Dying Awkward Angel Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD. What type of artist are you?
DAA. We are a death-metal band with a liking for ambiguity and perspective.
PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.
DAA. Edoardo is the founder, since 1998, and he’s the last member of the first lineup. Luca and Lorenzo joined the band ten years ago, then Davide came in three years ago. Michele is our new frontman, announced with “Absence of light”.
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
DAA. Any powerful kind of music can inspire us, but our primary source is the Swedish current of melodic death metal. We love In flames, At the gates, Dark tranquillity, Carcass, Dissection. Non musical influences? The majesty of a Salgado picture mixed with a Guy de Maupassant novel, probably.
PD. What are your dreams and goals?
DAA. We want to materialize our ideas in something tangible, something people can enjoy. Let’s call it “messy organized ideas” in form of music.
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
DAA. Edoardo arranges the music, the other members write the lyrics and the vocal melody. The songs are about ambiguity, perspective, dualism, paradox: what is good and what is bad?
PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
DAA. We are very happy about how the Rockshots guys are promoting our record: interviews, a videoclip, press-kits, pre-orders…we really enjoy the process!
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
DAA. Well, that can be very good or very bad. When we were kids, we used to spend most of our money on records as records were valuable, you know; playing and recording was a bit of sweat a getting the CDs was an effort. Now, I’m pretty sure that you and I don’t even have the time to sit down and listen to every song on our hard disk. Is that better? Probably, halfway could work.
PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
DAA. The Carcass “Noncompliance to ASTM F 899-12 standard”: the music is just perfect and that British surgical sense of humour….
PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
DAA. Oh, easy! You see a drumstick flying over your head on stage and you can’t hear the snare drum anymore…
PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
DAA. It happens when you walk off the stage and someone you don’t know says: “You kick ass!”. Well, you just know it worked somehow.
PD. So what are you working on at the moment?
DAA. We’ve just finished mixing “Absence Of Light” and we are looking forward to play all the new songs live…we want to feel the reactions. We want to see how introspection moves people and how brutality strikes.
PD. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
DAA. You should be there because we know what a show is about: communication. It’s not about playing a role or putting songs in a row; communicating means exchanging ideas, sending and receiving information.
We send information, you give a feedback and the information slightly changes its shape, according to your feedback: that’s when the magic happens! Rage, empathy, excitement…all of them, vibrating together and we all enjoy the feeling.
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