How would you describe your music?
Firstly, thank you very much for this interview! It’s a great opportunity for an independent musician!
Back to your question… I guess my music is evocative: I love taking the listener to a journey where he can emotionally connect to the songs – at the same time, it also is sincere.
Coming Around, my debut EP, is on:
I am a singer/songwriter, however I have mainly been writing songs for bands for a long time – recording all instruments – so I’m torn between the two… I guess I am a ‘band/songwriter’ now 🙂
Tell us about how the history of the project?
I first picked up a guitar at 12 or 13 and have been playing ever since. I have been into different styles since then, studying with some really talented jazz and rock/fusion guitar teachers, playing blues, rock, pop, prog-metal… recording promo gear videos, and so on. However, writing, recording and performing my songs as a solo artist really is my thing. I moved to Manchester in 2015, drawn by the local music scene. In Manchester, I have recorded my debut EP, and have been performing acoustic gigs. I feel like it’s time to start a new chapter – my upcoming EP is definitely what I’ve been aiming at for a long time!
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
Since I’ve been into music, I have listened to – and written in – a lot of styles, and I think each one of those left a mark on the music I’m writing now. However, 90’s rock/grunge and progressive rock are the strongest ones. I am a huge Rush fan, and love all the good old grunge albums. Temple of the dog is my all-time favourite.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by my personal experiences, emotions, and by society, really. At times, I may find inspiration in the news, when reading a book, watching a film, or jamming. Actually, coming up with a riff or strumming some chords really works for me. I like using several songwriting techniques (starting from a melody, lyrics, a chord progression, improvising a song altogether, using different instruments, etc.).
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
To me, there’s no set process, really. One of the things I have noticed is… I’ve come up with some of the songs I like the most when I was not trying to write at all!
‘Coming Around’ really is one of those songs. The ones that ‘come to you’. I remember exactly walking around – it definitely was summer, it was boiling hot – and actually having clear in my mind how my next song was going to be like. Especially the instrumental intro, and the choruses. I love when that happens, as all I have to do is get to my home studio, turn on the computer and record everything I can. But, if that happens when I’m not home, I’ll be very upset for days.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
I guess ‘Stuck in Here’, one of the tracks from my upcoming EP is gonna be my new favourite!
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
So many bands I’d like to tour with… Playing Download is the dream of course, but every single gig is special to me!
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
These are exciting, but also weird times for artists. The possibility to distribute my music independently gives me a lot of freedom and new opportunities. It’s hard work (I’m talking about self-promotion and so on), but it works for me.
However, I think it still is a transition period from the old age to a truly digital market – one where artists are able to share their music independently and actually get paid for it.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had onstage?
I was 18 or 19 back then. The band I was playing with had a gig, and the venue was a stadium-like venue. We showed up early with a van, and just a few roadies were there, so we had some fun while driving on the field. We created circles, almost like the ones you can find on fields of wheat. When the other bands showed up, to them it was a very Area 51 kind of experience!
What are your future plans?
I am currently recording a new EP, working with Nashville-based producer Drew Middleton. The record is being recorded and produced in two studios, both in Nashville and Salford (at the NoiseBoy Studios, run by the amazing Chris Taylor), and the final product should be ready within 2 months – it’s definitely the best music I have written and recorded to date!
Of course, I will be planning gigs to support the EP… I am really looking forward to that!
Further info on my upcoming releases and gigs can be found on www.facebook.com/dariodistasi