Exclusive Interview with Sonny Lanegan of The Dark

Sonny Lanegan of The Dark

What are you working on now?
I play bass for The Dark. The first single will be released in September 2012, followed by a video clip. We are going to start recording the whole album in October 2012. I sing and write music for White Pulp. The new album “Vulgarity is not a Felony” was released in July 2012. The promotion is running and we got an amazing response from press and fans. Through radio stations from all over the US, which happily picked up the album, people can nationwide enjoy my music. The release will be followed by a tour in winter 2012.

Tell us about your musical background?
I grew up listening to a lot of bands. I believe that in order to start writing music you should be open to different genres and be pretty open minded. Trent Reznor and Maynard James Keenan are definitely two of my biggest influences. They both found a way to create something unique, extremely attracting and at the same time melodic.

What is the role of education in music?
Personally I didn’t go to school to study music. I think to be a good songwriter it is really important to have a wide musical culture. I gained all my knowledge just by playing in several bands and listening to a lot of music.

How do you feel about the current ‘state of the music industry’?
As we all know the music industry has been going through many problems for years. It is not the same as it was 10 years ago and it gets harder and harder for musicians to promote themselves with only little help. Social networks and digital platforms can be good tools to give you bigger exposure for little money. At the same time I miss the good old days when there was a full crew working with and around a band in order to succeed in the best way possible.

Why do use Pickboy Picks and R.Cocco strings?
I had the chance to try Pickboy Picks with more than one gauge and I prefer those over other brands. The combination of Pickboy Picks and R.Cocco strings is perfect for me. Also the R.Cocco strings are absolutely awesome. The strings last a very long time and I’m happy to not change them so often. But even better, the sound is incredible. My favorites are the RC4F set (45-65-80-100). The sound of it is unbelievable.

I’m glad to be endorsed by you guys.

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