Dark Ballet was founded in 2015 by Jeffrey Dark and in early 2016, Dark Ballet put out its first CD, Master of XIS, with Jeffrey as the composer and sole musician. In the summer of 2016, Jeffrey invited Crystal and Mike to join him in making the music that accompanies the dance between darkness and light. Currently, the trio is in the studio working on the band’s second album.
Jeffrey Dark – The Choreographer
Composition, guitars, vocals, synthesizer, and percussion
Jeffrey has collaborated with some very talented individuals in the music industry. He's had the honor of being a student of Mike Campese, Neil Diercks, Joe Musella, Tom Hess, Adriana Balic, Robin Stone, Bruce Saunders and many others. His main instruments are guitar, synthesizer, and voice. His love of the darkness and his friends who inhabit that space have influenced his life direction in ways he couldn't imagine even a decade ago. Among his musical influences include Electric Light Orchestra, Frédéric Chopin, Metallica, Olivia Newton-John, Rob Zombie, Styx, Emily Autumn, and Type O Negative.
Mike Voelker – The Metalsmith
Electric guitar, vocals
Starting with a three-chord band in high school, graduating to the acoustic guitar at college parties and then on to the life of a roadie for a gifted group of players for a year (infuriating his parents), Mike learned that bringing the music you hear in your heart and mind to the world requires skill and tenacity. Some of his biggest musical influences include Pink Floyd, Tom Petty, Joe Walsh, Mark Knopfler, and Eric Clapton. Although he put the guitar down for over 20 years to pursue other interests, a chance encounter with a composer-player he knew in his youth changed everything. The creative connection playing and writing together re-lit the fire. The fire burns a little brighter each day as he brings notes and songs that are in his heart and soul to the listening world - indeed, the music of our dark ballet.
Crystal low – Queen of the Bottom
Bass, vocals, and composition
In between testimonies and the occasional person speaking in tongues, Crystal stood in front of a small fundamentalist Christian congregation and belted out gospel tunes beginning at age 4. Her grandma, Beulah, would ask her to sing gospel songs into an old tape recorder so she could listen later. Influenced by southern gospel, and popular artists such as Credence Clearwater Revival, Bonnie Raitt, Marvin Gaye, AC/DC, Ozzy Osborne, Zakk Wylde, Melissa Auf de Maur, and Joan Jett among others, she realized that music is a medium in which the soul can express itself in the space that allows for infinite connections. Attracted to the bass bottom that holds songs together, Crystal finds herself caught somewhere between percussion and melody. Dark Ballet, a pure expression of what lies within as we experience and anticipate what is inevitably ahead, provides the perfect context for the melodic thump.