EMQ’s with IMMORTALIZER
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Ontario, Canada based Heavy Metal project, Immortalizer. Huge thanks to Dave D.R. 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?
My name is Dave D.R. I’m a multi-instrumentalist from Ontario, Canada. I play guitar, drums, bass, keyboards and I sing as well. Immortalizer got started in 2015 when the band I was in went on hiatus. I wanted to create a band with a unique sound, blending classic style Heavy Metal with contemporary Metal elements. I released my debut EP “Unleashed” on CD & 7” vinyl in 2016 and on social media in 2020. I started working with legendary Metal singer Ralf Scheepers of Primal Fear to further develop my vocal abilities and he’s also been helping me craft a wicked new vocal sound as well as mixing and mastering my latest singles. I’m extremely grateful to Ralf for all his help and expertise and I hope we can mix and master the rest of the album together as well!
How did you come up with your band name?
While I was writing and recording the debut EP I was also searching extensively for the right band name. I was working on a song called “The Immortalizer”, which is about a sword that gives its owner immortality at the expense of their soul and sanity. The name immediately leapt off the page and I knew it was the perfect name for the band.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
I’m originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The Metal scene there is quite small compared to say the Montreal Metal scene, but most of the Metalheads there are die-hard fans and are very loyal. When I was growing up and I started performing with my various bands we had tons of venues to play but over the years almost all of them shut down which is a real shame.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
I just released my latest single ‘Gone To Hell’ and the official music video for it as well!
‘Gone To Hell’ (Official Video)
‘Lemmy’ (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
I’ve been influenced by so many artists over the years, but the ones who have influenced me the most are Motörhead, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Saxon, Primal Fear, Iron Maiden, Dio, Helloween, Megadeth, Metallica, Michael Schenker and Symphony X.
What first got you into music?
I got into music at a very young age. My father had a massive record collection and he let me keep my favourites. He was switching over to CD’s so I ended up with quite the vinyl collection. My uncle Paul was probably the biggest influence on me though. He was a professional drummer in the 80’s and 90’s and I idolized him as a kid. He encouraged me to learn to play drums and taught me a lot of the basics as well as tips and tricks. From there I taught myself to play guitar, sing, play bass and keyboards as well. It wasn’t long before music was my whole life. By the time I was 7 years old I knew music was going to be my path in life and I’ve spent the last 25 years making that dream a reality!
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I would love to collaborate with Ralf Scheepers! I’ve always greatly admired his incredible vocal abilities, his monster range and writing abilities too!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I’ve always dreamed of playing the Wacken Open Air festival! So many Metal legends have played that festival so it would be a true honour to get to play there too.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I’ve received a few weird gifts over the years, panties, nude pics and videos and even a lock of women’s hair once haha.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you all so much for your continued support. It’s Metalheads like you that help keep me going! \m/.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Lemmy Kilmister for sure! I’ve been a huge fan of Lemmy & Motörhead for over 20 years. He would definitely be my first choice.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
The thing I love the most about being a musician is crafting songs from scratch. From that first riff that grips you to that final note on the recording. It’s very rewarding to me. The positive impact my music has on fans who identify with my lyrics and really enjoy my music. That’s always been a driving force for me. I also love the people you get to meet and work with. I love to perform as well. There’s no feeling on earth like playing in front of a cheering crowd. It’s absolutely intoxicating!
As for the things I hate, mean spirited, hyper negative people who demean and trash talk others just to be shitty. I especially hate seeing it happen to young Metalheads who are just starting out and are still searching for their sound.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I would love to see more music venues opening back up and offering live music so bands have more places to play live. So many live music bars and music halls have closed down and it’s a real shame.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
That’s a tough one cause I have so many favourite albums. “Screaming For Vengeance” by Judas Priest is definitely an all-time favourite for me! It was my very first Priest record!
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I personally prefer Vinyl’s and CD’s. I love being able to hold on to the actual album itself as I’m listening to it. Exploring the album art, photos, posters, lyrics and all that wicked stuff! I love vinyls for their warm rich sound and I love CD’s for their crystal clarity. Downloads are just as good as CD’s of course, but Streaming can be frustrating if you don’t have good internet access. Cassettes were a huge part of my childhood, so I’ll always love them dearly too, but I was constantly playing them to death and having to re-spool my tapes getting eaten up by my old tape decks haha.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
That’s a tough one. One of the best gigs I played was with one of my old bands which my best friend and I formed. We were playing a benefit gig for a local children’s hospital and won over a tough crowd from a few towns over who didn’t know us at all. It was really wicked to win over the crowd like we did and also help a children’s hospital in the process. Definitely a very memorable night.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I think I would probably be making films. I’ve always loved movies and I even went to film school before permanently focusing on music. Writing and playing music has always given me this indescribable intoxicating rush that I just can’t live without.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
I’d have to say Rob Halford, Ralf Scheepers, Biff Byford, Kai Hansen and Steve Harris. That would be incredible!
What’s next for the band?
Well, I plan on releasing a few more singles and videos while I continue to write and record the full length album. I’m also continuing my search for the right label and management company. I also hope to put a solid band together as soon as possible to be able to play shows and tour and grow as a band!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
The official website has all the latest news, updates and more but you can also find info on the Immortalizer Facebook page and on Twitter.
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Hahaha, good question! I’d have to say cakes but cakes disguised as biscuits! Haha.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
It was my pleasure! Thanks for having me on Ever Metal!!
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