HQ: West Yorkshire, England
Members: Jayn Wissenberg (vocals/ guitar), Martin Wissenberg (guitar), Shaun Taylor-Steels (drums)
Started in: 2013
Releases: “Realms” (2016)
Your album “Realms” got incredible reviews by the press – what do you think makes it so special for people?
Jayn: I’m not sure why the album has had so many wonderful reviews or why people seem to connect to it. I know that when making it, I find the process a very spiritual journey and maybe some of that comes through in the recordings but then everyone has a different perspective.
The press text for Realms mentions that you witnessed happenings that helped forming your spiritual beliefs. What kind of events are we talking about and how did they change you?
Jayn: I had experienced a very turbulent time and reached out to find some comfort by way of signs. It seemed that each time I requested some proof that connections existed I was visited by animals and creatures in one way or another such as twice five butterflies flew into the house a year apart. I would say that it made me feel more at ease at the prospect that this may not be The End.
The artwork of your records just as the press photos have a very dark feeling to me. What is the intention behind that?
Jayn: With the Artwork I draw from elements of the past more than the present, however I like the portrayal of isolation from the modern world, that it could be from any time or place.
The videos you made are strongly connected to nature – how does nature inspire you music?
Jayn: Nature is the most beautiful thing that exists in my eyes, but it can also be frightening and it’s this contrast of fear and beauty that inspires me and is ultimately what I hope to emulate within the music
If you have a garden, what kind of herbs do you grow?
Jayn: I do have a Garden where I grow herbs – Thyme, Lavender, Mint, Rosemary, Camomile, Sage … next year I hope to grow more.
Darkher’s debut album “Realms” is out now via Prophecy.