Dark Synergy was formed in April 2007 by guitarist/songwriter/producer Col Brown with female vocalist, Nellie Mokbel. During 2007 Col invited the vocalist to participate in an audition for a lead singer. Col was very impressed by her vocals and genuine passion for his music. The natural choice for Col was to make Nellie his lead singer, bringing with her a unique vocal styling to his music.
Nellie posed the question of a band name – Col suggested Dark Synergy, after the song ‘Dark Synergy’ written by him in 2006. Nellie liked the name and believed in it. As she put it, ‘I like it, and it says a lot!’ Thus, Dark Synergy was born. Dark Synergy expands the limits of Rock by blending both metal and heavy rock as well as goth and sc-fi influences into a unique style, described by Col as “Cyber-Goth”. Nellie’s passionate, yet delicate and soulful voice is the icing on the cake. Col’s trademark heavy metal riffs, dark left of center, sci-fi, minimalist lyrics, and searing lead guitar solos complete the musical package.
The Dark Synergy EP titled “You Are The Killer”, released independently June 2009 on Dark Synergy Records (DSR) features Simone White (ex Michael Franti – Disposable Heroes Of Hip Hoprisy) on drums, as well as Stuart J. Spaans on fretless and standard electric bass. ”You Are The Killer” is carefully produced, arranged and timed and has won over both, national and international fans.
The title track from the EP, “You Are The Killer” was in rotation on radarradio.com.au, Australia Top 50 for 4 months and won Ugly Phil’s unsigned band competition 2 December 2009 on Triple M FM Australia. Both the tracks “You Are The Killer” and “No Illusions” have been played on internet radio stations in the USA, and “No Illusions” was included on the USA Gothic compilation CD “The Funeral Vol 4”.
With a rapidly growing fan base in the USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia, Dark Synergy is looking to record their highly anticipated debut album.
Nellie Mokbel was born in 1984 and grew up in Sydney, Australia. From a very young age, Nellie had an innate passion for music. Her many and diverse influences include Justin Hawkins, Natalie Imbruglia, Gwen Stefani, Dale Bozzio, and Tarja Turunen.
Nellie’s passion for music led her to join the choir in primary school and participate in solo performances in church at the impressionable age of 12. She was chosen to be the lead singer of the high school band. Naturally, Nellie chose music studies in high school where she further honed in on her musical talent and was encouraged to emphasise her amazing vocal talents.
Soon thereafter, Nellie continued her vocal development through professional vocal training and also began to pursue her interest in song writing. Her lyrical repertoire provided the bases for two impressive demos created between 2000 and 2003.
Col Brown was born in Liverpool, England and grew up in Sydney, Australia. Col began playing guitar at age 20 after being highly influenced by such artists as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, David Gilmour, Black Sabbath, David Bowie and especially Eric Clapton. Col met Eric after a concert in Sydney in 1990 and was so inspired that he began teaching himself guitar. After pursuing Mining Engineering and graduating with Honors, Col turned his full attention to the Music.
Col has been writing and refining his music for several years. He has developed a unique style of songwriting and production, as well as an enviable repertoire of three albums of original material in produced demo format.
Having demonstrated the innate talent to teach himself guitar, Col enjoyed numerous opportunities to play lead guitar and perform locally as a member of the Cover Band The Scam, in Adelaide, South Australia. The Scam received radio promotion on the Triple M radio network and opened for Appetite For Destruction (Guns N’ Roses Tribute Show) to a packed to capacity house at The Venue in Adelaide
Band Line Up:
Col Brown – Guitars/songwriting/production Nellie Mokbel – Lead Vocals With: Simone White – Drums Stuart J. Spaans – Bass guitars.
1- You Are The Killer
2- No Illusions 3- Altered State