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Meet Cole Heramb of Dark Dazey in Westside

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cole Heramb.

Cole, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’d say the seeds of Dark Dazey were planted at age seven when I first picked up the guitar. I learned how to play and perform during years of on and off playing in rock bands. By the time I was 18, I was writing my own music, more consciously finding my voice as a creator. I arrived in Los Angeles in 2015, beginning my college career at UCLA. A biology student quickly realizing the wealth of musical talent available around me, I began searching for and playing with as many different musicians as possible, taking part in jam nights in the Westwood apartments, playing and attending house shows, participating in on-campus music events, and working as an audio engineer. Initially, my focus was assembling a band to play the music I had written and recorded as a solo artist. However, along the way I realized the power of playing consistently with a group and establishing a strong community of individuals, each who add unique pieces to the musical puzzle.

Thus along with myself on lead guitar and vocals, Dark Dazey today comprises Brooklyn-hailing jazz vocalist Mariah Hill, classically trained flutist Reese Rose, dead-head rhythm guitarist Simon Hirschfield, R&B-influenced bassist Holden Prine, and Trinidadian drummer Daniel Ferguson. Together over the past year or so, we have formed a very organic, dynamic flavor of psych-rock that blends elements of classic rock, pop, country, metal, punk, jazz, blues, and whatever else we can blend in. We are working on recording a number of projects, each hosting unique genre tendencies. We like to keep people on their toes, whether it’s at a live show or listening through our discography.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Of course, the creative path is not always the easiest, especially when managing schedules, hopes, and expectations of six people also invested in the world outside of music. As time has passed, we all have worked hard to make space in our lives for Dark Dazey, but school, work, and family of course are important to all of us. We also don’t all live in LA, so a lot of work is done remotely. COVID-19 poses new challenges, notably live shows being put on pause. That’s definitely a massive hit as a lot of our fanbase knows us for the engaging live experience we love to deliver to our audiences. That sense of community is difficult to achieve online, so we are still trying to maneuver this new landscape and find new ways to connect to people.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
Dark Dazey has evolved and become an entity reaching beyond just us and our recorded music. Our live music experience allows people to connect to the many elements that define us. Whether it’s Reese’s ethereal flute solos, Mariah’s powerful topline vocals, ripping guitar solos, the audience howling like wolves, psychedelic washes of sound, screaming “Anglerfish”, swaying to jazzy breakdowns, or drum and bass linking up in funky polyrhythms, it’s all part of the face-melting we love to deliver. Dark Dazey is both the band and the community of people that come out to our shows and participate in the madness. Of course, in this historic moment, live shows aren’t happening, so we have had the opportunity to strengthen other parts of our identity. We have been shipping out our signature tie-dye hoodies and doing plenty of recording. I am really excited for the music we are gearing up to release that allows people to access that unbridled live energy.

I am proud of our dedication to great music and quality sound, but even more so I am proud of how we have contributed to the spread of positivity, inclusivity, and social responsibility. Whether it’s pairing up with organizations to play shows supporting environmentalist causes, using funds from music and merch to support organizations promoting social justice, or being outspoken at shows and online about our values of awareness, global conscience, and equality, we continue to look for ways to shift the culture towards understanding and connectedness. Music is the universal language through which people can be brought together.

What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
Our ability to provide such a variety of flavors of music that all ultimately feel uniquely tied to Dark Dazey will allow us to reach a broader audience. The many voices and talents that come together to make the whole provide different avenues for audiences to access and relate to. As we grow and cultivate our identity as a group, we only will become stronger and more effective in delivering messages and vibes to the people. We just have to get out there!

Pricing:

  • Hoodies – $45 (plus shipping)
  • T-shirts – $20 (plus shipping)

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Taylor Kaltman, Marina Movellan

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