Deem Index – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
DI: I’ll try to speak on behalf of the entire band;
We’re lazy yet driven, modest yet cool as fuck, unprofessional yet experienced, sleazy with good clean fun!
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
DI: Jelmer (guitar) started writing songs for Deem Index and Ronald (vocals) joined him. The first few years we played with several people, had to cope with some changes, until in the end Lars (guitar), Leonie (bas) and Elwin (drums) came to stay. This is the current line-up and hopefully it wil stay that way.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
DI: Well, that starts already when you’re a kid. It depends who your friends are, who your heroes are… it will form you and your taste, your behavior and so on. Our goal is to make just the things we like, so it might be difficult to label us. That’s why we keep saying that we make ‘just metal’, nothing more, nothing less. We like it loud, we have our sound and with these ingredients we can do what the hell we like.
However, you can’t deny that we all like Swedish metal, so it’s possible that you can hear that in our music.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
DI: Most of us have already been playing music since the mid 90’s. As you know, this has been a while ago already. We’ve done cool things, but time moves on. We all have jobs, kids, pets, the works, so for example planning to tour takes more effort than ten years ago. We love what we do, we love what we make and we’re quite confident that certain people could dig it. We’ll just see what happens. We don’t have high hopes, but when people want it, they will get it!
Wait! There’s one thing we dream of; playing Japan! 🙂
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
DI: I (Ronald) writes the lyrics. It could be about anything, but mostly it’s from a personal point of view. When something bothers me, the best thing to do is to write about it. Writing happy songs is much more difficult than writing lyrics about things that keep you occupied, and in general metal songs are not about the birds and the bees. Mostly our lyrics are written in a poetic point of view, metaphoric, sometimes masked, solely the intention to leave an atmosphere, a feeling of sincerity in our songs, even though we’re a bunch of fruitcakes when the band gets together, we mean serious business.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
DI: Elwin is the whore of the band and since the beginning of this year Hard Life Promotions is helping us a lot to promote our new EP ‘MASS//MINUS’. Elwin has a lot of extra time when he’s at work, when the rest of the band is really working. So from his desk he manages to get a lot of things done, when it concerns booking new gigs or promoting Deem Index on social media for example.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
DI: It’s a good thing that music is extremely accessable, on the other hand, there’s the possibility that you loose attention while checking music on the internet. It’s so easy just to browse the endless flood of music and listen to it with less attention in comparison to taking the effort of buying a cd/record/whatever, put it in the player and listen to that album from front to end.
For artists trying to make a living out of it, I can imagine the money you make with music itself, is very little. So that would mean full focus on playing gigs and selling shitloads of merch.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
DI: I couldn’t say that I would want to have written a song which was written by somebody else before. That song would have been so great, because that specific artist thought of making something like that. I could never envy someone for creating something that great. I’m also not fond of doing covers, because mostly (ofcourse, there are a couple of exceptions), they’re simply not as good as the original.
The second reason is that I really love to release my inner thoughts as if it’s some kind of therapy, so in my opinion my own writings are good enough. Maybe not for you or maybe we’ll never play a stadium, but it will sure be good enough for me!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
DI: I’m not really bothered with pet peeves. You should ask Elwin, he’s the one who’s grumpy all the time, so maybe he’s got something on his chest, that he wants to share with the world. Keep checking our Facebook, I would say.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
DI: The moment we flew to the Azores for a headline gig at a two day festival. The people over there were so amazing, you can’t imagine! All the efforts they took to organize something like this really blew our minds. We made friends for life there!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
DI: Right now it’s a bit quiet, because of the corona. So now is a good moment to focus on things like merchandise (like working on some ideas for tees) and since I’ve got plenty of time; writing new lyrics.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
DI: Our next show is scheduled the 26th of june. This will be the release party of our EP. Unfortunately a bit later than planned, but every artist is having the same problem. But it sure will be a blast with old friends and new ones!
We hope, for all artists, this strange period will end soon, that you all stay healthy and that we can soon enjoy (and keep enjoying) each other’s company in a safe environment!
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