Die No More - 07.30.13

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Die No More - 07.30.13The following is a mini interview of generic questions that we posed to all bands that wanted to answer:

Die No More


1. How did you get your band name?

Our previous name was Dynamo but soon after signing with our management
company they advised us to change it because there are a lot of other bands
with the same name and of course there's the famous magician, who is pretty
much a worldwide name, so it felt like the right thing to do even though
we'd spent a long time building it up. We had a list of possible new names
but Die No More stood out as the one with the most meaning and reasoning
behind it because we see it as a positive statement even though it contains
the word die. Because to us, to die no more is to live and to choose to live
so we see it as a very bold statement about how we choose to live our lives,
to not let anything stop us doing what we want to do and to not let anything
hold us back.

2. How did this band get started?

We formed initially through a musician networking site, living in a small
town like Penrith there weren't many musicians who were either good enough,
available or who lived close enough to be able to jam together so whenever
someone does pop up who fits those kind of criteria they instantly become
noticeable and that's basically what happened with us. It was a very
fortunate situation really because we just happened all four of us to become
available at the same time so we quickly met up and started jamming and
pretty soon we realized we had a special chemistry which we knew was
something with should pursue.

3. What bands are you influenced by?

Our main influences are quite varied. For example, I'm very influenced by
Metallica and Megadeth, Steve like any typical drummer, he just likes
anything with good drums, I think our bass player Andy is a bit of a
grunge/punk rocker at heart because he loves his Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Lead
guitarist Kev has the true heart of darkness, he loves his old school thrash
& progressive metal like Slayer & Opeth. We all collectively gravitate to
the heavier types of music but at the same time we love good melodies and
that is apparent when you listen to our music.

4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and

For me personally it would have to be Metallica simply because of the way
they operate particularly their live performances and also to learn from a
band that's been going for 30 plus years and is still relevant today.
There's much to be said for that because history has shown that really not
many bands last that long so they must be doing something right. I know Kev
would probably say Megadeth and Andy probably Machine Head.

5. Best food to eat on tour?

Haha that's funny because usually time is of the essence so we're usually in
a major rush and food often falls down the list of things to do especially
when we're playing shows further away and there's a lot of traveling
involved. In those instances Steve will always lead the way to KFC and I
personally love a good steak house .

6. Why should people listen to your band?

People should listen to our music because it's honest, it's powerful and
it's us! So if you really want to get a feel for the band then there's no
better way to achieve that than by actually listening to the music. We talk
about real world issues that people can relate to whether it's being let
down by some one you really thought you could trust or governments using
tactics and methods we know nothing about to start wars. We try and stay
away from the cliché topics that have been covered a million times like sex,
drugs, getting messed up and the rock 'n roll lifestyle, things that have
already been written about in every way possible.

7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?

For me it would have to an MMA fighter just because it's like going back to
the gladiator days where it's a real battle and only the fittest and
strongest survive. But also because it involves a lot of skill and honor,
through martial arts like karate, Jiu-Jutsu, boxing, judo and wrestling. Top
get to the top you have to master your craft and be excellent at everything
and that respect it is similar to being in a band, you can't rely on being
good at just one aspect, you have to cover all of the bases if you want to
be successful.

As far as the other guys, I know Andy loves his Motor sport, he'd do Lewis
Hamilton's job in a flash.

8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?

A Grammy? Wow that would be an honor...We would obviously have to thank our
friends and family but also those people who believed in us right from the
beginning and who never doubted us like management and people in the
industry who've given us help and guidance. We'd also have to thank the fans
for being so supportive and for being so passionate. Without them we
wouldn't be here.

9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?

We'd like to see some sort of infrastructure put in place to help new
upcoming bands, whether it be financial support or career advice because
we've seen a lot of bands fall by the way side simply because they made bad
business decision and/or they didn't think about how to fund the band in the
beginning and then suffered for it later. We'd love to see some sort of
nationally or internationally recognized academy for new bands and musicians
which would really set them off on the right foot. A lot of bands don't see
it as a business which is why they don't survive.

10. Memorable tour experience?

Probably on a mini tour at a show in Manchester where we clearly saw and
heard the fans signing the words to the songs. That just shows that they are
really into what we're doing and paying attention because this was before we
had any music released that they could listen to on iTunes or Spotify. It's
a pretty big deal to us to have that level of support and it really means a

11. What does AP.net mean to you?

AP.net is a great site for connecting people to bands and vice versa. I
always use it to have a read up on bands latest releases and reviews of
their live shows and it has grown a hell of a lot since it started which
just shows how impactful it really is. Its a website we all us to keep to
date on music with when we're traveling around.

12. What is your favorite song to play?

It varies but right now it has to be the song Council Of War which is on our
"Blueprint" EP and it's being received amazingly well for a new song which
is always in your mind when writing new stuff... Will our fans like it?
Because obviously we like but for the fans to be into it also makes feel
like we're doing something right. The song is about the stuff that goes on
in the world that has major impact whether it be politically or in a
military sense that we the general public have no idea about. It's pretty
scary some of the things you read about that effect the whole world but are
never disclosed unless leaked on the Internet.

13. What is your vacation spot of choice?

Vacation... what are those?? We don't get much time for vacations at the
moment because we're always doing something be it writing and rehearsing or
playing live. It's a pretty constant cycle at the moment but right now we
wouldn't have it any other way. Once we've been doing it for a few more
years we'll probably take some time off because it's good to take a break
and recharge your batteries before doing it all over again but right now
we're loving it so no vacations just yet.

14. What music reminds you of your childhood?

For me it has to be some of the grunge stuff like Nirvana and Pearl Jam and
the late 80's metal before that like Metallica & Megadeth. Looking back it
seems like there was something in the air because you had all this great
music of different genres happening at the same time and it was a very
exciting time.

15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?

Probably to freeze time so I could carry on doing this forever because the
thought of have having to stop playing music makes me very sad so yeah
that's what i would like to be able to do and just keep going forever!

16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?

For me obviously a vocal warm up but also I don't like to eat much before a
show because it effects my voice and how long it lasts so you'll usually
find me pigging out right after a show! I like to get the guys together too
just before we go on stage and have a bit of a moment just to get pumped up
and then go out and give it our all.

17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?

Hmm... Maybe that I'm a left handed guitarist? Some people don't realize
straight away and it's only later they go "hey he's a lefty!" I'd love to
one day be a representative for left handed guitarists because quite often
we get shunned by the big manufacturers and it hard to find the guitars you
really want and have to settle for less just because you are left handed.

18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's
a place where your band could flourish?

I think radio is definitely going to flourish because recently Internet
radio has really taken off, I listen to Internet radio stations all the
time. There is so much more choice that what you can get on a standard radio
that I can see people gravitating towards that for sure and also more and
more people have smart phones and tablets which are a perfect way to access
Internet radio so it's sure to get better as time goes on. It's definitely
something that could help our band because like I said it's growing all the
time so it can only be a good thing.

19. What do you like to do in your spare time?

When we're not writing and rehearsing songs or playing live shows you can
usually find me checking out other bands and seeing what's going on in the
music scene. I love music and I find it hard to switch off! And I also
really like to watch other bands to see who is on the up and the where the
trend is headed because it can change so quickly. I'd also love to be able
to catch a band before they got really big because I've never experienced
that before and you just never know who might be the next big thing.

20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?

I stick to my guitar playing but I bet you didn't know our bassist Andy
likes to go racing cars when he's not playing gigs, yeah he hurls himself
round corners at ridiculous speeds.
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