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?
GOD: We are Genus Ordinis Dei, a symphonic death metal band based in Italy.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
GOD: The band was formed in 2008 in Crema, our hometown. We were just a bunch of long-time friends who shared the passion for metal music and we decided to start to play together. We were 20 years old and none of us had ever played in a real band before Genus Ordinis Dei (and I personally still never played in other bands). We had to face some formation changes as most bands do: Richard (drums) came later in 2012 after changing two other drummers and he left the band almost one year ago. Now we have a new drummer, a 23 years old extreme metal drummer; awesome behind the drums and his commitment to music is unbelievable.
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?
GOD: What inspired me most (and still does) are my childhood fantasies.
This kind of music/storytelling brings to life the sensations and the fantasies that i had during my childhood (childhood that i shared with Nick) and thinking about those values, feelings, dreams and primitive visions i had when i was a boy gave me (and still does) the inner impulse to bring them to life. Listening to our music still touches me.
Also, now that we’ve experienced how it feels to be on a professional tour, playing every day in big cities, big venues and sharing the stage, nightliner and stuff with great bands, I would say that it’s definitely something I wanna do for the rest of my life.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
GOD: As said, playing our music all over the world is our main goal. We have a lot of stories to tell and we’re open to spreading our art by any means, be it video, audio, graphic, literature or whatever.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
GOD: It’s a long journey and every little step is precious but if I have to name one, what we did with Glare Of Deliverance was definitely something to be proud of.
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?
GOD: We always thought that if you create something good, people would appreciate it, spread the word and always could tell the difference from a wannabe-famous kid’s production and an inspired musical opera. We came from the bedroom as well but we had a clear vision of what to do to raise our level.
That said, we know how important is to be consistent online and we’re managing it pretty well, especially with good team work with our label and press office.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
GOD: We always managed our live activity by ourselves and sometimes we collaborated with booking agencies. It’s been a tough (couple) year for live shows for everybody, us included but now we’re playing 3 gigs in Italy on April 30th in Carpi, May 20th in Verona and May 21st in Milano; a good way to restart our live activity that we consider our highlight.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
GOD: Online music selling is part of the evolution of this art and even though I am not thrilled I certainly accept it. Online music/video availability took away a lot of epicness and awesomeness that was used to surround musicians in the past. We’re dealing with it as listeners as well as artists with a little nostalgia.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
GOD: I would say My Way but then i couldn’t enjoy it as a fan 🙂
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
GOD: Music industry is a non-stop evolving machine and this makes it so interesting and mysterious. I won’t change it but I’m excited to see what’s next and exciting is the path that leads to being a part of it.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
GOD: We are preparing the next shows and we’re working hard on the new album. On April 8th our new single “The Entropic Queen” will be out on all DSPs and the related video will be airing on Eclipse Records and Genus Ordinis Dei official Youtube Channels on April 11th.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
GOD: You can follow our social pages and website
Our online official store
And our Youtube Channel:
Thanks for the interview.
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