La Zona Morta [interview]
Horror webzine (www.lazonamorta.it) May 2012
Music webzine (www.dagheisha.com) October 2011
• Dagheisha: When did you found Deuxvolt? Deuxvolt: Deuxvolt are a project that came to life at the end of 2010, but it was in our heads long before. We had to think about it for a while and provide what we needed. We believe a good project needs a good planning first.
• Dagheisha: Who are the musicians involved in the band? Deuxvolt: Shade - guitars and backing vocals
Just - Programming and Synths
Olympia - Lead Vocals
• Dagheisha: Were you tied to other projects before? Deuxvolt: Each one of us has been in various bands since we entered the world of music. Some projects went on for some time, others walked a shorter path. You aren't always so lucky to find a good alchemy from the start: often because of people's different pursues, sometimes you just need time to understand what you really want to work for. With Deuxvolt we found an intriguing dimension to experiment, which we hope is fascinating for listeners as well.
• Dagheisha: I guess one of your targets is to obtain a personal and distinctive sound. What are the next steps towards this direction? Deuxvolt: Our sound is presently represented in 3 words: industrial, gothic & dance. To this we add classical influences, diving back into the past, according to a concept all about duality which involves past and future, both on a musical and conceptual level. In our sound you can find a mix of all the "dark" world: gothic atmospheres, electronical, cyber contaminations, modern as well as classical singing, industrial or metal guitars, aggrotech basses and classical instrumets such as harpsichord, strings, piano...
• Dagheisha: Would you please review the four tracks of HorroRMX for our readers? Deuxvolt: Our latest work is a collection of industrial-gothic-dance remixes, entitled "Deuxvolt HORRORMX" and ocntaining 4 classics form the horror movie universe (remixed by Just):
01. THE EXORCIST
"Glaubst du nicht an den Teufel?" which means "Don't you believe in the devil?".
After almost 40 years from the movie "The Exorcist" (1973) Deuxvolt pay a tribute to Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells". Classical instruments, church choirs, poltergeist noises, devilish riffs and devastating bpm. In the final part of this track you can listen to recordings of a real exorcism: it's the voice of Anneliese Michel, a german girl whose demonic possession story was reported by the press. A really creepy ending.
02. DRACULA BRAM STOKER
An elektro-goth tribute to the soundtrack of an unforgettable movie, directed by the italo-american Francis Ford Coppola, the director that illustrated at best Bram Stoker's work with the vampire's love story. The original track was called "Vampire Hunters".
03. THE CROW
"It can't rain all the time..."
So spoke Eric Draven, main character of one of the most popular dark stories in the 20th century. "The Crow" was born as a novel by James 'O Barr at the end of the '80s, then became the famous, and tragically last film interpreted by Brandon Lee. The remix develops form the guitar solo Eric plays on the roof of his home.
Tribute to Goblin's "Profondo Rosso" theme, a film directed by the italian horror master Dario Argento in the '70s.
It's a basically elektro-gothic-dance compilation, with ebm & industrial influences, full of energy and especially concieved to be danced or listened through headphones, in a dark and lonely room. The compilation is completely free and can be downloaded at http://www.facebook.com/deuxvolt by following simple instructions.
• Dagheisha: What pushed you to remix these horror movie themes instead of releasing original songs? Deuxvolt: Since Deuxvolt officially debuted in January 2011, we never stopped for a moment, so we wanted to release a little gift for our listeners while waiting for the new album, which will be out on January 2012: that's also a way to get more and more people to know us. We would like to underline that we intended this compilation as a personal tribute to cult movies from our youth: we wanted to give them a new musical life, different from the original themes, in a more modern and danceable style (which according to some webzines sounds like blasphemy). We love to experiment and to re-invent, as well.
• Dagheisha: Speaking of production, did you get inspiration from the original songs, or from some particular record? Deuxvolt: Of course we had inspiration from the original songs: Mike Oldfield is one of our favourite artists, as we admire Goblin and the original track "Vampire Hunters". A curious case was instead our inspiration for "The Crow", this time we got our inspiration from the riff Eric plays in the movie. The sound is essentially techno/dance/gothic/ebm.
• Dagheisha: Do you have in mind to releas a full length soon? What kind of sound should we expect? Deuxvolt: The first full lenght by Deuxvolt could be released in early 2012. Anyway, we don't think about an album, generally intended as a full length record, as needful for us. We don't aim to be a commercial phenomenon, which has to include a precise tracklist in a printed record. We like to think of ourself as songwriters that cure their works one by one. For this reason, we are more likely to release singles or single, peculiar songs...especially with a conceptual surrounding that suits the song's atmosphere.
Concerning the sound, of course we will deal with a natural evolution in time, but we aren't going to deliberately change something. Our aim is to deliver songs that are more and more suitable for our public to dance and have fun, without forgetting a hint for reflection from the lyrics, rich in scientific/historical/fantasy/futuristic contents.
Someone said our lyrics, so full of concepts and quotes, don't fit so good on danceable music, and that such originality can be appreciated only by other planet's inhabitants. We don't take it so bad. originality is always a target for criticism, and that a bit of peculiarity is what makes people ant things interesting; nature teaches so, with chromosomes. De gustibus non disputandum est.
• Dagheisha: Will you be highlighting the dance-component of your musical proposal in the future? Deuxvolt: As we said, the dance-component is the base of our music. Letting our listeners and the public at our live shows have fun is most important to us, our future works will never leave this behind.
• Dagheisha: Is it possible, according to you, to realize a stronger fusion between ebm and classical instrument? Deuxvolt: It could be, but it is not as simple as said. One does not simply say "and now we make electronical music and add some classical instruments", it would be complete chaos. We believe our songs are conceived in a more physiological way: Just with his baggage of experience in electronical music and programming, Olympia with her classical singing studies, academic knowledge of music and modern music experiences, Shade with his experiences in metal and gothic music. Our Industrial-Gothic-Dance is the result of putting togethet the 3 members of Deuxvolt: working together, it is natural to find a way for different sounds to fit well together.
• Dagheisha: Are there any entities in our country you got along particularly well with? Deuxvolt: Not yet, really. Italy is a strange place for this kind of music. We hope to get along and share the stage with many italian bands such as we are...we really believe in cooperation between musicians, mostly in such hard times for music.
We would like to thank Dagheisha for the opportunity of this interview, and remind to all readers that Deuxvolt songs are freely downloadable from our website www.deuxvolt.com, while the compilation Horrormx can be downloaded from www.facebook.com/deuxvolt
Thank you again, see you soon!
Deuxvolt backstage live [interview]
(www.deuxvolt.com) September 2011
Stereo Invaders [interview]
Metal dark ambient electro rock webzine (www.stereoinvaders.com) July 2011
• Stereoinvaders: Hi guys, thanks for the chance of interviewing you. What reactions is your self-titled album receiving? What responses have you got up to now from audience and press? Deuxvolt: Pur first album "Deuxvolt" is a collection of raw songs, released in January 2011 and literally fed to the press, to test what feedback our music would have from the insiders in Italy. We must admit we were surprised to receive mostly positive reviews in a few months, the results are beyond our brighter expectations: really a pleasant surprise that encouraged us to go on on the experimental path we have taken.
• Stereoinvaders: How was your name born? Why did "God want it"? Deuxvolt: Our name was crafted out of brainstorming among hundreds of suggestions. We wanted a unique name, that would not sound like any other existing musical project, and enclosing many different meanings at the same time, since our project is full of hermetic significances. Deuxvolt encloses concepts from physics, history and fantasy: the main meaning is the duality between a spiritual, divine vision, and science. According to a religious point of view, throughout the ages, the stream of life is determined by one or more divine entities, superior to the human status. According to a physical view instead, electricity at its atomic state is responsible of ¬†all matter being. ¬†
This dual vision is like overalying two worlds apart: one fantastic, one modern and nearly science-fition-like...they bot represent our musical inspiration's dimension. You can also relate the name to the crusader's motto "Deus lo volt", see it as a tribute to ¬†Alessandro Volta, and so on. Other significances are encrypted into our logo, and you would probably need Dan Brown's help to figure them all out...
• Stereoinvaders: As I wrote in my review, I really appreciated the contrast you realized between a pounding sound, perfect for dancefloors, and the delicacy of Olympia's singing. How do your songs come to life and which are, in your opinion, the main ingredients of your sound? Deuxvolt: Our songs come essentially out of a research. There is a conspicuous study beneath our songs, to find the right atmospheres that can glue together different ages in music. It all starts from the will to tell a story or talk about a situation with a lot of energy. This brings to the power of instrumental parts, meant to break through the listener's mind. Once the music enters the soul of our listeners, the romanticism of Olympia' voice lays therein as well.
• Stereoinvaders: What is the main topic in your lyrics? I see there are many references to culture and literature. Deuxvolt: Often only great artists can inspire certain atmospheres, we humbly try to recreate the fascination of their words, or illustrate important historical events, in music. You can see it as depicting a point of view, or offering a chance to think about them. We think about what man and the world have been, what they are now, and in songs such as "God of Himself" we guess what they could be in the future...unless some things will change, that's why maybe there's a need for reflection. We don't want to frame ourselves as "socially engaged", that's simply the sort of symbolic and hermetic meanings we put into our music. Let's say that, depending on how you listen to Deuxvolt's songs, you can either find an important message or just energy and a lust for rocking.
• Stereoinvaders: What made you decide to make a tribute/reinterpretation of Goblin's"Profondo Rosso"? I love Goblin, and I was really glad about your "surprise". Deuxvolt: Goblin are great musicians, and are italian, just as we are. That's enough to deserve a tribute. They also have wonderful atmospheres, and we thought "Profondo Rosso" would create the perfect mix of dark atmosphere and devastating energy on a dancefloor.
• Stereoinvaders: What do you think about the italian music scene, concerning labels, specialized press, promoters, venues, bands and public? Deuxvolt: Ouch. You really touched something painful. Of your list, just press and music web portals can be saved, I think. There's a lot of passion for music in Italy, also for underground genres, and we see it clearly in the work of people like you. Unfortunately this passion doesn't match the economic and financial system, "deus ex machina" behind the mechanism of labels, live shows and public. If you are an emergent and you can grant a remarkable response from public on the web, so to say, like we luckily have, that is often not enough to labels and promoters. The idea you get from them is that you should already "be someone" at the moment you start. You can't play live if you don't attract a lot of public, but to attract them you've got to play live and let them know your music. It's a dog chasing its tail. That's why we're focusing on working abroad, as much as possible.
• Stereoinvaders: Do you have any plans for your live activity? Deuxvolt: There's something interesting stirring for the autumn and winter. Maybe abroad, too. We invite everyone to stay tuned on our website and our social networks pages for news...we will keep you up-to-date about live shows!
• Stereoinvaders: What is there in Deuxvolt's future? Do you already have new material to work on? Deuxvolt: Surely we have! We shortly released Horrormx compilation, and we have a new promo in progress, which will most likely be released within the end of the year. We're already giving out juicy previews of that!
• Stereoinvaders: Something I didn't ask about, but you would like the readers to know? Deuxvolt: I would mention the fact that, at Deuxvolt live shows, there's a lot of dancing and fun! Readers should surely know about that! :D
• Stereoinvaders: Greetings and "wish you all the best" from Stereo Invaders webzine. Deuxvolt: All the best to you and your readers too! Thanks alot for hosting us...let's hope to see you again with many exciting news! Keep dancin' !!
Metal webzine (www.hardsounds.it) July 2011
• Hardsounds: Hi guys, welcome on Hardsounds.it! Would you introduce the band to our readers? Deuxvolt: Hi, thanks to you for being here with us! Deuxvolt is a project born from the will to propose something new, or at least something not sounding so awfully like some other band we’ve heard before. Our main aim is to merge into our songs past and future, classical and electronical music, dark and light, creating a sound that invites to dance and drift among dark, melodic atmospheres.
• Hardsounds: Let’s talk about the record: your aim is to create a varied sound, mixing different influences, which are the main ones and why did you choose them? Deuxvolt: There are gothic and industrial sounds, brought on by our metal side, dance and electronic sounds that make you dance, and make musica a physical fact; and even souns and vocal styles coming from a classical area, incarnating our sophisticated side. All the components of our sound is the result of a fusion of the taste, formation and experiences of each of us. We are musicians who always gave great importance to knowledge and to a varied background. We like to use quite popular cultural references, as George Orwell, Dante Alighieri, Charles Baudelaire, Mozart and so on, trying to assemble them into a message that can get to anyone. We want to talk about experiences common to everyone. Often we take inspiration from great historical events (as World War II in “Bullets For You”) to offer an hint for reflection.
• Hardsounds: Your record is home-made, and the result is really good, with wonderful sonds. How did you realize that? Deuxvolt: With a lot of patience! It was the result of the work of each one of us, mostly of our programming and software music expert, Just!
We spent a lot of time analysing sounds, trying to amalgamate them. For example, a good snare is not universally such, it must emerge among the other sounds...and for each single song, each single sound, it’s a whole different story of frequences and equalization! The final result we aim for is a powerful song, ready to dance, that will pound into your head and hardly leave your ears!
• Hardsounds: Is there a song you are particularly fond of? Deuxvolt: Of course, the one we haven’t written yet! We would like to work to even more suggestive and intriguing atmosphere. We are absolutely projected towards the search of new things, of a continuous improvement of our music. We know we are a young band, but we would like to reach for the largest and most varied public with our future works.
• Hardsounds: I know you come from Tuscany, did your homeland inspire you in some way? Deuxvolt: Clearly Tuscany is part of us, we were born and formed here as people and musicians. We carry within its beautiful and impressive sceneries, but there is no particular influence of our homeland in our songs.
• Hardsounds: At a first listening, I couldn’t help but think of Rammstein, do you agree, or feel nearer to other bands’ sound? Deuxvolt: No doubt they are among our favourite bands, but each one of us could name many other musical influences, from Within Temptation or Nightwish to Depeche Mode, passing by Bach and Mozart. We are musicians mostly formed in music academies, it is difficult not to be influenced, even just listening “critically” to other bands. We can’t deny Rammstein is one of the bands you cannot avoid to refer to when you play industrial, but we intend to let everything we listen converge into our music, obtaining a mix you cannot merely pull alongside this or that band, this or that genre.
• Hardsounds: How are review going? Any particular one you enjoyed reading? Deuxvolt: Of course, the one on HARDSOUNDS!
Beside jokes, all review have been really positive and flattering up to now, even better than we expected. We received some criticisms regarding the quality of the production, and being a home-made work we treasured them as precious suggestions. We hope to get such reactions for our future works as well.
• Hardsounds: I see you realized a video for the song “God Of Himself”, tell us something about it Deuxvolt: Presently there are 2 videos if this song: a live version, where you can see video projectors on stage, and an amateur videoclip. This one is sort of a fan-movie made with original amateur short films, in a dynamic and science-fiction scenery that perfectly suits this song’s atmosphere. It represents an initiative that reunites emerging realities working in synergy.
• Hardsounds: One last question: do you have any live show planned for this summer? Where can we see you on stage? Deuxvolt: Summer is a bad period, we’re all busy and stressed by the hot weather!
We are not going to play live during the summer, Deuxvolt are locking up in studio to prepare promotion for the autumn with new songs, artwork, photoset and other interesting news! For example the HORRORMX compilation, a collection of popular movie themes remixed by Just that will be available as a free download through our website and social networks right in these days. You will see us on stage from September on, stay tuned on our website www.deuxvolt.com and social networks for the latest news!
• Hardsounds: Ok, thank you for your time! Would you like to add something? Deuxvolt: Thanks to you and Hardsounds for hosting us and to all readers for being with us! We’re looking forward to see you at our live shows, we promise you’ll have fun!
Metal webzine (www.italiadimetallo.it) June 2011
“Shortly after their self-titled first work, we interview Just, keyboard player and art director of a band from Tuscany, Deuxvolt!”
I.D.M.: Tell us something about you: who are you, how did you meet each other, how was the band born… Just: The band was born in 2010, nearly accidentally: a meeting of friends coming from different musical experiences. The idea was to merge all our various trails towards a strongly electronic sperimentation that could give us new emotions. We had fun trying to get to something that could satisfy ourselves, as musicians, first . Despite being busy for work or studies, our incubation was relatively brief, just one year.
I.D.M.: Why did you choose the name Deuxvolt? Just: Deuxvolt encloses references to physics, history and fantasy: the main key of reading is about the duality between a spiritual vision, the divine, and science. According to most religious interpretations of all times, the stream of life is shaped by one or more divine entities, superior to human beings. Physics indeed locates electricity in its atomic state as a forger of all matter. This dual vision constitutes an overlay of two worlds: one fantastic, one modern, almost science-fiction-like. They represent the musical dimension inspiring us. Many other meanings can be seen in the name Deuxvolt: the crusaders’ battle cry "Deus le volt!", a tribute to Alessandro Volta, and much more. Our band’s logo contains a lot of encrypted references, that could keep up with Dan Brown’s books! I.D.M.: How do your songs come to be? Just: Our songs originates behind our computer screens: we start from an idea or a concept, than the basic music and a melodic line follows, at last the lyrics. Sometimes the process starts from lyrics or from a melody one of us recorded long ago with a portable device. We revise everything together, discussed through digital communication and finalized. It’s a musical workflow that one could not think of about 10 years ago! I.D.M.: Which are the songs you feel most attached to? Just: The songs we are most attached to are the ones that correspond to a turning point in our sperimentation, as "Evampire" and "God of Himself". They represent us at best, and are also the ones that revealed most popular as we released them. Anyway new stuff is continuously coming out, and we will have brand new songs for this autumn. I.D.M.: Music and lyrics: 50 - 50? Or else? How important are the two components in your songs? Just: Music and lyrics have equal importance: ours is extremely danceable music, but differently from typical aggrotech or dancefloor (where lyrics are usually short and repeated), in Deuxvolt’s songs the lyrics are very cured and constitute a story one can empathize with. We use many cultural, historical, scientific and artistic references, for exemple from Baudelaire ("Correspondances -Le Fleurs du Mal"), George Orwell ("1984"), Dante Alighieri ("Divina Commedia - Inferno"), Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, from movies as "The Matrix", religions, phisics...and so on. I.D.M.: Which historical bands do inspire you? Any italian name among them? Just: The bands which inspire us are many, considering our caleidoscopic background. I could say Depeche Mode, Rammstein, Combichrist, Mike Oldfield, Mozart and many others, but we have no italian artists among our inspiring Muses. I.D.M.: Tell us about your live experience: how do you live the stage? Just: Being onstage means a lot of emotional steps. We start with panning, preparing the whole pre-stage process, including traveling together, being together, joking and having fun...Soundcheck has become easy: we have presets of all settings saved on a Motu system; we use personal in-ear-monitor which make everything easier and quicker. The most important part is of course having fun with our public and involve them with our music and with scenical numbers; we love to use projectors with images and videos, if the club is properly equipped. I.D.M.: Do you have any anecdote to share with our readers? Just: I could tell you about a medical concept, which relates also to the birth of our songs. Our central nervous system is divided in two emispheres: the left one, delegated to logical thinking, dominates on the right one, responsible for imagination and fantasy, and also creativity. During the wake-state that immediately preceeds sleep, this dominance becomes inverted, setting free creative fantasy, and often concepts or musical ideas are conceived shortly before we sleep. Keeping a compact recorder or a notebook on our night table can be extremely useful not to waste these precious cues, that would be lost when we will awake in the morning. Curious, isn’t it? I.D.M.: What do you think of the italian rock scene? Just: The italian rock scene is definitely saturated, there are miriads of proposals, from highlight to underground realities: the world of media, costs of musical equipment and newfound home-made technologies created a lot of musicians, imho. The only italian rock band I ever loved were Litfiba, in their golden age. I had no idea they would reunite, but it seems that "money money dinero" makes even stars from the past sell their souls. I confess I’m not following so much our country’s music anymore at the moment. I.D.M.: How did reviewers, and the public, welcome your record? Just: Reviews have gone far beyond our best guess: everyone liked us, even reviewers from 100% metal webzines, I must admit this is a huge satisfaction. A few criticisms about production faults, we presented an home-made demo cd, after all. Reviewers’ common impression has been like "Deuxvolt ready for the great jump". Surely a pleasant wish, but we prefer to be humble and anchored to the actual reality. I.D.M.: Internet: do you consider it an opportunity or an obstacle? Let’s tak about your relationship with the web. Just: Internet is no doubt an essential opportunity for musicians, and the preferential way to diffuse and promote a band. The web allows you to get to anyone, to break free from old channels where majors are the law: nowadays artists can choose where to sell their music, select their targets, through social networks for example. Music marketing can be completely handled by artists for themselves, if they have the skills. We totally support the global digitalization! I.D.M.: On a musical scen where everything has already been told, discovered and invented, the most frequent criticism to a band is “you’re lacking originality”: which is your recipee to keep away the ghost of triviality? Just: I would say we were lucky from this point of view: we merged different elements in a genre that we define Industrial Gothic Dance, with rich and unconventional lyrics, that is unusual for dancefloor music. We united electonical and classical sounds: excerpts from Mozart and Bach, the wonderful voice of Olympia turning from gothic to operatic style as needed. Industrial-metal guitars, techno-ebm beats to dance or headbang upon. Upon Deuxvolt’s package should be sticked a label: "Caution! Hanlde with care: explosive mix.” I.D.M.: Future projects? Just: We have two aims: let the people know us, and playing abroad. We’re keeping our feet on the ground and never thougt we could make money out of this experience, since we all have other professional activities. This sort of success is mostly an illusion nowadays; should it come, be welcome! For the moment we concentrate about playing and having fun, it would be great to set up a mini-tour or play as opener for some big. I.D.M.: To you the conclusion: leave a message for all IdM’s readers... Just: Thanks to Klaus from I.D.M. for the interview, we invite all readers to support us www.facebook.com/deuxvolt and follow us on our website www.deuxvolt.com. We anticipate as an excusive preview on I.D.M.that by the end of June we will release a free compilation, entitled "HORRORMX", featuring masterpieces from the universe of horror movies music, remixed by Just. We are sure you’re going to enjoy this free download pack! See you soon!
ERBA DELLA STREGA [interview]
Dark webzine (www.erbadellastrega.it) February 2011
“Something tells me that this italian band, in a few months, will be boldly on stages alla round Europe. When it will happen, don’t tell I didn’t warn you…”
Max1334: Welcome on EDS! Would you like to tell us something about you? A little bit of history, so to say… Deuxvolt: Deuxvolt were born in a quite conventional way, after all. Friends, coming from different musical realitites, who decided to experiment new sounds. It was like we all were not fully satisfied with what we were doing in music. All our previous experiences were anyway very useful to create something that could excite us bot as musicians and as listeners
Max1334: Let’s get to the point: are you doing this just for fun, are you looking for a local success, or are you aiming to really become someone? Deuxvolt: Success in itself is not our main aim, as it is to make good music, have fun and let listeners have fun. Clearly we would like our music to reach and excite as many people as possible, but we have just started a long trail in this direction.
Max1334: How can Combchrist, Goblin, Bach, Rammstein… coexist all together in your background of experiences? Deuxvolt: As we mentioned, we are four people with very different paths, influences, experiences, but with a common aim. This makes the “ingredients” brought by each of us melt together harmonically in our music. Pragmatically speaking, there is also a remarkable study of sounds which lies beneath: it’s not given for granted that a violin, or piano sound, which is beautiful in itself, will sound good in a song, we need to choose the sounds according to the context; the different styles must melt, not bother each other.
Max1334: You are competent musicians. Does technique help, or hinder you? The myth of “three chords are good enough” is still valid, or does music require more, according to you? Deuxvolt: We believe that technique does never hinder. A proper musical and cultural preparation allows you to do both very complex as extremely simple things; the more resources you have, the larger is the choice of options to create a musical suggestion and develop a critical eye on your own work.
Three chords may be good, as long as they’re held together by a taste, a coherent idea, and played with full awareness of what we are willing to give to the listener with these three chords.
Anyway, in our genre there’s no place for technique parades: the main part in our work is researching sounds and atmospheres.
Max1334: You are part of a scene that has been considered saturated for years. What do Deuxvolt have more than other bands to offer to the public? What are your hidden aces? Deuxvolt: We are not sure if we can talk about what we have more, but surely about something that was not there before. Our music originates also from our wish –as listeners- of something new, that merges various elements we are fascinated by, and that we cannot find, presently, all together in one single band. We think this mix of heterogeneous influences is our main strength. Credo che proprio questo mix di influenze eterogenee sia uno dei nostri punti di forza.
After all, we ourselves cannot listen to our own songs and resist the itch to dance! :D
Max1334: How do you approach to live performances? Do you build a real live act th scenographies and so on, or do you prefer to let music speak for you? How relevant is the visual element in Deuwvolt’s world? Deuxvolt: We like to equip our music with images, videos, moves and scenical ideas, light effects, fireworks, to place the music inside an habitat, an atmosphere, that lets the listener plunge totally in the microcosm from where the concept of...
Max1334: Future plans and projects? Deuxvolt: To play live, a lot!
Max1334: The last words are for you! Deuxvolt: Everybody come to see us live! We promise you it will be a night different from all live-music-nights you have known!
NOIZE ITALIA [interview]
Webzine (www.noizeitalia.com) February 2011
We are interviewing Deuxvolt, indutrial-gothic band from Tuscany, that with the self-titled debut album deserves the title of "Best of the month" for February 2011.
(sic)VII: Hi guys, let’s start from the basis: who are Deuxvolt, and how were they born? Deuxvolt: The Deuxvolt project was born at the end of 2008 with the joint of the 4 members, coming from different alternative musical paths, matured throughout years of experiences on- and down the stage.
We began gradually, experimenting various directions, until we found our musical identity and a concept.
Your genre could be generally framed among industrial, buti t includes several influences as gothic, EBM, metal and classical elements. How did you come to this sound? Was it something you wanted, or you came across in time?
It’s very simple: we all come from such realities and experiences, have a past or present life-style which draws from this underground scenery. Listening tho such sounds originated the will to have fun experimenting.
(sic)VII: How would you present your record to those who do not know you and maybe is not even acquainted to industrial? Deuxvolt: Dear listener, we made this record just for you…now listen, and try not to dance, if you can!
(sic)VII: How do you write your songs? Is it the electronic part or the classical instruments that come first? Deuxvolt: Usually we start from the electronic part, having in mind a concept or some sort of cultural reference, then we add the lyrics, we test vocal melodies, then comes guitar and final refinements.
(sic)VII: A genre such as yours is, unfortunately, not very popular in Italy. What do you think about the "industrial & co." situation in our country, regarding both bands and locations dedicated to theses genres? Deuxvolt: There is something, but we are talking about a small elite of locations and attenders.
We feel sorry about many people despising the genre regardlessly, or to follow a trend; anyway we are here and welcome whoever will listen to our music.
We would like that the mentality of people who listen to music (and to this genre in particular), would open just to enjoy, without thinking too much about the matrix or style of what they’re listening to.
(sic)VII: A small provocation: if someone would use the term "techno", speaking of you, would you agree? Deuxvolt: Our songs are conceived to let people dance. Who, among us, has never listened to Prodigy or Chemical Brothers? Speaking from our hearts, we don’t feel much like obsessively putting labels on music: nowadays going to a concert feels more like entering a supermarket, choosing what most attracts us from its box, without much questioning.
As we said, there should be less attention to the trend and more genuine will to have fun and listen to good music.
We hope anyway that one would say “Techno as Deuxvolt” instead of “Deuxvolt are techno”!
(sic)VII: A personal curiosity: what do you think of Nitzer Ebb, coming back after fifteen years with a new record? Deuxvolt: Nitzer Ebb are a great band, that’s not in question, but….why do bands from the 80s keep on reuniting? Is it possible that the New Millennium cannot breed anything new? Anyway bands Nitzer Ebb, Bauhaus, Depeche Mode and so on are the fathers of this genre, so we pay the due honors to them
(sic)VII: An industrial band and a metal band you would like to share the stage with? Deuxvolt: Surely Rammstein! Whou would not want to play with them? It would also be great to share the stage with the greatest bands on the gothic scen, as Nightwish and Within Temptation.
(sic)VII: Future projects? Deuxvolt: Play live, let people know us, keep on writing new stuff to always renew ourselves and let our listeners have fun!
(sic)VII: A last message to our readers! Deuxvolt: Thank you for staying with us for this interview, see you soon live!
RAW & WILD [interview]
’80 heavy webzine (www.rawandwild.com)
Lara: Hello everybody, today we are going to talk with two members of Deuxvolt, Just and Shade, about how the band was born, the entire work-process that bred the self-titled promo cd “Deuxvolt”, the reaction of listeners and the present musical scene in Tuscany
Lara: How did you conceive forming the band "Deuxvolt"? Just: ”The "Deuxvolt" project was born originally 2 years ago, but only in 2010 we succeeded to make it real. It is definitely a “new” project, even though each member has years of experience as a musician with other bands and projects behind: we all are into music since we were children. The basic idea was to merge industrial, cyber and gothic sounds through a joint of dark and light, past and future, science and imagination. The single profiles of the band members perfectly fit to this interesting and complex “melting pot” of music and concepts, which we liked from the start.”
Lara: What are the musical influences of the band? Shade: ”Our musical background is really various, considering that we all come from music academies. We roam from blues to metal of all kinds. Among the sounds that mostly inspired our own music, we can mention gothic-metal bands as Nightwish, Within Temptation, crossing over to Rammstein, Paradise Lost, Emilie Autumn, Mike Oldfield and to many others electronic realities as Combichrist, Hocico, Wumpscut.”
Lara: Can you explain the main work-stages that brought to life the album "Deuxvolt"? Just: ”We can call it a promotional demo cd (as the actual album is coming out within the end of the year) and it was born after a long incubation. The idea of this project was initially conceived in 2008, but only in 2010 we got to the actual playlist. We started with 2 older songs that we set up anew with the "deuxvolt" style, then we actually started experimenting, starting from very danceable songs as "Ten Thousand Blades", to our own version of the Divine Comedy in "The Descent". Then came "Evampire", which set a sort of sound standard including all the elements we were searching for. We went on with 2 instrumental tracks, made to let people dance, as "Equinox" (a tribute to Goblin’s "Deep Red" movie theme and "Bullets for You", with the relating video. We didn’t stop and went on with dramatic "Breathless" and cyber "God of Himself". Once we had the playlist we wished for, we wanted our "raw" work to be listened to, to get feedbacks: I must admit it’s going pretty well.”
Lara: What was the reaction of listeners to this cd? Shade: ”Up to now all comments we got are extremely positive. Probably there are not so many underground/metal bands that make people dance in Italy, this helps us arise a sort of pleasant surpreise when you surf on our website and listen to the songs online…but that’s not it, we hope we can get listeners more and more involved into our music!”
Lara: What do you think of the present musical scene in Tuscany? Shade: ”Tuscany is very rich of musical realities, even remarkable ones. The main problem is that most of bands, even being really good at what they play, turn to overinflated genres, and don’t have proper spaces to show their best. This penalizes greatly the hard work of musicisans, confirmed by the nardness in finding live dates. Anyway, Tuscany has a valuable musical vexil to carry, let’s hope things will soon change to something better.”
Lara: Do you have plans for the futur, regarding your musical activity? Just: ”In the coming months we are recording the complete album and have scheduled our first live shows…the first ones of a long, long series, we hope! Our aim is to bring our music to the people, even beyond national frontiers, so we are going to work very hard promoting the albnum and playing live.”
Lara: Thank you for your receptivity, I wish you a great success with your music! Just: "Thanks to Rawandwild and to you for the interview. We are looking forward to see you all at our live shows, we promise you will have a great time!"
ARISTOCRAZIA WEBZINE [interview]
Webzine Music movement (aristocraziawebzine.blogspot.com) February 2011
Insanity: Today our guest is an emerging band from the italian industrial-metal scene, their name is Deuxvolt and they’re debuting wit a self-titled song collection. Welcome on Aristocrazia Webzine, how are you? Deuxvolt: Thank you for hosting us! We’re great, considering the excellent feedback that we are having from reviews! Of course we have still a lot of work to do and we are totally caught up in promotion, but after all…that’s what we should be up to right now!
Insanity: Let’s start with some information about the band: tell us something about your story. Deuxvolt: Deuxvolt’s story is not much different from other bands’, we suppose: we meta s friends at first, then after different experiences in time on the underground scene, we decided to cooperate to create and propose something we felt was missing, both as musicians and as listeners.
Insanity: The basic idea of Deuxvolt is merging past and future, dark and light, reality and imagination; how did you come to set your mind to this aim Deuxvolt: Many bands propose sort of classical sounds, many others are all about electrical atmospheres. By chance, some of us operated mainly in one filed, some in the other one . As we wanted our music to fit us all, we got the idea of merging the two world in a new and unique sound. Each of us has a precise role: Olympia and Zerohm come from a more classical musical education, Shade and Just had more experience about industrial. Besides music, we like to include also cultural, historical and scientific references from the past, or that may be figured out as an imminent future; we also like to walk the borderline between reality and imagination to express a twofold vision.
Insanity: "Deuxvolt" is, more than an album, a collection of songs, as defined by yourselves; I really appreciated the fact that every single track is a self-standing story, reading the lyrics also helped me understand each episode. How do your songs come to life? Do stories give you inspiration for the music, or do you develop lyrics from music? Deuxvolt: It’s mostly the second option you mentioned. We are oriented towards a music that expresses elegance, grit and energy. Often we have no clue about which atmosphere will result from a new song, until this is almost finished. Then, depending on the sensations we get from it, we realize to which scene does the “soundtrack” match. We guess this is one of the reasons why music is art.
Insanity: Art is surely one of your main sources of inspiration, from the reference to J.S. Bach "Evampire", to your version of the “Deep REd” movie theme (that I appreciated a lot!), and not least, various tributer to poets and writers. Generally speaking, which are your favourite artists? And how do you get suggestions from them for your music? Deuxvolt: Artists that inspire us are located anywhere in music history, due to our heterogeneity. Just to name some of them: Combichrist, Rammstein, Within Temptation, Mike Oldfield, Emilie Autumn and many others.
We would like to underline that our inspiration, as you mentioned, comes not only from music, but we draw from historical facts, moods of man, situations which affect and sometimes master all humanity. Sometimes we get a vaguely creepy sight.
Insanity: Who writes the lyrics? Besides art, do you have other sources of inspiration? Deuxvolt: Olympia writes most of the lyrics. She’s not only an excellent songwriter, she’s also the one who’s going to interpret them; vocals and words reach a natural symbiosis when sprouting from the same origin. Anyway lyrics can be written by whoever interprets the song’s atmosphere: four- or six-hands-writing is not uncommon for us.
Art, as we mentioned, is not our only source of inspiration. We try to keep an eye on whatever surrounds us and to be children of our age, sometimes even daring to foresee some future scenery!
Insanity: "Bullets For You" treats a quite different theme compared to the rest of the album, how was this song born? Is there any particular reason why you made a video of this one song? Just Deux: "Bullets For You" is a plunge into a not-so-faraway past, and it’s about war. It illustrates World War II, particularly the Russian campaign up to Stalingrad. This is not a hymn to war, but a cue to remember and rethink: aerial bombing, missiles, bullets, flames, explosions, millions of dead people and devastation all over. In one word: human stupidity. This conflict was marked by three great dictators, that you can hear among the samples: Mussolini, Hitler and Stalin. The images in the video show the ravaging effects of forced collectivization in Russia, of gulags, and of the sadly famous Katyn massacre. We do not stand to one side or another, the tragedy of war is much wider and more complex than it seem.
Insanity: I’ve read that you all were formerly engaged in other projects and different genres; how much did your pre-Deuxvolt experience influence you in writing your songs? Deuxvolt: Our pre-Deuxvolt experience influenced and formed us as musicians. What each of us is today contributes to Deuxvolt’s music, but we don’t want to live in the past: Deuxvolt means for all of us something new, in all ways.
Insanity: On your website you write that you will release a complete album on the european market within the end of this year, did you manage to find a label willing to support you? Deuxvolt: Presently our "demo" is a collection of songs in a "raw" version, improvements here and there and a more accurate production are needed. There is a publisher who was interested in our work at first sight, therefor we have to work hard on production and mastering, so that we can have a real album before the end of the year, our aim is to be known beyond Italian frontiers.
Insanity: What do you think about the italian musical scene? Is there a sort of brotherhood of bands, leading to a mutual support, or are you a forced self-made-band as many others? Deuxvolt: Unfortunately the musical scene is extremely mortified at present. It’s always very hard for a band to retaliate a bit of space on the scene, and often bands cannot count on the support they could still find some years ago. This leads to economic problems, difficulties of organization, troubles finding means and channels for promotion. We try to do our best with our own resources, but it’s clear that if you point to a certain level, an external subject (label, booking agency, publisher, atc.) becomes necessary.
Insanity: Since you’re willing to merge past and future, I’d like to ask what your position is, regarding means of distributing music? Do you look forward to mp3 and digital formats, or do you prefer the good old analogic supports? Deuxvolt: Deuxvolt leave the good old analogic supports to the past: we firmly believe in digital. The concept itself of album, intended as a physical CD with a printed cover has become constricted: songs have to be in a digital format, as well as pictures and covers. Everyone should be able to access a web page and immediately get in touch with our project. We are going to experiment a wireless system even live, to give away some promotional stuff in real time.
Insanity: How about contacts with fans? Do you think social networks are useful for this purpose? Deuxvolt: As we’ve chosen to use mainly digital supports, it would be incoherent from our side to underestimate the web and all its social opportunities. Social networks are our favourite way to reach our fans, so that anyone can easily get in touch with the band, read lyrics, look at the pictures, listen to the songs in streaming, leave their feedback…We like being in contact with people!
Insanity: How about the live side? Are you getting to be known already? Deuxvolt: The situation of live music is, unfortunately, a total mess. Emerging and underground bands live in a paradox of organization: big clubs snob you because you’re not “commercial” enough, small clubs scarcely can grant you a refund for the expenses you face to go and play there. Anyway we’re trying to come out of this maze, and we hope to do it soon, so that you all out there can come to dance and enjoy at our shows!
Insanity: Thank you for the interview, feel free to leave a message to our readers. Deuxvolt: Let’s just say: "Enter now, and immolate yourself"!! We look forward to meet you live, we promise you’ll not regret it!! See you soon!