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INTERVIEW: Djevara

January 25, 2010 by  

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Interview – Djevara

RHV: Tell us who you are and where you're from?.
Bass: We're Djevara (Bass, Geoff and Malc), based in London/South East England.

RHV: Describe your music.
Bass: Though I agree with Frank Zappa that "talking about music is like swimming about architecture" (or something) if forced to describe it I'd probably recite some of the more common words/phrases I've heard : Intense, heavy, abrasive, passionate, difficult at times, weird music that lies somewhere in the No Man's Land between progressive punk, alternative rock and post-metal and yet often crosses the border into experimental, spoken word and oblivion.

RHV: Tell us how the band formed in three sentences.
Bass: I put up an ad when I reached university, asking for people who wanted to join a punk band but specifically asking for people with almost no experience so that we could start from scratch. We decided to call ourselves "Suck!" so that we'd give no false expectations, and also to keep ourselves humble and avoid taking ourselves too seriously...

RHV: What did you do before you were in a band?
Bass: Paint, draw comic books and write poetry (while doing a maths degree)


RHV: List the first CDs/records each of you bought.
Bass: Pocketful Of Kryptonite - Spin Doctors
Malc: The Prodigy: Music For The Jilted Generation

RHV: What's the band up to over the next few months?
Bass: releasing "The Rising Tide: Part 1", then recording and releasing Part 2, touring Europe, loads of gigs here in the UK, hopefully lots of festivals, then more touring... :)

RHV: Best item of fan mail you've ever received?
Bass: One from a young boy a while back saying that seeing our band had influenced him to join Amnesty International and get involved in human rights campaigning. It was at a particularly tough time in the early life of the band and it was one of the things that kept me going.

RHV: What music do you have on repeat in the tourbus?
Bass: No-one is allowed to put music on repeat, haha! But generally you'll hear a lot of Refused, Tool, Fugazi, Dillinger Escape Plan and lots of underground stuff on our stereo...

RHV: What gear do you use?
Bass: Orange Rockerverb 50, Gibson Gothic SG, Ibanez Jem 555, Yamaha Pacifica, Kaoss Pad 3
Malc: Pearl Shells, Istanbul and Zildyan Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks
Geoff: Marshall Mode 4, Ampeg Bass amp, Musicman silhouette guitar, Warwick Rockbass

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HI_mGj5QJQE

RHV: What's your best on tour story?
Bass: While broken down in Germany at a town called "Bad Hersfeld" the boys were sleeping in the van which had been towed outside the garage. It was about 3am but for some reason I decided to go out for a stroll to try find some food (I'd been driving all night). I was just round the corner when a car went speeding past on the other side and swung across the dual carriageway and these two skinheads with guns jumped out, screaming and shouting at me. Instinctively I shouted out "I'm British!" but then figured that probably the only thing likely to be less popular than a black guy to a skinhead Nazi was an English Black guy, so I shut up and put my hands on the fence. I was out of view or calling distance of the others, and I honestly though I was going to die right there and then. All I could think was that we weren't even going to finish the tour! Then another car came speeding in and two less intimidating characters stepped out - it turned out they were all cops and there had apparently been a mugging just up the road so I'd inadvertently become a suspect. The original skinhead, who I later found out was a captain or someone of rank, seemed to be disappointed to find out that my unlikely story (I was in a touring band who were all asleep in our Royal Mail van in the garage up the road) turned out to be true...
Malc: Forming a circle pit with some middle aged Austrians outside a Cash Machine at 1am

RHV: What do you demand on your rider?
Malc: the opportunity for a great party

RHV: What's your website?
www.djevara.co.uk




 

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One Response to “Interview – Djevara”
  1. David Houssein says:

    Kick arse band. I remember seeing them at a College [I think] in Hitchin about 7/8 years ago. Fucking ace. Bass was legend too and let me put my bag with the band’s stuff during the gig!

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