|Quick Introductory Interview.|
|1. Who are you and how did the band get started?|
Venus Sleeps is a one man (Sie Carroll) project from the foothills of the Dublin mountains in Ireland. I currently write, perform, record, mix, & master all the music. I had been the songwriter, a guitarist, and singer for a Blues based heavy rock band for a number of years, but it was not a band that I could explore and pursue my passion for Doom music within. Venus Sleeps formed due to a necessity to write and perform original music, regardless of outside opinion, expectation, or acceptance. I slowly accumulated the equipment, software, instruments, and knowledge to self produce through last year and the Demo 2012 is the culmination of those efforts.
2. Why did you choose Doom, and how would you describe your style?
Doom brings out the correct mix of colours to enable me personal expression of emotions, subject matter, and the varying moods in which they are born, collide, or part. There is a power element in Doom music that is difficult to replicate in any other genre bar classical, it's addictive to play and listen to.
I would loosely describe Venus Sleeps style as Psychedelic Doom, though it has been described as being quite Spacey and Gothic too, the fact that the music is hard tie down in one place is something that is unintentionally, yet it removes and restrictions. The two tracks included in the first demo are quite different in style and I can see this trend continuing into the next songs. I love the wider base of Doom as a genre and I want to be able to write songs which nod to Candlemass as much as Reverend Bizarre, Thorr's Hammer as much as Lucifer Was, and everything in between and outside of them.
3. What would you consider to be the high point of your career so far?
Completing this Demo and the unexpected reaction to it. A year ago it had seemed an impossible feat to make the music I wished to, there was a loss of confidence which accompanied the inevitable break up of the former band, and the self questioning which accompanied the decision to pursue the music I wished to make. Can I play this instrument?, Can I cover all these guitar parts? How do I record? How do I mix, master? Are these songs any good? Once I figured out that the only person who had any expectation was myself it became an easy & enjoyable experience, it was really only for personal enjoyment. What I wasn't expecting was the requests for the demo from around the globe, that people who are into doom music would want to listen to the tracks, strangers, it's a new phenomenon for me, and one that has filled me with confidence and reinvigorated my passion to create without boundaries.
4. Which three bands most influenced you?
Hawkwind: They've always had everything I've looked for in music, vision, originality, imagination, freedom, intelligence, ability, adoptability. From the Acid jams of the self titled to the charm and space fuelled Calvert/Turner years, the output is so huge there is always an album I haven't listened to in a while, always something to enjoy and learn, always a new effect or idea to keep you guessing, and always a riff! I got kicked out of Hawkwinds dressing room one night they played in Dublin, I was posing for a picture with Dave Brock and drunkenly sat on and squashed his salad - great memory! Everything I do musically has some sort of Hawkwind influence.
The Smiths: The Morrissey/Marr songwriting partnership is unequalled for me, Listen to a song like "Last night I dreamt", or "Death of a disco dancer" - they are very doomy, but apart from that it's the musical ideas that litter the songs that impress - I can't imagine how many guitar track Marr stuck into each song, he had a vision of the music and the melody as a whole which he was able to put together like a jigsaw.
Roy Buchanan: I learned how to play lead guitar by playing along to his records, he had a melancholic touch and a feel of notes that is unmatched, but he could be ferocious and expolosive when the music called for it.
There are so many doom and metal bands that I listen too it's hard to pick a single one out that has had a huge influence by itself.
5. What are your plans for the near future?
I hope to plan to record three more songs and release another demo come the summer, there are some decesions to be made about whether to bring a drummer in, Venus Sleeps is not intentionally a one man thing, if the right person is there and into it I'd like to start getting a band together as I do miss playing live. The other question will be to proceed with another home recording or try to get into a studio, but that would be a big financial burden, one I couldn't make on my own. For the moment I'm concentrating on the songs, and how I might improve them.
6. If there is anything you would like to add, the last words are yours.
Thanks for checking out the songs and your support.
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