Leading up to Emalyth Arts Expo INFINITI, I spoke to Desolation:
1) What are you most looking forward to at the Emalyth Arts Expo?
Aldine: Wolmer! I love playing there. Always have loads of fun.
Nic: I am most looking forward to seeing friends and band members that we have grown close to over the years
Gareth: Zombies ate my Girlfriend
Chase: Very excited to see all our fans and fellow artists in Joburg it’s always a treat.
Andy : The crowd at Wolmer is always pretty rad, we had a cool response there last time we played
2)What are your thoughts on the local metal scene?
Aldine: I would say the scene is distilled. A few years ago the scene was big in comparison to now, or so I can say about Durban. We had lots of bands and lots of fans. Through the years we have slowly weeded out the posers and eyeliner wearing blokes. Although some impurities remain. The heart of the scene is still there.
Nic: I think we have a talented selection of musicians in the local metal scene, but as the turn out for local shows dwindles so does their enthusiasm. This also coupled with the fact that venues are few and far between which is also related to the lack of support.
Gareth: Honestly it’s dying if not dead & very compartmentalized.
Chase: The local metal scene has been on the rise lately and I reckon it has a lot to do with the big international acts that are coming to our shores, nothing motivates you more than seeing your heroes perform live before your eyes.. It’s enough to awaken the beast in all of us.
Andy: The scene in Durban isn’t quite what it used to be but there’s some great bands doing the business when the odd show comes around.
3)Do you have any favourite gig experiences?
Aldine: Touring with our friends Theatre Runs Red. Those guys and gals sure know how to entertain. Oh. And WitchFest. That was just mind blowing.
Nic: Witchfest 2015 by far. Getting to share a stage with some of the bands that have shaped me as a musician was euphoric
Chase: One of my favourite gig experiences was performing at Witchfest on a stage that we shared with so many of our favourite international bands and artists.
Andy: I would say Witchfest but I’m pretty sure I dreamt that
4)What does 2016 hold for Desolation?
Collectively we can all agree that some sort of recording is due. We will be working with Matt Howes in the near future to lay down a few tracks. We also hope to tour the cape later in the year as well.
5)What advice can you give to people wanting to start a band?
Aldine: Have fun and don’t be too serious . Like the music you make and the people you make it with. One day you’ll be old and almost dead. You don’t want to remember that douche bag you had in your band. You want to remember the friends you had in the band .
Nic: Don’t expect to make money by playing in a metal band here in SA. Do it because you love it and do it well as you can!! Just knock away gig after gig, take the rubbish slots if needs be , it is all exposure in the end.
Gareth : Try stay chilled when writing material. In order to be a good band, every member is a natural leader therefore you’re gonna butt heads & want things your way. Compromising so the band has all your tastes in music is key.
Chase: Never give up, music, like life, will always test you and the more of those tests you pass, or fail and learn from, the better you will become. One of the hardest things about being in, or starting a band, is finding like minded people who are all willing to put the same amount of effort in, when you find that, don’t ever let it go. And lastly love your music, nurture it and care for it, when you make music it becomes your child.
Andy: It’s not easy, you have to be patient and find the right people but once you have just have fun, don’t take yourself to seriously
6)If you could go back in time to any musical period, what would it be and why?
Aldine: The 90’s. We had the Spice Girls. You can’t beat that!
Nic: I wouldn’t want to travel to another timeframe. Metal excites me at the moment, the fact that you are constantly being surprised by new albums and also the amount of new band coming out that are blowing minds…. I am happy right here and look forward to every new mind blowing release.
Gareth : I wouldn’t. My favorite musical period was the 80’s & 90’s & I was there.
Chase: Definitely the 80’s..Im pretty sure I don’t have to go too in depth, but that’s where most of the magic was made.
Andy : Beethoven was pretty metal