All this week, Behind the Setlist is previewing Volume, a music festival in Spokane, Washington, which features 100 DIY and indie artists from the Pacific Northwest and beyond (put together by our friends at the Inlander). Our Spokane team will be on the ground during Volume on June 2 and June 3, but we wanted to dive into these artists ahead of time.

Who are they, where do they come from, and what can we expect? We turned up the Volume on each artist for a little preview palaver.

Dario Ré @ Terrain, 6/3, 9:00pm

Where are you from and how long have you been making music? What first inspired you?

I’m from Spokane, born and raised, and have been playing music since the start. I began on percussion (drum kit and otherwise) and segued onto piano where I got my first taste of composition. I started tooling with stringed instruments in my late adolescence, but it took growing some wings and traveling Europe and North America to really begin my passion for songwriting. I’m inspired by all things sensorial: nature, culture, sound. 

What’s your favorite song to play live and why?

My favorite song to play live is “Foundation.” I wrote it on ukulele with icicle fingers under the Lincoln Street Bridge along the Spokane River. When it’s performed, we open up with a twinkling ukulele, echoing mandolins and warm vocals. The song builds into this heavy breakdown with frantic vocals that attempt to paint a busy, powerful struggle against the river’s current. Then the song breaks off into this syncopated string part while I sing the verses, so much dynamism; I love this song! It’ll be on our forthcoming album, Aspen Artichoke.

What goes into the making of a great setlist?

Making a great setlist comes down to composition and intentionality. In the visual arts there’s a strong emphasis on intentionality and for whatever reason, it’s not quite as prevalent in the music world. But that’s the trick: every pause, every instrument change, every tuning, and every word needs to add to the overall composition of the set. While it may appear to be just a song followed by another song, followed by another song, the set needs to be approached as one experience. One performance.

Anyone you’re excited to see at Volume fest?

The late night sets at the Red Room Lounge are going to be wild: Kaläj on Friday at 11:15pm and Fat Lady on Saturday at 11:45pm. I’m looking forward to those!

If a Spokanite stumbles into a Dario Ré performance during Volume, what type of show are they likely to see?

You’re going to see some characters juggling instruments and singing in French. Phil’s violin will most certainly melt you to the floor; Patrick’s precision harmonies and flat-picking will carry the tunes next level and Wil’s soulful solos will throw you right out of genre. You’ll find Michael bowing and plucking the richest bass lines east of the Cascades and Thomas will be pacing around on clarinet, or melodica, or kazoo… or perhaps with a household appliance. I suspect you won’t forget the show.

Find Dario Ré on Facebook or learn more at Get Volume tickets here. Photo credit Cody Schroeder.


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