One gets the impression when watching Aedan Night play a solo mid-show that it is, in equal parts, expression and therapy.
"Essentially, music saved my life", he says succinctly when asked about the fervor with which he plays, the tone entirely reverent of an outlet for which he is ever grateful.
"Literally. It kept me from having to do some evil things on the street after my parents kicked me out as a teenager."
Though his father introduced him to the drums at an early age, his journey of self-discovery truly began in his teens. Increasingly aware of his own sexuality, this led to friction with his parents and, tragically, he was forced to leave home.
However, his love of percussion was never far away. He would play home-fashioned drums from plastic buckets and rivet-cymbals as a street performer, surviving and learning what would become his life's craft more intimately. However, a wanderlust struck him; the grind of a daily struggle to just stay afloat began to tear at him, and he took the road for a time.
"Trouble isn't so much my middle name, as it is my very own stalker", he says with a genial grin.
After a time of sojourning, he finally began to buckle down and focus his energy into what he already knew; he was a drummer, and there would be a band for him, but he needed to be ready for them. After playing with several outfits, and developing a reputation as a solid percussionist, the call finally came.
"Back when I was pounding on Fish Tubs in Copley Square I never thought that I'd be playing for thousands of people as the Drummer for Black Dahlia's Muse."
The effusion is not unrequited. When watching the Muse play their set, the Carter brothers frequently clown with their new drummer, and the energy is infectious. There is a certain sublime peace in watching Elli Day stand awash in the tribal percussion that pours from his set. Together, with Eli 'Schwinn' Schwekowitz, they form the nucleus of the Muse's rhythm, and the fan have responded by rocketing the group to the top.
"Yeah, the Night thing is kind of new", Aedan replies slyly, "and in truth it's a tribute to Eliza. I've been a fan of hers for a long time now, and I'm honored to be working with these guys. This upcoming tour this summer, it's going to be amazing."
When he says this, one gets the genuine impression that he feels that he has found his truest calling, a peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are in your home port, having endured what could be easily be called a tumultuous life. With the reflection of someone who finally sees his road, he offers one piece of sound advice.
"Best advice I can give ... never give up. Never stop fighting. And fuck the haters."
Well, maybe two pieces.
*"Don't let that Bitch tell you he has a "New Trick" to try on you...you'll be trying to untie notes for days just to get out!" - Sebastian Frost
*"Without a heartbeat, it's just harmonic poetry. Aedan is the Muse's heartbeat and much more. He has a fury which I can feel, and it fuels me ... what can we -not- do with that?" - Abel Carter
*"Oh Aeden. So dear. So sweet. So young. So apt that you've taken the name Night and embraced the shadow's caress." - Joaquin D'Esmeralda
*"Aedan, my main man, is the only person that can one up me in eyeliner. Without him, all would be lost." - Eliza Day
* “When I woke up the next night, and looked over at him I thought “How the hell did we do what I think we did???” That’s when I knew one taste was not enough, but to slake my thirst was to be forever hungry. His hands will forever belong to the Muse and her Music.” - Sebastian Frost
*"Will Shakespeare once wrote,'To thine own self be true.' Aedan's the living embodiment of that idea; he's his own man, made his own way in the world. Now, don't you mind him - if he tells you that I taught him more than his own father, he's full of shyte. All I did was bring him into the blood, and put 'em up on his own two feet. After that? He's his own man, and damned right I'm proud of him for it. Now he's some kind of fucking rock star; can you believe that shyte?" - Mick O'Leary
* “Aedan. My brother from another mother. there are guys who play the drums, and there are drummers. Then there's this guy... Drums arent an instrument to guys like Aedan. Like my voice is part of me, those sticks and that kit are literally part of him. Some people wear their hearts on their sleeves and some people beat the shit out of theirs and make it beat the way it sounds in their head.” - Jax Carter
*"Aedan is wonderfully talented...and brave. He forges forward into new paths like everything is an adventure. I envy that." - Kendall Bailey
* “Aedan is the first member of Black Dahlia's Muse that I have had the pleasure of interacting with. If only certain members of his band could carry themselves half as well as Mr. Night did at the Toreador Gala in Austin, then my job as Harpy would be made so much easier.” - Matthew Alright
*"Sample quote here." - Character Name
Birth Name: Jacob
Born: Cleveland, OH
Instruments Played: Drums, percussion
Genres: Progressive metal, thrash metal, hard rock, gothic metal, groove metal
Years active: 2012–present
Labels: Dead Again Records
Associated Acts: Black Dahlia's Muse
*"Aedan likes to party."
*"Trouble doesn't follow him. He's the cause of it."
*"Drumsticks or cleverly designed stakes.. you decide."
*"We think Fish Tubs is his youtube cover band. They do edgey drum heavy remakes, but their videos are grainy & backlit.. we can never catch an image of the band members to be sure."
*"I heard he got arrested once and managed to slip the handcuffs and escape the locked cop car before giving the pigs the slip too."
*"Aedan has left a trail of broken hearts."
*"I think he used to be called Jacob."
*"I heard he's not totally gay."
*"I heard he's, like, totally gay. But I don't really care.. that dude makes serious fuckin music."
*"I saw him keeping company with Elders, Neonates & Anarchs all in the same night."
*"Word is the Archon let him into the North Central Conclave even knowing he was an Independent."
*"Heard he was running around with the Ominous Adana deSforza at the recent Conclave."
*"His recent ACKNOWLEDGEMENT.. yeah, that came directly from Justicar Cole."
*"Sample rumor here."
Sire: Mick O'Leary
Broodmates: Tommy & Felix
Social Based Notes: Fame x5 (#USA-NE-VC-1505-026503)
Player: Chris R
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