Q & A With Dark Station

In the spring of 2018, five Southern California musicians came together, leaving their respective projects behind, to form a new band. A band with the ability to seamlessly transition from crushingly heavy riffs to unforgettably haunting melodies and lyrics. With inspiration drawing from the top late 90’s and early 00’s rock bands, there’s a certain familiarity to the music that’s refreshing and yet evolved into what can only be described as Dark Station. Set to release in 2019, the debut album “Down in The Dark” is poised to cement the band’s name as a commendable force in the rock world. With rock on the rise, Dark Station has risen to the challenge of aiding in rock’s revival. This is the new age. This is Dark Station.


Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?

Nathan: We won’t be doing shows until the fall, but we are planning for our second single release as well as a music video for it in a few short weeks.

Kyle: We’ll be releasing a total of four singles that will all be accompanied by a music video before the album drops.

How long has the band been together?

Nathan: Dark Station is only 1 year old.

Kyle: We started writing songs around May or June of 2018.


What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?

Nathan: It’s really hard to say to be quite honest. All I knew is that when I discovered rock, being in a band or even singing in a band hadn’t crossed my mind yet, but I started learning guitar at 9 years old and I guess I just really wanted to learn how to play and do what I saw the guys and gals on stage doing… That’s when I learned I suppose, I needed a band.

Kyle: It’s way more fun than any 9 to 5 job I’ve worked. You can either choose to be in the crowd or on the stage. I choose the stage.


Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?

Nathan: That’s tough, I’d say writing and recording. It’s an intimate thing in the music industry. That’s where it’s born and where all the feelings come out. That’s why I fell in love with it. It makes me face myself and shut my weakness out.

Kyle: I enjoy both, but playing live is more fun for me.

Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.

Nathan: We haven’t toured yet, so we have none, but we plan on making MANY so ask us in a year.

Kyle: We’ll do our best to have some next time you ask.


What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?

Nathan: Ask us in a year as well

Kyle: We just launched the band a couple of weeks ago, but I’m sure we’ll have some strange fans soon.


Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?

Nathan: I’d say my mom was as supportive as she could have been when I was younger.

Kyle: My parents have always been supportive of whatever I want to do. They come to shows and let us crash at their house when we come through town.


What are your favorite tracks to play live?

Nathan: We haven’t played live yet, but I can tell you our next release will be one of them.


Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?

Kyle: Metallica, Pantera, and AC/DC are my top 3 that inspired me to pick up the guitar. All three are big “guitar bands” in their own unique way. There are so many great riffs between James Hetfield, Dimebag Darrell, and Angus/Malcolm Young.


If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?

Nathan: I would have to say, Linkin Park, Incubus, and Bring Me The Horizon


What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?

Nathan: I would say our album Down in The Dark has to be our greatest accomplishment so far as a band.

Kyle: Agreed.


If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?

Nathan: I would probably still be a writer for other people or pursue acting.

Kyle: I work in CNC machining and metal fabrication when I’m not working on music, so I would probably stick with that.


What type of equipment do you use for live shows?

Nathan: For live shows, I currently use a Sennheiser E935 microphone, and Shure in-ear monitors.

Kyle: I use a Ken Susi Signature LTD guitar and a Kemper Profiler with Sennheiser wireless units.


What do you think of the current music scene?

Nathan: I will always love the local and mainstream rock scenes, but I just think it’s time for something to come along and restart that fire, and give the world something they really haven’t heard.

Kyle: There’s tons of great music out there today. It’s tough to keep up, but I try to check out some new stuff as it comes out. I think it’s time for rock music with real instruments to make an upswing. We’ve had enough of the electronic bubblegum pop BS.


For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?

Nathan: I’m actually kind of a nerd. I love gaming, Harry Potter, etc..

Kyle: I graduated #2 in my high school class. Most people wouldn’t guess that from a long-haired rock n roll guy.


If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?

Nathan: I would say that we have a very familiar sound between grunge, hard rock, and alternative.

Kyle: We’re a blend between Deftones, My Chemical Romance, and Breaking Benjamin


Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?

Nathan: You don’t know us yet, but we hope you get to.

Kyle: Keep an eye out for the new singles coming up. The album will be out this Fall!


Dark Station

Nathan Spades – Vocals
Kyle Ort – Guitar


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