"We are already working on the next single." - Denis Stoff
The dust has barely settled on the announcement that former Asking Alexandria frontman Denis Stoff has launched a brand new band, but we wanted to know more about Drag Me Out.
We had a chat with Denis to find out what's going on with his new band, and what's led up to the launch of Drag Me Out into the world.
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO FINALLY HAVE NEW MUSIC OUT IN THE WORLD?
Says Denis: "It feels really good. It’s very special to have so much support. We’ve been working hard on this record for so long. It’s probably going to come out February or March so we are already working on the next single."
WHAT WAS THE PROCESS OF GETTING DRAG ME OUT TOGETHER?
"Well the other three guys have been my friends for the last seven years. We’ve known each other for a long time and are all very talented musicians. When I left Asking Alexandria it was a no-brainer to ask them to be involved in something new. These guys were in immediately."
HAD YOU EVER PLAYED MUSIC WITH THEM BEFORE THIS BAND?
"This is the first time we have ever written something all together but we have been working with Stas [Belov, guitarist] since back in the day when I was doing Down & Dirty. It’s been about waiting for the right time to make music together. It’s definitely a really fresh thing."
WHEN YOU STARTED WRITING, WHAT WAS IT THAT DREW YOU TO THIS PARTICULAR SOUND? AFTER YEARS OF PLAYING HEAVY MUSIC IT’S QUITE THE SHIFT IN TONE.
"Of course when you compare this music to something like Asking Alexandria, it’s a very different story. This music is a little more emotional. It’s the light and soft even though it’s still relatively heavy. It’s just a really fresh take. It’s definitely a sound that I’ve wanted to make for a really long time. I’m excited and super happy to be making this style of music now. It’s going to be something new and refreshing to the genre."
HAS ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING BEEN DONE DIY THEN?
"Yeah. This new record is absolutely self-produced. We wanted to take control of everything to do with this music and we decided to do it all ourselves. I’m really excited about how it turned out."
SO OUT OF ALL THE MUSIC YOU HAVE WRITTEN, WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE ‘I’M SORRY’ AS THE SONG TO LAUNCH DRAG ME OUT WITH?
"It’s just one of my favourites. The rest of the band feels the same about it too. It’s a good song with a good fresh sound for everyone. It was a really easy decision to choose to put that one out first. It just felt like that song was the biggest."
IS IT A GOOD REPRESENTATION OF WHAT WE CAN EXPECT FROM THE REST OF THE RECORD?
"There are definitely some things that will surprise people, I promise you that. The whole record sounds very interesting and different. Every single song sounds different to each other. I just can’t wait to share it."
WHAT HAS BEEN INFLUENCING YOU IN TERMS OF THE MESSAGE THAT YOU WANTED TO PUT ACROSS WITH THIS NEW BAND?
"Lyrically, a lot has happened to me in the past couple of years. It’s just a reflection of how I feel about the scene, music, my break from Asking Alexandria, my fans. It’s all stuff like that. It’s a very honest record full of very honest songs."
WHAT DO YOU FEEL DRAG ME OUT REPRESENTS AS AN IDEA?
"We’ve been thinking a lot about what to name this band and in many ways I feel like it speaks for itself. It’s for the people who struggle with a lot of personal problems in their life through all the different stuff that happens to them in this life. I feel like the band will help drive a lot of people out of depression and a lot of people out of the bad vibes they are feeling. It’s music that I hope will make people happy."
IT COMES DOWN TO THE FACT THAT PEOPLE WILL LISTEN AND NOW THAT THEY ARE HEARING SONGS THAT YOU’VE WRITTEN ABOUT YOURSELF FOR YOURSELF.
"Yeah, totally. It’s all very honest. Everything I write these days is all about me and how I feel today. It speaks purely about all of the things that I have been going through these days."
IT’S ALMOST LIKE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO BE SELFISH WITH YOUR SONGWRITING.
"It’s not necessarily selfish. I just have a lot of things to get off my chest with this record. There’s also a lot of love on this record. There’s a lot of melodies, a lot of beats, a lot of electronic stuff, a lot of riffs. It’s just a really interesting mix."
WHAT ARE THE PLANS IN TERMS OF GETTING OUT ON THE ROAD?
"We don’t have anything lined up right now but we will 100% be touring in 2019. We will be going to the United States, England, Europe. All stuff like that. I just want to be back on the road now. It’s been too long waiting around and now I just want to be out there."
HOW HAS IT BEEN BEING BACK AT HOME FOR SO LONG WORKING ON ALL OF THIS STUFF?
"Life has been alright overall. It’s just been so busy. Honestly, we have just been in band mode for so long now. We wrote a record, we recorded it, and then we started writing another record. We have so many plans for the future now and so much music."
SO YOU ALREADY HAVE MORE MUSIC IN THE PIPELINE EVEN BEFORE THIS ALBUM HAS BEEN RELEASED?
YOU’VE ALSO RESIGNED WITH SUMERIAN RECORDS, A LABEL YOU HAVE WORKED WITH FOR SEVERAL YEARS. WHAT DRW YOU BACK TO THEM FOR DRAG ME OUT?
"Yeah, it’s been like 7 years of me working with this label. Things have been really good. Everyone is happy and we are all good friends. They are really hands on and ready for absolutely everything. Ash and me have been close for a long time now. It was just a no brainer."
WHAT ARE THE OVERALL INTENTIONS THAT YOU HAVE SET OUT FOR THIS PROJECT?
"We are just 100% here to stay. We are planning to release so many records. It’s a long road but we want to release music and we want to be happy. We are going to love doing this as a career. We are going to tour as much as possible. We are just ready for a long ride. We’ve taken so long to get ready because we just had so much in our hands. We had to figure everything out and make it all look and sound perfect. Now we want to do things fast."