DARBY MILLS PROJECT
“Never Look Back” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTSNr1y75rI
I had the honor to catch up with the lovely Darby on the afternoon of August 3rd.
Deb: Hi Darby. What a pleasure it is to chat with you. How’s the weather today?
Darby: “It’s smokey, hot and smokey”
Deb: Here is hoping there will be some relief soon from the smokey skies that are continuing to smother some B.C. towns with air quality measured as extremely poor. On a scale of 1 of 10, Kamloops was 16, Eastern Fraser Valley was a 10 all due to the wildfires in the Cariboo region of BC, only hours away from Darby Mills home and family.
Darby: I’m not so sure that they have opened up. Perhaps a better description would be I grabbed a ladder and a really big shovel and i have been banging at the bottom of that glass ceiling, (as she laughs) with all my might, to try & see if there is an opening, because the world of music is so different from those days. It’s no longer for bands of my calibre, it’s not just go get shows and arrive and do your gig. You are now the source of everything, at least as an independent artist that I am and have been for a long time. Now that I am a solo independent artist, I am publisher, I’m my own artist in the sense that all of the posters and everything that is done, comes out of my computer with the help of my son who is a graphic artist and my husband who is the computer guy, between the 3 of us we put the pieces together of the puzzle and can’t forget Sandra Bradbury’s incredible talent and assistance with putting together our website. With these shows coming up in Ontario especially the club shows, I am the promoter as well. I have to get off the high horse as an artist and get down with my knee bent and ask for people to see the show and if you have a ticket to make sure the show runs well and maybe help promote, and share the event, as you are helping me do right now. It’s everything, everything rests upon your shoulders and this was my decision to take this on and I will either reach the heavens as you brought up Deb, or I will go down with the ship, as that is the responsibility that comes with the job these days.
Darby: A handful of musicians who are dead hungry because they have worked their tales off for years and years and years and never seen the results they deserved to get. That is why they are in my band, all 4 of them are talented instrumentalists and hard working musicians and they have rode beside me the last year and a half, against so many odds. I am so grateful that they came to mind and rallied to be a wonderful team, it’s a pleasure to me. My guitarist/vocalist Randy Gabel is so gifted, I have a solid keyboardist/vocalist Doug Rasmussen, my bassist Ricky Renouf is a lead vocalist in his own right & last but never least Ed Cliffe as my drummer/vocalist & our story is wonderful. You will hear classic Headpins hits & songs from the 1991 Darby Mills and The Unsung Heroes CD-“Never Look Back” and some covers, or as I call them, re covers that were instrumental in the creation of my voice, bringing the fans and younger ones to the fold.
Photo to the left by Lani Saunders
Look out Ottawa, Darby Mills Project is performing the infamous Brass Monkey (www.themonkey.ca) at 8pm with local support SUSSEX-a vocally driven 5 piece rockin band http://www.sussexrocks.ca
on August 18th at 250 A Greenbank Road and the 19+ event that serves you live music 7 nights a week and yummy pub grub – $20 tickets are available online now at: https://www.ticketzone.com/darbymillsottawa
Photo by Char Davidson
stay in tune at www.darbymills.com