DEAD SOUTH DEALERS

DEAD SOUTH DEALERS is a Greek band that I’ve just discovered. Have you heard me say that before? Never! But hey, if I don’t discover them how will you do so? Anders Ekdahl ©2017

As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
-We are Dead South Dealers, a heavy rock band from Athens, Greece. We are a 5-member band and the current line up is Pavlos on the vocals, Vaggelis and George on the guitars, Nick on the bass guitar and Bill on drums. The band was formed in 2013 and after several jams and changes we concluded in the current line up and started composing and working on our music. Four years later we are pleased to say that we have a record deal with Sliptrick Records, and on March 8th, 2017 our debut album “Walk Through the Line” was released. The album has been produced, engineered and recorded on Soundflakes Recording Studios in Athens, under the guidance of John McRis (4Bitten, Dimlight, Saddolls) and the mastering has been done by Alan Douches in West West Side Music in New York. We are extremely happy from this cooperation and of course the result.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Well, there’s a always a little something that might be hidden in every band’s name. Maybe a story the members share between them or a meaning.
When we first got together, back in 2013, while we were very inspired musicwise, still we couldn’t make up our minds about the name of the band. The time was pushing us as we had booked some live performances. We wanted something that would include in it the metal music and the southern pentatonic way of playing. So, one night at the rehearsal studio we were tossing off all of our ideas. That really paid off and after some serious brainstorming we had a name ready to stick on the flyers.

What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-All five of us listen to different kinds of music. From classic rock to extreme metal. But our main path has been etched by some ”hall of fame” bands, such as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath and some of more modern stuff, like Alter Bridge, Mastodon, Clutch etc.

What are the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
-It’s true that digital form is the king, as it’s easier to be used on a mobile phone, tablet or PC. The disadvantage of this though is that you don’t have in your hands the actual copy of a band’s work, with the artwork etc. It might sound old-fashioned, but we still want to have in our hands CD’s, and of course vinyl, from bands that we admire and respect their work. Buying an album either in a hard copy or digital, shows to an artist that you support him and surely motivates him to continue creating music.

I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when your out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-Music has changed because music industry has changed also. Many years back (still not so long ago) the only way to learn about a new band or artist was via music magazines and reviews or when you were strolling around the local record stores. Nowadays, there is a plenty of info on the web and you can find easily the music that you’d like to listen to. That’s an easy way for the audience to discover and for the musician to put his work at its disposal. However, the artists’ income is decreased, making it difficult to continue making music. That’s why the bands nowadays are selling more merch than CDs and they’re depended on this. Lately, seeing vinyl sales rising brings hope to our hearts that music will survive the digital frenzy.

What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-We think that album artwork most of the times reflects the worries, the music and lyrics that a musician/band wants to express. At least, that is what we wanted to express with ours. Our album’s cover idea was based on the constant battle between the mind and the heart,the feeling and the rationality, these two important factors that help us taking decisions. We think that all of us are the “slaves” and the “victims” of this never ending battle.

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?
-Promotion is a big chapter in a band’s book. It surely helps playing live and get people to know your work. It’s also positive to make yourself known through the social media that undoubtfully play a serious role in everyone’s life, to a certain extent.

Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-Hmm, we think that we are a band that makes small and constant steps. Most important, we are people with feelings and emotions that we would like to express them through music. The goal is to inspire people. Are we a part of a scene? Yes and no. We are making music. We are here.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We are strong believers that a band is active when it hits the road. Playing live is the only way to keep the standards high and to earn the listener’s acceptance.

What will the future bring?
-More music!

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