Nick Duane has just released his new album 'Before The Storm', so we caught up and interviewed him. Nick describes his music as sounding like synthpop, atmospheric, indie rock, adult alternative and avant-alternative.
Thanks for taking the time to do this interview. Nick can you tell us a bit about your new album, I see its your third release.
Greetings from the US.
My new album is titled,'Before The Storm'. Its all new material that I've recently composed.
It was my intention to present a body of work best suited to be heard in its entirety as a full listening experience from the opening track to the end track.
Its a bit different than my first 2 albums which at times the writing reflected band members . On this release its much more a solo effort being that I had to only answer to myself.
Its a little hard to pin down which Genre it falls under.
The songs are divided between instrumental and vocal tracks, whatever mood struck. I followed the muse to where it took me and used different approaches to the song writing on each track.
I remember years ago listening to albums, getting excited and thinking there were many possibilities......
For this project I wanted ideas without boundaries, only opportunities, tried to make things interesting by sometimes using different combanations. One song has a strong Mellotron sound which I backed with reggae style drumming. At other times I wouldn't make the obvious choice which lent the music experimental tendencies , to move it in a different path, at times less predictable.
Is there a story behind the albums name?
Well there is a song 'Before The Storm' on the album 'Before The Storm'.
The song is about a time, long ago when I found myself playing bass in a trio, one of the members Skip, was an old friend from high school days.
In retrospect it wasn't that long after the demise of said band that everyones, (bandmembers) lives would drastically change.
I've noticed that particular track has an unusual sound.
I tried a couple of different mix and settled for the one on the album.
It was my intention that the sound should try and convey in part the feeling of being in the middle of a storm, the chaos of it and that the worst could still be on its way.
What/who inspires your music?
I grew up with Rock and Pop, collected records, for me it was my version of a History class / going to church, all wrapped up and waiting to be discovered.
Loved the original 60's Garage bands,almost anything British,R&B,Blues,Soul,Punk,etc.
I like music from the 50's thru the 90's the most.
What one tip would you give to other aspiring artists?
Don't be put off by others indifference.
Do you feel like the internet is helping you as an underground artist?
Yes of course, without the internet options would be limited, for both artists and consumer. I think it really helps anyone operating outside the mainstream. It helps give alternative outlets a voice.
How do you think social networks such as Facebook and Twitter have affected the music industry?
I think it provides easy fan interacton and connection and upload and share can offer unique promotional opportunities.
Where can we hear your music online?
What projects are you working on at the moment?
At present I am a non touring musician concentrating on writing and I'm also promoting my Indie album, 'Before The Storm' which you can find @ Amazon.com, iTunes & CDBaby.
Thanks again Nick Duane for doing this interview.