Interviews: Dioivo

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Black Metal/Melodic Black Metal/Thrash Metal/Melodic Thrash Metal band, Dioivo, from Spain. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

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

Dioivo is a word from the Galician language, meaning Deluge. It's one out of roughly 100 words that our language has for different types of rain. Galicia is indeed very rainy, so we thought that name would be representative of us as a Galician band that sings in Gallego.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Both of us were playing in a thrash metal band called Rust in Peace, in which bass guitar was a really important element. But the band was becoming quite inactive back then, so we wanted to start a duo. And we thought that black metal would be a suitable genre for a band without a bass player, as it's not usually as “bassy” as other genres of metal (though of course, it can be!).

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

Yes, we went to the same school, so we met when we were like 4 years old, and we have been great friends since our teenage years. Before being bandmates, we are, first of all, friends.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

We love all kinds of music, and we don't really have a favorite band. If he had to choose only one, however, Jacobo would choose Genesis because of its emotional significance for him, being a band he has listened to pretty much since birth. And, for pretty much the same reasons, Dani would choose Deep Purple.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Anything that happens around us can be a good inspiration for a song. We usually sing about social issues, but also about personal matters. Music is a great way for us to express ourselves and what we think.

6. Where was your last gig?

It was last Sunday at the RockStar Pub in Braga, Portugal, with the local band Rei Vadio. It was great to play with them and to see friends from other bands such as Hunted Scriptum or Capela Mortuária there.

7. Where would you like to act?

Anywhere! We love playing festivals, and we also love playing in squats. What we want is to play our music and have fun with it, we don't really care where as long as we play in as many venues as possible.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

There are a ton of artists we would love to feature with, it's impossible to choose only a few. We have already made a lot of collaborations both live and in the studio, especially with bands from our area. We love that.

9. Whom not?

No limitations, aside from fascist bands, of course. We love all genres, and we love mixing them up, so we would love to collaborate with you as long as you are decent human beings.

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

There's always some nervousness, but we pretty much have always loved to play live, so I guess we don't have any useful tips, sorry!

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

When we started, we played mainly a blend of melodic black metal and thrash metal, and we were influenced especially by Scandinavian bands such as Sacramentum, Dawn, Ulver, Vinterland, Necrophobic, Immortal, Mithotyn, Vintersorg, Thyrfing, Enslaved, Borknagar, Aura Noir, Bathory, Nifelheim... But our style has changed a lot, we added a lot of different influences, maybe even too many!

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

It's not super weird, thankfully, but there is this dude that has seen us play a lot of times and he always asks us for guitar picks even though we don't have custom picks or anything. So he must have a lot of our black Jazz III picks he could buy for 0,60€ at any music store in his room.

13. What do you think of your fans?

Well, we are an underground band, so we don't really have fans, we have friends and buddies who come to see us play. And, of course, we love them! Many of them also play in other local bands that we follow. And we think that's great, there's a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood in the scene that's really special. 

14. What do you think of our site?

It's great. Having websites like yours supporting underground artists is essential. Keep up the good work!

15. Something to add?

Anything, it was a pretty complete interview. Thank you so much!

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