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NEBULARIS

Interview

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When did you decide that a career in music was for you?


Damian: Music always had a special effect on me. I've been banging on pillows and sofas since I was a little
kid. When I turned 14 I got my first kit and everything came together for me. The passion was already there,
the skill came next and to this day I can't go more than three days without picking up the sticks. 


Who are your musical inspirations and why?


Damian: As a band we take our influences from various sources. We're all nerds so we love our movie
soundtracks especially Brad Fiedel, John Williams and  Hans Zimmer come to mind. We're also big prog
heads so a lot of our stuff is influenced by Devin Townsend, Dream Theatre , Karnivool and Leprous. 


Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?
Damian: I'm a Philosophy grad, I went to art school when I was a kid and the first band I ever fell in love with
was ABBA.


What song of yours best describes you and why?


Damian: A song that best describes me... I think it's Critias. I'm a really introverted person, but once I
develop a strong connection with someone it's really easy for me to open up. I feel like the song is similar to
me in that sense. It's very quiet and reserved at the start but then, the  further you go into the song, the more
it opens up and reveals its true nature. The song plays with various moods as well. It's almost melancholic at
the start,  sensitive and  then it appears very hopeful and optimistic in its delivery,.I think a lot of that fits with
my personality.. 


What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?


Damian: The biggest thing we've done to date was our live performance on RTE (Irish National Television).
That was a lot of fun for us as none of us have really done anything like that before. It was a bit of a
milestone for all of us and it will show our music to a whole new group of people.


If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?
Damian: If I had to pick a venue it would be Red Rocks in Denver Colorado. A lot of great bands performed
there who I consider personal heroes of mine, Including Gojira, Devin Townsend, Opeth to name a few. I can
imagine us putting on a great sci-fi prog show for everyone with a great production.


What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?


Damian: I think our best achievement to date is having a small, supportive fanbase who really enjoys our
music. Seeing other people enjoy our music as much as we did when we wrote it makes us incredibly
grateful. I think growing that fanbase is the main goal. We want to get our music heard by as many people as
we can. Any other opportunities that come with iare a nice bonus. 


Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?


Damian: a story that comes to mind goes back to our  live performance at the Siege of Limerick festival. We
played toa packed room and we had a lot of people coming up to us to say how much they enjoyed our
show. The amount of support we got was overwhelming. 


What do you like best about being a musician and why?


Damian: What I love about it most is the fact that I can be myself. I get to create and express myself without
any limitations.. I also like that it's a constant learning curve, filled with growth and plenty of room for
improvement .


If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?


Damian: I think I'd probably get a PhD in Philosophy.


What has been the best gig you have been to as a fan and can you tell us about it?


Damian: This will probably surprise you, but it was Muse. I saw them in Dublin in September 2023 and that
show was jaw dropping. They're one of the tightest bands I've ever seen, their production was incredible and
Matt Bellamy's vocals were on point. Great setlist and awesome visuals. 


What would your ideal festival line up be and why?


Damian: I'd say Muse, TOTO, The Police, Dead Can Dance,Tool, Devin Townsend, Leprous, Behemoth,
Gojira, Opeth, Karnivool, Eluveitie, Cellar Darling, Paradise Lost and Katatonia would make for a good line
up. It's a nice mixture and I love all those bands.


What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?


Damian: Be kind, write music for yourself, learn about the music business and social media.

What things make you happy and what things annoy you?


Damian: Things that make me happy... It'll probably make me sound like a hippie, but I like to see
other people finding happiness and peace.. It's rare these days... As for things that annoy me... I think I've
reached a level of maturity where I try not to let things like that get to me. 9/10 things that would annoy me
are out of my control and not worth my time or energy. 


What things do you like to do when you are away from music?


Damian: I like to travel, listen to vinyl records, go on hikes, read books and watch movies or TV Series.


Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?


Damian: I believe they're great tools, especially for all the upcoming independent artists. They make for a
great platform for their music. It's easier to get your music heard now by people all over the world than ever
before.


How important do you think your look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?


Damian: I think image is as important as musicianship. They're both forms of expression that only reinforce
what artists are trying to represent with their art.


Can you tell us about any tattoos you have and the significance of them to you?


Damian: Sure, I have a few... Most of them are either works of Seth Siro Anton (Septicflesh) or ideas
influenced by his art. I have  developed a very strong connection to his work over the years. somehow it
speaks to me on a whole new level and I feel my tattoos represent different stages in my life.


If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?


Damian: I don't think I'd ever feel comfortable running a country. I'm a musician, not a politician.


What would your ideal day consist of?
Damian: My ideal day would consist of a nice breakfast, a cigarette, some yoga, working on some new drum
ideas, a nice walk in the park and a great movie before bed.


If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?


Damian:Thank you all for your support, it means the universe to us. 


How would you answer the question Who are Nebularis and what are the differences between you as a
music artist and you away from music ?

Damian: Nebularis are a group of nerds who love writing music together.I think the only difference between
us in the band and us away from music is our stage presence. Performing on stage it is our way of letting go
of any insecurities and we get lost in the moment. Besides that, what you see is what you get.


What was the first record or song you purchased and why?


Damian: The first record I ever got was "Appetite For Destruction" by Guns 'N' Roses. My father played
"Welcome To The Jungle" to me when I was a kid and I instantly wanted to hear more. That big cross on the
cover with all the skulls made it even more appealing.


What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?


Damian: Be kind, patient, write the music you love for yourself,and use all the tools available to you to get
your music heard.


If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?


Damian: If I could pick any musician to collaborate with it would be Devin Townsend. I love his way of writing
and I feel like we'd get along as people.


If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?


Damian: "When The Music's Over" by The Doors. I love the composition of that song and the lyrics are
beautiful.


What things make you uncomfortable?


Damian: Speaking in front of a room full of people.


If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?

Damian: I'd probably start from my earliest memory, then try to summarise all the main events that shaped
me as a person and allowed me to become the guyI am today.. I'd probably also share some of my thoughts
in hopes they'd be of use to whoever reads it. 


What has the rest of the year got in store for you? 


Damian: Once Exodus: Shattered Earth Saga Pt I comes out, it's back to writing for us. We already have a
couple of songs written for part II., we want to focus on finishing the rest and hopefully play a few shows in
the next few months.

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