Interviews: Dangerous Times For The Dead

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Heavy Metal band Dangerous Times For The Dead from the Netherlands. Check out this band and follow them on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

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

Our guitar player Dave was heading home from grocery shopping and had his hands full standing in front of the door. He speech-texted his girlfriend for him to open the door, but somehow text-to-speech translated it as "Dangerous Times for the Dead". His girlfriend laughed and said that should be our band name. And it did, it's unique and has a nice story behind it.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

We all like different kinds of metal and hard rock. But the one common factor is our love for heavy metal, especially 80's metal and hard rock. So that common factor became our genre, NWOTHM, and even within that genre, we can go from thrash to ballads, so there's a lot of variety in there, but somehow it is still recognizable as our sound...

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

Bjorn, Dave, and Thijs go way back and have been in bands together since the early 2000s.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

Bjorn (vocals): The Who

Thijs (guitar): Metallica

Dave (guitar): Year of the Goat

Jeroen Vermeer (drums): Alter Bridge

Gerrit Procée (bass guitar): Satan

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

HP Lovecraft for horror and Philip K Dick for sci-fi.

6. Where was your last gig?

24th of September 2023 on the grounds of a psychiatric institution. Which is actually where we have our rehearsal studios as well. They are downsizing and one building that used to be a clinic is now used as a rehearsal studio for bands. It was a lot of fun playing there; about half the audience were people with mental illnesses that lived on those grounds.

7. Where would you like to act?

The best gigs are true metal gigs. Of course, it is fun to play at fairs or generic band contests, but if you're among metalheads, that's just the most fun!

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

It would be very cool if we could open up (or play at afterparties) for concerts of our favorite bands (like we were asked in a previous question).

9. Whom not?

I guess the nice answer is that we're an inclusive band and wouldn't deny any other bands to play with. But usually, I think if you book bands, you should stick to one genre. Or at least genres that match. You can have punk bands and heavy metal bands playing the same night, but a jazz band and a heavy metal band? That would turn into Spinal Tap...

10. Have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tips for beginners on how to beat that?

Strangely enough, I don't. I do get excited. Or as a singer, I fear I might forget lyrics would not make those high notes or lose my voice. Just prepare yourself well enough and have fun. Experience will help you grow into that. And if the fright is more than the fun, seriously ask yourself if you want to do this.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

DIO, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest

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

I don't think there's any request that was weird... We'll play backyard birthday parties and sign about any body part, it's all good.

13. What do you think of your fans?

They're the greatest. Metal fans are awesome, and dedicated!

14. What do you think of our site?

Really nice! It's good to see more and more sites emerging that are giving attention to the underground, instead of repeating reviews of the big commercial bands.

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