Daniel is my best friend, and it’s been like this for years and interviewing him is a weird, yet funny exercise. I have been a great fan of anything he’s been doing, especially the doom monster Eye of Solitude. So I decided to piss him off a bit. Fast is, there is so much I’d love to know but heh. Taking time is best, from time to time.
MISC – PART 1
. Hello Daniel and thank you for answering those questions even tho you haven’t, since I’m just sending them (I’m so awesomely funny, don’t I?). This is useless and dumb. I want my lawyer now. Anyway. Let’s start easy : how are you?
D: I’m good thanks. Tired but good.
. You are a dad for quite a moment now, how does it feel? Did it change anything music wise?
D: It feels pretty damn awesome, it’s a feeling that I cannot really describe in words. Musically, yes, it did change a bit, I don’t have that much time to write or to play music as I used to before.
. You were also a smoker and you managed to stop (kudos!) but : what did you use to smoke and, if you’re on the e-cig, what do you have?
D: Oh yes I was a smoker for more than 15 years, I used to love smoking and from the moment I woke up until the moment I went to bed, and even over night I woke up to smoke..terrible.For 2 years now I’m off cigarettes and am a proud vaper, with just a decent mod and a sub tank.
. You are, despite your location in London, a close friend of the Romanian scene. We all know about the tragedy which happened recently in Bucharest and you managed to make a charity single with Eye of Solitude (you did that before, did you?) with a great track. Care to drop a small line about this event and the charity?
D: Yes, a couple of years ago we did a charity campaign for people with seeing disabilities, and now we’ve had a campaign to raise money and try to help the victims of the fire in the Colectiv club. It was an immense tragedy, no matter the reasons, no matter the after talk or any other bullshit seen on media. It’s not the reasons we’re looking for, but helping those who still have a chance for life and the families of those who have lost their lives in that horrid incident.
. A more technical question : people know you for being a vocalist and a drummer and now that you’ve been enough with SoD, what’s the annoying bitch in playing drums? I’ve been told that playing with samples is a bitch, for example.
D: Playing with a click yes, is quite annoying; luckily I am used to the click and use it even when I’m recording vocals. Playing drums in general is a hard thing as it is with any instrument, it matters how much experience you have as a drummer, how natural it is for a drummer to play to a click at both high or low speeds.
. You have one of the most impressive, deep and dark growl the metal scene has ever witnessed. What’s your technique, or training, or else?
D: hahahahaha, you’re joking right? Cmon… Well…if people say it, then so be it… Right, technique, there have been plenty of them across the internet and especially Youtube. I would say that everyone has their own technique, I use a logopedic one which involves a combination of neck muscles in order to obtain certain sounds.
. We all know about Clouds, of course, and you played recently your first show in Romania for Dark Bombastic Evening. How was it – for you of course but as well for the experience itself for the band’s first live ?
D: it was just amazing. I honestly can’t describe it in words. Everything went brilliantly and everyone on stage (as far as I know) enjoyed it very much. That was an extremely important moment for me, mainly because of the personal reasons this project has been created for, and seeing it on stage and living it on stage was simply unbelievable. I still can’t believe it though, I can only thank my boys in the band and to Doru, the DBE organiser for this incredible moment.
. We also checked that you became, at that festival as well, the live drummer of Shape of Despair. How do you feel playing with such a cult, legendary band?
D: Well, one thing I’ll say it’s fucking awesome! Hahaha!! Shape Of Despair are one of my all time favourite bands and obviously it felt like I was on top of the world playing the songs which I was only able to listen to until then.
. You left Unfathomable Ruination as well, which imho is too bad since your growls are perfect on this brutal style. Do you have something more brutal coming, as a band or project or else?
D: not for the time being and sincerely not in the near future as my time is quite limited at this very moment. However I will always love death metal and yes, I miss it sometimes..
. You’re also in Vaer and Deos with that dude of ours, Déhà (THATS ME LOL). So Vaer is a complete band now, anything going on? As for Deos, the page posted “… to Depart” as for the next album title. So this is ready as well?
D: With Vaer we are preparing the second album. It goes slow but it goes surely. With Deos, yes, the second album is ready, just doing the fine tuning and it’s ready to go.
Note : ‘… To Depart’ has been released since.
. You are also active in God Eat God with one demo from 2 years ago. Is there something in the works?
D: currently everything is recorded for the first album and is in the mixing process. I have no more details as to when it’s going to be ready. But it’s a blast I’ll tell you
EYE OF SOLITUDE
So. Eye of Solitude. ‘Dear Insanity’ was a very hard release since its one shot track of + 50 minutes. How do you feel about this EP? And how were the feedback on it?
D: I personally feel really good about it. Whoever doesn’t like, don’t listen to it. It’s that simple. Some compared it (or tried to compare it) with albums from Monolithe, elitists were really against that. I however consider it to be a good effort, it’s a long EP so don’t expect to headbang, for some reason some people do.
. When we make a retrospection of your discography, we can realize that you really added a lot of substyles in your doom : the symphonies on Sui Caedere, extreme metal on Canto III, dark ambient on “Dear Insanity”. What is your vision of funeral doom, for Eye of Solitude?
D: On the new album which is also close to being complete we’re reaching the peak of our funeral influence. It’s really slow, heavy, downtuned, with a negative and bleak atmosphere. Definitely the most funeral material I’ve ever written.
. If you could take one album of any band and re-make it with EoS, which one would it be?D : Burzum – Hvis Lysset Tar Oss
. It can be quite hard to perform slow doom in concerts, yet you’re one of the only bands which can make it, and good. What’s the ‘thing’ which EoS gives more in concert than on studio?
D: Well, thank you very much, happy to hear that. Live we will always have more feeling…there will always be that element which you cannot incorporate on the disc no matter how hard you try. There will always be the visuals, the scents, the atmosphere of playing that shit live.
. What are your future plans apart from this album? Concerts? EP? Festival?
D: We will have a few gigs here and there next year, nothing special yet. Working on a few other gigs but we’ll just have to wait and see what comes up. Material wise, just the new album for now.
. Aight so : which great album you’ve been listening to lately?
D: Funeral – Vagrant God
. Name the greatest moment you’ve lived in a concert
D: Playing with Shape Of Despair/ Clouds for the first time
. Name the best beer you ever tasted
D: Undoubtedly, irrevocably and unequivocally: BarBar
. If you could be ONE song, which one would it be?
D: REM – Losing My Religion
. Say the 5 first words coming into your mind
D: Boobs, food, sleep, boobs, boobs. And on top of it all. Boobs!
. And I would stop annoying you. Please, the last words are for you.
D: Thank you for allowing me to say Boobs.
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