"Darkroom Project is a rock n roll band, no gimmicks, or as they put it so themselves, "no bullshit""
For those of you interested in the history of the band, read on…
The beginnings of the band started in late 2004 with guitarist Aaron Taylor and original drummer Chris Nugent. Aaron having committed to hitting the big time and having somehow convinced the bank to give him a loan for a home studio (which was now part completed) started auditioning for a singer.
Following exhaustive auditions including some very strange individuals (one who brought his entire family) Aaron and Chris where struggling. On the way to some more auditions at Guilford’s ACM a chance meeting with an ex bandmate put Aaron in touch with Andie Page who was looking for an originals band. They got in contact and having heard and liked the early material Andie started jamming with Aaron and Chris.
A conversation on a drunken night in London got Aaron in touch with Colin Parkinson who had just returned from LA with Dead Relative and the now complete Darkroom Project started writing together. The first band recordings where made in early 2005 at Aaron’s now completed Middle Earth Studio where the band recorded 5 tracks.
Over the next 6 months Colin was busy working with Damion Anderson (son of Yes lead singer Jon Anderson) and in the interim Chris chose to leave the band. Having now moved to London the remaining members started auditions for a new drummer. Following a number of unsuccessful auditions Colin suggested Tristan who he had been playing with in both Dead Relative and then subsequently with Damion. Finding himself at a loose end following the end of the 2 projects and eager to continue playing with Colin Tris learnt the existing material and auditioned for the band.
The first session was a great success with the band really hitting it off and the 4 musicians coming together almost immediately. They even found time to start writing and the audition became the new line-ups first rehearsal writing the early track Helter Skelter.
The following months saw the band busy writing and rehearsing. Drawing on their earlier experiences and knowing they had found something special the guys worked hard, spending the best part of 8 months sweating away in Clapham’s Breakfast Studios fine tuning the early Darkroom tracks.
September 2006 saw the band returning to Middle Earth to record some of the newly written tracks. The world conspired against them on the 1st day, the mix engineer came down with the flu and wasn’t available which meant half the mics had to be picked up from Wales and Aaron and Tris had to swiftly learn how to use the studios new mixing desk. After the initial hiccups the band got stuck in and at the end of a long weekend the bands new demo was complete, it contained 4 tracks: Dying to meet you, Ahead of Myself, Helter Skelter and This Love.
Returning to London the new demo was quickly circulated and the band began to pick up gigs. The 1st Darkroom Project show was on the 11th October 2006 at The Bull & Gate in London’s Kentish Town and it was a roaring success.
Late 2006/2007 saw the band gig around London at venues such as The Halfmoon, The Watershed and UCL. The band where impressing gig goers and promoters alike with the possible exception of their 2nd show at Farringdons Betsey Trotwood which saw the band banned for life for playing too loud, if you put a rock band in a converted cellar what do you expect?!?
During 2007 the band also recorded a number of newer demos. Their first session in Maidstone’s Ten21 studios with engineer Sean Kenny saw the band rerecord a couple of their earlier tracks along with newer songs Ain’t Over and Intervention, these tracks were debuted on myspace.
The second session at Ten21 was an intense 2 days of recordings with the band laying down 8 tracks live. After some difficulty getting the sound they wanted the band in the end remixed 6 of the tracks themselves at Middle Earth. These tracks would become the 1st professionally recorded and mastered demo from the band and the MP3 tracks went live on the newly created site darkroomproject.com, where they were available for free download.
After struggling with the saturation of the live music scene in London and coming to terms with the lack of active industry interest in Rock music in the UK 2008 hailed the band looking for like minded individuals to take the project forward.
While trying to contact producers who had worked on projects akin to the band Aaron managed to get hold of Paul Reeve who had worked with Muse, both on their early EP’s, their debut album and more recently on much of the bands live releases. Having expressed a real enthusiasm for the bands music and with some kind help from Paul’s manager Liam the band where able to organise some time to record with him.
After an untimely departure of bass player Colin at the end of the year the band had to take a few months out to try and find the right player to fill his shoes. After auditioning bass player, after bass player, after bass player…….. the band finally found their man. He came in the guise of a tall and very talanted Italian, Alberto Flaibani. They are happy to say they are finally back on track.
So the fruits of their previous recordings are as we speak in their final stages, and they are looking forward to the rest of 2009.
Watch this space….
Darkroom Projects line-up is:
Andie Page - Vocals
Aaron Taylor – Guitar & BV’s
Alberto Flaibani – Bass & BV’s
Tristan Du Val – Drums
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