Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-Hi we are De La Muerte and we come from Italy. Our music is about the Mexican cult of Nuestra Señora de la Santa Muerte and the story we tell comes to life with the cursed Mariachi known as El tequila. We basically play an Hard ‘ n ‘ Heavy with Mexican influences with the intent of transmitting energy through powerful sounds, but also intense melodies like those you can ear in the new album “Venganza” (produced, mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni at the Domination Studio) coming out shortly.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Very interesting question. Therefore, as much as it may seem strange, everything happened in a totally spontaneous way, let me tell you how. When Gianluca Mastrangelo (voice) and I (Gianluca Quinto guitar) started to put down the first musical ideas, immediately we felt the calls to something that had to do with the Mexican world and this has quickly found fertile ground in Gianluca (singer) ‘s mind who for many years was a true lover of the cult of theSanta Muerte. Anyway, we think that our music (and our band too) is well represented by the name “De La Muerte”
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Absolutely true, each of us as all had many music influences and, as you can imagine, we come from different musical styles. Anyway we’re united by a passion for metal and hard rock music. I may mantion many bands that have contributed to our artistic growth more than others but certainly what inspired us was the desire to create something of our own, powerful and fun, intense and immediate.
Some of the bands that inspired are the classic from the past as Queen, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Queensryche, Extreme, Mr. Big, but even Dream Theater, Symphony x, Adrenaline Mob, right up to modern Peripehery, Animals As Leaders, Lamb of God, Trivium, Ghost etc. We love good music and everything into the rock/metal music. Today our greatest inspiration is the everyday life and the need to express ourselves through music.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-When we formed our intent was to play “heavy metal” but not in the strictest sense of the term. As I explained before, the thing happened in a totally natural way, we started with some musical ideas that leaded us towards Mexican influences, so we followed the love of Gianluca (singer) for the Mexican culture. So it wasn’t difficult to find the name that in turn inspired us, and we feel still inspired by it!
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I understand what you mean but I have to tell you that I do not perceive this as a threat because, in my opinion, people will still buy albums. Many years have passed since the digital sector threatened the analog industry whereby I think that it isn’t a real threat but some sort of coexistence and mutual support between analog and digital. That’s why we were looking for a label with our point of view, and this is one of the reasons why we signed with Revalve Records.
Anyway, digital single releases help many valid bands that otherwise would not have another effective way to diffuse their music.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-Art-work and layout are absolutely crucial when you need to release a new album, this aspect in my opinion should be looked after from the moment you begin to give shape to tunes for a new album. What I mean is that it’s very important for us to imagine a specific context and environment for the artwork, consistent with the music. For example, with Venganza, we tried with the artist Giulio Medalli to create a link between the music and the images, to let the listener go deeper into our world.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-It’s undeniable that social media have rewritten the rules of the music promotion and that is why the digital should work alongside the analog. Today there are many kind of social media and it’s crucial to use them properly if you want visibility for your music. There’s nothing wrong with this because since the world began, in the music business, only if your music worth something you’ll gain followers and audience for your music.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-Be part of a band makes us feel part of a scene which in our case is overused but not less beautiful or interesting. However playing in a band means much more, in fact allows you to express yourself in an universal language: the music. I think it’s very important to feel part of a scene but it’s much more important to play with your heart and let out the music that “comes from within”. The heavy metal is above all this.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Sure, we’re a band that loves to go on stage and we think it’s the most important thing to spread your music and to have fun and grow more and more. Amazing things happen on tour and this creates powerful links between each person in the band, and this is the best thing that could happen to a band.
What will the future bring?
-We hope that the future will bring a world with more real music, music that comes from the heart ,without compromises. In the next few days our new album will be released and we are can’t wait to see how it will be received by critics and by our fans. We have so many great plans for our future and we invite you to keep in touch with us through social networks. (www.delamuerte.net, www.facebook.com/delamuerteband). Thank you for giving us this space and many many thanks to those who keep following us.