Dyscordia – Interview
Interview with drummer Wouter Debonnet from Belgian band Dyscordia and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
WD: We’re a bunch of musicians with different tastes but we all have a heart for melodic metal music, which is probably the reason why that’s mostly the style of music that comes out when we’re playing together.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
WD: 10 years ago, we all were playing in different bands in our home region but we were kind of frustrated with the way those bands were moving forward. So we got together to start up something new and handle things differently. We immediately recorded a demo tape and started doing some gigs, and when the music we played seemed to resonate with the people we performed for, we decided to take a risk and recorded our first full album with the legendary Jens Bogren, who is responsible for some of the greatest productions in metal to date. This approach seemed to work as the album got great reviews and we were able to play some more high-profile gigs, so for the second album we worked with Jens again. The band has been steadily growing ever since the first album, and now our third album has hit the shelves in January!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
WD: It varies greatly from band member to band member, but obviously we are all fans of different kinds of metal. I myself am very attracted to a lot of Scandinavian bands like Moonsorrow, Amorphis, older In Flames, Pain of Salvation, etc but also to a lot of 80’s NWOBHM bands and a lot more. There’s so much great music out there!
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
WD: We’d like to keep growing as a band and do some touring in the near future. We’d also like to play some more festivals, the ones we were lucky enough to be able to do were a lot of fun! And in any case we want to keep writing and recording music, as long as we’re able to!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
WD: Most of the riffs are written by Martijn and Guy, but everyone in the band proposes riffs from time to time. All those riffs are gathered by Martijn, who is a great arranger and writes all of the keyboard and intricate guitar parts. Then the band collectively works on the structure of the songs and everyone works at their own parts until the whole starts to sound like a Dyscordia song. When this is roughed in, Piet starts to work on the vocal lines and lyrics, and together with Fane they craft the interaction between clean vocals, grunts and choir pieces. The lyric subjects vary greatly, just like our music style we’re not keen on sticking to just one aspect J
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
WD: We have a webpage (www.dyscordia.com) with an online store and a facebook page (www.facebook.com/dyscordiaband) where we promote the band online. We’re also on Spotify, and a few of our fans have founded the Dyscordia Army Fanbase, with their own facebook group to promote the band and its activities. We try to do as much as we can for these guys as it’s pretty special to have people that are so dedicated to your music!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
WD: That depends, it can be a great thing to discover new music and find new things you would never have heard about otherwise. But today there are a lot of options to do this while still supporting the bands, even if only a little bit – so try to find new music on services that respect their artists, and if you really like something, buy an album or some merch, as that’s the only way the band is going to be able to record more music and do a tour – you wouldn’t believe how expensive either of those things can be!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
WD: Phew, difficult one! Maybe ‘Where Dead Angels Lie’ by Dissection because it’s allround genius? Or ‘Anesthetize’ by Porcupine Tree because the drums are so incredibly well thought out?
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
WD: People driving too slow in front of me J
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
WD: Until last month I probably would have said our performance at Graspop or Alcatraz Metal Fest, but now I think it’s probably our release show for ‘Delete / Rewrite’ that sold out a lot faster than we expected.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
WD: Learning to play the new songs as tight as possible to perform them as much as possible, and soon we’ll probably be back to writing new material!
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
WD: Next one up is Waregemse Metal Day, a cool festival with some great Belgian bands, and the one after that is the Alcatraz Metal Festival, and no-one should need an extra reason to go there!
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