Interview: Dame Tu Alma
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Our shared obsession for it, we consider music to be the most powerful form of magic in existence. How else would we demand your soul?
I know definitely that one of us wouldn’t be here at all and the other two would make wonderful serial killers if it were not for being able making music.
What do you like to do when you’re not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
We coincide mostly indulging on visual art, we are hypnotized by films. We are also into books, paintings, sculptures, poetry, etc. I guess art is for us what flames are to moths. It’s not very complicated to find references of all what was mentioned above within our lyrics and in our music, so it obviously holds a gargantuan influence on us.
How long has your band been around?
Around 48 full moons and counting
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
We haunt the so called capital of Helvetia “Bern”
We like to believe there is a connection between the word Helvete and Helvetia and In that sense, this country has influenced us immensely and it would not be a coincidence that we hail from its bowels.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you.
It literally means in Spanish: Give me your soul.
We already gave our souls, sweat, blood and tears for our music, so we wouldn’t demand anything less from our listeners
Tell me about the best and worst shows you have played.
I believe the worst shows for every band are always the first couple of them, with us it was no different. And as far as from the best one, we would have to say that for us, the crowd always plays a big role on the outcome of the show and the last show we had in the north of Germany had that type of crowd that we thrive from.
Tell me about your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you haven't already?
We find the Finnish festival called Tuska really interesting. It has a name that is very close to our hearts.
We would like to take our music everywhere regardless of locations and we are looking forward to it
If you could play any show with any lineup who would be on the ticket?
Most of our favorite artists are not in this realm anymore, so we would have to arrange a very special location, sort of an interdimensional gig.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band?
If you are a drummer: let your bandmates tune their instruments in peace.
Bass player: don’t use chains as a strap, it annihilates your shoulders and your collar bone.
Guitar player: the song is not always lacking of a solo.
Singer: crucify your ego
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
Avoid flatulence at all costs during rehearsals and inside a sealed tour van, it’s incredibly counterproductive
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
They all mean everything to us but If we had to pick one, we would have to say:
“In the sense of brightness”. It was our first spawn, it holds the recipe for everything we are and it’s about the devil”
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
Sick Horrors, Skeleton Key and Black Fire are very powerful songs that we enjoy performing. Mostly the audience requests singles, for some strange reason.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
It mostly starts like a melody that haunts Vulture in a dream, a chord in the candle light or an epiphany in the darkness that sparks the urge for him to develop a skeleton, then we all construct the nerves, muscles and the skin around it to form the monster.
It takes anything like darkness, sadness, impending doom, melancholy, an evil thought, asymmetrical beauty, a creepy sound, a nightmare, a haunting memory or just lust for the muse open up the scarlet gates of creation.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
We believe in the process of order through chaos, of blissfulness through misery. In a similar way that diamonds are formed from carbon atoms that are exposed to unbearable temperature and crushing pressure, we set out to emulate musically that turbulent journey for the same purpose
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
Yes, all the time.
We have very degrading and dirty sex with one another, we find it very efficient when it comes to ending arguments and solving fights.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that's coming up?
Our album Lead just got released and we have a tour planned joining Stahlmann all throughout Germany, starting July. Our dates are all over our social media.