Dirtred – Interview

Interview with Sławomir Wojtas, guitarist and founder mof Dirtred and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

SW: A small band with great aspirations! Honestly, all of us have good experience as musicians, we want to serve our interpretation of modern metal music and we strongly believe that our music has all the qualities to be recognizable. But from the other perspective – we’re just another metal band!


PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

SW: I came from a small town which is in some circles known as the hometown of Pope John Paul II. I started to listen to metal music quite early, at age 7 or 8, mostly because I was fascinated by Iron Maiden covers that my cousin had. But it wasn’t before I was 16 until I took a guitar, which at the time was hardly affordable as well as every other music equipment. And this is how it started. Then one thing leads to another, the first band, the second and so on. I’m doing that for the greater part of my life already.


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?

SW: Art triggers art and that applies for every aspect. Our lyrics are oftentimes inspired by literature. We like this approach because we can pass more interesting ideas than some, well, teenage stuff, generic lyrics. As for music, when I’m stuck and feel like nothing new comes out of me, then it’s worth to learn songs by other bands. There has to be some input to have an output.


PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

SW: Most of us had already experienced playing every shithole on the map. This is what we did with other bands when we were younger and had more free time. Now, we’re older, we’re better at what we’re doing so naturally we’d like to skip that part and go straight to bigger events. For me having many listeners is even more important. You can play a concert for people who came to the event, but when they deliberately listen to your music, it’s way more rewarding.


PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

SW: A moment of glory, right? Well, it could have been connected to one of the releases we’ve made but I think it’s more important that our recent band members joined the band because they wanted, not because they were asked to. I treat that as an appreciation to what we’ve done so far and it means a lot to me.


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?

SW: It’s super hard because actually no one cares that you’ve released something. For friends and family it might be a surprise when it happens the first time but later it becomes normal. So you have to reach people you don’t know personally. This requires financial effort for all promo campaigns and enormous amounts of time to prepare all necessary materials, media and stuff. And as I said in response to the first question – you are just another metal band and people who already have their beloved artists are not that curious about your music.


PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

SW: Our band hasn’t played much live because of an incomplete line-up. At the moment we start small, it usually works the way that there are other bands we think we can get along with. Their music has to be somewhat similar to our. And the rest is just booking places and DIY work. Promoting an event online is really crucial because it’s dependent on us, not on a third party. In general the more you do by yourself, the better the quality. It’s in the band best interest to sell a concert well and not pay for the club from their own money which sometimes can happen.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

SW: I think this is awesome. We can see how many people actually is listening to us and where they come from. It’s a great feeling when you see that someone from a distant location somehow was matched with your song. And as for a listener, streamings are just perfect.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

SW: My previous drummer asked a similar question. If there is a band I would like to be a part of from their very beginning. Recording all their albums as they came out. He opted for Korn. I would probably choose In Flames. They have many great songs, maybe Ordinary Story, it’s very nostalgic.


PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

SW: Well, this is the industry so everyone involved wants to get something from it. This is understandable, but sometimes people want your money and give nothing in return. One thing that really pisses me off are any sorts of online voting. As if the jury is not capable of selecting the best sounding bands. This leads to uncomfortable situations where bands beg for votes and some other shitty band wins because they hacked the system somehow or they have more pity votes. Our band participated only once in an event like that and it was the last time.   


PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?

SW: We’re getting prepared for a drums playthrough video and also working on a lyric video for Promethean. In the meantime there are some riffs to try out on rehearsal. We’re busy all the time as there are plenty of things you can do or improve.


PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

SW: You should definitely check our website, there is a story about how it all came together. Also, we share a little more about ourselves on Instagram. There are a few episodes of our vlog on YouTube also worth checking if anyone is interested in seeing how it looks from the band’s perspective. As for the merch we can do it locally only but soon this will change. As you see, bands are like small companies and sometimes creating music is the smallest part. 

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