Still almost 30 years after the Berlin wall crumbled to its ground it is still a bit of a novelty to find a band from example Hungary. For most part most bands from the East are pretty unknown to the rest of the metal world, like DALRIADA. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
-Hi, we are Dalriada, a Hungarian folk metal band from Sopron, Western Hungary. Last year we released our 8th album. We toured Europe with Arkona, Darkest Era and played with numerous other well-known bands in the last 15 years.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-As far as I remember, yes, it was quite a battle to come to an agreement (but I guess most bands struggle to find a suiting name). Our bass guitarist back then came up with the idea of calling ourselves Dalriada since he found a linguistic theory regarding the Hungarian meaning of the word (battle song, song that calls to arms, alarming song) and so we settled on it.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of metal you play? What inspires you today?
-Loads of bands brought us where we are now, like Amorphis, Manowar, Sentenced, Blind Guardian, Muzsikás, Morbid Angel and many others. Nowadays Andris, our singer, guitarist and songwriter listens mostly to older stuff and/or authentic Hungarian folk music.
What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
-Maybe the only advantage is that it still gives you a feeling of having contributed to that particular band’s work, holding a piece of their legacy in your hands. Furthermore putting on a vinyl is way more something like a ritual than just to put on the mp3 in VLC player while checking your mails. The disadvantage is that practically no one buys them anymore and musicians, especially in smaller countries like Hungary for example, struggle to survive. It is almost impossible to make a living only making music here. The possibility of downloading the whole discography of virtually ANY band illegally is not really helping anybody…
Is digital killing the album format?
-The album format? No, I don’t think so, but it is killing the music market as we knew it. The problem is that neither the market nor the distribution of royalties nor the protection of copyright law is straightened out, the whole sector is dragging itself down. Musicians have to put out new music and merch constantly to be able to earn at least something with their art.
What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-Our Artwork is the work of Laura’s (our singers) sister. Since all our album-titles (with one exception of #5 Arany-Album) are named after old Hungarian month names she always tries to stick to those particular colours and furthermore she uses Hungarian historical ornaments, symbols etc.
Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
-Sure, playing live is still the only way to keep your reputation up (or down, it depends). Advertisement became easier with social media but since there are millions of interesting bands out there it is still a challenge to get noticed. Touring and producing merch is still the strongest tool of promotion.
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Yes, it still is. We do as many gigs as we can get, but since 3 members of the band are already parents, it is not always an easy endeavor. Management is hard work.
What will the future bring?
-Hopefully more gigs.