Die Ego 28/03/20
MM: First up can you tell us when the Band was formed and who are Die Ego
DE:Die Ego are Diego on lead guitar, Dave Grosz on drums and myself, I’m Gabe and I play bass and sing for the band.
We formed around 2014 when I first met Diego, at the time we both were playing in different bands but we wanted to go to a different music direction. We hit off very quickly and started to write songs together. A couple of years ago Dave joined us and after few months jamming, writing new songs and arranging old ones, things started to take off.
MM: Cool Band name was it difficult coming up with a name and what does it mean to you
DE:Well, it comes from the idea that we believe our society sadly has become egocentric and self-centred, not everybody is willing to give a hand or be there when is needed, for instance many people spend plenty of time on social media pretending to be something they are not, boosting their ego, looking for attention. This does not apply to everybody of course, don’t get me wrong, but it is an issue we all experience and see on different levels.
Die Ego means the death of the ego, to stop caring only for yourself and pay attention to what’s going on around you, be more grounded.
MM: You Recently released The Stunning "Anger is Yours" How pleased are you with the responses to this song and killer Video?
DE:Thanks for the good feedback on the song and the video! So far we received great response from our friends and fans on all our social platforms. Now-days bands, famous or not, invest loads of money on YouTube and Facebook promotions to get more views ,likes, etc, which is understandable and something we have done in the past too but, in some cases those are just numbers and it don’t reflect the real follow. We are trying to keep it more organic and what you see are fruits of our followers actual interest, we are really pleased with it!
MM: In June your Release your Debut "Culto" How excited are you, and are you nervous at all?
DE:We are very excited about it and can’t wait for people to hear it! Being a debut album it feels like "first-born child" to us, but at the moment we are more focused in all the commitments we have and getting things ready for a smashing “Album release show” on the 13th of June at the Dev in Camden Town.
MM: How would you describe Die Ego to unsuspecting Metal Head?
DE:Take the 80s/90s American Thrash Metal, blend it with British Doom, add a bigger and modern sound and ‘et voila'!
MM:What Bands did you grow up listening to and how have they influenced your music?
DE:We all come from different backgrounds, socially and musically so this is an interesting question for us.
Diego still find inspiration in bands like Black Sabbath, Pantera, Slayer, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Rainbow, Ramones, The Doors, all old classics.
I have my roots in Death metal and I love bands like Death, In Flames, Carcass. Dave grew up listening to Grunge and he is into more progressive bands too; Alice in Chains and Tool are his jam.
All those diverse music genres play a huge role when we were writing the album, keeping and open mind and trying to blend those styles is what makes us sound as we do.
MM - Who writes the songs that you perform? Is it a solo or joint effort?
DE:It’s definitely a joint effort! Songs come together as the result of the band jamming. Normally Diego brings his guitar riffs on a basic song structure and we all take it from there. The final structure is defined once we add the lyrics usually written by me or Diego.
MM: How do you intend to stand out from all the other Bands and what is your unique selling point?
DE:There’re a load of bands out there making great music and pushing the envelope, what we try to do when we write music is mainly be honest with ourselves, create something that sounds and feels good to us and deliver a killer live show, it’s just as simple as that. I must say, we don’t try to stand out from any other band in the scene but rather be part of a metal community!
MM - How can people keep up to date with what the band are up to and do.
Our most updated platform is Facebook. People can easily find us just typing our name Die Ego, here is the link to our page https://www.facebook.com/DieEgoMetal. We are also very active on Instagram and IG stories @dieegometal.
MM: Plans for a tour and any Festival booked?
DE:We had a tour coming up in the midlands in March that unfortunately had to be postponed due to the corona virus outbreak. As I mentioned before, our album release show will be on the 13th of June at the Dev in Camden Town, hopefully we can reschedule the tour dates around that time.
MM - Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person, for better or for worse?
DE:Definitely our man is Tony Iommi. The unfortunate accident pushed him to experiment with different sounds , down-tuned his guitar and come up with his trade mark guitar riffs. I would say that if Ozzy is the Prince, Tony Iommi is the God of Darkness.
MM - What's the most important thing to the band right now?
DE:The most important thing at the moment is to play live as much as we can to self-promote our music and help grow our fan base, plans who are currently on hold until this situation with the the virus settles down.
MM - How do you feel about the internet and the effect it is having on bands and independent music?
DE:Internet gives everyone an opportunity to be more visible, reach a wider audience and put your music out there which is the best part of it. On the other hand there are millions of musicians using same platforms and as a consequence of that - market is saturated and with the short attention spam we have these days, not all bands can have the recognition they deserve or look for.
It also created a lot of stay at home "musicians" like the “YouTubers” that don't know or actually don’t need to load in all their gear in a car and drive 100 miles away to play a gig. To me, it became difficult to recognise the actual musician from the mere virtual.
Internet is the best and biggest tool we have to promote music but that doesn’t mean it makes musicians life easier, you still have to work hard to grow your follow.
MM:How is the Metal Scene in London
DE:I have to admit that it used to be better. In the recent years some iconic bars and venues closed down and there are less spots available to play live for upcoming bands. Also, as tickets prices for bigger acts have increased considerably in the last couple of years, people don’t go out to check out unsigned bands as much as they used to. Luckily, there is always a crowd and people willing to go out to discover new talents, you have to be at your best in every show!
MM -If one of your songs could appear on a soundtrack or any film or cult TV series, which one would you choose and why?
DE:I guess “The Grave” would perfectly fit into a horror movie like “Tales from the Crypt” (which it was also a tv show I grew up with) or any movie on those lines.
A bit of the fan trivia for anyone who doesn’t know it, “The Grave” is the first song we ever wrote together back in 2014!
1.Festival or Small intimate gig.
DE:We can't say no to a festival but we love the intimacy of a small gig.
2.Vinyl or Digital
DE:Vinyls at home and digital on the go!
3.Drinking Beer or getting high by other means
4.Denim or Leather
DE:I’m vegan so no leather for me
5. Slipknot or Iron Maiden
MM - Lastly, is there anything you would like to say to all your fans and our readers out there?
DE:I will be predictable but this what I truly believe: Come to the show, horns up, bang your head...and you’ll make Die Ego the happiest people in the world!