Synthpop/Witchhouse artist Angel Metro announced the release of her debut album Dark Day Bright Lights. AM explains the process and inspiration behind the new album as a dark electronic album with bloodlines in Synthpop and witchhouse. She blends the elements of heartbreak and hope to create an electronic sound nestled in Dark Magic. Based out of Charlottesville, VA she was the front woman for the fairytale gothic rock band Gild The Mourn and now creates dark electronic pop.
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Where were you born and where are you now?
I was born in San Francisco, the Mission district to be exact. I lived in Southern California for many of my formative years and spent some time in Utah. Now live in Charlottesville, VA which I’ve called home for the last seven years.
Let’s go back in time, can you remember a defining moment as a child that sparked your inner music creative?
The first time I can remember music really speaking to me was the first time I heard Elvis Presley. It was on an infomercial for a Fifties CD Boxset. The song was “Don’t Be Cruel” and within a few bars I was hooked. I’ve had a fondness for Rockabilly and Blues ever since.
What type of artist would you describe yourself as?
I consider this project Dark Electronic with bloodlines in Synthpop and Witchhouse. Previously I created Gothic Rock, and personally I have an affinity for a wide variety of genres, especially those with dark undertones.
How was the new album written and what are some of the elements of sound?
It was written through sleepless late nights while I struggled between trying to outrun my darkest days and finding inspiration in them. The chamber environment mixed with heavy drums and haunted vocals reflect the sentiments of heartbreak in solitude. I chose to craft an album out of the songs birthed during these times in the hope that someone might find some inspiration and as a result and give a little purpose for the pain.
Was the album self produced or did you collaborate with an outside producer?
Everything was written and recorded by me. Originally I began self mixing and mastering, and actually released my first tracks this way, but due to time constraints I decided to hire a third party. I went through a few different options before settling on my ex husband, former band mate, and awesome engineer Gopal Metro to mix and master the album.
Are you performing with a live band, if so who are the members and what are their roles?
Yes, I now play with a live backing band for some shows. My good friends Tom Lynch on keys, Chad VanPelt on Bass, and Mike Johnson on drums. They also play in a variety of projects such as Spider Lilies, This Hollow Machine, and Ego Likeness.
When can we expect a music video?
Hopefully by the Summer of this year. I have concepts I’ve been fleshing out for a few of the songs, but as it stands Stranger Times pt. 2 will likely be the first released video.
What are the things that make up Angel Metro?
I find a lot of inspiration in Horror, Sci-Fi, Vintage Hollywood Glamour, and Fantasy. This particular album was inspired by incredibly dark times in my personal life and trying to find glimmers of hope through the blanket of pain that I was suffocating in. I spent a lot of late nights on these songs composing and writing down feelings that later became lyrics. Sonically I’m quite fond of synthesizers from the 70’s and 80’s, as well as ethereal sound effects and noise. I really love Synthwave revival artists, but I also wanted something that didn’t quite fit that mold. DARK DAYS BRIGHT LIGHTS ended up a mutant hybrid of electronic music. The C.H.U.D. of the outrun scene if you will. I’ve been called a Synth Witch and Glitch Witch and my music has been called Spellwave or Witchpop.
Name a few things outside of music that gives you happiness:
My son, I like to read when I have a few moments although these days it’s mostly books on tape while I’m on the road, I like watching movies, hitting the gym, running away to the forest or the beach, organizing my surroundings, and I love a good laugh. I also have a pretty big sweet tooth so dessert is definitely the way to my heart! I enjoy a good adventure, making new friends, seeing new sights, playing games of all kinds, and spending time with kids and furry friends.
Honestly my set goals for 2019 revolve around simplifying. Which is seemingly the direct opposite of what you’d expect to hear from an artist who just released a full length album. However, my intentions for this album were unusual… I just wanted a therapeutic release and some closure on chapters of my past, and through a lot of hard work I’ve seen this album come to fruition. The amount of success it’s accomplished was a happy by product and I feel fortunate it’s been so well received. That being said I’ve been getting some show and tour offers with established and upcoming artists which is exciting. I’ve also been working on some killer collaborations. We’ll definitely be out playing later this year so if you want to see us play your city tell your local promoter! In the meantime the next few breaths I take are just for me, my own reward for getting DDBL out the door.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
Dark Beauty is the embrace of things most people turn away from. It’s the moment when the intermarriage of darkness and light creates a joy that is pure and respects the full turning of the Wheel. It’s finding beauty where others cannot. And personally, I’ve been a fan of the magazine for some time so it’s an accomplishment, thank you for having me!