Negative Sky Interview with band lead vocalist: Dan Caputo
Negative Sky brings a
diverse mixture that finds itself stirring up thought-provoking
Metalcore sounds with an aggressiveness that causes a unique grind.
Taking their attitude towards life out of Central New Jersey and
overlaying it with melody, technique, and a heavy laden tight
channeling. Their sound sets them apart as a notably distinguishable breed of
Having worked with Corey Pierce, John Kita and
Mitch Cox of Conclave Studios, Negative Sky released their first
single/video, “The Dark Unknown.” When will the full-length album
come out? Lead vocalist Dan Caputo reveals this, along with the
Negative Sky has been unleashed and they are
like a tightly wound spring... full loaded, ready and cocked to blast
their Metalcore over the waiting masses.
"...be honest with your creativity and your performances..." Dan Caputo
Placing Negative Sky's sound in a roundabout description of
aggressive but thoughtful development seems almost too complicated.
What is Metalcore to you?
Dan Caputo: A combination of
Metal and Hardcore (paused) and though we tend to fall into that category,
I believe that our level of diversity is what helps set us
BANGS!: How do you develop diversity in
Metalcore? What and how do you go about choosing the elements
you want to choose from and mix in?
Dan Caputo: The key
for us I think is that no matter what we are writing, our main focus
is feel and groove and maintaining fluidity from section to section
so that no matter what we write, the parts work together in a way
that makes you feel like they belong there regardless of how
different the parts may be. Once you are able to do that more
naturally, it lends a lot to creativity down the road.
BANGS!: Innovation along with communication seems to be at the
forefront of today's music demands. What does Negative Sky do to
develop these important elements?
Dan Caputo: I think the
most important thing is, to be honest with your creativity and your
performances. Real recognizes real, so to speak, and in an
increasingly plastic and shallow existence these days, I feel like
the humanity we have been burying under technological advances is
crying out for something real to feel and believe in again. (paused) It’s
hard to feel alive when you live in virtual societies made up of
BANGS!: In the burst of excitement
back in 2011 it is noted Dan that you carried out on stage the lyrics
to your songs in order to perform the first time. What was that
Dan Caputo: Actually it was in 2010 at
Vans Warped Tour. We played at Monmouth Park in 100-degree weather,
and I was so excited about the new song we had at that time that I
wanted to play it out as soon as possible. So I brought my lyrics for
the song "Disasteroid" scrawled out on a couple sheets of
paper. I sang that set after 12 hrs of madness and heat exhaustion
and I'll never forget it...my belt broke, and I was sweating so much
my pants were sliding down while I was trying to read small words on
a wet piece of paper, good times! (laughed) All in all, it worked out
well and that song wound up being one of our fans favorites!
BANGS!: It almost seems along the way at the right time each building
block has come into the world of Negative Sky to help form what you
showed the world you had. What is it each member uniquely
brings to NS?
Dan Caputo: Definitely individuality and
also different levels of creativity and approach while balancing out
the heart and the mind...basically we are all fucking weird!
BANGS!: The addition of Danny Puma and guitars and backing vocals
along with JJ Sammataro on guitar seems to be the key to that unique
high-bred sound that sets NS as its own. How did Puma come into the
Dan Caputo: He works at the studio we rehearse in
and overheard that we were looking to add a guitarist. When he tried
out he blew us away! He did his homework, and we were excited to have
him be a part of Negative Sky.
BANGS!: Live and in the
studio it must be pretty cool watching Sammataro and Puma fire up the
metal axes! Dan your first EP came out in 2013 Death of the Sun,
with "Disasteroid" being a strong contender. Now at
the end of 2016 comes the first single, "The Dark Unknown."
First of all, why a three-year wait?
Dan Caputo: After the
EP we played out for a while to support it, and we made some contacts
that would lead to us recording our full length. We were given the
opportunity to take our time doing pre-production sessions for each
of the songs we thought would be good for the record, and after some
months we began tracking them. Once we heard how good things were
sounding, we realized that our need for two guitarists had become
more important than ever so that we could achieve the next level to
So began the hunt for a second axe grinder
which took a few months before finally adding Puma to the mix. The
record had been in its final phase of production, and all the while
we had been breaking Puma in by playing out a lot and beginning to
write more material, and now here we are on the edge of the release
of Placid Black. Great things take time.
BANGS!: Who did you work with producing the single "The Dark
Unknown" and on the full-length album, Placid Black, how
soon will it be released?
Dan Caputo: We worked with Corey
Pierce of God Forbid, John Kita of Diecast, and Mitch Cox of Conclave
Studios (where the record was recorded in New York). Our album,
Placid Black, it will be released soon.
heard you had record in a 119 degree warehouse for the video, “The
Dark Unknown.” That heat must have been the right ticket for
getting the sound you wanted. Question, do your fans need to be as
hot in order to witness your performing? Or do you like the blazing
heat that comes out of the desert southwest? Arizona at times hits
well into those high numbers.
Dan Caputo: (laughed) Don’t
matter if you’re hot or cold...in Arizona or the North
Pole...you'll be seeing us, and we will be seeing you \m/!
Lineup: JJ Sammataro - Guitars Dan Caputo - Lead
Vocals George Pond - Bass Danny Puma - Guitars and
Backing Vocals Tom Fitzgibbon - Drums