First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
My name is Dane St. Duran and I play guitar in Dreamers, Like Us which is an Experimental Rock band from Scranton, PA.
If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
One of our friends who is an artist used to listen to our song “The Lost Ones” off of our debut EP, Grief, while painting and he associated our music with the color blue. The music that we’re currently writing now I tend to associate with autumn colors, dark reds and oranges, because the music has an overall darker feel to it, such as our most recently released single, “The Arsonist”.
What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
The struggle for us isn’t really in creating since we use music as an escape from our everyday lives; we’re constantly creating and writing both individually and as a band. I believe that music should always come from a deep, emotional place no matter what that state is, so I guess the struggle for us would be having to draw out past feelings and memories in order to create our music.
If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
I’d love to play a show with Underoath or Circa Survive. So if there’s ever an Underoath/Circa Survive show count us in.
What do you consider your biggest musical success?
We opened for Hawthorne Heights and Emarosa last fall and then Emarosa again last weekend at Launch Music Conference; it’s cool to be able to share the stage with bands I grew up listening to. However, to me, our biggest musical success is seeing people listening to our music and actually getting something out of it. I get pumped when people come up to me and tell me how a song of ours made them feel a certain way or even when people just tell me they jam our songs on the regular.
What inspired you to start making music?
I started playing music at a very young age because I was a super shy kid and playing music gave me the voice I didn’t have. Since then it’s become therapeutic for me more than anything and just something I enjoy doing.
If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
Freddie Mercury for sure.
Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
I would have to say my friends and family, because without them I’d be nothing. They show me support for everything I do and that in itself is inspirational.
What’s your favorite book?
I took a college course on Edgar Allen Poe and one of the required books was a collection of his works. I really enjoyed reading that, especially his short stories.
What do you like to do other than music?
I love hanging out with my dog and eating pizza. I also attend Comic Book conventions, watch Netflix, and I’m into archery.
Who is your favorite musical artist?
Nickelback. Just kidding. I don’t really have a specific favorite, but I remember listening to The White Stripes when I was super young. Jack White has a very unique writing and guitar playing style, so if I had to choose a favorite musical artist it would most likely be him.
What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
Don’t let self-doubt stop you from making music; play music because you simply enjoy doing it and not for any other reason. I know tons of musicians who fixate on comparing themselves to other artists and it never ends up well. Just remember that it’s not a competition; do your own thing and enjoy doing it.
Lastly, what’s your lucky number?
Thirteen, of course!
You can follow Dreamers, Like Us on Instagram at @dreamerslikeusband, and be sure to check them out on iTunes and Spotify.