Dig Two Graves – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
DTG: We are a metal band based primarily in progressive metal but we like to incorporate aspects from a wide variety of influences in and out of metal respectively.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
DTG: Josh: Kenny (Drums) and I (Guitar) have been playing together for over a decade, and created this project after recruiting Mike (Vocals) and Jesse (Bass).
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
DTG: Josh: My main influences would be bands like Kero Kero Bonito, Pizzucato Five, Dir En Grey, and Luna Sea. Mostly dancey Japanese stuff.
Jesse: (Musically): Bela Bartok, Gustav Holst, Miles Davis, Dan Briggs, Guthrie Govan, James Brown, Danny Elfman, The Mars Volta.
(Non-musically): Ancient Egyptian history, Mythology, both non-fiction as well as fiction books with no specific focus on any one genre, linguistics.
Josh: As a collective, the vision for the band stems mostly from acts like Silent Planet and Make Them Suffer, but I think our individual influences definitely shine through as well.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
DTG:Mike: My goal is to get the music of Dig Two Graves further established and share our artwork
Josh: Yeah same
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Josh: I write all the songs musically, usually on piano that gets transposed to guitar. Then I pass the ideas along to the guys and they make their respective parts their own.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
DTG: Mike and Jesse: Mostly through social media and word of mouth.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
DTG: Josh: Unpopular opinion, I don’t mind the popular streaming sites. The payouts obviously aren’t as good as when people purchase your music but I think it allows more people to easily find your music.
Jesse: I’m happy to share my music in any way possible
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
DTG: Jesse: Either Miles Davis’s “All Blues” or Howard Shore’s “Concerning Hobbits.” I love the serenity that piece induces in me.
Josh: I wish I wrote “Lipslap” by Kero Kero Bonito because it hits different.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
DTG: Jesse: Hmm. Well, I like my apartment kept fairly clean.
Mike: I like to be on time.
Josh: I quite specifically do not like to be on time.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
DTG: Jesse: Hearing my own compositions come to life on an album is definitely ranking highest currently.
Mike: I love seeing people dance and have fun with our music, I write a lot of our songs about stuff I’m going through and it’s always a pleasure to see people turning my negative experiences into something positive
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
DTG: We’re working on writing and recording our first full length album, we’re very excited about how it’s coming out.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
DTG: Jesse: Our next show is (currently) April 25th [at Allstar Music Empire in Flemington, NJ]. I’ve been told there’s an atmosphere as well as a particular energy that we bring to the stage. It’s melodic, it’s heavy, it’s fun. Come and see for yourselves.