David A. DerMinasian aka Retched is a solo artist. His music is old school metal or what some people call “true metal.” His lastest release titled "The Overlord Messiah" captures the True Metal style with influences of older Iron Maiden - Black Sabbath and Judas Priest. David’s main focus for future releases will be pure in-your- face, unabashedly Thrash Metal from old school influences. Currently, David is working on new music and building a home studio. We caught up with David between these two simultaneous projects to learn more about his music and future plans.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Yes my brother and my sisters all played instuments and so it seemed fitting I should follow. I always loved the guitar and chose that to be my main instrument like my older brother Robert was a guitar player and he was my main influence to pick it up and latter Jimi Hendrrix the Beattles then came the metal years in my teens as I grew up in the 80's so I was lucky to be part of that era of Metal it was great and still is.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
The craziest thing that happened in my music career is this: So I left the music scene early in the 1990's because I couldn't get it together even though I quit performing I was still playing my guitar just not seriously persuing any goals. One day I wrote this new song called "Horrific" I liked it so much I decided to get back into the scene it will be on my next full album. Well I still had this un released EP for 30 years from my first metal band it was literally abandon but I said to my self the fans need to hear this EP so as I've been peicing my next release together I chose to put this EP "The Overlord Messiah" out on Band Camp just to see what would happen. It was less than fortyfive days later and Alone Records in Greece sent me a message that they want to sign me so I chose to gofor it. I can tell you that was the last thing I ever expected it blew my mind.
What has been the high point of your music path? The high point of my musical path is that right now I'm able to learn the things I need to know to record mix and master my own record and build my studio and get more instruments and work towards getting this next record to the masses. It is a lot of work to study all this work a regular job at 60 hrs a week and have a family.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
My creative process works like this, I pick up my guitar and start riffing and the stuff I think is worth keeping is what I start working with I'll build the basic foundation of the songs then start working on lyrics the lyrics are the hardest parts for me because a lot of my songs are fast and for me it's' hard to squeeze phrases in so its always a bit of a chalenge.
Let's take a break to check out Retched's vide o of "The Overlord Messiah"
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Well the biggest issue I see is that now all these streaming sites have cut our throats making our music to stream instead of sell that leaves everyone pretty much not able to make money unless you start playing live you will pretty much be dead in the water like me.we can still make a few dollars from streaming royalties then I had a problem with this one digital distributor I was with they decided to charge me twice for some thing I paid for already it was only five dollars but it pissed me off so I disputed it with my bank and won then they took all my stuff down off you tube off all their digi platforms and I barely had ten dollars from streaming royalties after two years and they look like they are acually keeping that too. Theres nothing good about this business I just have to ask " How can something I love so much be such a drag at the same time?" I'm still doing it because I like to play and I do plan to do shows after my next release is finnished hopefully then things will turn around for me but till then I just gotta fight and push forward I may not get to tour till a few years up the road but what ever happens I will be poping out release after release
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
I would love to open for Exsodus - Testament - Warbringer - Exmortus - Evile -Gama Bomb - Dust Bolt - and many more. Why? Because they are some of my favorite Thrash Metal artists and influences.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Rehearsals are the usual routine nothing fancy just hard work and lots of it.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it! This new release I'm working on is my greatest chalenge because I'm doing all the writing of the music and lyrics and also all the recording mixing and mastering and the guitars - drums - bass - and vocals and after that I'll have to promote it and on top of all that all the while as I'm finnishing my studio.
What's coming up in the future?
I am working on a full length album ten to twelve tracks in all. I'm not positive when it will be released but it is under way.
Tell us where fans can access your music? Website