The following is a mini interview of generic questions that we posed to all bands that wanted to answer:
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1. How did you get your band name?
We got our name through a combination of things. There's a character called "Darkstar" in a series of books that we love called A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. This character is basically a complete badass. The other thing was the theme tune from a cartoon series called 'Funnybones' from our childhood with a big skeleton, a little skeleton and a dog skeleton.
2. How did this band get started?
We're brothers so it was a very easy and organic thing. We just starting jamming down our shed one winter, with a bedside lamp, a few tiny amps and a jack-lead microphone sellotaped to a drum stand.
3. What bands are you influenced by?
Not that we usually end up sounding like any of them, but all the best rock 'n' roll; Zeppelin, Rolling Stones and the greats like; The Beatles and Bowie. And of course more modern, grittier stuff like Muse or QOTSA.
4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
Tough one, they'd all seem a bit untouchable and hard to follow/open for. But Nirvana would have been amazing to tour with, for the crowds and type of heavy hard-hitting rock, and today, someone like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club would be a bit of a dream to play alongside.
5. Best food to eat on tour?
Hot curries and dodgy Mexican food with 10,000 pints of beer each.
6. Why should people listen to your band?
If there could be any reason, it would hopefully be purely because the songs do something to them, give them a buzz or a feeling beyond an average experience. Other than that, that we believe in the sound/vibe/songs we're bringing forward and trying to get better and closer to the ideal the whole time.
7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?
We are all massive Arsenal FC fans so maybe someone like Robert Pires or Dennis Bergkamp, Invincible Years era. Or maybe just a handsome maverick like Roger Federer and take all the glory. Also, Ray Parlour.
8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?
Probably Ray Parlour. Depends really, depends what we win it for. Best New Artist I suppose, or maybe one of those longer-lasting contribution ones. Just probably thank our parents and the agnostics society.
9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
Maybe the idea that you have to be famous and on TV and generally mainstream to be successful. Music reality TV shows abolished. And that people buy records like they used to.
10. Memorable tour experience?
Opening for The Darkness at The 100 Club and noticing the shadowy silhouette of Brian May's hair in the background. Time stops, sweat drips. Then after the gig, your mum making sure he takes about 8 of your EPs and won't let go of his hand.
11. What does AP.net mean to you?
Giving a chance to upcoming and grassroots artists who need promotion and consistent exposure no matter what level they're at. Thanks guys, it's appreciated.
12. What is your favorite song to play?
Definitely one of our favourite songs to play is 'Shinigami', it's kind of heavy and dancey at the same time. We have a pretty cool video on YouTube of us playing it live: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VL0rtmfnP6c
13. What is your vacation spot of choice?
Dusseldorf. And Europe generally, visiting or gigging there is an ongoing desire of ours.
14. What music reminds you of your childhood?
Queen, Led Zeppelin, Tears For Fears, Seal.
15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?
The ability to channel new songs from those that have passed on. Would be awesome to get a steady supply from John, Jeff, Kurt and maybe even Freddie!
16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?
Not really - superstitions and rituals are for insane paranoid cowards.
17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?
That we have a sitar in our rehearsal/writing space that once belonged to George Harrison.
18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish?
We'd certainly like to think so, radio is really becoming broader, more digital, more choice to cater to diverse tastes, so that should be a good thing for getting exposure in alternative genres. But I suppose it does take some of the gleam and specialness out of it if everyone isn't glued to the same chart and standards anymore. Those triumphs for rock 'n' roll when they effect the mainstream. But it's all good, the internet seems to provide a lot of centralised places these days for music fans to gather and share.
19. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Have a lot of debates (arguments) that result in searching Wikipedia for answers (we are brothers.) And really, other than completely normal stuff, just jamming, writing new material and trying to evolve our sound and widen our influences.
20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?
The uncanny charm to construct a wonderful set of interview responses that intrigue you to make wild and spontaneous purchases on our official website: www.darkstares.com/store
Also, Age of Empires II multiplayer.