Dar.Ra is a really Unique songwriter, producer and author who makes an Amazing blend of Rock and Soul Music (21st Artists Hollywood)
Highly Impressive (Planet Earth Radio USA)
Well worth listening to this Artist (Strutter Zine Mag Holland)
Dar.Ra is an incredible act to follow as he is always evolving on each song with incredible results (Indie People USA)
Dar.Ra infuses layers of vocals and instrumentation into each record he makes. The genius of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles, came to mind while listening to “Phenomenal”, “Back To The Brink” and “Heart Shape Pill” (Tune Loud Magazine USA)
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The Night That Jimi Died
Interview by Tim Brown
When and why did you start playing? Started playing drums when I was 6 or seven stealing paint brushes from school and banging on tins in the back garden
Which famous musicians do you admire? Why? I always admired John Lennon for his ability to write a hook line even on tracks like John Sinclair. Prince is my all time hero and will aways be by number go to artist when I need a reality check, just the best and both sadly missed on the planet in an age of digitally produced artists.
Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones? The Beatles again from Rubber Soul through to Sgt Peppers still have them on Vinyl. Prince Sign O The Times, a master piece. I was really into my Reggae as a youth and loved the Studio One Jamaican sound, so Studio One Classics is a go to choice on a sunny afternoon with some Jamaican Rum.
Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD’s? Who are your favourite musicians?
Int: I love the musicians I work with, like Harvey Summers one of the best producers and studio cats in the world. He has some killer records out like ‘Human’ + ‘Jupiter’ you want it real it don’t come realer than that, plus he co produced my EP ‘Dirty Lil Secrets’
Have you been in competitions? Fleadh’s? Any prizes? I don’t really do competitions with other musicians I just put out the best records I can. Having said that I did win Rock Song of The Year on a Radio Station in LA a few years back. As I said its not about awards its about Choons that people want to chew.
Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV. I toured the globe with other acts and solo and wrote a book about it called Road Tales check it on Amazon. https://amzn.to/2xx2FeB
What makes this kind of music “good” to you? I just love messing with genres making something new out of nothing. The buzz of being in the studio mixing a killer tune keeps me coming back for more.
Why did you choose to play this kind of music? The music chooses me I just try to get it out of my head and onto whatever I can record it on.
Let’s Talk about your music and your last work… Music needs to speak up for itself I let the music talk and I just raise awareness for other issues when I get the chance, I was brought up to believe that Music and Art can change the world for the better, when its allowed too.
How do you feel about the internet in the music business? The internet is just the best thing ever to happen, ok so where not selling records anymore but you can do so much more to reach people than before when you had to rely on Majors to get your music out. I was signed to EMI and it wasn’t that great as you had to do what you where told, now you can do what you want.
What are the plans for the future? I want to help as many causes as I can and use what I do as a platform to reach the world and bring people closer together. When we stand as one we can move mountains, when we stand afraid of each other we fall in front of them.
How has your music evolved since you first began playing music? The music just keeps getting deeper with every release I put out, I just want to make people Happy so I strive to improve everyday in order to keep the global ear exited.
Could you briefly describe the music-making process? I just hear stuff in my head when I am awake or sometimes when I am asleep, I dream music sometimes and when I open my eyes I grab a mic and lay down whatever it is. Then I just build up the tracks from there. I am really into telling stories so I am visual as well as musical.
Whats coming out next.
The EP Dirty Lil Secrets on Kusha Deep Records. Big Time rock soul vibe with some Dirty House remixes. Plus the book Night That Jimi Died which is about a girl who is able to channel the spirit of Jimi Hendrix and becomes the biggest Rock Star on the planet.
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