Happy Monday and Happy 2019!
As we start off the New Year the band have a few things they are getting started on. Currently, two new songs are being tracked in the studio, "Voices" and "Every time". These will infuse a message about searching for meaning and overcoming loss. I think that sometimes in life especially once we become adults we often try to find purpose/meaning on our journey. Some focus on family, others focus on career, but sometimes the focus is one's "self". I think the biggest quest in life is finding a place we can call home and how we fit into life with something we can look back on with pride; how we effect others and how we were as a person. I know for me, I try to be kind and practice humility. I want people to remember me as an uncommonly kind and giving person. Musicians often search for meaning whether it's within themselves or if it's in the music and how it effects others.
This week I will be starting band interviews so we can get to know Taking Saturn a little more. This weekend I had a conversation with lead singer/keyboardist, Darien Anthony. Darien had a very interesting life growing up, splitting his childhood between South America and the United States. He was raised by two very strong and independent ladies, his Mother and Grandmother. His surrounding effected him musically in the regards that he had a very diverse selection of music he was exposed to and was able to form broader ideas in what music could potentially be in the future. He was not only listened to Latin music but also had access to American music. Darien is actually a rarity in his family because his musical talents are singular in the way no one else in his family was musical inclined. He received his first guitar as a gift from his mother because she wanted him to have a hobby while she worked. In 1991 he saw Bob Dylan/Carlos Santana live with his mom and that's when his interest was really peaked. In the sixth grade he put together a band with school friends to play a school talent show and his dreams of being a musician were solidified. They rocked Queen's classic anthem "We will Rock You" on stage and the thrill of this event made him fall in love with performing. He has been putting together bands and writing/performing ever since.
I've always been fascinated by what drives an artist and what goes on in their minds while they are creating. As I watch these guys perform I see the passion and dedication not to mention soul pouring out into this amazing sound. I asked Darien "What are you thinking/feeling as you are creating music?". His response was priceless! "It really depends on the when and what song I'm performing. It's a mixture of feeling the notes musically, but also allowing my soul to connect to the music emotionally. Then again, sometimes I just do it and I think about what's for dinner or what is my dog Lola doing right now." We had a good laugh about that but also he said "being productive comes in different ways, more-so when i'm not thinking and just doing."
In this talk we also discussed some of the influences and favorites. Of course Carlos Santana and Bob Dylan were amongst the top of the list. I asked him his three favorite songs and why? Paco De Lucia, a world famous Flamenco guitarist hit the #1 spot. His song "Conceirto de Aranjuez" being his favorite. Richard Chapman and Eric Clapton, authors of Guitar: Music, History, Players, describe Lucia as a "Titanic figure in the world of Flamenco guitar furthermore he is also referred as "one of history's greatest guitarists' by author/Flamenco guitarist, Dennis Koster. Other favorites include Bob Marley's "Zimbabwe" which brings him back to his childhood, remembering his mom and the listening to Bob together. Lastly he also mentioned Rush's "Entre Nous" which evokes memories of when his mother and him would have hot summer night cookouts with family and friends, toasting with a cold Foster's beer.
We also discussed what's going on for 2019. We can look forward to the follow up EP tentatively called "The Voices EP." Also more exciting podcast episodes with more special guests and new live performances around Northern Virginia.
Sounds like an exciting year to come! Stayed tuned for my next interview!