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DARENOTS Clockwise from top: Swav, Rev, CJ, Jimmy.
Hey readers!

Jerz here- sharing my latest interview with Swav Pior, drummer from Toronto-based supergroup, DARENOTS! Their single Heavyweight has been voted in by listeners as Jamsterdam Radio's Track of the Month for September! Here is the interview:


JGIC: Who is Darenots, and what inspired you to form this group?

SP:  DARENOTS is a project I've been planning on doing for the past few years now, just wasn't sure who was going to be a part of it until Rev, Jimmy, and myself started organically writing songs out of beats that I've been creating. The final addition was CJ a couple months in, when we started recording our first batch of finished songs.

JGIC: How did you come up with the name? 

SP: The name came from a line that I heard in Wolf Of Wall Street.  Leo's aunt in the movie says to him, "Looks like you've been into the donuts, I see." The only thing is that she says it in a British accent, so I might have misinterpreted it with 'Darenots' "Looks like you've been into the Darenots, I see." haha. Either way it sounded like DARENOTS to me, and I think it's a pretty cool name for a band.

JGIC: Definitely a cool band name- I dig it! What do you want fans to feel when going to your shows and listening to your tunes?

SP: The music is fun and upbeat. Our live show is high energy. We have a great time performing, and creating the music, so I can only hope that the positive party vibe translates to the fans listening. We're just working on keeping spirits high.

JGIC: So, two of you are members of illScarlett, and one of you is from Trouble & Daughter. How do you balance having multiple projects, as well as fit in time with loved ones? Do you ever miss sleep, like a lot of artists out there?
SP: It's definitely challenging at times to maintain the balance and sleep is most certainly one of the many sacrifices. But when you're having an amazing time being part of something that makes you truly happy and is getting positive feedback, then you will make it work.

JGIC: If you were to form your dream tour, what artists, dead or alive, would you want to tour with?

SP:Touring with Nirvana just as Nevermind was released would be the one for me personally.

As for a fun little dream package of bands that are still alive.. I'd say Gorillaz / N.E.R.D / Transplants  / DARENOTS šŸ˜ That would be a time.

JGIC: You guys seem like a high-energy bunch.  Would you prefer to play bigger stages at festivals with all that energy, or do you prefer playing more intimate shows at smaller venues?

SP: Down for it all. Both types of shows have their up sides. We just love playing live and entertaining.

JGIC: Loving the tune "Heavyweight", which we are currently spinning in the Jamsterdam rotation.  Was there an actual concept for the music video for it, or was it all just winging it?  Either way, it was a fun video to watch.

SP: Pretty much winging it.. We came up with a bunch shots that we thought would look neat and just spent 2 days shooting. 

JGIC: Any advice for newer artists out there? 

SP: Work hard, but always try to keep it fun. It shows in your product. "Love what you do. Do what you love."

JGIC: Amen. Thank you Swav for your time, and I look forward to hearing more from DARENOTS!

For upcoming shows, and everything else, follow them on Youtube, Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @Darenots



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