1. Introduce us to your project!

Hi mate, let me firstly take a chance to thank you for this interview and say hello to all of you guys!

I’m a singer/songwriter who has released one solo EP so far (‘Nowhere Avenue’).
Other than being a guitarist in several bands (ranging from metal to pop, blues and rock), I recently decided to go solo.

I moved to the UK 3 years ago, and chose Manchester because of its vibrant music scene; there’s so much to do, so many venues and chances to interact with great musicians, growing and developing as an artist.

I spend a lot of time writing, working on arrangements and recording. Also, I love playing live.

2. How did you start out?

Well, I’ve been into music from a very early age. I think piano was the first instrument I played, but I wasn’t actually interested back then (I was 6 or 7); I thought drums were cool, but never really had lessons.

When I heard the sound of an overdriven guitar though, I was blown away! I think it was one of Keith Scott’s riffs.

I have spent most of my time studying guitar, joining bands, recording promotional videos… What guitarists do, you know.

Ultimately though, what I had always wanted to do was writing songs.

3. Describe your project’s sound.

I reckon my style is a mix of rock, grunge and pop. However, I just love music, so it’s fair to say also alternative rock, progressive, blues and country also play a part. Ahahahah, I know… You name it!

Let’s be clear about this: it’s definitely guitar-driven!

4. What influences your craft?

I’m not going to write a song when I have nothing to say.
I just don’t do that; maybe I’ll just practice, or improvise.

When an idea (a sentence I like, a chord progression, a riff or groove…) strikes me, that’s when I’ll turn my “songwriter mode” on and start working on a new tune.

Society and personal experiences are a huge source of inspiration for me.

5. What makes your project different? Why should people listen to you?

I believe (and I’ve been told) my songs are evocative and very sincere.
Style-wise, though you can hear my influences, I guess they have merged into my style in a very personal way. Having my own style has always been my ultimate goal.

6. When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?

‘Stuck In Here’, which is gonna be on my upcoming EP. I am really happy with that tune, and with everything Drew (Middleton, BMI award winner producer) did.

As per the tracks you can currently listen to on Spotify and other mainstream platforms, I think ‘Coming Around’ is my favourite one.

I remember exactly how that song came to be, and every time I listen to it, I’m so proud.

Coming Around, my debut EP, is on:
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/5pQxVdmQenU3ansH3suSxE.
Deezer: 
https://www.deezer.com/track/496019032?utm_source=deezer&utm_content=track-496019032&utm_term=1414110782_1530264097&utm_medium=web.
Amazon Music: 
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07CTYX468/ref=dm_ws_tlw_trk1 

7. What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?

Being a solo artist is both a blessing and a course.

Being inspired and able to make the songs (or dreams) in your head come true is amazing. At the same time, though, I have to say I’ve declined some offers just because they didn’t match my expectations, artistically speaking.

At the end of the day, that’s good for my integrity and I’m happy about that.

8. What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?

Playing the Royal Northern College of Music has definitely been a big one.
I had moved to the UK just a few months before that and being chosen for such a prestigious event was kind of a sign for me.

9. How bright is the future of your project – what are the plans?

I am extremely excited about what’s coming next.
Right now, my head is completely focused on the recording process. Next steps will be: rehearsing, having a final release date and planning gigs to support my upcoming EP.

10. When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?

Personally, when an album really blows my mind I’ll feel the need to listen to that again asap; it’s like going to a safe haven and disconnecting from the world outside.

I sincerely hope that’s what my music will mean for the listeners. 

Thank you for taking the time to talk with us!
You can find out more about Dario Distasi here:
 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dariodistasi/  
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dariodistasi

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