Dario Distasi is a solo artist who plays rock ‘n’ roll. Even though he is clearly a rockstar, he has an affinity for singer-song writer music. This combination is ripe for good music, so it isn’t surprising that Dario producing high quality music that is similar to the Foo Fighters, as he mentions. He recently released an EP, Letting Go, which I encourage you to listen to.
You should also be on the look out for my (late) review of Letting Go, which will drop some time this month. I’ve been bogged down with life chores and homework, so I’m a little behind.
What are your biggest musical influences?
Well, that’s a tricky one for me.
I often think I should mention artists that are strictly related to what I do… Genre-wise I mean, if that makes sense. So, I always mention Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters for instance – three of my biggest influences. However, I’m also into singer-songwriters – that kind of stuff always gived me the chills. At the same time, I should never forget guitar music put me on the map in a way. That’s why some great guitarists playing solo instrumental music and not-so-obvious styles surely are part of my background.
Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
Mmmh… Norah Jones? OSI? LOL
What’s next for the band?
My band and I are currently supporting my new EP release “Letting Go”.
I’m very proud about it – it’s been recorded in Nashville, TN and produced by BMI Award-Winning Drew Middleton. I never stop writing, though. I’m currently working on new demos, although I haven’t decided how and when they will be released. It’s mostly about creating for the sake of it – for the joy it gives me.
How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music?
We now have a direct way to approach the audience, bearing in mind Spotify is incredibly popular amongst the average listener. That means reconsidering the concept of release, frequency…
It also means that, when recording, we may be tempted to think of the listener’s reaction more than we did a while ago. Back then, it was mostly about creating demos that mostly friends would listen to.
Going back to… now: Playlists work miracles for us, however thinking there’s nothing more than that is a huge mistake.
Not only similar platforms such as Amazon Music and iTunes, also YouTube, social media…
You have to be there as a 360-degrees artist.
Has it made it easier or more difficult?
It is definitely easier to get heard by someone, although it’s harder than before finding someone who will listen to what you have to say. Competition is great, but although there’s impressive artists out there, I feel like the overall quality’s lower than 10 or 15 years ago. That influences the audience – you don’t have 50 or 100 great releases a year in a specific genre, there’s many more – and it can be hard to keep up for listeners.
Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
Definitely. Novels, a good film. Watching the news and just thinking about life. Some good introspection. I do that a lot.
Can you describe your sound?
Our guitarist Chris once said what I do is thinking like a rock band who’s trying to be a pop singer-songwriter. I guess that’s why you get the aggressiveness, raw guitar sounds together with clear structures and melodic vocal lines in my songs.
What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
Honestly, I’m so busy writing I’m pretty much listening to my own demos only 🙂
What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
At first, guitar totally got me into music – I just loved the magic of it, and playing one also looks cool. Eventually, I found I feel a strong need to communicate, and writing songs is just the best way to do it – so much more than just putting things into words, because of the melody, harmony, arrangements… Just grab an instrument!
How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
Even before being a solo act, I’ve always been the songwriter in the bands I have played with. It’s what I like the most about music – It’s all about creating. The writing process varies very much. I’ve been using keyboards for a while. Starting with drums, grooves. Lately, it’s mostly strumming chords on my acoustic guitar until I find something I really like, singing comes next, and then demo #1 of… 2? or too many? will be recorded.
If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favourite?
Probably Before These Crowded Streets by Dave Matthews Band.
Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
Pain of Salvation.
What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
As I mentioned before, there’s a lack of attention. People don’t often listen to an album in its entirety while reading the lyrics (hey, reader: I hope you’re still doing that). It’s more of a fast-food culture. I think something good could also come from that, in a way – sometimes, an album needs a weird song that actually makes sense in the song list. At times instead, those will just be fillers, which not many people are probably willing to listen to anymore.
So, someone will probably think about that and release their best songs only.