Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Ever since I began learning guitar my first teacher was my older brother Robert and he said this:
"Don't just play cover songs he said learn how to write your own music so since the age of ten I started working on that."
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's happened to me is the coming back to the metal scene after being gone from it for thirty years. When I came back it was awesome because the metal comunities around the world made me feel welcome and loved.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Right now the high points are finishing my studio and releasing my new single "HORRIFIC" My first product from my new studio. Soon I will be releasing another single called "What kind of world "which will be Released on a seven inch vinyl with "HORRIFIC" then on to the full length album.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
It always starts with a riff or an intro then it develops from there the arrangements begin once the entire arrangement is done I work on the lead guitar parts. After that the bass then the drums then the vocals and on to mixing and finally mastering.
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?
The biggest challenge for me is building a brand and gathering a fan base. Marketing strategies and budgets planning. It isn't easy being independent and relying on your own resources but I do have some folks I hired this year to help me brand my craft and gain more fans. If I could change one thing it would be this: first I would change the way music is consumed because all the streaming services are the ones that profit not us. They get the people to get a subscription for a small cost per year and give the people access to thousands of albums mean while we only get very small streaming royalties for this when they play our songs it's not very fair when music production is very costly and the gear that goes with it is very expensive. So although having your music on streaming services does in some ways bennefit you by getting more access to fans auditioning your music and hopefully getting more fans it would be great to have the option to not be on a subscription so If the fans want to stream your material they can all day long but if they want a download the the small one dollar fee would be a great gift for the creators we all struggle very hard to creat music and release it and in the end we get burned. I understand its a great deal for the consumer to pay a small fee to have access to all the music I don't believe in this and I don't do it because it is not fair to the bands I love I would rather pay for an album than cut their throats by subscibing to streaming services. When the people subscribe the artist is not making any money only the streaming services do so streaming doesn't help us much and we all need to stand together and fight back in fact I think I'm going to start a movement towards gaining more rights toward this issue after all some one has to take a stand.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Exodus they are awesome.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Live shows will be grueling rehearsals and hard work also is the budgeting for travel and lodging and all the other logistical aspects of this its more than jumping in the car and driving.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
HORRIFIC was my greatest challenge because it is the first of many productions from my personal studio. The biggest challenge was after I had all my new gear I had to get used to working with it all. Tons of manuals to read and things to connect micing techniques and best practices to learn it was very intense.
What's coming up in the future?
My next single is in the works titled "What kind of world" I'm planning to press a seven inch vinyl with "HORRIFIC" then the full length album around the end of 2022.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
This is RETCHED:
I am David DerMinasian and I am the sole artist for RETCHED I am Old School Thrash Metal.
I'm originally from Del Rey, Ca. a small farming town in Fresno County California. I have recently completed my home studio and I am currently working on my new single called "HORRIFIC" it will be available on all digital platforms by the end of 2020 or soon after that. It is also the title track of my next full-length album to be released on CD and Vinyl later next year in 2022 But in these uncertain times, it could take longer.
I have come back to the scene after 30 years of being gone I released an older EP called:
"The Overlord Messiah"
It is a "True Metal" EP recorded in 1988 by my first band called "AVATAR" but was never released till 2017. I am still hoping my old bandmates will contact me so I can get them on board for "The Overlord Messiah" EP. It can be found here: https://alone.gr/shop/ and on all the links here on my page.
It was a very awesome experience that the Metal communities around the world have welcomed me back to the scenes after all these years.
This release was abandoned since 1988 all these years sitting in my drawer in my house for near 30 years all the while I would take it out every 5 to 10 years and spin it a few times then put it away wishing I could have released it to the world.
After I decided to come back to the scene and write music again I started my journey to put my new music together it took a few years till I was realistically able to get to this point but in the meantime, I released this record of my old band while I bring you my newest work: "HORRIFIC"