Infidel Interview #121: Dav Dralleon

First off, just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. Could you start off by giving a little information about you to the audience? Whatever you feel comfortable with, but name, age, and where you live would be pretty standard?

Ok, I'm Dav Dralleon, I'm 33 years old and I live in France. I compose music for about ten years, I had a metalcore band before "PANGORA" that split and then I became interested in electro, epic and synthwave music for video games and movies. Afterwards, I made some chiptune / hardcore 8 bit and then I composed my last EP "DEPTHS" which is more in the darksynth / darkwave / synthwave style.

How do you enjoy where you live? Is there a vibrant music community where you are? Would you say you find that your local scene influences your attitude and/or creativity?

It is nice to live in a small town like Nevers where there is a good musical community, especially in hardcore metal, there are good local bands. This influences the younger ones a lot and pushes them to continue making music.

Would you say that your choice to pursue music has changed your life since you started? Would you say that creativity has evolved you spiritually, emotionally, or logically?

Music has changed my life and it has made me evolve emotionally, it makes me really happy in everyday life, I think this is what I'm meant to do.

What would you say are your biggest influences when it comes to art and music? Are there any bands that you would say struck you with the chord that inspired you to peruse your current path of musical aspirations?

I am influenced by metal, heavy metal, metalcore, death metal and deathcore and then I found the same dark sounds in Darksynth artists like "PERTURBATOR" that made me hallucinate, I thought it was so big... so it was at that point that I did enjoy the Darksynth / Darkwave / Synthwave.

Are you musically self-taught? Or have you had mentors along the way to help you develop?

I started the first 8 years as self-taught, and for the last 2 years I have been taking some guitar lessons to really improve my technique and find other ways to make music.

When you write music there is a lot of trial and error. Would you consider yourself a person who goes into production with a defined sound in mind, and you work at it until you achieve the closest to the results in your head? Or would you consider yourself more of a person who feels and grooves music, letting songs progressively evolve and define themselves throughout the creation?

I am someone who feels the music as it comes. I let the songs evolve gradually and define themselves throughout the creation. It's a question of feeling.

Musical composition nowadays can be aided by so many different tools and devices. Do you favor a complex approach of using lots of different instruments, or are you in the keep it simple until you have to boat of refining certain elements to their maximum potential? Or would you say your philosophy lays in between?

I would say my philosophy lies in between. I think today it's a great chance to have access to so many different tools and instruments but in some respects we have to keep things simple in order to make everything coherent.