singer but she is actually tough as nails. 
Primal Scream. Nine Inch Nails. Britpop, hard rock and female artists.
 

 


You are an artist who on and off the stage keeps their identity hidden; was this a choice to make the audience focus their attention on your music rather than the visual aspect?

Not really, no. When I was left for dead I really was ready to pack it in. The more I thought the more I found I still had some fight in me. Call it retribution or revenge, there was still a fire. But if I was going to do it I definitely could NOT repeat what I've done before. Hit the reset button, delete my past. New voice, new look. A total rebirth. I do however play some of my old songs albeit a different arrangement. I have to say there's an amount of self preservation going on as well.
 

 


Your new release ‘Three at The Ham and Eggs’ is an all-live record, featuring three songs from your set at The Ham and Eggs Tavern. Did you want to capture the raw energy of a live performance rather than with a polished studio album?

That release actually came on a whim. I recorded my live set that night on my phone just to have a document. I particularly liked my performance as well as the crowd, and when I listened to the recording I thought it had a pretty decent "bootleg" quality to it. It made for a good portrayal of this new rebirth. Very "hit and run" which fits my aesthetic perfectly. So in a way, yes I did want to capture the raw energy.

It's also a first in a series of live "bootlegs" I will be releasing so keep an eye out. For now you can purchase "Three at The Ham & Eggs" at WWW.THEDRAMEDY.COM.

Last but not least, what are your top three desert island albums?

1. Laura Nyro - Eli And The Thirteenth Confession
2. David Bowie - Young Americans
3. Either Lily Allen - No Shame or The Ramones - Pleasant Dreams

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