Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
Diabology: Our music is a mix of heavy, groovy, and eerie. We primarily call ourselves Blackened Thrash, but there’s elements of death metal, doom metal, classical… the list goes on. We don’t worry too much about writing within a certain subgenre, we just like to have fun.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
Diabology: I (Jesse) grew up surrounded by metal. My parents were both in heavy bands before I was born, and they encouraged me to pursue music. When I was 7 years old, I started attending the School of Rock, which is where I learned how to sing and play guitar. School of Rock is an awesome program, but it’s mostly focused around playing covers, so after a few years there I was ready to move on and start working on original music. So I met up with a few of my friends from the program who also liked metal and we started jamming. That was the start of Diabology, although we’ve been through several lineup changes since.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
Diabology: Musically, we draw inspiration from the classics, like Metallica, Megadeth, Death, as well as some more modern metal bands like Trivium, Mastodon, and Machine Head.
Lyrically, my inspirations are all over the place. Sometimes I’m inspired by events in my personal life, other times I’m inspired by books or video games. My favorite lyrics on the new album come from “Ode to Ogtha”, which was inspired by a Reddit post I read about a man’s fetish which centered around a human-sized cockroach which he amed Ogtha. The one common theme between them is fantasy; whether the subject is grounded or not, I always try to find interesting metaphors and fantastical imagery to support it.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
Diabology: We play music because it’s fun. If we can make a living off our music, that would be incredible, but if not, that’s ok. We get to meet awesome people and play awesome music, and at the end of the day that’s good enough for us.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
Diabology: The moment that we finished “Father of Serpents”. We pushed ourselves to our limits with this record, and I honestly wasn’t sure we would get every song done on time. That moment when we put the finishing touches on the final track was probably the proudest moment of my whole life.
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
Diabology: We’re really trying to branch out with our promotion lately. We’ve been filming guitar and drum playthroughs, expanding our merch line, just generally trying to find new ways to keep people engaged. It’s tough to stand out in the crowd, but we’re doing our best.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
Diabology: For local shows, we either call up local venues and book dates, or our friends invite us onto bills. For tours, it’s a bit harder. Our strategy so far has been going into facebook groups based in whatever city we want to tour to and asking for recommendations. So far, people have been really kind and given us some great tips. That’s what I love about metal; it’s a community, and there are always other metalheads who are eager to help other bands.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
Diabology: My opinion is somewhat neutral. I know there’s a lot of backlash because they don’t pay enough, and I fully agree. On the other hand, it’s an incredible tool for getting your music out there. There are people in Malta who listen to Diabology: I didn’t even know Malta was a country! That’s pretty cool, so I can’t get too mad. Good or bad, I think those sites are here to stay, so I’m just doing my best to take full advantage of them.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Diabology: “Blood and Thunder” by Mastodon. It’s such a simple song, yet it’s packed with so much energy and so many great lines. That or “Master of Puppets” because then I would be mega-rich.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
Diabology: As a band consisting entirely of teenagers, there are a lot of venues that won’t let us play because we’re under 21. It’s really restrictive as a young band. There are exceptions to age restrictions in certain bars if they serve food; there should be a similar exception for bars that are also venues.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
Diabology: Lots of gigs! With the new album dropping soon, we’re trying to get out of town and make connections beyond just the LA scene. We’ve already done a couple of short weekend tours into nearby cities and states, and they’ve been going really well! We’ve got plenty of upcoming gigs around SoCal as well.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
Diabology: Our Bandcamp is the best way to directly support us, but you can find our music on all the major streaming platforms. We post about our gigs on all our social media sites, where you can find us @diabologyband on most platforms!
Official Website: www.diabologyband.com