Interview with TERRY DARK of #nwobhm cult legends JAMESON RAID!
💿 It’s a pleasure for us to have on Hardrockheavymetal TERRY DARK of JAMESON RAID! Welcome!
Hi Giovanni, it's a real pleasure to talk with you guys who are so dedictated to Hard Rock & Heavy metal music.
💿 Can you introduce us the current line-up of the band?
As always 4 members. Myself, our new bass palyer, Luud Tilly whom Aliens sent to us as replacement for John Ace, mysteriously he knew all the songs! On drums we have Neudi Neuderth, one of the best & best known drummers in Europe.
Our lead player is Kalli Coldsmith, a very exciting & talented player.
💿 One month ago was out a new compilation entitled RAIDERSTRONOMY, well-received on our pages, out via HIGH ROLLER RECORDS. Can you tell us somethin'about relationships with them? What inspired this release?
I was looking to do something to mark the 40th anniversary of Jameson raid when C19 got in the way. Nevertheless, I discussed my idea with High Roller Records & they thought it would be cool to issue the first & second JR EP's again, plus the track, Hard Lines which appeared on EMI's Metal4Muthas 2 album.
The original records have become very expensive & it's hard to find one without scratches, etc.
This was also a good moment to remix the tracks using mod tech with the help of Patrick W. Engel & Kalli at his own Kalliphonia studio.
Thorsten Thormann compiled the album & Alex von Wieding updated old art work & added new design to the whole project. The band is truly delighted with the results.
💿 In your early times as musician which artists influenced you the most?
I was in a Birmingham band called; Clayton Peacock & we were friends with another Birmingham band called Black Sabbath. We went to each other's concerts & I was certainly influenced by them & they also by us.
The Who was another influence at the time.
💿 Where does the band name come from? And what’s the matter of change from NOTRE DAME?
Before I even joined JR, they'd decided that Notre dame wasn't a great name for a Hard Rock/Metal band. A roadie/friend, Boz Freeman, suggested Jameson Raid when he heard it at school.
The Guys felt it was a much better name, harder, adventurous & solid. The original raid took place in 1895 & was led by Dr. Jameson.
💿 About songwriting, can you tell us somethin’ about your composition process? Music or words before?
Personally, I always start with music in my head. These days i record that onto my phone until I can get my guitar & work it out. This reveals to me the mood of the music & then I sit down to write lyrics.
Sometimes, I have short, written lyrics which seem to match the music I've just made & then I meld them together. As you know, I like to tell stories.
💿 Here at HARDROCKHEAVYMETAL we are strong defender of classic format. Love for vintage or isn't there a future outside digital?
LPs are outselling CD's these days & this is testimony to our love of vinyl & the fact is, it just sounds better! But every band/artist needs to be aware of the digital market & use it when needed. We are releasing a 2nd remix album called, "Fictional Doors" shortly.
Featuring tracks from 2012 to 2015 this will most likely only be available from all the digital providers like Spotify & iTunes etc.
💿 In absence of live music many bands provides streaming concerts..You agree or disagree? What's your opinion about?
Streaming concerts is a great idea for these times, though they lack the atmosphere of live gigs.
It's not possible for us to do this right now as 2 of us live in the Netherlands & 2 in Germany.
💿 You shared stages with many artists and bands.Who's the craziest?
I once supported Slade in the UK. Those guys were nuts!!
💿 What do you see the future of your band? Time for a new full-length?
I can't wait to start on a new full-length album & I'm busy writing songs for it.
We also wait to return to live performances & connect with the great crowds that are Heavy Rock & metal Music fans.
💿 Thank you so much for your time! See you soon on Hardrockheavymetal!
Thanks for the questions. Best wishes, Terry.