Dario Distasi Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
DD: I’ve been always torn between being a solo artist and a band member (guitarist/vocalist); I love writing my songs, and being part of a band.
A songwriter, writing for a band makes that clearer.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
DD: Quite simply, as a teenager I fell in love with guitar and started playing in bands.
I have been lucky enough to study with amazing guitar teachers, and promote Mayones Guitars.
Ultimately though, I am first and foremost a songwriter. That’s why I moved to Manchester in 2015.
The local music scene is buzzing. In Manchester, I have recorded my debut EP ‘Nowhere Avenue’, played with several bands and been playing acoustic gigs.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
DD: That’s a very good question, thank you for that.
When it comes to recording artists, quire often we focus mainly on musical references.
Actually, I think movies, books and what’s going around me have exactly the same impact records have on my music – Rush, Hemingway, Woody Allen, Pearl Jam and life is my answer right now.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
DD: I think I have some good music, and I’d love having listeners interested in it.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
DD: I do write my songs entirely; sometimes, I will come up with them when strumming an acoustic guitar, or I may record a full band-like backing track; that’s mostly about my mood.
Same for lyrics; I like writing stories (sometimes about what happens me, but not all the time), and that’s usually a quite straightforward process.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
DD: As an independent artist, I do take care of most of that – it’s a hard job, but it’s also very rewarding.
Right now, I’m recording my upcoming EP and planning shows… Stay tuned!
PD:What do you think about downloading music online?
DD: Well, it’s a tricky matter.
I encourage everyone to listen to my music on platforms such as Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, etc.
These are great platforms, giving independent artist great visibility and I’m grateful for that.
On the other hand, proper CDs with booklets, graph and all of that still are very charming.
Let’s discuss illegal downloading as well; everyone should remember recording good music means you have studied and practiced for years, spent money on gear, traveled very far at night, often just for the pleasure of having people listening to your music and so on.
Thinking listening to the final result of such great efforts for free is despicable.
Again, CDs may be expensive, but purchasing digital copies is not. And if you really love music, that’s worth much more than a new T-Shirt.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
DD: Hmmm… An old Led Zeppelin tune. Maybe ‘Dazed And Confused’.
That music still has the power of taking you to places that nothing else will.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
DD: Any really annoying, over-hyped music.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
DD: It has to be playing the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. That’s been simply amazing.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
DD: I am currently recording a new EP, produced in Nashville, TN by Drew Middleton; it has some of the best songs I have ever written and recorded.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
DD: Of course, I will be planning gigs to support the EP… I am really looking forward to that!
Further info on my upcoming releases and gigs can be found on www.facebook.com/dariodistasi
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