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Interviews: Icarus Dive

In this new occassion we have had the opportunity to interview the  Progressive Alternative Rock/Metal band Icarus Dive from UK. Check out the interview and this band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1.Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that? 

I take a lot of inspiration from fiction and sci-fi and we liked the idea using a mythical reference. Ancient mythology can be so dark and fantastical but the meaning and morality behind the stories is oddly relatable. I think as songwriters, we can learn a lot from that. Icarus Dive actually came from us sitting around naming moves from video games. If you want to know how nerdy we really are I'll let you go find out which game for yourself.

2.Why did you want to play this genre? 

I think there was a clear goal from the outset that we wanted to make something different. Obviously you'll hear influences in there but we were never thinking, "We want to sound like X". We just spent a long time writing together and seeing what naturally flowed from this group of people. We try not to force it in any particular direction. If we write something we're excited about then we roll with it, no matter how weird or different it might seem.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

I met Louis (drums) on this little 10-person course way up in Leeds. I knew immediately he was into metal because he has this epically long, bright ginger hair. Turned out we lived right by each other back home in Guildford. After we were done with uni we moved back down and were both looking to fill that huge void of creativity that leaving Leeds had left us with. Louis was starting a project with a couple friends he'd known from school so I came along for a jam and we've been getting together every week since.

4. Each band member favourite band?

Louis' is Primus. He's always pushing us to be weirder and weirder. Harry would say Suede. I'm into a lot of prog metal and metalcore at the moment. Right now I'm really into Architects. We all grew up in different corners of rock so we're bringing a lot of different influences.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs? 

The biggest inspiration for me is always when I see bands live. Coming away from a good show or a festival I can't get back to my guitar fast enough. You have to be careful not to let the bands you hear influence the music too directly because we're trying to make our own sound, but you can feed off that emotion and excitement and let it motivate you. If any band or writer is lacking motivation, I'd always recommend getting out to a gig and reminding yourself why you love this stuff.

6. Where was your last gig? 

We played at the Amersham Arms for the first time a couple weeks back with some great bands. Awesome little venue. It was our first gig for a while because we've been so buried away trying to get this new EP ready. It was good to be back up there. These gigs are what we do this for and it's what we do best!

7. Where would you like to play? 

Oh, man! Where to start.. I'd love to play Download. I've seen some of my best sets there and it would be a major one to tick off the list. Let's hope they're reading, ey?! Also space…

8. Who would you like to support?

We're really into Black Peaks at the moment so it'd be awesome to get on stage with them at some point. I stood in the middle of a tent by myself at Download to see them and it completely blew me away. Maybe it was the rain but that gave me major chills.

9. Who not?

Do you know Dirty Loops? Those guys are ridiculous. They make everyone else look like amateurs. Screw coming on before them!

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that? 

There’s certainly been times where the nerves have gotten the better of us. Everyone handles it a bit differently. I try not to fight it. Turn it into adrenaline and let it get you fired up. A bit of nervous is good to keep you focussed. 

But the best thing you can do is prepare. Don’t leave anything to chance. Bring spare strings and cables, keep a setlist on stage, spend time learning your gear, warm up… Because it’s these little things, a string breaking or a pedal failing, that can throw you off your game. If you know you’ve prepared everything you can and you’ve rehearsed hard then there’s no reason why you can’t handle any hiccup, and there is always hiccups, and why it won’t sound great live.

11. What bands have inspired you the most? 

I think any band that has broken the mould, dared to try something new, is always an inspiration for us. Obviously Radiohead and Muse fall into that category. We’re into the heavy stuff too so bands like Tesseract, Northlane, Between the Buried and Me, Toska... they’ve all played a part in making us challenge ourselves with new ideas. These bands have used the same instrumentation that bands have been using for decades now yet they still manage to create such a unique sound and identity. I want people to hear 5 seconds of a song and say, “THAT’S Icarus Dive!”

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

“Do you take a lot of inspiration from Robbie Williams..?”

13. What do you think of your fans?

So far they’ve been incredibly supportive. I think people can see that we’re just really passionate about writing interesting music and put a lot of thought and effort into our performance. They seem to lock on and want to get behind us. We know we aren’t going anywhere without people like that and whether it’s playing our song to a friend or sharing a new video, it means a huge amount whenever anyone goes out of their way to help us get this stuff out there.

14. What do you think of our site?

It’s awesome to see a site like this focussing in on rock and metal and bringing attention to so many great new bands. There’s so much good music out there that a lot of people never get to see.

15. Something to add?

Go check out the new track, Hydra!

The EP is out September 21st and we can’t wait to get this out there.

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