10 (or so...) Questions we ask every band...
Diaries Of A Hero
1) Firstly - introduce yourselves.
Hey Loud Stuff! We are Diaries Of A Hero, a London based metal band. It's 4 guys in the group, Vocals/Guitar (Carlo), Guitar(John), Bass(Matteo) and Leonard on drums! We like to play metal so you can listen to it!
2) When did you first get together as a band?
We met in 2008 and started jamming for a while without actually paying much attention to what we were doing. We only started getting serious around 2010 when a few songs started coming together so we decided to get a name for the band and make an album!
3) How would you describe the music you produce?
There have been different opinions in regards to that in the past few years, like hardcore, scream, prog, and so on…Those genres are in there for sure, but I would describe it as very melodic, modern heavy metal. We want to make sure our rhythm section is interesting, especially the drum parts, but also give space to melody making sure the two of them lock in together and make you wanna head-bang!
4) Who have been the major influences on your musical style?
Like every metal-head on the planet we grew up listening to the classic monsters of metal like Iron Maiden, Metallica, Pantera, Motorhead, Ozzy, etc…so those are the foundations of this band, but over the years we've all been branching out to different styles of music and different bands from Zappa to Slayer, King Crimson, Rush and so on. We always felt that it's very important for musicians not to limit them selves to one particular style of music but to open your ears to everything that comes your way! There's a whole landscape of bands and musicians out there it's hard to pick just a few. As an example we introduced a lot of "Drum n Bass" beats to our songs cause it sounds pretty badass! Stuff like that.
5) You've got an upcoming tour with Anthrax and Motorhead - How did that come about?
Our management company (Black Radar Management) worked extremely hard to put us in the running for the tour, there were a lot of bands vying for this great opportunity"! The end decision came down to Lemmy – it was an anxious few weeks of waiting but it’s been well worth it!
6) Touring with bands like Anthrax and Motorhead has got to be a pretty daunting experience, are there any gigs on the tour that you’re particularly looking forward to?
We are definitely looking forward to the Brixton Academy show as it's 10 minutes from where we live! Also all our friends and family are here so it's gonna be like a "home" show for us. It's a very exciting venue to play regardless. Other than that we are looking forward to all the gigs!
7) People are going to be thinking that they’ll want to come out and see you on the road, what albums have you released so far that people can check out and where can they find them?
There were a couple of EPs in the early days but our album was officially released in 2011 under an Italian Label. You can download it from I-Tunes or even stream it from Spotify if you wanna get an idea of what we do. Although our setlist for this tour includes some new songs from the second album we are working on, which should be released sometime in 2013.
8) Given the state of the music industry at the moment, do you think it’s harder for a band to break through in a conventional method or are we now completely reliant on the internet to get our music out there?
In terms of promotion and exposure, the Internet has been a powerful tool for musicians that are looking for a cheap and painless way to get their music "out there". However, they can't and shouldn't rely merely on the Internet, these days you've got to be able to "deliver the goods" when it comes to live performances. Although it seems like the Internet made it easier for bands to be noticed, the fact is that there are way too many bands and only the most persistent and hard working ones are going to have a piece of that pie. The industry nowadays is quite superficial, the public often judges bands based on their YouTube hits, Facebook likes, etc.
The conventional method has been proven throughout the course of many years (even decades) to work out for so many great bands that it would be a sin to neglect it and focus your energy solely on the web. Playing live is what music is all about and the best way to get fans is to get out there and socialize and show them you can actually play, because with the technological development of all sorts of music programs, it became quite easy to make anyone sound good.
9). Has there been a particular high point in your career so far?
I think this tour qualifies as the highest point in our career so far.
10). Complete the sentence – one day as a band we hope to…
Headline our own tour.
11). Other than the upcoming tour, what else has the next year got in store for you guys?
At the moment we're taking it one step at a time. Definitely most of the next year is dedicated to finishing our second album and to it's promotion which could involve a smaller tour.
12). Can we expect a ‘home-coming tour’ of some sort after this one?
We're gonna focus our energies to finishing the second album, but if we can put together a tour in the process we'd be very happy to get back on the road.
13). Why should people go and listen to your music?
Because you'll like it, especially in a live setting!
14). Finally – say something profound that will make people think…
Don't take life too seriously, you'll never get out of it alive - Elbert Hubbard