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An Interview with Dany Tee (Seelenmord, In Element, Downfall of Nur)…

 

 

Greetings and thank you very much for taking your time to answer this interview. I hope all is well over there and would like to ask you to introduce yourself to the readers, please.

 

Let’s see… I’m Dany Tee, 35 years old, psychologist , musician,  musical producer, actual singer in:  Seelenmord,  In Element , Aether, Overtide, The Black D´elia Murder and guest vocalist in Downfall of Nur and Rest in Shadows, Ex member of Those Endless Eyes, Through my Veins, Dead Warrior, and ex session musician in Carnarium and Inferi.

 

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This interview till focus on you as well as some of the bands you are a member of. I’d like to give the reader an overall impression of you as a musician and a human being. First, let’s talk a bit about your relation to metal music. How and when did you get in touch with the genre? What were the main elements of metal music that attracted you? And, consequently, which were your first motivations to join a band?

 

Well, those are really deep questions. Let me organize my mind a little…

 

Everything started when I was just a kid (8-9 years old). I was watching TV and I saw a Twisted Sister’s video and it blew my mind (I guess the song was: We’re not gonna take it).

 

I think that encouraged my interest in heavy metal and punk rock and it never stopped. My older cousin was beginning with Metal at that time, so he showed me the basic stuff… Iron Maiden, Slayer, Deicide… as time went by my attention was getting focus in more extreme and dark music. At that time I used to spend lot of time with my cousin so we decided to make a band. I didn’t have money to buy a guitar, so I should be the singer. I have no idea about singing but I wanted to be in a band so much that I just started screaming… I sounded HORRIBLE, and of course I completely lost my voice within 15 minutes. Lol.

 

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Related to the previous question and quite a standard/ common one, but necessary for those that are getting to know about your works, tell us which are the bands as well as musicians that somehow have influenced you in any way, be it about stage presence, the way you sing or compose.

 

When I was a kid, I was fascinated by the stage presence of Metallica and, of course, Bruce Dickinson and Axl Rose (I was a HUGE fan of Gun’s and Roses). I wasn’t interest in any kind of sports at all, so I used to spend a lot of time in my room alone listening to music. Not a lot of people was into this kind music at that time (90´s in Argentina). I always got intrigued by the secrets behind the recordings of every CD that caught my attention.

 

My vocal technique was deeply influenced by high pitch screams of Dani Filth, the voices in the first albums of In the Woods, and… as strange as it sounds… some Tilo Wolff’s tips. Also another reference was the grunts of Cannibal Corpse’s singer.

 

All the different bands and genres in which I had the opportunity to be part of, challenged me to make different voices. Nowadays I have a versatile style, according to the genre that I’m making.

 

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Let’s talk about some of the bands you are a member of. I’ve heard Seelenmord’s “…and We Will Find Only Solitude – Part. I” and was highly impressed. Just the style of music I enjoy. Could you tell us a bit about this band, whenever do you feel that there will be another release? Also, I’ve read that the name is related to a psychiatric patient from the beginnings of the 20th century. I found this an interesting aspect as well, could you explain a bit more about this and if your work influences the music of Seelenmord.

 

Through all this years I listened to a lot of different metal extreme styles, but BLACK METAL was always my favorite one. I’ve been part of some projects as a session musician, but I haven’t released a record of BM like I wanted to (until 2011). In the year 2009 I was part of a Deathcore project named Dead Warrior, and I shared line-up with Enrique and in 2011 I’ve been through a personal moment that changed my life radically, I suffered a deep depression and chronic insomnia, so I decided to do something with all that shit, I realize that I should put all that energy in a new BM project and I talked to Enrique and we started to work in a conceptual record. That helped me to focus all that energy in a productive way, I remember that at that time I was reading lots of books of Symns (Argentinean writer), Nieztche and Borges (another Argentinean writer) an I think that all I was reading at that time helped me to shape the album.

 

The recording was pretty different from all my previous work. I didn’t use superposition of screams and we used almost all the first shots to captivate the spontaneous expression of the moment. We tried to focus in BM bands like Ulver, Taake, Gorgoroth and also new bands like Der Weg Einer Freiheit (we have a good relationship with them).  About the voices, I had the chance to do all the high pitches that I always wanted to, but never could because my previous works didn’t need that kind of voices. The voice of Tim Yatras (Austere) deeply influenced me in my performance because it represents perfectly all my feelings at that moment.

 

As you said, Seelenmord is a neologism taken from a Sigmund Freud’s work through the analysis of a clinic case. Like I told before, I’m a psychologist and during my student’s years I got shocked by that particularly word “Seelenmord” (Seelen- Soul, Mord-murder) and as soon as I hear it I knew it was a strong name to overlook. So it was clearly my first choice to name that BM project. The project was released in the year 2011, now we are working on the new album.

 

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You were/ are involved with a release that received much praise from the listeners as well as critics, Downfall of Nur’s Umbras de Barbagia, as a vocalist and co-producer. How did you get involved with the band and, overall, how do you feel about this work?

 

I met Anthony for his previous works, like Jhanas – Nur (Demo de Downfall of Nur) and his other project Drowned in November. He asked me if I could and if I wanted to record voices in his new Dowfall of Nur work. So I said yes, then he sent me the sketches. To me was extremely important to included the voices as another element inside the record itself, because in that way the result will be more ambient and helpful with the musically concept of the album. I tried some tunes variations and even putting some subtle melodic voices in one of the tracks.  As the time passed by I got more involved in the production of the record and we created an interesting dynamic. Anthony is an incredible and versatile musician. He has a great predisposition to accept advises and tips, in such a way that the co-production of the Down Fall of Nur album flowed in an exceptional way.

 

It took us almost a year to claim the record finished because we worked meticulous in every detail. And we wait to be fully conformed to the result to affirm that. We were expecting a good acceptance for the audience because we were really happy with the result.

 

But of course we were really surprised with the prompt response from the record labels interested in editing it, and trusting in Avantgarde Music, the final release, because of its trajectory and good predisposition with us. We are absolutely happy with the audience’s feedback and the acceptance till the moment.

 

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You’ve joined Aether, if I’m not mistaken, last year. The genre this band plays is also among my favorite ones. Please, one more time, for those that aren’t familiar with this band, tell us a bit about Aether, if you want, share some links of interest as well. Are there any plans for a new full-length album with this new line-up?

 

Aether is an atmospheric/melodic doom-death band… influenced by My Dying Bride / Paradise Lost / Saturnus …

 

This band was created in 2008 by Diego Rodriguez and had many changes in the formation till now. It gained a good place in the Argentinean public. There was a the line-up restructuration and Diego asked me to join in voices. I immediately say yes because I love this genre (it’s one of my favorite ones) and I never had the chance before to do something in this vein.  We gather other musician that could be interested and that’s how we started to plan a few live shows. If everything goes well, the next year we will be releasing some new material and will do some performances in a couple of places.

 

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On the many years of your involvement with bands, of different styles, which are the lessons that you learned for the studio as well as when playing live? And which are the main advices you’d give to those that are just starting a new band for their first time?

 

Playing live is completely different form recording. It took me years to understand this important fact.

 

There was a time in which I didn’t want to record anything that couldn’t be played alive exactly the same. That limitation shorted the infinite possibilities of recording in studio.  But with the time I understood that in studio the best is to give to the record what the record required, without thinking about the live presentation. Specially because playing alive the imprint and the energy are totally different. A great producer (Agustin Mongelli) always told me this. I worked with him during a lot of records and always learned a lot in the process.

 

Like you said, I had the chance and the luck to be part of a lot of different bands and different genres, and many times I had to focus in a determinate style to understand the little details that make the characteristic sounds of a genre.  Besides I like using different resources but I prefer to adjust with the record and not do something a song doesn’t need (like a melodic voice for example) only because I can do it.

 

I’m part of a band named In Element (Melodic Death Metal), a few month ago we released an EP in which we included an acoustic song, it was a completely challenge for me because, I had recorded some lines and chorus in melodic voice, but the full song Haze (acoustic version) was really hard to record. Thankfully I had the support of a producer and friend, Hernan A. Conidi, who was my vocal coach in some works of In Element.

 

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Outside the metal world, what are your main interests? Which styles and bands do you enjoy the most? And I believe you are/ were involved with non-metal groups as well. Please, share with us some of the names as well.

 

I listen to a lot of different styles. I’m a big fan of melodies, and they could be in a pop song, ballade or a classical music piece. I look for it in almost everything, that’s the reason why almost everything I prefer is melodic, like Ulver, Gorgoroth, Austere (only to name a few of them).  Outside metal I like to research different genres and being open to new bands. I enjoy Celtic music and any other style which makes me feel something.

 

Nowadays I’m working as a co-producer in the new material of Flema (a long trajectory punk band in Argentina). This is something really curious because I used to listen to this band when I was a little kid and now I’m working with them, and it’s not metal extreme precisely. It’s a huge challenge for me. Probably I will be co-producing a new project in which Anthony (Dow fall of Nur) is working, and it’s not a metal related.

 

Well let’s talk about metal. I’m recording voices for Rest in Shadows (new project of Melodic black metal), The Black D´Elia Murder (also in this project is Nahuel de Novik, it’s a Funny Tribute band to TBDM making a political joke of a famous unionist guy in Argentina).  I’m working with Hernan Conidi in Overtide (Melodic Death Metal) and also (let me catch my breath) I’m forming a new black metal band, and hopefully we will be playing live maybe in 2016.

 

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About the Argentine metal scene. I personally enjoy many, many bands from this nation and believe that they should be more praised as well. There are great bands, in my modest view, of course, from practically all metal genres. How do you feel the scene is over there nowadays? Is there some sort of bond among the bands? Are there any bands that are still unknown which you believe deserve some attention?

 

The bond among the bands is a complicated issue. Because it’s something related with people and there are a lot of ego fights. Personally I try to help as much as I can, like other ones had helped me before.

 

There are genres, sub genres and a lot of other sub classifications, each one of them trying to show who’s the most original one or who’s the better one. This is something pathetic that existed always, and always will. Only few bands are really helpful, not looking for personal benefits. But this is not something exclusively of Argentina; it’s something that happens all over the world.

 

In the past few years a lot of interesting proposal emerged in our country. There are some bands that I like a lot, for example: NEMORIS, (definitely my favorite Argentinean band) Ancenstrum, Elysium, Heimldaalr, Knife of Melqart, Vahévahian,  Glorious Night, Wolves Winter, Templo Negro (legendary band), Gevurahel and  Lure of Flames.

 

Outside Black Metal, I like “Sobre Tus Cenizas”, Warbreed, Novik y Spherical Reflection, Prion , Los Buscadores del Movimiento Perpetuo (Stoner Rock). And “Eons”, Doom project of a former member of Aether (Eons will release the album soon and let me tell you I think it will be Amazing)

 

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Still about your country. I enjoy visiting it, the music, food, wines, movies, the nature… concerning the wines, I’m fascinated with the Tikal ones, almost addicted to them, hehe. But well, I always enjoy asking the musicians I interview about their countries. When it comes to travelling to Argentina, which cities/ regions must not be missed? Do you enjoy Argentine movies? If so, tell us those that would be a great introduction to it? Anything positive that you’d like to share about the country and its culture.

 

Argentina is a big country with a widely geography. During the tours I had the chance to visit several regions. The mountain landscapes are my favorite’s ones, so I recommend: Mendoza, Bariloche, San Martin de los Andes and of course Cordoba.  Well I’m not a wine enthusiast, but I understand that Mendoza’s wines are highly appreciated all over the world. Now I’m curious and I want to taste the Tikal ones hahahahaha.

 

About movies… I’m not a big fan of Argentinean movies, but there are a couple of them pretty memorable, like, “Nueve Reinas” (there’s a Yankee remake named “Criminal “). This particularly movies portrays pretty well the way that Argentinean people are, most specifically the ones who lives in the capital city (porteños).

 

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About yourself, the whole interview is about you, but outside the music world, I’d like to ask you some of your favorite activities, hobbies, if you have any, favorite writers or movies, what do you usually do to relax at home or when going out.

 

I love staying at home. I try to go out as less as I can. I’m not a fan of noisy places like pubs or clubs. I like reading a lot; unfortunately I don’t have much time to do that lately. So I prefer to stay at home listening to music, watching a movie. I rather prefer to be alone that accompanied. But sometimes I like to spend time with friends, as long as I don’t have to go outside. I avoid specially night outs, because I prefer to rest. During the day I like to work out and running, that’s my daily routine and I really enjoy it.

 

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And so we reach the end of this interview. I hope you have enjoyed it as well as the readers. I thank you for the opportunity to allow myself as well as the readers to get to know a little more about your works. In addition, I’d like to wish you and your bands the best. Do you have any last words for our readers?

 

It only remains for me to thank you for the interview and also thanks to the readers, because if they are reading this is because they got this far of the interview… thanks for the patience.

 

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May 5, 2015

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