ITN Magazine: Let's talk a little about the history of your band. When did you originally form and is this the original line-up?
Krista: The band was formed in June 2015 by Alasdair and myself, and it was just the two of us for a while. We had a couple lineup changes before the current members, but they weren’t in the band for very long so we do consider the current lineup to be the original lineup.
ITN Magazine: Do you remember how the idea of forming the band first came up?
Krista: I posted a Craigslist ad and Alasdair answered!
ITN Magazine: How long after you formed was it until you played your first live show?
Krista: Alasdair and I performed at an open mic about six months after the band formed using just an iPod for backing tracks, but the first show we played as a real band with Cullen on drums was in October 2016, so about a year and a half after the band formed. Then our first show with Charles and Mark was in September 2017.
ITN Magazine: What are your memories of the performance?
Krista: Of the open mic, I remember feeling very nervous and awkward. We had some of our friends come to see us, and we performed two original songs and a cover of Kamelot’s “Farewell”. I don’t really remember how well we actually performed.
ITN Magazine: How would you categorize the style of the band?
Krista: We’ve pretty much been calling ourselves symphonic/power metal, but we like to think we add our own flavor to the genre by pulling themes from other metal subgenres and film scores.
ITN Magazine: What image do you want your music to convey to your fans?
Krista: I’d like fans to see Dialith as a diverse band that isn’t afraid to tread into other metal subgenres and cares about little details.
ITN Magazine: Who are your influences and how have they shaped your bands sound?
Krista: My personal influences for vocals are Sharon den Adel and Simone Simons for their soprano range, Tarja Turunen and Vibeke Stene for their dramatic flair, and Floor Jansen for her power. As you can see, my favorite bands are Nightwish, Within Temptation, Epica, Tristania, and similar!
ITN Magazine: Let's talk a little about your latest album what are the listeners are in store for with this release?
Krista: The debut album I believe is recognizably influenced by symphonic and power metal, while still being open to incorporate other genres and memorable hooks.
ITN Magazine: Where did you record your latest release at?
Krista: Actually it wasn’t just one place! I recorded vocals at Pasquarella Recordings in Wappingers Falls, NY, Cullen recorded drums at Studio Wormwood in Storrs, CT, and Alasdair, Mark, and Charles all recorded their parts at home.
ITN Magazine: Producers are a very important factor in recording a good record. Who did you use to produce your record?
Cullen: While we did not have a producer, Alasdair led the band and made the proper arrangements and preparations to complete the record.
ITN Magazine: Does the entire band contribute to the writing process?
Krista: Depends. While each member will add their own personal flair to their part, Alasdair writes the vast majority of the music. Occasionally the whole band will contribute to a song, like in the song “Catalyst”.
ITN Magazine: How do you feel the band has evolved musically and personally over the last year?
Krista: Over the last year? I think at this time last year Alasdair had just finished up Extinction Six (the song), and since then the band has focused primarily on recording. Recording was fun, certainly a learning experience. We had a lot of ideas, and some had to be left out because of time or money constraints. Still, the album came out the way we wanted, so we’re extremely happy with the final product.
ITN Magazine: Favorite memory from a show you’ve played or a place you’ve traveled to?
Krista: My favorite show was in Stratford, CT, at Main Street Tavern. It was a packed house, and a few of my former coworkers were there, and everyone really seemed to enjoy our set a lot.
Cullen: I really enjoyed the Shamrock cafe when we were invited to open for Archaic Decapitator. The place was packed and the crowd was very enthusiastic.
ITN Magazine: Favorite song of yours you’ve written?
Krista: The lyrics I’m most proud of are the ones to “Quiver of Deception.” I really tried to incorporate a lot of metaphor and poetry into the lyrics, and I like the way it turned out.
ITN Magazine: Favorite song of yours that you like to play live?
Krista: “Catalyst” is always the most fun to play live.
Cullen: I agree with Krista. Catalyst is a blast.
ITN Magazine: Where do you draw the inspiration for the songs you write?
Krista: For lyrics, I draw from quite a few different places. Current events, mythology, my own personal conflicts--most notably, I write a lot about the environment, climate change, and human destruction of the natural world.
ITN Magazine: How important do you rate the lyrical side of your albums?
Krista: I know lyrics aren’t the main focus of the music, but I try to write lyrics that have a point and reflect what I’m feeling or interested in or convey a specific concern, but are vague enough to be relatable.
ITN Magazine: What are your current tour plans, if any?
Krista: While we would love to tour, we want to wait for the right opportunity. So there are no tour plans at the moment.
ITN Magazine: Describe your live performance for those who have never seen you live?
Krista: We are always trying to improve our live performances. We interact with one another a lot on stage, and really try to engage the audience. We perform best when the audience is responsive and clearly enjoying our set.
ITN Magazine: Getting radio airplay and support is important for any band, What is your view on that?
Krista: Radio isn’t too friendly to metal music, especially not to something like symphonic or power metal, so we’ve mostly focused our efforts on getting our music shared online. It’s easier to target people who would be open to listening to our music, rather than trying to convince radio stations to give us a chance. Most of what’s on the radio tends to just be Top 40.
ITN Magazine: Do you see as we do that most local radio rarely support the up and coming new bands and even more local bands just starting out?
Krista: I honestly don’t ever listen to the radio as I find all my music online, so I wouldn’t personally know.
ITN Magazine: What do you think of the music industry right now?
Krista: I think it’s tough to make a living doing music now. While it’s easier than ever to reach fans, you’re not really seeing a return on investment. You can put all the time, effort, and money in the world into a project and even have fans, but you can’t make a living exclusively off of music itself--you need to tour or sell a lot of merch to really “make it.” You really have to love what you’re doing.
ITN Magazine: Did you find it hard to break into the business and what was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome?
The biggest obstacle was the learning curve. We released our first EP two years ago but because we didn’t hire a PR person or run ads on the lyric video, it got very little fanfare. It was nice to have something recorded to show for our work, but we’ve learned a lot in the past two years to make the release of the album a bigger deal.
ITN Magazine: Tell us about your thoughts on your local music scene?
Krista: I love our local scene! So far everyone has been really supportive and I’ve made lots of friends. Most of the bands in New England tend to be metalcore or death metal, so I think we stand out a little.
ITN Magazine: Are there any new and upcoming bands that you are into?
Krista: We’ve played with some very talented bands that I would consider upcoming: Wilderun, Seven Spires, Sacred Ash, Perennial Quest, and Virus of Ideals to name a few!
ITN Magazine: How has Social Networking (Facebook,Twitter, etc.) impacted your band?
Krista: We do all of our promotion via social media. It’s been a great boon to the band. We ran YouTube ads for our music video for “The Sound of Your Voice” and the response has been really incredible. In addition to making good music that people want to listen to, you also have to make sure that people, you know, are able to listen to it. Social media is a great way to do that because you can very specifically target those who would be interested.
ITN Magazine: Where can our readers find you on the web?
Krista: Pretty much everywhere! On Facebook (facebook.com/dialithband), Twitter and Instagram (@dialithband), and YouTube.
ITN Magazine: What equipment is the band using and do you have any endorsements currently?
Krista: I personally use Shure in-ear monitors, which I love. We currently do not have any endorsements.
Cullen: I use Tama Drums, Meinl and Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth or Vater drumsticks, Shure in-ear monitors like Krista, and Trick Pro 1V Bigfoot pedals.
Alasdair: I use Solar Guitars, a Mesa Boogie Dual Dectifier, and MXR Pedals.
ITN Magazine: Thanks for answering these questions. Do you have any last comments for our readers?
We’re incredibly excited to share this album with the world and we hope everyone who listens enjoys it! We have no intention of stopping and have plans for a consistent release schedule along with more video content in the future.
Be sure to preorder ‘Extinction Six’ here: https://dialith.bandcamp.com/
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