Interview: Dakesis

Following the announcement of their Bloodstock appearance on the Jagermeister Acoustic Stage and their UK tour with Axenstar and Ascension, Nico interviews Birmingham-based power-prog outfit Dakesis.

Nico: You’ve been confirmed for the Jagermeister Acoustic Stage at Bloodstock, how are you feeling about playing the UK’s biggest metal festival?

Adam: We have indeed, how could it feel anything other than amazing? Most of the band have been attending Bloodstock for many years; some of us even from the early days of Bloodstock Indoor, so to see our name on the bill is incredible. As you mentioned, we’ll be playing the Acoustic stage this year, so it’ll be Dakesis, but perhaps not as you know it!
Wayne: We’ve given some of our tracks a complete makeover for the occasion, and rehearsals are going very well, so we’re looking forward to showcasing a side of the band many people will be unfamiliar but pleasantly surprised with.

N: Aside from being booked for Bloodstock, what’s been the highlight of the year thus far for Dakesis?

A: We were very lucky to support Edguy at Birmingham’s HMV Institute in February. I think I’m right in saying we’re all pretty big fans of the band as well as Tobias’ other work, so to share a stage with a band as infamous as these was a great experience.
Matt: You never know what to expect when you meet your idols, but Edguy proved to be some of the most friendly and welcoming people we’ve met.

N: Are there any bands that you’re looking forward to seeing at this year’s Bloodstock?

A: Iced Earth and Dimmu Borgir will be highlights for me. I’ve also been listening to a lot of Grand Magus recently. ‘The Hunt’ is incredible; I’m looking forward to seeing this live.
W: We were also very proud to see Kataleptic triumph at M2TM, so we’ll be supporting them at the New Blood stage, and our good friends Triaxis will also be gracing the Acoustic stage.

N: So your debut album was released in November of last year; what was the writing process like for it and what were your feelings when you had finished writing it?

W: A lot of the songs on the album actually predate the start of the band, they’re songs I’d written some years ago. Each member has added their own signature to the tracks though.
A: It certainly felt good when we finally had the finished product in our hands.
M: The process for album two is been different. Having said that, there’s not really a specific writing process we stick to; some songs are written in two hours, some have taken two years.

N: Where do you see Dakesis in five years time?

W: DAKESIS!!! COMING SOON TO A WORKING MENS CLUB NEAR YOU!!!! Damn, I forgot my crystal ball! In all seriousness, I hope that Dakesis continues to go from strength to strength – we’re certainly going to continually work hard and push it as far as we can!

N: Given the chance to share the stage with any musician, living or dead, which one would you pick and why?

W: There are so many, a good few I have already had the privilege such as Nino Laurenne [Thunderstone] but if I was to pick one I would say Stéphan Forté [Adagio] as he has been a major influence in my playing style so far.
A: I’d love to go back to 1976 and win the Genesis gig! Also a drum battle with Brann Dailor [Mastodon] would be fun, although I’d get my ass kicked.

N: So, you’re touring with Axenstar later this year, how are you feeling about that?

A: I can’t wait! It’s gonna be a lot of travelling, but it’s all good fun.
Wayne: It will be great to hit the road again, especially with a band the calbibre of Axenstar. (I have a custom guitar lined up specially for this tour too!)

N: What are the band’s plans for the rest of the year, gig wise?

W: We have a lot of travelling on the cards. Aside from the tour, we’re also heading to Northampton, Cambridge, Hull, Tamworth and Manchester to name a few. We’re making huge strides towards album two as well, so in between the live shows there’s a lot going on towards preparation for the next record.

N: Aside from the UK, is there any country you’d love to tour in the future?

A: Hopefully Europe is on the cards at some point in the near future. We’d love to try our hand in Germany and Scandinavia. Our sound is influenced by a lot of European progressive and melodic metal acts.

N: If you could replace the soundtrack of any film with your own music, which one would you pick and why?

W: Sorry, could you repeat the question please?
A: Valhalla Rising. I spent the entire film waiting for some epic battle to start and it never did, so something from Trial By Fire might have spruced it up.

You can check out Dakesis at their official Facebook or at Bloodstock August 10th at 2:50pm over on at the Jagermeister Acoustic Stage.

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