Dark Serenity- A three-piece powerhouse from the Detroit area. Our mission is to bring Rock music back to the golden age.
About The Band:
For any of our readers who are unfamiliar with yourself / yourselves tell us a little bit about your band/project.
We are Dark Serenity, a rock band out of Michigan. We began the project upon meeting in high school and discovering that we each had the same love for music and the same ambitions as artists. The three of us decided to team up and begin writing our own material, and shortly afterwards began gigging in the Metro Detroit area and surrounding areas. The rest is history.
What was your earliest memory of music that piqued your interest?
For each of us it was at a different point in life. Singer/Guitarist Kate Emrich knew she wanted to pursue music as young as six years old when she began taking guitar lessons, inspired by records such as Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumors’, as well as the Foo Fighters’ ‘the Colour and the Shape’. Bassist Zach Barnes dedicated himself to music at the age of thirteen when he became fully immersed in Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath’s music, and subsequently started playing bass 6-8 hours a day. Drummer Mike Bergamo’s interest in playing the drums was piqued during his early teen years when he immersed himself in grunge music and was inspired by Dave Grohl’s drumming.
Who was the first album / single you purchased?
For Kate, it was Kansas’s ‘Leftoverature’, for Zach it was The essential Ozzy Osbourne, and for Mike it was Nevermind.
When did you first pick up your respective instrument / or start singing?
Kate began playing the guitar at six years old, then began vocal coaching at age eleven. Zach and Mike both began playing at age thirteen.
What route did you take with your music/instrument/lessons/music school / self-taught and any fond memories of that journey?
Kate began as a student for both of her respective instruments. She has fond memories of her music school, which put a heavy emphasis on learning to play as part of a group, even at a young age. Zach and Mike are both self-taught musicians.
Who was your hero’s as a young musician that inspired and pushed you to want to be a musician too?
For Kate, it was and still is Stevie Nicks and Tony Iommi. For Zach, it was primarily Ozzy Osbourne, then Geddy Lee. For Mike, it was Dave Grohl during his Nirvana era.
Is there one particular album or song that gave you a “Eureka” moment from your youth that made you want to be a musician?
As for Kate, she can’t recall. Music was surrounding her for as long as she could remember, and the environment she grew up in fostered that creativity. It always seemed right. For Zach it was hearing Crazy Train on the radio and immediately wanting to listen to much more rock music. For Mike, it would’ve been Nevermind. He was especially drawn to the hard-hitting drum tracks.
What was the best gig you’ve ever attended?
Kate’s favourite show was Black Sabbath’s ‘The End’ tour, because it was an incredible experience seeing her idols live. Zach was at the same show and feels the same. For Mike, it has to be when he saw Royal Blood at St. Andrews in downtown Detroit. It was a long powerful performance, you could feel the bass resonating in your neck.
Do you have any musical guilty pleasures?
Kate: Ariana Grande
Mike: Alanis Morisette.
So any new music in the works currently or just released?
We have some music in the works, it’s set for a 2020 release.
Where and when did you record it?
We’re going to record our next album at the Sweetwater facility down in Ft. Wayne. They just have the best equipment and it would be a big mistake not to take advantage of their studio(s).
How does the songwriting process generally work for you?
Usually, we all just start jamming until we all do something that sounds awesome, then just build from there. Or, someone will come to practice with an idea that we build off of.
What route have you taken to build up and establish a fan base locally & beyond your local area?
Just playing a lot of local shows, making connections however and wherever we can. We also pride ourselves on having a close connection with our fans, so we see a lot of familiar faces at most shows.
What is the music scene like locally to you and where do you fit in?
The music scene is so diverse, especially in Michigan. It is simultaneously extremely competitive and supportive. We fit in the small percentage of bands playing ‘modern classic rock’ if you will.
Do you feel there are enough venues around you to help promote and establish up and coming bands like yourself?
We all feel like there are enough venues, the problem is just the consistency and how frequently you can play them.
What would you like to see ideally to help hard-working bands/artists get better exposure and opportunities to make a living from their craft?
More people, companies willing to take a shot on smaller bands with promise. I think people involved with the industry for the most part just look for a quick buck to make off of you, rather than appreciating and respecting someone’s art.
What is the best piece of advice you have received on your journey thus far?
Just to keep your head up and keep on truckin’.
What would you say has been the biggest lesson you have learnt on your journey to date?
There are very, very, very few people you can count on, so, if something is going to happen, YOU have to make it happen.
With the music industry always constantly changing – how have you had to adapt to the ever-changing landscape?
We’re a pretty new band perspectively. So, we haven’t really had much of a chance to change at all, and we don’t want to make changes based off of the opinions of others.
Does the introduction of New Technology / Digital Age / Social Media etc enhance your life as a musician or do you feel it can be more of a hindrance?
Kinda both. Social media and the internet age has allowed us to reach everyone in the world for virtually free, but the digital aspect in music has ruined the music quality as well as talent. Anyone can be a huge artist, that doesn’t mean they should be.
So moving forward what’s next for you?
Releasing our next album, another tour, festivals, and hopefully some overseas action (shows) pretty soon.
How do you see the evolution of the band / yourself as an artist?
We’re definitely going to experiment more with song structure. The creativity, in general, is going to go way up, musically as well as aesthetically.
Do you have any short-term or long-term goals in mind?
Our current shorter-term goals are just to record our new planned content and plan a banging tour as its promotion.
If you could tour with any band or artists who would that be?
Probably Rival Sons, or Royal Blood.