Darling Down are making their own way in the Michigan music industry, through trail and error and a whole lot of energy; they have created the music that embraces their sound and channels their passion.
The band members pulled from a variety of influences from Pearl Jam to Poison, their influences have helped to form what is now known as their unique sound. Ryan from Darling Down detailed their music sound, “It’s very feminine with the focus on vocals but masculine with the simple rhythm section and driving guitar.”
As a band they have refined their sound, created a fantastic live show and have been taking their energy on the road for all to hear and become a part of. Even though the Michigan music scene is expanding, which is taking audience members to other venues, Darling Down focuses on the positive. “There are so many amazing people out there that go out of their way to support local music. We make new friends everywhere we play, this is really a labor of love.”
Everyone who has had the chance to witness this labor of love understands the hours put in and the passion behind the music, because in the end, local music is about artistry, embracing creativity and passion. It’s about reaching every member of the audience, small or large and Darling Down has mastered that talent.
I had the chance to interview, Darling Down. We discussed everything from how the band combines musical inspirations to what the future looks like for the band. The entire interview is below.
C: When did you first discover music?
RH: Going through my parents old albums when I was 10. Fine selection of Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and Styx.
AL: Music was a big part of my childhood. I have very fond memories of Listening to my parents embarrassing Vinyl collection.
DC: I went to a local show years ago when I lived in California with some friends. The atmosphere, the energy, the raw power…I fell in love.
GH: I first discovered music as a child watching Warrent, Motley Crue, and Poison music videos on MTV.
C: What would you consider to be some of your most notable music influences at a younger age?
RH: I was a huge fan of early 90’s “grunge.” Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and countless others.
AL: Mostly my parents embarrassing Vinyl collection. Barbara Streisand, Cher, Broadway Soundtracks and my first crush Sean Cassidy. I didn’t realize he was 20 years older than his album cover!
DC: The biggest impact on me was a local band named “Noggin Toboggan”. Still to this day they are the most creative, talented musicians I know. Good guys.
GH: Tonic, the verve pipe, stone temple pilots, silver chair, 90’s rock in general.
C: In a few words, how would you describe your musical sound?
RH: It’s very feminine with the focus on vocals but masculine with the simple rhythm section and driving guitar.
AL: That’s a tricky one because Darling Down doesn’t follow the rules. We really don’t have a genre.
DC: A Frankenstein collaboration of our lives.
GH: Guitar driven melodic rock with soaring vocals.
C: What musical influences do you pull from when you are performing or writing music?
RH: When I perform I try to keep in mind all the great drummers out there doing the same thing I am.
DC: Stage performance for me is chaos. An extension of the emotion I feel through the music. Perhaps a punk esq. vibe. I never know what’s gonna happen.
GH: For me it’s about staying current. I am always listening to the radio for new ideas. I have been spinning the new In This Moment disc a lot lately.
C: You are gaining quite a large following in Michigan, what was the process of coming up in the industry like?
RH: It hasn’t been easy but we’ve aligned ourselves with some great people that help us. Plus we are big on advertising our band through any means necessary.
AL: We still have a long way to go, but the ride thus far has been a LOT of trial and error. At the end of the day we just keep making music and more and more people pay attention. It’s a labor of love.
DC: Like a greyhound dog chasing that rabbit.
GH: It has taken a lot of patients and hard work.
C: How would you describe the Michigan music scene?
RH: It’s changed a lot over the last 10 years, not as many people come out to shows and it’s hard to compete with all the bands that surface every other day for peoples attention.
AL: There are so many amazing people out there that go out of their way to support local music. We make new friends everywhere we play.
DC: Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes. Lot of talented bands and musicians grinding, working together to create something special.
GH: The music scene is Michigan is going strong. People seem to still be excited about local music here and big names are emerging from the scene.
C: How do you feel social media has helped and will continue to help your career?
RH: We’ve been able to reach more people with social media and it gives us a place to continue the conversation after people come see us at a show.
AL: We’ve been playing the social media game since Myspace! It’s a great way to let your fans know where you’re going to be playing and keep them engaged between gigs. If you follow us on Facebook or twitter you get a peek behind the scenes at the pies we have our fingers in. Ryan just did some drum stick reviews and posted some hilarious videos involving cheeseburgers. Never a dull moment at the Darling Down camp!
DC: Global connectivity and communication. However nothing is more intimate then coming to a show and sharing the emotion together.
GH: Social media plays a crucial part. It’s a great way for us to interact with our fans, promote shows, network with other bands and expose new people to our music.
C: What does your future hold?
RH: We’re finishing up a few recordings, working with a handful of excellent producers, and hopefully we’ll be seeing some radio air time soon.
AL: Flying cars and a lot of digital downloads.
DC: Dreams of catching that damn rabbit.
GH: We are going to keep writing and performing.