IT’S ABOUT TO GET DARK

WE TALK SONGWRITING WITH REIGNING DAYS’ DAN STEER

Posted: 13 April 2018

The wait is finally over. The evocative new album from rock trio, Reigning Days, is here. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, ‘Eclipse’ is moody and atmospheric, packed with great riffs and killer vocals. We caught up with frontman, Dan Steer, to talk about the inspiration behind his latest release.

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What inspired your upcoming album ‘Eclipse’?

Just a series of broken relationships and traumatic life experiences basically generated this overall depressive angsty sound…but it’s good.

How would you describe the sound of this album?

I would describe the sound of the album over all as a big wall of muscle intertwined with some subtle vulnerability. It’s dark and ballsy but with some classy maturity. 

What’s your favourite track from this album and why?

My favourite track is probably…well there's two, ‘My Sweet Love’ and ‘Do You Feel’ and they’re quite different from each other. ‘My Sweet Love’ was written about the car crash of the music industry that we’re involved in and I reckon a lot of musicians feel what that song is talking about. And ‘Do You Feel’ is just quite a personal, nice little song.

Where do you start when you write music? Is there a process you follow?

Sometimes I’m driving along or on the tube or something and something will come into my head, a lyric or a melody. And then it’s a race to find the nearest instrument before it goes out of my head. I think as I’m getting older my ability to remember things for a long time is getting worse.

Is there anything you find challenging about writing songs?

Writing songs and being creative is a way of getting emotional release and focusing, whether it’s positive or negative energy into something that can make other people have a nice time, which is why I like doing it.

Is it different writing for yourself than writing for others? 

I really enjoy writing for and with other people because it pushes you out of your comfort zone. You approach things in a totally different way than you would if you were doing it on your own. It develops you as a writer the more you do it. I love cowrites equally as much.

How do you adapt your writing style to a particular genre?

Sometimes it’s quite a compromise. You have to be willing to compromise and accept other people’s ideas.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

Loads! I'm always listening to Biffy Clyro. I’m listening to Bring Me The Horizon, Nothing But Thieves...been listening to Kiss while we’ve been on the [IVW] tour bus. But varied. Everything.

What advice do you have for aspiring musicians and songwriters?

Don’t get too caught up on writing to please other people as a basis for your progression. Write what you want to write in the style you want to play and stay true to yourself. Have an open mind and don’t be scared to push the boundaries.

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