Interview - Immortalizer

Updated: Dec 31, 2020



My name is Dave D.R. I’m a multi-instrumentalist recording artist and performer from Ontario Canada. I released my debut EP on CD and 7” Vinyl in 2016 and on social media in 2020. I am currently writing and recording the first full length album. (Special thanks to Jobert Mello of SLEDGEHAMMER GRAPHIX for his amazing cover art as well as the new Immortalizer logo)!!


When I was as kid I was profoundly inspired by Heavy Metal and Rock pioneers like Motorhead, Judas Priest, Saxon, Iron Maiden, Dio, Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Primal Fear, Helloween, Gamma Ray, Van Halen, Thin Lizzy, Megadeth, Metallica, Deep Purple and KISS (to name only a few) even as a child I knew music was going to be my path in life.


I began as a drummer when I was nine years old then eventually taught myself to sing, play guitar, bass and keyboards. I was in several Punk, Rock and Metal bands growing up, but always with my best friend Jay Nault on drums or keyboards. We grew up together and we both share a profound love of music. We spent countless hours rehearsing everyday after school and played shows on the weekends. Eventually though Jay decided to return to school and so I began working on my very first solo project.


I went on to write and record 5 albums before permanently setting my sights on my beloved Metal project Immortalizer. I wrote and recorded all the various parts myself which was time consuming but also super fun.


People’s reaction was amazing, so I knew I was on to something special.


In 2020 I started working with legendary Metal singer Ralf Scheepers of Primal Fear to further develop my vocal abilities. (I’d like to extend a very special thank you to Ralf for all his help!!)


I've always tried my best to create new and exciting music. When I started writing material for Immortalizer I wanted to create something original but that still had a vintage feel to it.


My aim is not to copy what's already been done but rather to contribute something fresh and entertaining. I hope you'll agree once you've heard the music. Don't forget to crank up the volume!


What first inspired you to make music?

I was first inspired by my uncle Paul who was a professional drummer in the 80’s and 90’s. My uncle taught me to follow my dreams and be true to myself, no matter what others think or say. That message resonated deeply within me and by the age of 7 I already knew I wanted to be a professional musician when I got older, so I’ve quite literally devoted my whole life to music!


Who is your biggest influence and what is it about their music that you find interesting?

That’s a tough question because I have so many favourites, but if I had to chose one, I’d say Motörhead. Lemmy (may he Rest In Peace) had a major impact on me growing up and still does to this day. I adore his music and shared a lot of his life outlook. I feel a deep connection to his lyrics and music as well. He was an exceptional song writer and lyricist. He was & is a Rock N Roll legend. How would you describe your music and what path has brought you here?I think the best way to describe it is classic style Heavy Metal. Immortalizer wouldn’t exist as it is without the influence of my favourite bands like Motörhead, Judas Priest, Saxon, Primal Fear etc. They were & remain major influences and helped me shape my own sound. I’ve been playing music for nearly 25 years, so it’s safe to say lots of practice brought me here too.


What is your creative process? Where do you find inspiration?

That’s a good question. More often then not it happens very naturally. I’ll just be jamming on my guitar or on a keyboard and then my mind will suddenly focus on a solid riff I just created and I’ll have a eureka moment! Sometimes entire songs will come from those sorts of sessions.


Same thing with lyrics. My preferred method is playing along with my guitar and singing the lyrics as I write them. Some days I’ll write lyrics to a full song in just a few hours and other days it’s like pulling teeth haha, so I give myself time in those situations which always helps. Forcing it never leads to good material in my opinion.


Ever since I was a kid I’ve found musical inspiration everywhere. When I was in school I’d use the ticking of the clock as a metronome and pencils as drumsticks and would write music in my mind to match the beat. (Much to my teachers chagrin hahaha). When I started actively writing music and lyrics I slowly began hearing the full orchestration for the songs in my head and would often use that as my guide later on.


I also find inspiration from day to day life, things that I love. things that I hate haha, The world of politics etc. Mostly I try to write about things I know from personal experience. Songs truly from the heart are always the best ones.




What is the most enjoyable and most frustrating part of recording for you?

Well, I love making music, so I mostly enjoy recording. It’s fun to create something exciting that will hopefully resonate with others too. It’s also really satisfying when you nail a guitar solo or improvise something awesome and it becomes part of the song.


I don’t always enjoy the more tedious side of recording. At the moment I’m recording each instrument myself as well, so that can be quite time consuming. Especially when you’re tired and you’re doing take after take cause you’re not satisfied with the track. I’m a bit of a perfectionist which doesn’t help. But Paul Stanley of KISS said it best “When you seek perfection, you give up passion”. Wise words!


What is the most enjoyable and frustrating part of live performance?

Well, there’s no feeling on earth like being in front of a large cheering crowd. It’s intoxicating. Wining over a crowd is also really satisfying. Most of all though, I love seeing people enjoying themselves and having fun!


The most frustrating part is things going wrong. Like snapping a string two seconds into a song haha. Stress is also a factor. It can be stressful to play live, but once you learn to push through it, you’re set.


What is the most memorable gig you performed?

That’s a tough one. I think the most memorable gig so far was playing a benefit gig where all the proceeds went to a local children’s hospital when I was just starting out. We were young but we played our hearts out and won the crowd over. Plus we helped sick kids in the process, so that was awesome.


How do you feel social media and the internet has affected the way you promote or distribute your music?

The internet has drastically changed the music business, that’s for sure. On one hand I’ve been able to reach a worldwide audience despite being an independent artist, which is amazing! But it also means instantly competing with millions of other bands around the world. So you definitely have to give it your all.


Promotion and distribution are harder at first. Ironically the more views you have the faster the numbers grow. But sadly the opposite is also true. The less you have the less likely others will check out your music. So it’s not easy. But if you can break through that initial hurdle you can start tapping into a worldwide audience which would have been impossible without a label prior to the internet and social media.


What is the most trouble you have gotten into?

I probably shouldn’t say hahaha. But I’ve got one good story that comes to mind. When I was a youngster I use to go partying with some friends under this huge suspension bridge in my home town. It was technically trespassing but we’ll skip over that for now. Anyway one day I brought a woman I was seeing down there and we were drinking Jack Daniels and having fun. One thing led to another and before I knew it things were getting hot and heavy. Some time went by but then suddenly I hear a man clear his throat. I turn around to see a police officer starring at me with my pants around my ankles. (I was literally caught with my pants down hahaha). I cover myself with the liquor bottle but it was far too late. He told me to put my clothes back on and poured out the remaining Jack Daniels on the ground. I asked him if I could just finish it myself instead while he was pouring and he wasn’t amused. I assured the police that it was all my doing and so my lady friend was free to go while I was arrested and fined for indecent exposure and drinking in public. Luckily they eventually let me go with just the fine. Haha


What is the best advice you have been given?

My uncle Paul’s advice to follow my dreams and stay true to myself no matter what others think or say, was probably the best advice I’ve ever been given. Though I must say, I’ve learned a lot from my many music idols and their music too!


Being part of the music scene, there must be acts that you have played with that have made an impact on you, who would you say was the one that stood out the most and why?

When I was first starting out I was in a punk band with my best friend Jay on drums and our friend Mitch on bass. It was our very first real show. I was 13 and Jay and Mitch were 14, so the crowd was skeptical. They were all pushed up against the back wall while we were setting up. But then our older friend Steve from another local band called Organized Chaos came up and stood right up front and cheered us on. By the end of the set the whole crowd had moved up to the stage and they were cheering too! It was one of those magic moments you treasure forever. So thank you Steve for giving us the confidence to push forward and cheering us on all those years ago!


What is next for you?

I’m going to try my best to get on a major Metal label and find a good management team as well as putting a solid band together to be able to propel Immortalizer to new heights! In the meantime I’m going to continue writing and recording the full length album and afterwards hopefully tour the world!


What was the driving force behind your latest work? Are there certain subjects that are dealt with?

I wrote a song about Ian Fraser Kilmister better known as Lemmy from Motörhead as my next release. I’ve been a huge fan of his (and the band) since I was 13 years old, and being that this year marks the 5th anniversary of his death, I wanted to pay homage to him and his music in song form. I think Motörhead fans especially are going to enjoy it!


What part of the production process were you keen to incorporate?

I wanted the lyrics to be especially true to him and his style. So I tried my best to write lyrics, guitar and bass parts that I hope he would have enjoyed.


Were there any hurdles, how did the material develop?

Actually yes. I got stuck on the lyrics for the chorus (as sometimes happens with lyric writing). I didn’t want to be too predictable or over the top either, so I played around with a few ideas and finally had a eureka moment and found what I feel is a great chorus.


Which platforms will the material be released on?


The official website (www.immortalizermusic.com) SoundCloud, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.


Links:

soundcloud

website


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