|The following is a mini interview of generic questions that we posed to all bands that wanted to answer:|
1. How did you get your band name?
At first we were thinking of “The Source” as our ideal moniker, because it conveyed the concept of a hidden and mystic reality above the five senses. After some collective brainstorming we decided to change it to “Desource” because it sounded more original, and creative!
2. How did this band get started?
The band got started in 2007 as a dream of some Italian guys who loved metal and hardcore music. We were really immature as musicians at that time, but after some lineup changes and hours spent covering songs by As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage and similar bands, we eventually started writing our own songs. The first three songs were completed in 2009, and in the same year we managed to play at a couple of local venues in Central Italy. We also attended lots of contests where we’ve met lots of incredible guys who shared our same aspiration; and we managed to play alongside bands such as The Secret, Helia and Locked In. However the key year was 2012: the songs we had written through the years were finally recorded and we’ve restarted playing after a long pause.
3. What bands are you influenced by?
Our songwriting is mainly influenced by metalcore bands like Misery Signals, August Burns Red, As I Lay Dying; but we also owe much to the alternative rock tradition of the 90s, and especially Deftones. There are some tracks in our album Dirty Happiness where you can hear the “rock” element coming in.
4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
The ideals bands to tour with would be Killswitch Engage, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Misery Signals. They all enjoy their touring time, and when they’re on stage it seems it’s the most natural thing in the world for them!
5. Best food to eat on tour?
Pizza, pizza, and pizza again. Unless you’re outside Europe or the US, where we’d rather eat local food. Anyway, we basically eat everything!
6. Why should people listen to your band?
People should listen to our band because they’re surely going to find something that goes beyond strict musical genres, something meant to be just “inspirational music” before being metal, or hardcore, or progressive. We composed our songs just on the basis of the message we wanted to convey.
7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?
There are so many athletes in the world that we’d like to switch places with! Micheal Phelps, for example, has an approach to life that’s valuable also for a musician: always strive to be better than yesterday. You know, maybe one day he will include our music in the playlist he listens to before his races!
8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?
We would thank our families and closest friends in the first place. No one has ever believed in our foolish project more than them; they’ve always been supportive even when playing and rehearsing hours were leading us to disappear from the world. We would also thank Simone and Alessandro, the mixing magicians behind our album Dirty Happiness, and Beppe, our manager at This Is Core Records. Their job is precious!
9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
The music industry is at the crossroads. The old business model brought about by majors, based on huge investments and high prices of CDs, has come to an end. Now the problem is that nobody is investing in new, emerging, and innovative bands in the underground scene. Indie labels and promoters struggle to earn a living with their activities, and bands have to invest lots of money just to play live at some interesting venues. Maybe we should rethink the whole model: people should support in some new ways the artists they listen to (watching them live, donating something to keep them going), but majors should stop seeking higher and higher profits when the crisis hits hard.
10. Memorable tour experience?
We haven’t had a proper tour yet, but just gigs across Italy, and it was fantastic to know so many different people. In these case the journey is more important than the goal! We’re arranging something for July 2014, and it’s going to be outside Italy.
11. What does AP.net mean to you?
AP.net is one of those websites we would be following and reading when, let’s say, a new album came out or a new interview with some great musician. So it’s like a dream for us to be featured on your website!
12. What is your favorite song to play?
We’ve got various preferences, but maybe the song that we enjoy playing the most is Deliver Me From Myself. You know, there’s also a solo on it, it’s perfect for cocky guitarists!
13. What is your vacation spot of choice?
The place we’re from, in Central Italy, is a beautiful town on the Trasimeno Lake; being a vacation place already, we usually spend most of our holidays there. But of course sea places are our favorite!
14. What music reminds you of your childhood?
Maybe it’s nu metal that reminds us of our childhood! We started listening to rock and metal when bands like Korn, Deftones, Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park were releasing amazing albums. They were our heroes at the time, then one day Killswitch Engage came in…and everything changed!
15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?
Guess it would be turning everything into Telecaster guitars. That design is amazing, even for metalheads like us!
16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?
We usually warm up frenetically before shows, and we do that together, at the same time, to kill the pressure. We try to chill as much as possible and we tell each other every kind of jokes. It helps!
17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?
Most people don’t know that we secretly listen to Jeff Buckley more than every metal band during the day!
18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish?
Radio is maybe the most interesting place for our music right now: I’m talking about focused, alternative radio stations of course, as the mainstream circuit is impossible to approach. We believe that alternative radio stations, especially web-based, can really help spreading around our music. After all, we feel lucky: hardcore and metal communities are made of passionate fans who actively search for new artists and support them. We wouldn’t exchange this amazing crowd for a MTV show.
19. What do you like to do in your spare time?
In our spare time we usually hang out together at night, while we spend our afternoons in very different ways. Edoardo (guitars) is also a music producer and has various musical projects; Giacomo (guitars, who’s speaking) has a solo project and studies economics; Andrea (bass) is a tattooist and a great visual artist; Iuri (voice) is also a student of social services and has various musical projects; Gabriele (drums) has several musical projects and attends drum teaching clinics.
20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?
Maybe we’re very comical and amusing and we don’t realize it too often! We’re able to play a tight metal show with all the breakdowns, sweep picking, tapping, blasts beats you could expect, but we’re having lots of fun. And who has seen us live always finds a reason to be happy and laugh even if our songs often deal with suffering, social issues, weird psychology.
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