Chilling Chat Special: Best Band 2020- Destini Beard

Destini Beard is a dark lyrical soprano in the Gothic and Horror soundtrack genre. She debuted as the first vocalist for the Horror Soundtrack group, Midnight Syndicate. Her two albums, “The Dark Masquerade,” and, “A Time Forgotten,” have been enjoyed by fans for over a decade. Performing across the US and abroad, she continues to add a dark twist to all her musical creations. Her song “Farewell Forever” was featured in the award-winning Horror/Soundtrack album from the 10th annual Rondo Hatton Awards. Her albums were featured on Rue Morgue radio, Dark Beauty Magazine, and are played nationwide on the award-winning Rock/Metal radio show “Rock Solid Pressure Show”. 

NTK: Welcome to Chilling Chat, Destini! Thank you for joining me today!

DB: Hello! Thank you so much for inviting me! It’s great to talk to you all again!

NTK: You are the winner of the Best Band for 2020. How do you feel about winning this award?

DB: Yay!! I fangirled and danced around my house when I found out, it made my entire month and spooky season! I am so grateful and want to say another huge thank you to everyone who voted for me!

NTK: What kind of horror influences your music? Do you have a favorite author?

DB: I’ve always been inspired by the more gothic horror, movies like Sleepy Hollow, Dracula, and The Woman in Black. Anything with a Victorian macabre twist and I’m there! My favorite author is actually an up and coming indie author, and a very dear friend of mine, Ryan Rosenbaum. We are often each other’s inspiration for our writings/musical compositions. His work takes me into another realm of gothic and fantasy alike! It’s incredible to get lost in! I also love the works of horror writer Mark Muncy! His book Eerie Florida is a great collection of historical haunts and creatures found in the state, it’s especially fun to read when I travel there to work/perform!

NTK: What inspires your music? Are certain songs inspired by movies?

DB: Family and friends for sure, other amazing musicians in my field, and nature—especially Fall! The falling of leaves, the chill in the air, it’s the best time of the year! A trip to the forest always inspires me as well, a moment of peace and quiet allows the melodies to fill my head. I don’t have a certain song that was inspired by a movie, it’s more from my own world that I create, but Dracula and the 2004 movie adaptation Phantom of the Opera definitely inspire my love for haunting melodies!

NTK: Do you enjoy Classical music?

DB: I definitely enjoy the classics, and also love Classical Crossover artists like The Dark Tenor and Enigma, who bring classical composers into more modern music!

NTK: How old were you when you discovered music? Were you always attracted to Gothic sounds?

DB: I think I was six or seven when I was first introduced to the music world. Music was and still is a huge part of my family, my dad playing soundtracks while painting, and my mom singing along with artists like Loreena Mckennitt and Pat Benatar. I was always attracted to the more gothic sounds, probably because Fall and Halloween are my favorite time of year!

NTK: What is your favorite song?

DB: Oooh, that’s always such a tough question! (Laughs.) I have so many favorites! I would have to pick the top three which would be “Lovesong for a Vampire” by Annie Lennox, “Remember When it Rained” by Josh Groban, and “March of Mephisto” by Kamelot. I literally can’t pick one! (Laughs.)

NTK: What is your writing process like? Do you write the lyrics first and fit the music to that? Or do you write the melody first?

DB: I will usually write the lyrics to tell a story that comes to mind. So, the lyrics come first, and it’s usually accompanied by a melody in the background, which I usually write the chorus first and then build the song around it.

NTK: Do you feel writing lyrics is like writing poetry? Or like writing prose?

DB: I think it’s more like poetry for me, structure-wise. I would like to write more in prose like a lot of symphonic metal bands do, so that’s been something I’ve been listening more to and trying to get inspiration from.

NTK: What is your favorite horror novel?

DB: I think it would count as horror. I would have to say The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux is one of my favorites!

NTK: Is that your favorite musical as well?

DB: Definitely! I remember first listening to the broadway recording and became a “Phan” in a heartbeat! I listen to the recordings often and love singing along as Christine, except sometimes that darn high note at the end of the title track, now that’s a vocal workout! (Laughs.)

NTK: Do you have a favorite Horror TV Show?

DB: Haunting of Hill House is my current favorite for sure! I especially loved how there were hidden ghosts throughout the series that were for us to find and weren’t technically part of the show. It made for a fun and very spooky interactive experience! I also want to live in that house! (Laughs.)

NTK: Are ghosts your favorite monster?

DB: Definitely! They can be anything from the lady in white, to something you could only create from nightmares, and I think something that can have so many interpretations is definitely my favorite!

NTK: What does the future hold for you, Destini? What work do HorrorAddicts have to look forward to?

DB: The next big project I am working on is my debut solo album, it’s going to be a Dark Celtic album! Because I do so many Renaissance festivals across the country, I wanted to meld the world of Celtic classics with my own dark twist! I am also planning a Patreon for 2021 to release covers and behind the scene material for the upcoming album!

NTK: Awesome! Thank you for chatting with me, Destini. And Congratulations on winning Best Band!

DB: Thank you so much for chatting with me, and for the amazing award of Best Band! I am truly grateful and honored to be featured by HorrorAddicts again!

Addicts, you can find Destini on Facebook and discover her work on YouTube.

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