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A Dirty Dozen with JOSH CAMPBELL from DARK BELOW – November 2019

| 21 November 2019 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “Columbia, MO based Hard Rock band DARK BELOW has released the official lyric video for their new single, “Halo.” In 2015, the band was befriended by Jason Schrick and started working with him on song writing and song structure. GRAMMY nominated producer Malcolm Springer (Producer/engineer: Matchbox 20, Collective Soul, Shinedown**) jumped into the mix with Jason and they began co-producing the band’s new self-titled EP featuring Dark Below’s hit single “Make Believe”.” We get singer / guitarist Josh to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

This song is a little bit different than the stuff we’ve done in the past just because we did some things that we haven’t done a lot of. We knew we needed to make the song more dynamic, so we spent a lot of time in pre production working on having multiple harmonies, and just trying to get a bit outside of our comfort zone compared to some of the stuff we’d done previously.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

My dad pretty much got me into music just by exposing me to it at such a young age. He wasn’t a musician himself, but he was just a huge fan of rock music and he passed that onto me. I think I realized I wanted to be a musician when I was around 11 or 12 and got my first guitar. I knew I loved music at that point just from listening, but once I learned to play a bit I just sort of knew it was what I wanted to do.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

One that really sticks out for me that had an impact was when I saw Chevelle for the first time back in 2007 at the Blue Note in Columbia. I knew of Chevelle and liked them, but I wasn’t a huge fan or anything at that point. My friend and I decided last minute to go see them and it ended up seriously changing me as they became my favorite band. I was exposed to a lot more of their music as I had pretty much only heard the bigger hits at that point, and I just became a massive fan.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Though he wasn’t a musician, my dad would have to be number one, but as for the rest I’ll say Chevelle, 10 Years, Breaking Benjamin, and Green Day.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

I’m gonna say Mark Tremonti because I met that guy one night after a show while he was playing pinball and he was awesome. I’d like to hear him lay down one of his nasty solo’s over something we came up with.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

I just say it’s hard rock and try to give them a couple of bands that I think have a somewhat similar sound. There really haven’t been many comparisons that made me cringe, but there have been a couple that I didn’t necessarily agree with. When we were first getting started and put out just a really low budget EP, we had several people say that we reminded them of Tool and System of a Down. I think both of those bands kick ass, but I don’t really hear the comparison, personally.

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

All of the cool people you get to meet. We have met some of the most amazing people just from being out and playing shows and some of those are relationships that will last forever regardless of how everything plays out with music.

8. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Our bassist Joshie would probably be the one who cooks because he does a pretty nice job on the grill and smoker and he would definitely be doing a majority of the drinking as well. Quin would be the first to bust out the acoustic but we’d pray that he doesn’t sing because it’s not pleasant.

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

It was probably Mark Tremonti. We walked into this little bar in Columbia after his band had played with Sevendust and our friends in a band called Lullwater, and there he was just over there by himself playing pinball. I tried not to be too weird when I met him, but it was like damn, this was the dude playing guitar on all those Creed songs we used to (and still do) jam.

10. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

If I could do anything besides music I’d probably be a race car driver of some sort, but I would probably suck. Sounds fun though.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

There have definitely been things that at the time I felt like were bad decisions or didn’t really pan out how we’d hoped, but we feel like we’ve finally made it to a good place and it’s where we want to be, so I wouldn’t change anything that we’ve done to this point.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

I would say the album Frogstomp by Silverchair. That is one record that my dad and I listened to a lot when I was a kid, and it has always been one of my favorites. The guys in that band were like 15 or 16 years old when they took off, so I think it would have been fun to be there and see how that entire thing went down.




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