Reid Henry of My Darkest Days & Deadset Society has gave us the amazing opportunity to interview him for his upcoming solo single release "Monster" which is due to be released on 6th June 2020.
We've asked him about his life, including past & present, as well as his current solo career. So, let's dive into the life of Reid Henry.
Rock Lifestyle ("RLUK") - Your life has been pretty impressive. You've played alongside some of the great artists in history, toured around the world, released some of the biggest hits in Rock history & performed in front of thousands.
Reid Henry - My name is Reid Henry. I played keyboards and guitar in a band called My Darkest Days and was the singer/songwriter of a band called Deadest Society.
RLUK - What inspired you to get into music?
Reid Henry - My mother taught me piano when I was 8 or 9. The first time I ever performed was at a nursing home when I was 12. I threw up before going on stage and my hands shook the entire time I played. I didn’t like playing music. It wasn’t until years later in high school that I began using music as a form of self-expression and therapy. I never really wanted a career, I just wanted to make art.
RLUK - What was the first band you were ever apart of?
Reid Henry - I started an imaginary band when I was in my teens... it never played a show... I was the only band member... Not sure if that counts...
RLUK - Favourite music genres?
Reid Henry - I grew up listening to the Beatles, Bob Marley & David Bowie. As I got older, I discovered punk rock, metal and grunge like Black Flag, Sonic Youth, Nirvana (Of course), Metallica, Linkin Park... the list is incredibly long... I love most of the music I hear.
RLUK - Could we have a brief insight as to what life is like as a Rockstar? and what would you change?
Reid Henry - I have been on the music industry roller coaster long enough not to puke anymore. It has its highs & lows, but I am fortunate to have emerged on the other side of “Space Mountain” with most of my soul intact.
RLUK - On June 6th 2020 you're all set to release your solo single "MONSTER"
RLUK - What is the story behind this single? What inspired it?
Reid Henry - “Monster” is a song about coming to terms with who you are; washing away your own sins. Wishing you could be a better person but accepting yourself for what you are.
RLUK - Should we be expecting an EP or Album to come from it? And if so, what would the album itself be all about?
Reid Henry - This year I plan on periodically releasing singles online. I have a large body of work assembled and I’m constantly writing. Personally, I feel albums are a thing of the past. (Is anyone really listening to a full 45min album??? Really???) That said I feel I have a collection of songs that coexist with one another and I’d like to have a home for them so who knows...
RLUK - What gave you the idea of going solo?
Reid Henry - Throughout my life, I’ve used music as a means of understanding and processing my emotions and life experiences. Moving forward as a solo artist seems like the best way to ensure my songs all stay under the same roof.
RLUK - Is it easier being a solo artist or part of a band?
Reid Henry - Being in a band has the advantage that “many hands make light work” and when you’re working with highly talented, driven individuals you can accomplish incredible things. Except all those highly talented, driven individuals have needs and wants and goals and they don’t always align with your own. The older I get the less I want to go swimming with the sharks.
RLUK - What is the song writing process? How much different is it compared to writing as a band?
Reid Henry - I was younger, I used to try and co-write with other people... I’m terrible at it. I’ve never written anything good in a group. Even when paired with people who are themselves great songwriters, I’ve never once come away with a song I thought was good. My writing process changes a bit as I get older but fundamentally its always been the same: 1) Feel something/need to express something. 2) Find a clever way to write it. 3) Sing it in a way that is memorable
RLUK - We like to ask everyone these questions as it's always amazing to get an insight what it's like for artists to get up on stage and perform. Most artists we've spoken to say they have nerves when getting up on stage before they're about to perform, and then get a surge of adrenaline during & after.
RLUK - What's it like for you to perform infront of thousands of people? Do you still get nervous?
Reid Henry - Playing in front of thousands of people is exhilarating and nerve wracking. First day of the tour my knees always shake a little even when I’ve convinced myself I’m not nervous.
RLUK - What's the best venue you've ever performed at and why?
Reid Henry - Coolest venue I’ve had the pleasure of playing was Madison Square Garden. Its legendary.
RLUK - What's the best band you've toured with, any funny stories?
Reid Henry - I’ve tried to learn something from every headlining band I’ve toured with. Sick Puppies, Hinder, Papa Roach, Nickelback, Seether, Bush, Skillet, Trapt, & Three Days Grace have all had a tremendous impact on me as an artist and performer. Too many funny stories to count.
RLUK - Should we be expecting a tour to support your new music?
Reid Henry - As soon as the twilight zone we call 2020 ends, I’ll be back at it with a live band and a U.S tour.
RLUK - How has your past helped you become the person you are today?
Reid Henry - We are all a mosaic of our life experiences, we wear our scars on our sleeves whether we want to or not. Without my years in MDD & Deadset Society I would not be the man I am today.
RLUK - Do you regret anything? Would you do it all again?
Reid Henry - While its easy to fall into “could have, should have, would have”, I feel it’s important for personal growth to analyse one’s past, correct mistakes and move on.
RLUK - What was it like playing alongside legendary guitarist Zakk Wylde?
Reid Henry - I don’t really get star struck but Zakk had a big impact on me as a kid, so getting to meet him was especially cool.
RLUK - Have you ever had the chance to meet Ozzy Osbourne?
Reid Henry - Never met Ozzy. Walked past Dave Grohl in a hallway once.
RLUK - Would My Darkest Days ever have a reunion?
Reid Henry - Matt Walst and I jammed a few months ago, he’s a pretty busy guy so personally I doubt it but who knows.
RLUK - What else do you aspire to do with your career?
Reid Henry - I’m always trying to learn new things and have new experiences. I’d love to incorporate mixed media/VR into my art.
RLUK - Any news about Deadset Society?
Reid Henry - Deadset Society is on hiatus and will be for the foreseeable future.
RLUK - What do you think of the music industry today?
Reid Henry - The music industry has changed a ton since I started off in the 2000’s and I would argue that change is for the better. There are more people listening to music now than ever in human history, and easier access to music markets for up and coming musicians than ever before. It’s a great time to be a musician.
RLUK - What advice can you give to aspiring musicians?
Reid Henry - Focus on writing the best music you can. Don’t wait for some record label hipster in a suit to approve of your music. Just be true to yourself and put it on the internet.
Corona Virus Pandemic
RLUK - The entire world has been hit with this horrible virus and has bought many industry, including the music industry to its knees.
RLUK - How has it impacted you?
Reid Henry - I no longer shave.
RLUK - What is your advice to those struggling during this pandemic?
Reid Henry - Never ever, ever, ever give up. – Winston Churchill.
We'd like to thank Reid Henry for this amazing opportunity and we look forward to his brand new single "MONSTER" which is set to be released on June 6th 2020.
Listen to the teaser of "MONSTER"
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