Amidst the horrific weather outside and sheer distance between Gibraltar and the UK, DSBM one-man project Days Of Our Lives found the time to sit down with GMA and report about the project history, current events, future plans and spoke about the Gibraltar Metal scene. Coincidentally the sole musician Nathan Colombo is also GMA's Gibraltar correspondent, read the interview below:
Days Of Our Lives, how did the name come about and why that name?
The name came to me a few years back when I was trying to find my own path in music. I wanted a name that reflected on a personal level which will also allowed the band to "change" overtime. The idea was for the project to reflect the day to day life that I live, sometimes happy, sad, angry, etc. The name seems silly to some but to be honest I couldn't think of a better name for the project.
Now you exclusively play DSBM, who inspires you and what makes your music DSBM?
I have always taken inspiration from my own life really. The past, present and future will always have a massive part in the music I create. I guess writing about it helps me to cope? Black Metal and DSBM has played a huge part in my life. It's pretty much all I listen to and I wanted to create art just like that. What makes my music DSBM? I'd have the say the amount of emotion behind the music that I put into it and the not keeping to any musical "standards" and "rules" that most genres have. DSBM for me is freedom of expression for the artist, anyone can do just about anything to create their art especially in this genre.
And what of the Gibraltar metal scene, what can you tell us about that?
It's pretty dead to be honest... however with other genres there's LOADS of things going on but with metal music there's not much going on. Metal bands don't last long here for some reason and break up as fast as they formed which is a damn shame really.
For those thinking of visiting Gibraltar, what attractions should they visit?
Gibraltar has a lot to offer for those history buffs, you know the great siege tunnels and all that. I'd say Gibraltar has a lot to offer for music fans also. For those into rock and metal music they should visit the Rock on The Rock club which has concerts going on every weekend and even brings in bands from pretty much anywhere to play some tunes and drink some booze.
So you have an upcoming release, tell us more about that?
Yeah I will be releasing my first album under the Days Of Our Lives name at the end of the month. It is entitled "Trapped Inside Past Memories" which you can figure that its based on the past. A lot of work went into it, I'd say more on the stress part really. I had planned for some guests and in the end it just ended up being me solo once again... Well not 100% solo as N.F (a good friend of mine) helped me co-produce it. Those who are familiar with my music will get what they expect... slow, depressive, minimalistic black metal.
And what future plans does Days Of Our Lives have?
I'd like to say play live but my bad luck with session musicians has been a freaking hassle. Maybe one day... MAYBE haha. I have a lot planned though, recording wise. I've been asked by a lot of bands to do some splits and they are all being sorted out right now actually. The big thing I have planned really is next year when I plan to release four albums "Spring", "Summer", "Autumn" and "Winter", which will each be released in their respective seasons. I have been working on these albums since I started working on "Trapped Behind Past Memories" so I have been quite busy but there is more to come... ALOT MORE
Finally are there any hello's, greetings, thank you's etc you wish to issue?
Well first off I want to say thanks to you for interviewing me and thanks to those who have supported my project over the years. My album is out on the 31st October 2013 so if anyone is interested now you know I guess? Support the underground scene! Bye!