Psykotribe is the brainchild of vocalist Dana Darkly. Her vision of empowerment through the intensity of sound was inspired by some really dark moments in her life. As a child she was always considered the quiet one who often sat in the darkest corner of the classroom in the hopes that no one would talk to her. One thing she has learned through her experiences in life is that she is not alone. There are many that live, hiding in those very same shadows that she did and her greatest hope is that her music can be an inspiration to anyone who feels like they are not good enough and that each of them understand that they are the one’s who hold the power to slay the demons that hold them back.
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Meet the band…
(Vocals) I was born in Atlantic City New Jersey in the middle of the largest blizzard in over a century. No ambulances were able to make it through the storm so I was born in the only emergency vehicle that could make it out there, the back of a police paddy wagon….which is probably fitting for the role I would eventually play. Growing up I saw a lot of dark and difficult times which made me very quiet and reserved. Even though I was quite introverted, I always imagined myself becoming a performer of some sort but never really knew how that would work out. Throughout my life I was always intrigued by the darker things such as horror movies, dark music, the occult and so on. In 2008 I took my first shot on the microphone. Everyone around me was in a metal band of some sort so I belted out a scream and didn’t realize the effect it would have on others until I noticed that EVERY eye was on me in amazement. Up to that point, most extreme metal bands were fronted by men so it was not usual for you to hear a woman with such a deep, guttural scream. Shortly after this experience I began to form my own band and I titled this project “Psykotribe”. After a few lineup changes we finally put the right pieces together that formed the solid unit that Psykotribe is known for being today. My vision with this project has always been to empower the weak, the quiet and the sad. I was that person but fortunately have found a way to evolve myself through sound and performance and I hope I can be an inspiration to others.
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(Guitarist) Growing up my mother and father both played guitar so I used to pick it up from time to time and learned how to make disorganized noise. At the age of 4 or 5 I took my first piano lessons learning the typical “Twinkle twinkle” and a few others. My first true musical experience started in Kindergarten where all students were required to take “Suzuki Strings” which was essentially a violin class. I took to the violin immediately and even though this was only required through 1st grade, I continued playing through Middle School. Eventually I made the transition from violin to guitar when I was about 16. My first guitar was bought by my father, it was a Fender Gemini II acoustic. I started learning Slayer, Metallica and Megadeth songs on this acoustic. My first electric guitar was purchased by my mother, it was an old Dean electric I nicknamed “Oak Tree” because it was the heaviest guitar I have ever held….even to this day. I got very bored learning other people/band’s songs very quickly so I began to just play around with it just to try different sounds, different techniques and started writing different riffs. I never had the intention of being in a band, I just wanted to play guitar. I didn’t play on stage until I was into my mid-twenties but once I did, I became an addict. I formed a band called Kronik Disorder and began to perform on a regular basis. Dana and I were together for about 5 years before I knew she could scream and growl like she does. She put on a surprise birthday party for me and invite a bunch of bands over to jam out. This was the first day I ever heard her on the microphone, after hearing her brutality….I was completely sold on Psykotribe. My two favorite axes are my bright orange Dean Vendetta and my black Schecter Damien. I play through a Line 6 Spider III head and cabinet.
(Bassist) I first started playing music in third grade, trumpet for band class. Through most of school I strive to be better, with hard practice and private lessons. By age16, I realized I needed an instrument more capable of displaying my artistic expression. Bass guitar was my only shot in joining a band with my friends, so I took it. We weren’t really serious at first, until we played our first show. The local band that we opened for, blew me away. I knew then what we could do as a band, and I never took my foot off the gas. I started listening to different types of music, different artists’ techniques. Cliff Burton and Billy Sheehan showed me what bass guitar was capable of sounding like, later Steve Harris would show me the style I enjoyed playing the most. My brother Adam, later picked up the drums. We easily fed off each other right away, practicing every chance we got. We played together through our first major project, Dreams Enemy. After we broke apart, 13 years later, I was kind of ready to throw it in. We tried to keep the band going for a while, but there was no spark anymore. Soon after, Adam came to me with a project he was joining, and wanted me in on it. I was hesitant at first, but decided to take a chance. Psykotribe, a crazy bunch of musicians, we quickly found our place with them. I am able to play on a different level when I do a show with them. With music on the winds of change, waiting for that next spark, I believe we have the match. We want to change the way audiences experience musicianship, through vigorous product Support online and off-line I love playing a 24 Fret LTD or Fender bass guitar, with big fat EMG double coil pick-ups. after playing through several amps, I decided on a Carvin 600 Full stack. Sound quality and control options are spot on, right out-of-the-box. I also use a Hartke practice amp (which has amazing sound), and DigiTech sound processor.
(Guitarist) As a child I was a very angry and needed to find an outlet to channel my aggresion into. my parents came up with the idea of music and the madness was born. From the early start of hearing Black Sabbath and early metal i knew thats where i was going. Fell in love with the sounds of Randy Rhoads classical stylings i learned there where more than just playing fast so i started to look else where. from Prince to johnny cash into the hard sound of slayer i found love in all forms. Currantly i am useing Line 6 amps and Heads and Epiphone explorer but have been known from time to time to bring out my first love the Dean ML. i have used many guitars in my years of playing but non seem to capture the feel like my explorer. Back in the early Part of 2006 i had just left a Band called Full Cry and was seeking something more meatier than was being offered at the time. Kosmo Burns from dementia who is a close Family friend told me of a BAnd at the time newly Formed Called PSykotribe that was seeking a lead player and was fronted by a female vocalist which at the time didnt see much of so i was of course interested in where that could go. Shortly after trying out the gig was mine if i wanted and from there Dana and Company was born
(drummers) I started playing drums at the age of 18. True, to most playing percussion I was behind on my instrument by several years, but I started my musical journey in the 5th grade playing the Trombone. That was a great start until I was a sophomore in high school and it just wasn’t for me anymore. A couple of years away from playing music, and making my way through all forms of rap and alternative music my brothers little band grabbed my interest and I couldn’t look back. That’s when the drums seemed like a great idea. I worked hard and few years later I joined a project called Dreams Enemy that my brother had started. From the year 1995-2008, two records, two record deals we crafted are playing style. From there joining the band Kronic Disorder in late 2009 which eventually morphed into Psykotribe is were I meet some of the current members of the band. Mapex Drums, Evans Heads and Zildjian cymbals have forever changed the way I sound, and more importantly changed the way the band sounds to an upfront in your face holy shit what the hell just happened to me experience.