Interview with Jaime Page from Dark Universe

1. How would you describe your music?

I think my music is always evolving and can be difficult for me to categorise as such. On any given day it can veer from dramatic and heavy to bright and tender. My original intent was to create music that hard a dark, ethereal beauty.

2. What gave you the idea for the single title?

Weight of the World reflects a crushing weight of oppression. It is quite universal. That oppression could be political, societal or simply the weight of one’s own expectations. The song title is often the starting point for my writing as it gives me an image in my mind’s eye with which to paint the music. I love titles that imply heaviness and I guess Weight of the World does that!

3. Do you work together with others in the writing process?

My songs are always fully formed before I present them to the band but I leave heaps of room for Donna (Greene, singer) to experiment vocally. I will often edit the arrangements in post-production and am not afraid to get a little crazy in that respect. Many melodic lines will present themselves during the process. A good example is Whatever, where the slide guitar melody came at the very last, but crystalised the song for me.

4. How much time to do you take record songs?

I will oft spend months, or even years playing with song ideas mainly because it is such an enjoyable process. Many songs are composites of other songs that are cut and pasted together to create something new. Shatter was a good example of that process as well as Goodbye Angel from the first album. Some parts dated back a very long time, and would keep coming back to me. Goodbye Angel is a composite of the fave parts from at least three songs that were scrapped to become one tune.
5. Does this release differ from past music releases? How?

I think that thematically Into the Black is much more industrial and aggressive, whereas Dark Universe was far more ethereal and fantasy based. Sort of like “hands in the earth” vs “head in the clouds” perhaps. The proposed new album Star of Light reverts back to the ethereal but with more fire in the guts. Dark Universe was a very melancholic album whereas the newer releases are maybe more balanced emotionally.

6. Do you like to change it up for each release with lyrical themes?

I play it as I feel it and am never afraid to change things up. It is nice to keep things moving and not dwelling in the same place for too long.

7. Where do you draw your influences and inspirations from?

I draw lots of influence from the art world, movies, books and life in general. If something affects me emotionally a song is not usually that far behind. I do love the creative process and in all honesty do it for my own enjoyment first.

8. What has been the most enjoyable thing you have done as a musician/singer?

The release of that first album and CD launch. It is hard to top the feeling that we had as Deepest Black rolled out in all its thunderous glory. Goosebumps forever.

9. What do you feel is the biggest challenge going forward with your career?

Financing the creativity and being able to get the music heard is the challenge. It is so hard to make a great, well produced album in an age where the world wants everything for free. Being Perth-based, the cost of crossing the Nullarbor Plain to tour is very prohibitive, especially when you have a high calibre of musicians that need to be looked after.

10. What do you enjoy outside of music?

I have so many other loves, particularly books, movies, sport, politics and keeping healthy. I particularly love reading rock biographies and historical non-fiction. But when it comes down to it music always wins!

New single Weight Of The World and new album Into the Black out now!

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About Ancient Visionz

Gaz Visionz is a writer and Internet Radio DJ with the punk/metal show 'The Wastelands'. He is also a YouTube podcaster/creator, host of Ancient Visionz Talk Radio, co-host of Paradigm Radio with Planet X Films, and a passionate fan of hardcore punk, metal, underground hip hop, movies, science-fiction, comics, and indie film.
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