Band Interview: DARMA

Darma Band Photo

So first of how did you all meet?
Me and Lloyd are brothers. Lloyd and Harry met at a community centre when they were teenagers.

Where are you all from?

How long have you been playing your respective instruments?
Harry has been playing 10+ years, Lloyd has been playing 10 years, Isaac has been playing 4 years.

What genre of music do you consider your work to be?

What are your influences?
Max Martin, Kurt Cobain, Josh Homme, Matt Bigland, Dave Grohl.

Do you do covers and if so what’s your go to?
We sure do! We played S.O.S once for a laugh and now it seems to be a staple; also every Rage Against the Machine riff under the sun.

What if anything does your name mean/why are you called that?
Harry was reading a book on Buddhism, came across dharma, it’s a spiritual path, which is what the heart will follow. We took away the ‘h’ because it can’t be heard on radio!

Do you have a process for writing your songs? /Which of you writes the songs?
Harry writes the skeleton, and Isaac and Lloyd add the blood, flesh and organs!

What are your rehearsals generally like?
Loaaaads of messing about, riffs, Harry does a dance and we go home.

Do you have any interesting/funny stories about gigging or touring?
Coming back over Snake Pass from Sheffield we got trapped in snow, and there was only one thing to do. SNOWBALL FIGHT! It was a terrible idea in hindsight, because we got back into the car freezing and instantly regretted it. Also we became marriage counsellors for a breakdown recovery man, but that’s for another time!

What song do you remember most from your childhood?
For Harry it’s ‘Clint Eastwood’ by Gorillaz For Lloyd it’s ‘Shakermaker’ by Oasis and for Isaac it’s If I Can’t Change Your Mind’ by Sugar.

What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
As a band, trying to have your own voice, while paying homage to the artist that influence us!

How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?
All digital platforms, but we still think that coming to see us live is best, also Spotify.

Have you released anything yet/if you have how has it gone down and are you planning anything for the near future?
We’ve released a lot over the years, our more recent EP “GLOOM” has been really well received, we’re still sat on quite a lot of new music, we can’t wait to get it out.

Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
Currently based mainly in the North, especially round Manchester, Sheffield and Liverpool. Our least favourite? Geez. Well we aren’t allowed back at the Jacaranda, so I guess there? Our favourite, Milo’s in Leeds, they have us free pizza and beer, and they covered travel costs, winner!

What do you think about downloading music online?
We honestly don’t care how people listen to our music as long as they come to our gigs, and if we have something buy it, please.

What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
What industry?

And let’s end with something a little different…Which famous person, alive or dead, would you have dinner with and why?
LloydI dunno man, I don’t give a sh*t about anybody.

HarryJohn Frusciante, no questions.

IsaacJoe Rogan and some of that sweet meat he cooks up!


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