I am not self-advertising at this point, but I do consider it very important that you listen to my music FIRST in order for you to know into which direction you go when it comes to designing the logo. You don't have to rate the music, just listen to it and get a feeling of what it is all about.
Preferably, you should listen to the most recent tracks, because they represent my style the most.
Also check out my website so that you know how it looks, because the logo will be placed on the upper left side of the homepage, either instead or above of the name of my organisation, "Darkwars".
My homepage: http://www.darkwarsmusic.com
My YT-channel: http://www.youtube.com/darkwarsmusic
My first idea brought the following result:
The letters DW, and leaning right on the "W" there is a violin, its neck replaced with the blade of a sword. This idea doesn't consider any parts of designing, but the message: It symbolises war and meanwhile tells you that music is strong and powerful. At least that is what came to my mind.
After seeing the first designs, I am really impressed of their variety/versatility. One additional idea came to my mind: The violin-sword in the middle between D and W, pointing either up or down, we will see what fits better there.
One additional point I'd like to mention is that I am more a fan of backgrounds that aren't just white or black for instance, but show some textures/shadows/..., like, for instance, the "Rag Proper", "Spindle" or "Versano" logo you can see as examples in the briefing.
--->Update: You can try to vary and see what looks better, background is not that important for the logo, after seeing many logos in different forms, I actually thinks that no background looks even better, but feel free to try out!
My next thought is about the future: The logo should probably be designed with keeping in mind that my musical style might change a bit in the future, so the more timeless it is designed, the better :)
BUT PLEASE BE CREATIVE AND DON'T HESITATE TO SHOW YOUR OWN IDEAS !! I DON'T WANT YOU TO CREATE THE LOGO JUST ON BASIS OF MY IDEAS!
(That's mainly because you guys will have a lot of ideas that wouldn't even come to my mind!!!)
Just a quick information about the usage: I want it to be used on my website, Itunes, Youtube, facebook, twitter, soundcloud, and any additional sites that may be used in the future, and I want to be able to use it where and as often as I want to.
As there are so many designers involved now and I cannot keep up with writing this personally to every single one of you, I want all of you to know that regardless of my final decision, I am truly thankful for the effort every single one of you puts into this project. THANK YOU!