EMQ’s with DIALITH
Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Danbury, CT. Epic Symphonic/Power Metal band Dialith! Huge thanks to them for taking part!
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Krista: Our name is Dialith, and we play symphonic/power metal. In 2015, I (Krista) posted an ad on Craigslist: “singer looking to start symphonic metal band”, and Alasdair answered! We happened to like all the same bands and lived in neighbouring towns, so it made sense to immediately start working together. We found Cullen through mutual friends and asked him to join. Then Mark and Charles found us through another Craigslist ad we had posted, and they completed our line-up.
How did you come up with your band name?
Krista: We really wanted a single word name, but all the good ones were taken! Dialith is a made-up word consisting of Greek roots that means “Through Stone.” We like to think that it evokes the image of nature’s triumph over human constructs.
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
Krista: We’re from the United States, specifically New York and Connecticut. Metal is definitely not mainstream in the US, but it does have a dedicated following. In the northeast, there is a vibrant local scene that spans all subgenres, the most popular being Death Metal and Metalcore, but as a Symphonic/Power metal band we were definitely welcomed and we found our own niche.
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)?
Alasdair: Our debut album, “Extinction Six” will be out on August 16th 2019. We’ve already released a music video for the first single ‘The Sound Of Your Voice’, which you can check out here:
Who have been your greatest influences?
Krista: As a singer specifically and as someone who is a natural soprano, Sharon den Adel and Simone Simmons were vocalists that I tried to emulate, and I also wanted to add in the dramatic flair that singers like Tarja Turunen and Vibeke Stene had brought to their respective bands. Of course, I’ve also always admired the power that Floor Jansen possesses.
Alasdair: I’ve considered my two pillars of songwriting to be a combination of Nightwish and Arch Enemy. Tuomas from Nightwish has a really good “big picture” approach to composition, with each song being greater than the sum of its parts. With Arch Enemy, I was obsessed with their earlier albums when the Amott brothers were writing together in full force, and learning their songs gave me an entirely new approach to my own songwriting. Apart from that, I like to pick bits and pieces off of other artists whenever I hear something I like.
Cullen: Rather than list bands I like to credit some of the drummers that inspire me. Gene Hoglan, Frost, and Mike Portnoy are some of my favourites in modern metal. John Bonham, Neil Peart, and Bill Ward are drummers I have been listening to since I was introduced to heavy music when I was younger and taught me the building blocks to becoming a drummer.
What first got you into music?
Krista: While they weren’t the catalyst for wanting to be in a band, my first experience with really loving an album was Evanescence’s “Fallen”, however uncool that may make me! I was ten or eleven when I first heard them on the radio and really loved that sound.
Alasdair: When I was in middle school, I didn’t listen to much music. I thought everything that was on the radio was the only option out there. One day when I was 14, a friend showed me Nightwish’s masterpiece track “Ghost Love Score” and it completely changed my life. I had no idea that kind of music existed and that started me on the path of discovery!
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Krista: I personally would love to collaborate with Eluveitie, I think they have one of those most unique sounds in metal and I love the inclusion of folk instruments.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Krista: 70,000 Tons of Metal! Who wouldn’t want to play a giant heavy metal cruise?
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Krista: So far we haven’t received any gifts from fans, weird or otherwise!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Krista: We enjoy making and performing music, so come out and see a show and let us know what kind of merch you would be interested in!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Cullen: Chuck Schuldiner of the band Death.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Cullen: I enjoy playing shows and seeing the crowd interact with the band and meeting many new friends. I dislike that I can’t be a musician full time yet.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Cullen: If I could change one thing about the music industry I would make it so bands see more proceeds from the recorded music they worked hard on.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Krista: “Mother Earth” by Within Temptation.
Alasdair: “Once” by Nightwish.
Cullen: “Rust In Peace” by Megadeth.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads
Krista: I love collecting CD’s, but I like the ease of downloading or streaming music.
Alasdair: For physical media, I much prefer CD’s for the relative durability, but I’ll admit I’m lazy and have slowly gravitated towards downloads and streaming.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Cullen: The Shamrock Cafe in Suffield, CT when we opened for Archaic Decapitator.
Alasdair: I agree with Cullen. When we played at the Shamrock, the bar was totally packed and there was great energy from the crowd. Even though from where I was standing I could only hear the drum set and white noise, I still had an awesome time haha.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Krista: All the members of this band have full time jobs in addition to music, but personally I think I would probably be trying to work in the non-profit sector.
Alasdair: If I wasn’t a musician, all I can say is I wouldn’t be doing much at all!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Krista: Oh man… Honestly I just enjoy dinner parties with my friends, no famous people needed!
Alasdair I spend a lot of time with musicians, don’t need that many egos all concentrated in one place hahaha.
What’s next for the band?
Alasdair: We already have new music written for beyond this first album. After its release, we plan for a more internet based approach, with an emphasis on releasing music videos.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Follow us on all our links here!
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Krista: I honestly have no idea what a Jaffa Cake is…
Alasdair: Don’t worry Krista! I’m from the UK, I’ll handle this. If I had to choose, I’d say they’re small cakes. Do you have some? 😀
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you so much for the questions! We really look forward to our first ever big release and can’t wait to hear people’s reactions once they listen to the final song on the album. Be sure to check out our music video if you haven’t already!
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