One day, as I mindlessly scrolled through my Facebook feed, I stumbled upon a video that instantly captured my attention. It featured a guy passionately belting out punk rock tunes on an open mic contest stage, exuding an electrifying energy that resonated through the screen. This was my first encounter with the artist known as Gloomy Days, a solo punk rocker hailing from the bustling streets of New York. Intrigued and eager to delve deeper into his musical journey, I set out to learn more about the man behind the music, leading to an exciting and revealing interview.
Can you tell us about your origins? Where did it all start?
It all started after the demise of my last band "Left At The Altar" losing my daughter, and being in an abusive relationship. "Love In A Casket" which was originally intended to be my first single that I wrote about that experience and a song I wrote in 2020, during Covid, called "Typical" about fake friends. I didn’t really know how far this was going to go but I’m here and I’m determined to make a name for myself.
What's the story behind your name?
Gloomy Days; well we all have Gloomy Days and I honestly think it’s a great name especially since I take a lot of inspiration from Robert Smith of The Cure; Doom And Gloom Forever.
How would you describe your music and style?
The music I make is really all over the place; mostly Punk and Post-Punk but there’s also a bit of Metal, Spoken Word, Hip-Hop, and driven by Heartfelt Poetry
It's really good to be diverse like that, but what would you say Artist wise are some inspirations?
My musical influences stem from all over the board; The Cure, Misfits, Joy Division, Every Time I Die, Alice Cooper, Ramones, Gwar, Killswitch Engage, AFI, Black Sabbath, Bring Me The Horizon, Linkin Park, Nirvana, Alexisonfire, Silverstein, Bad Omens, Metallica, Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Social Distortion, just to Name a few.
Can you share some memorable moments or stories from your journey as a musician?
The biggest stories I have from My journey so far is My first show, my 2nd show, getting the recognition and being recognized in the scene with some awesome feedback.
That first show can be super important and is definitely a huge first step, and I'm glad to hear that you kept going at it. How would you describe your songwriting process?
The songwriting progress is usually I come up with the music first and add lyrics later. sometimes that’s not the case, especially with "Typical", I wrote the words before the music.
Do you ever do collaborations on your songs or performances?
I’ve collaborated with one person on stage and she’s one of my best friends. Her name is Kenzie but as far as the music, I collaborated on one song so far that my good friend wrote the music for and I wrote the lyrics and vocal melodies called “Death By Stereo”. I used some "The Lost Boys" samples and wrote it about Vampires and it’s honestly so fucking amazing, I’m still blown away by it.
So tell us about your latest releases and what listeners can expect from it.
My latest single is "Love In A Casket" but I plan on releasing one more single this year. As far as what listeners can expect from listening to Gloomy Days is feeling like someone understands all the pain and the torture they’ve endured throughout the years. The Themes of Gloomy Days are pretty much Death, Love, Suicide, Vampires, Depression, Anxiety, Sex, Being Misunderstood by others, Understanding Yourself, Loving Yourself, Abuse, Trauma, And much more, I try not to limit myself and the writing.
How do you approach live performances and engaging with your audience?
Well, I love crowd participation, so how I approach, live performances and engage with the crowd is, I’ll introduce myself after the second or third song and I’ll give some shout outs by the end of the set. My favorite thing I do with engaging with the crowd isI have the song called “Jealousy Kills Faster Than Suicide” and before I perform it, I have the crowd repeat after me when I say “You Matter” they say “I Matter” and I tell them that suicide is such a disgusting vile word. I literally cried the last time I performed it.
Are there any plans for a tour or any more upcoming shows?
I don’t know about any tours yet, but I have a couple more shows in the future and hopefully I get booked a lot more
What do you hope people can take away from your music?
What I hope people take away from my music is I just hope they like it and they can vibe with it, and I hope they tell all their friends about it, and I hope my music makes their gloomy days brighter.
Any dream collaborations?
My dream is to collaborate with Roberts mess, but that wouldn’t be for a long time.
Can you share your thoughts on the current state of the music industry and any challenges you've faced as a band?
I don’t think all record companies are evil, but a good handful of them are, and I don’t really listen to a lot of new music. I just stick with the albums that I love pretty much, unless an album catches my attention.
What's the most important piece of advice you'd give to aspiring musicians or bands?
The most important piece of information I could give any band or artist is, don’t stop chasing your dreams.
Right on. I feel like way too many people give up pretty early on and if they just kept pushing they'd find the results they are looking for. Do you have any fun facts you would like to tell people about?
So fun fact, my real name is Josh, but a lot of people know me by Gloomy and I’m OK with that. I’m also obsessed with Halsey and I consider her a huge influence on me.
Awesome. So do you have any final words or thoughts you would like to share?
I have something I would like to say, it doesn’t matter what gender or sex, religion, race, or whatever your sexual preference is. You matter. Be a good person and respect yourself and others! Gloomy days get brighter!
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