Spotlight on … Deathwhite.

Answered collectively by the band!

*When did you really get involved into music in general and into metal specific? Who was responsable for your interest in (metal) music?
The four of us got into metal at a relatively young age. Many of us were fortunate to have parents into the style of music, which, only made it natural for us to dive in. Some of our parents have strong musical backgrounds and have played in bands and that also contributed to us getting into metal.

*Which artists or bands did influence you the most?

In the case of Deathwhite: Katatonia, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Anathema, Isis, Cult of Luna, Alcest, Tool, Enslaved, Junius and many more. It’s quite hard to list all of the bands who have influenced us.

*Do you follow other or are you intrested in other styles of music beside metal? If so, what is teh music you prefer to listen to?

The four of us like a wide variety of music, ranging from prog to classic rock to jazz to funk to blues. We, of course, prefer to listen to metal, but we are big fans of non-metal music. There’s plenty of good music to go around.

*Is music a full time job for you now or do you have a job beside music? If so, what kind of job are you doing? If you would be really succesful with music, would you quit your other job?
Music is not a full-time occupation for us, although one of our members tours quite frequently. In the unlikely event Deatwhite became successful to the point where we could pursue the band full-time, it is likely we would remain a part-time band. Quite a few of us have rather important work and family obligations that would interfere with the life of a full-time touring band.

*If you could start a band with other musicians on other instruments, which artist would you pick for wich instrument and why? (Something like an “All Stars Band”?) Would you still go for a melodic metal / doom gothic metal band? Or would you do something completely different?
John Bush — vocals. He is perhaps one of the most versatile vocalists in metal.
Gregor Macktintosh — lead guitar. A superior songwriter who is seemingly never out of melodic and lead guitar ideas.

Anders Nyström — rhythm guitar. Another fantastic songwriter who can provide backing vocals.

Geezer Butler — bass. No one enhances doom riffs quite like him.

Martin Axenrot – drums. Not only a solid timekeeper, but capable of handling intricate parts as well.

*If you had been banned to an uninhabited island and you may pick 5 albums to listen to, wich albums would you choose and why?
Katatonia: ‘Viva Emptiness’. The pinnacle of songwriting in the dark metal sphere.

Paradise Lost: ‘Draconian Times’. Like the above, arguably the best set of songs assembled by a gothic metal band.
Led Zeppelin: ‘IV’. Has withstood the test of time better than virtually every album of its generation.
Pink Floyd: ‘Wish You Were Here’. The height of their powers.
Opeth: ‘Blackwater Park’. Progressive metal never had it so good.

*Every new album of a band or an artist is the best one (we do know its your first album) So here is a chance to promote you album. Why should a music lover buy your album? What are the standout tracks for you on this first album and why?
Our new album is called Grave Image and it’s a heavy, dark-doom album. We are fond of all the tracks and are perhaps too close to them to choose a favorite. We hope people will take the time to check it out.

See “CD-Review” for a review (written in Dutch) for the new Deathwhite album ‘Grave Image’ (Season Of Mist) –

*Is there a chance that you will promote these songs through live concerts? If so, would you prefer small clubs or big festivals? And is there a chance we can see DEATHWHITE in Belgium?
We are debating the possiblity of live shows in 2020, although we will only play if presented with the right opportunity. We are primarily a studio band and prefer to keep it that way, but, if the proper show opportunity comes along, we will certainly pursue it.