EMQ’s with DEMONIK
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Madrid, Spain based Thrash Metal band, Demonik. Huge thanks to all of 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?
David: I’m David and I sing, and occasionally growl alongside these boys!
Victor: I’m Victor, I play lead guitars. I’ve been playing in Demonik since 2011, although the band was actually born back in 2007. We’ve released three studio albums since then, two of which have been recently reissued, and a double live album as well.
Hugo: I’m Hugo and I play rhythm guitar and do backing vocals. I’m also the co-founder of the band. Demonik was founded in 2007 and in 2010 we played our first concert and released our first album. After a couple of years, we published our second record and did our first Spanish tour. Then, after a change in the line-up, in 2018 we released our third album, which is the one we are currently promoting.
Icarus: I’m the bassist, and the latest member to join the band, so I can’t tell much about the beginnings!
How did you come up with your band name?
Hugo: During the band’s early years, our name was “Demon”, but we decided to change it to “Demonik” in 2012 to avoid confusion with the 80’s British band.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
David: We’re from Spain. The scene has some issues that we, the bands, have the obligation to fix. But there are plenty of gigs and bands to play. The problem is metal is not even in the top 5 most listened styles.
Victor: There are some really great bands in Spain, but they have to face several extra difficulties that wouldn’t be there for a band from some other country. So many of these bands go on unknown to most metal fans here.
Icarus: I’m from Madrid, Spain and the metal scene here is not as good as twenty years ago, but is still listened to, so here we are.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
David: The latest would be the music video for the song ‘Demon’. It was released during the quarantine to publicize the reissues of “Ashes of the Earth” and “Demon”.
Icarus: “Demon” and “Ashes” reissues as albums, and a couple of clips from these works too, that you can see on our YouTube channel.
Demon (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
Who have been your greatest influences?
David: Each one of us has different influences though we agree on some. I listen to a lot of metalcore for example. Influences may also differ depending what instrument you play. We all agree on thrash bands like Metallica or Megadeth and classics like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest or Iron Maiden.
Victor: Classics like Metallica, Megadeth or Pantera are mandatory, but we also embrace the influence of modern acts like Machine Head or Arch Enemy. Then we all have personal influences based on our instrument, as we sneak them in the songs here and there!
Icarus: I would say Death of course, Gojira, Megadeth, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest about metal, but I love Bach, Beethoven and Händel too. In lyrical terms, I love Spanish hip hop, and in some way, I think that it influenced the way I write or how I flow the vocal line according to the drumbeats etc.
What first got you into music?
David: Wanting to do the same as the bands I listened to.
Victor: The drive to feel the music I loved in the deepest possible way, and make people feel it too.
Hugo: The possibility of connecting people through our music and trying to make them happy.
Icarus: To share what I do, and in some way, I want to be listened to, I mean, I hope that someone identifies with my music the same way that I do with the bands I love.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
David: Metal would be Trivium for sure, non-metal – Little Big, that would be awesome.
Victor: That’s a difficult one, but I’d love to do a collab with Steve Vai, possibly one the greatest creative minds in music. If it were a band, it would be Epica or Trivium.
Hugo: I already fulfilled a dream when Dani Pérez (one of the most reputable Spanish drummers) played drums on our last album, “Rise from Chaos”.
Icarus: Maaaaan…. I think Gojira is the answer for me.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
David: First would be Resurrection Fest here in Spain since it’s become an institution for us and Europe, then it would be Wacken, no doubt.
Icarus: Wacken is kinda my goal in life right now hahahaha. I always said that, if I play there, I’ll shave my beard on stage, not kidding!
Hugo: Personally, I would like Resurrection Fest, Hellfest, Wacken and Graspop, but we would be delighted to play in any festival that would like to count on us.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
David: The opportunity to spend time alone… I didn’t accept though!
Icarus: I’m the bassist, ask the guitarist hahahaha!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
David: Keep supporting us as you do, we love you and your tireless efforts.
Victor: And, of course, let us know your thoughts on everything related to Demonik on our social media.
Hugo: The metal community needs you to support bands that are looking to grow. Without that support, this music will have no future.
Icarus: Corpsegrinder once said: keep supporting F*** metal, so I will say the same!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
David: Dimebag Darrel no doubt.
Victor: As David would bring Darrell, I would bring Randy Rhoads, so the world would be perfect then.
Hugo: There are many of them, I couldn’t choose just one: Hendrix, Dimebag, Chuck Schuldiner, Cliff Burton, Lemmy, Vinnie Paul, Dio, Randy Rhoads, Nick Menza…
Icarus: Chuck Schuldiner
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
David: The opportunity to grow as an individual creating music, and also helping others to grow and enjoy life. I hate people trying to get economical advantage from what I’ve mentioned before.
Victor: The whole process of learning to play an instrument and making it a part of you is life changing by itself. It teaches you humbleness and perseverance, as well as being something cathartic. I hate when your own inner boundaries prevent you from enjoying the instrument and the music.
Hugo: I love the process of writing music, and what I hate the most is the business and the people who run it.
Icarus: It’s a great way to express and meet oneself. I love to create and listen to what other’s do too, because I see music more as a language than a product. And that’s the other point; I hate how some people starts to sell themselves as the last Coca-Cola of the dessert and only make the same thing, again and again, and all in debt of lack of self-criticism and music listening/understanding.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
David: people being dishonest, not giving bands what they deserve for their efforts, and usually preying on their hopes to grow just to get money from them.
Victor: The fact that music is not regarded as a real job.
Icarus: The prejudices about the origin of the band and their members. I mean, there are a lot of good bands out there, not only in USA or Middle Europe. Check bands and maybe you’ll discover something great.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
David: Oof, difficult choice… Maybe “Master of Puppets”. Never get tired of it.
Victor: Every time I come back to “Rust In Peace”, I get goose bumps. Just a masterpiece. But I could keep on telling you lots more.
Hugo: It’s an easy choice for me: “…And Justice for All”
Icarus: “Symbolic” – Death
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
David: It depends if we’re talking about sound quality or accessibility. Best sound quality nowadays comes from various digital formats that are so accessible. CD quality comes second, but vinyl and cassette are a thing from the past.
It will always be CD for me. Just the perfect combination of crystal-clear quality and the pleasure of having a timeless piece of art in your hands.
Icarus: I prefer CD quality, but in this century, the digital way – it’s the future.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
David: A little show in the city of Segovia. Most dynamic crowd to date and supported a lot.
Victor: I have fond memories of one in June ‘19 in Madrid.
Hugo: It was in 2013, when we supported Ente in Madrid which was sold out.
Icarus: Segovia, I think. That show was crazy.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
David: Probably writing in a newspaper or magazine.
Victor: I could see myself recording bands in a studio, as well as doing research in experimental Psychology.
Hugo: I would like to be a writer! I love to read and write.
Icarus: Hahaha, I prefer to not wonder to myself.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
David: Robert Downey Jr, Jim Carrey, Lady Gaga, Michael Jordan and James Hetfield.
Victor: Seth MacFarlane, Bryan Newton, Peter Jackson, Guthrie Govan and Brendon Small.
Hugo: José Mujica, Stephen King, Evan Rachel Wood, Almudena Grandes y Corey Taylor.
Icarus: The full G2 house.
What’s next for the band?
David: We’re doing our best to perform in Europe and get a slot in bigger festivals. Hope these opportunities come soon.
Hugo: Get back on the road, work hard, and find new ways to reach people.
Icarus: We’re working hard to continue with the tour in Spain and expect to play in Europe.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
David: Youtube and Spotify mostly
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
David: No clue
Icarus: I have no idea about what it is, but I say cakes hahaha
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
David: Follow us on our social media sites and buy our stuff!
Icarus: Follow us on our social media sites (Spotify, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter)
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