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  • Writer's pictureKevinn Mathews

Gary Dranow and The Manic Emotions Weave an Imortal Vibe With "Digitize"

'Gary Dranow and The Manic Emotions' have always been a band that is free of boundaries of genres. Their music showcases an immense spectrum of vivid musicality intertwined with flavourful lyricism. We have been covering Gary Dranow for a while now and there has never been a single track where we were not surprised by his artistry. Each track in their discography is a testament to their vast soundscape. This is surely a band that deserves to be heard through generations. Do explore their discography, you will surely love their work!

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Gary Dranow and The Manic Emotions will take you on an emotional rollercoaster that compell you to hold on tight to your seatbelts and scream with adrenaline.

We have been listening to Gary Dranow and The Manic Emotions for a long time now and yet their 2023's last track surprised us with its unique musicality. The track is named 'Digitize' which is a track that will surely have banging your head throughout the track. I was amazed to witness such artistic experimentation. Each beat of the track is filled with intense energy that is so communicable that your feet will instantly start moving. Their infectious sound is complimented by Klym Apalkov's ecstatic vocals. This is surely a track that you should try if you're into hard rock.

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We also got a chance to interact with one of the maestros behind this track, Gary himself! Here's how the conversation went-

1-What's your favourite part about being a rock musician?

Gary-My favourite part about being a rock musician is the electrifying connection with the

audience. There's nothing quite like the energy exchange during live performances, feeling

the crowd's enthusiasm, and knowing that our music resonates with people. It's a thrilling

experience to share the passion and emotion of the music, creating memorable moments

that last a lifetime.

2 - How has your personal journey and life experiences influenced the themes in your


Gary-My personal journey and life experiences have played a significant role in shaping the

themes of my music. Like many artists, I draw inspiration from the highs and lows, joys and

sorrows of my own life. Each chapter, whether filled with triumph or challenge, contributes to

the emotional tapestry of my music. My music is a reflection of my journey, an auditory diary

that captures the essence of what it means to be human. It is my hope that listeners can

connect with these themes on a personal level, finding solace, inspiration, or simply a

soundtrack to their own life experiences.

3 - Can you share a moment in your career where you faced adversity and how it shaped

your artistic perspective?


One challenging moment in my career was when I experienced a significant creative block. I

found myself struggling to generate new ideas and felt stuck in a creative rut. This adversity

forced me to reevaluate my approach to art and pushed me to explore different mediums

and techniques. In overcoming this obstacle, I not only discovered new ways to express

myself but also gained a deeper understanding of the importance of embracing challenges

as opportunities for growth in my artistic journey.

4 - What emotions or messages do you hope listeners take away from your music?

Gary-In my music, I aim to evoke a range of emotions that resonate with the human experience.

Whether it's the raw energy of rock or the soulful depth of blues, I hope listeners feel a

connection to the passion and authenticity in my work. I want them to experience a journey

through the highs and lows of life, finding solace, inspiration, or simply a moment of escape

in the melodies and lyrics. Ultimately, I strive to convey a sense of shared emotion and

understanding that transcends individual stories and unites us through the universal

language of music.

5 - In what ways does your cultural background or heritage influence your musical


Gary-As a resident of Park City, Utah, my cultural background has a unique influence on my

musical expression. The rich tapestry of Park City's community, with its blend of outdoor

enthusiasts, artistic communities, and diverse influences, has shaped the way I approach

music. The mountainous landscapes and vibrant local arts scene inspire a fusion of genres,

creating a sound that reflects the eclectic nature of my surroundings. Additionally, the

community's appreciation for various cultural events and festivals provides opportunities for

collaboration and cross-cultural musical exploration, further enriching my artistic expression.

6 - How do you navigate the fine line between vulnerability and maintaining a sense of

privacy in your lyrics?

Gary-In my songwriting process, I strive to strike a delicate balance between vulnerability and

preserving a sense of privacy. While I draw inspiration from personal experiences and

emotions, I carefully choose the details I reveal, ensuring that my lyrics capture the essence

of the feelings without compromising the intimacy of certain moments. It's about conveying

the universal aspects of human emotions while respecting the boundaries of my own privacy.

This approach allows me to connect with listeners on a deep level while maintaining a level

of personal discretion.

7 - What societal or global issues inspire you to address them through your music?

Gary-As someone who experienced the profound impact of war firsthand during my service in the

Vietnam War, I am deeply moved by the Ukrainian conflict. The echoes of my own

experiences fuel a sense of empathy and a desire to address the human toll of war through

my music. I believe in the power of music to raise awareness, inspire empathy, and foster

understanding, and I aim to use my platform to shine a light on the societal and global

issues, such as the Ukrainian War, that continue to affect us all.

8 - How do you handle self-doubt or creative insecurities during the songwriting process?

Gary-Embracing self-doubt and creative insecurities is a natural part of the songwriting journey for

me. Instead of letting them hinder my progress, I use them as catalysts for growth. I find

inspiration in vulnerability, and it often leads to more authentic and relatable lyrics.

Additionally, seeking feedback from trusted collaborators helps me gain valuable

perspectives and refine my work. Ultimately, acknowledging and working through self-doubt.

9 - Can you discuss the significance of album artwork and visual aesthetics in conveying

your musical identity?


Album artwork and visual aesthetics play a crucial role in conveying my musical identity.

They serve as a visual representation of the emotions, themes, and atmosphere embedded

in the music. The artwork becomes a gateway for the audience to connect with the sound on

a deeper level, creating a more immersive experience. The visual elements complement and

enhance the storytelling within the music, providing listeners with a holistic and memorable

impression of my artistic identity.

10 - Can you share a moment where a fan's interpretation of your song surprised or deeply

resonated with you?

Gary-Certainly! One memorable instance was when a fan shared their interpretation of my song

during a meet-and-greet. The fan saw the lyrics in a way I hadn't anticipated, adding layers

of personal meaning that truly touched me. It was a powerful reminder of the diverse ways

music can connect with people on a profound level, transcending the artist's original intent.



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