DELIRIUM X TREMENS is not something you’d like to experience in any other form than music. I cannot guarantee that you won’t be delirious after you’ve listened to htis band. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
From the beginning of our story (in 1998), our aim has always been to play a music which could, first of all, satisfy us as musicians and persons. The second aim was to create a personal and distinguishable sound.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-It’s very difficult to create a 100% personal sound. We always tried to do it and we keep on doing it right now because our evolution as a band won’t stop soon. We always try to avoid the influences of the music we use to listen to and also try to compose first of all a music we like. The most important influence comes from our land: the legends and stories of our mountains…our music arises there.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-We don’t use to work quickly during the composition phase, not because of a lack of ideas but because we want every song to play exactly as in our mind. It must perfectly fit with the themes we debate. We usually start from a text and then we compose the music. Once we compose the section of the guitars, we start working all together in the practice room and in the end we continue with the arrangement, integrating our songs with instruments which are typical in our musical tradition (chorus, violins, accordions, trumpets etc). This is the most laborious and complex part because we are obsessive referring to the care of every sound and score.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-We use technology to record us playing in the practice room in order to understand how songs play, from the beginning to the end. Later, we always use to go in a professional recording studio to record our albums, doing it with true instruments and not with plug in and digital simulations. Independently from people affirming the contrary, the result in the end is clear.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-I imagine that within ten years the cd will become a rarity for cultists like the vinyl but I also think that there will always be a little fringe of enthusiasts who will never stop buying cd for the pleasure of collecting them, of opening and leafing through the pages of the booklet. The downloading and file sharing are convenient but they’ve got no appeal. However.. from my point of view music will go on and the artists (the real ones) will keep on carry on their music on the stages of the world. Live concerts will become the real and true essence of the music of the future.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-We speak about stories and legends of our homeland, which is almost unknown (Belluno, a city in the Dolomiti mountains), but many people listened to our albums and they perfectly understood the message we wanted to instill: the attachment to our own homeland and the old values like the respect for nature and people. The biggest satisfaction (for me) was when a Romanian girl wrote to us after listening to our last album, Belo Dunum – Echoes From The Past: she read up on a story we told (the Vajont disaster) and then she started making a research for her university studies.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Many people contacted us from many parts of the world; I don’t know which one was the most surprising during all these years. The last one was a guy from Guatemala who wanted to buy our t-shirt.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-Well, it is known that playing metal allows you to join a community of people with the same passion and love for a certain kind of music. Moreover, there is a great mutual respect between musicians and fans, a respect which is difficult to find in other kinds of music. Music brought us to know many friends, to make experiences and we also had the opportunity to visit places in the world we would have never seen. All these things will be in our hearts and memories for all our life.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-It is very important for us to play live concerts. We love telling our stories and legends on the stage to let people know them. They are even more brutal and violent once played live. For sure, it helps us “conquering” fans.
What plans do you have for the future?
-We would like to play TROI, our last album, on a huge number of stages in Italy and Europe. After the summer we will get again to work to start its sequel!