What kind of music does Positively dark compose?
Peter: the music of Positively dark can best be described as electronica. However, the music of Positively dark contains many styles including classical, jazz, techno, new age, ambient, dance, and rock.
Who are the members of the band?
Peter: Positively dark consists of one music composer, me, Peter Geisheker. However, my good friend and brilliant guitar player, Dino Pacifici, plays guitar on several of my tracks.
Where did the name Positively dark come from?
Peter: I was talking with a friend and she described something as being positively dark. I thought that was such an interesting description that I adopted it as my band name as I think it describes the music I compose quite well. My music at times can be dark and melancholic, but at the same time it can be very positive. So, I consider my music to be positively dark.
What are the band’s main music influences?
Peter: My main influence would have to be Vangelis. as a kid growing up I listened to Vangelis’ music from the soundtrack of Chariots of fire about a billion times and was amazed at what could be done with synthesizers. So, I bought a cheap little synthesizer (a Yamaha DX21) and basically learned how to compose music by listening to how Vangelis arranged his music and what types of sounds he used.
Other huge influences include Tangerine Dream, Jean Michael Jarre, Enigma, Mike Oldfield, Deep Forest, Pink Floyd and NIN.
Are there any other influences apart from music that appear in your work or just to your inspiring process?
Peter: My influences tend to be my moods. it is very easy for me to listen to one of my songs and know what mood I was in when I wrote it. Other influences are feelings that I receive from watching movies. I composed the song Goodnight after seeing the scene in the movie Artificial Intelligence when the child/robot is stuck underwater staring at the Blue Fairy. the scene struck me as being so horribly sad yet beautiful at the same time. Immediately I heard the music for my song Goodnight and I went into my home studio to write the song.
Do you believe that creating music is a static process or the Artist still expands his materialized talent even after the first sign of a musical tendency or orientation?
Peter: it is constant expansion and evolution. Music to me is very organic and it is always evolving. I see music as something that is channeled to the artist. yes, this sounds like new age nonsense but to me it is true. when I am in the right mindset to compose, the music can come so fast and easy that I have all I can do to record it as fast as I am hearing it. the easiest way to describe it is like having a radio station in your head. as an artist I will sit down at the keyboard and just play stuff. then all of a sudden, I play something that tunes in to the radio station in my head and the song is there. then, I just have to work to get it all down as fast as I am hearing it.
What are the future plans of Positively dark?
Peter: to improve my songwriting abilities far more. I am happy with the music I compose now but it has a long way to go before it is as good as I want it to be. a big part of my music that I want to improve is the percussion parts. I am never happy with what my drum tracks sounds like. I also want to develop my skills as a guitar player. whenever I write music, I always hear guitar parts in my head. in the past I have always tried to collaborate with other guitarists but I could never really achieve what I was hearing in my head. So, I decided it is time to learn the instrument myself so I can finally record what I am hearing in my head.