Hello Dave and welcome. So, Immortalizer, a heavy metal band from Canada, nice quality! Tell us a few words about the band’s history, your influences and about the time when you started the band.
Thank you very much! Immortalizer got started in 2015 while I was working on my solo work. I really wanted to create an original band that had a vintage feel to it like my favourite classic Metal era bands like Judas Priest, Motörhead, Saxon and Iron Maiden. There‘s something about British Heavy Metal that really resonates with me. I also wanted some more contemporary elements mixed in, like some of my other favourites like Primal Fear, Symphony X and Helloween. Once I recorded the first EP “Unleashed” I knew I had found my sound. And Immortalizer was born!
A new video is out now, called “Lemmy” and I believe that you had a small change of sound compared with the last singles. You also have a new video. Give us some info regarding the new single and video.
That’s right. Due to Covid, I had to record the Lemmy track with my digital drums vs my acoustic drums (which are currently in another city). That definitely changed the overall sound compared to my first EP. The same is true for the latest single “I’m Gone”. However, this time around I was able to get a more powerful drum sound through Steven Slate plug ins, which sound amazing! The big news with “I’m Gone” is that legendary vocalist Ralf Scheepers of Primal Fear helped me craft a new vocal sound and also mixed and mastered the song! It was such an honour to work with Ralf who is one of my biggest music idols!
You’re a very fresh band, but you’ve already made a very good name for yourself on internet. I believe that this is a great step for the band right?
Absolutely! I’m so thrilled with the fan response so far and how things continue to grow! More and more people are discovering the band and enjoying my music. Which is very humbling and exciting! I’ve spent the last 25 years working towards my dream of becoming a professional musician and it’s amazing to see that dream becoming a reality! I love writing, recording and sharing my music with the world, and I plan on working very hard to earn my place beside my Metal heroes!
Tell us a few words about your experience on recordings and stage! How do you feel?
Well, I’ve been recording music since I was 9 years old! My best friend Jay and I had a two man band, and we recorded our demos on my old boom-box tape deck. The quality was awful of course, but we had so much fun! We also started recording with my fathers old reel to reel from the 70’s which was awesome! As the years went on we started recording with a 4 track machine that used cassettes as well. It was the first time we were able to record multiple parts vs just recording us live. A few years later we recorded a few songs for a compilation album which was recorded by our friend Steve who owned an 8 track machine with a built in EQ and mixing board. Not long after that we finally bought a professional recording software called Cubase and dove Into the world of digital recording. We put together several demos and started learning how to use the software more effectively. A few years later, Jay decided to return to school. Times were tough and the live music scene in our city was far from booming. In the end I just couldn’t give up, so I decided to keep working on my own solo work and later started Immortalizer! By this time I had a much better understanding of how to properly record, mix and master music.
As for the stage. I absolutely love performing and feeding off the energy of the crowd. There’s no feeling on earth like being in front of a cheering crowd. It’s truly intoxicating! I’m really looking forward to bringing Immortalizer to the stage and one day touring the world!
Some musicians hate interviews because they hate talking about themselves! But I have to ask. What are your main personal influences and background of studies in music?
Well, I don’t mind interviews for the most part, but I can relate to not liking talking about myself. I’m a pretty private person outside of my music work. So it was challenging at first to talk about myself in such detail. But I also understand that fans want to know who you are, where you’ve been and what you’re like off stage.
I’ve been influenced by so many bands and artists over the years, but some of the most impactful were Judas Priest, Motörhead, Saxon, Iron Maiden, Primal Fear and Helloween as previously mentioned, but also Dio, Michael Schenker (MSG), Kiss, Megadeth, Metallica, Gamma Ray, and the list goes on and on.
As for my background in music. I am a self taught musician. My uncle Paul who was a professional drummer showed me the basics when I was a kid, but we lived so far from each other I didn’t get to see him much. I became obsessed with music early on and it wasn’t long after I started playing drums that I decided to learn to play the guitar as well. After that I went on to learn to sing play the bass and later some keyboards as well. My older brother is a guitar player too, so I learned quite a few guitar solo tricks from him as well. But mostly I learned to play each instrument by ear. I later learned a bit of guitar theory, but experimentation and playing along to my favourite songs helped built my technical abilities over time.
Is your style still popular in Canada? Are there a lot of new bands on this style?
That’s a good question. I’m not really sure. I haven’t heard many bands that sound like Immortalizer, so it’s hard to tell. However, there’s a large Immortalizer fan base in Canada now that keeps growing with each new single. So I think it’s safe to say that a lot of people enjoy it!
I read somewhere that you don’t play concerts very often. Before this damned virus, of course! Is that true and if so, why is that?
That is true. For many years I was mostly a recording artist. When I started recording my solo work I recorded each instrument myself. So playing live wasn’t possible. The same is true for Immortalizer. I’m still writing and recording everything myself for the time being. However, I’m hoping to put together a really solid band soon so we can bring Immortalizer to the stage and also tour! Covid has made that impossible for the time being. So I decided to continue releasing singles in the meantime.
Has the internet and social media helped the band or not? And if yes, how so?
Well, that’s a complex question. On one hand the internet helped me reach an incredible amount of people all around the world as an indie artist, which wouldn’t have been possible without a label prior to the internet. However the downside is getting lost in a sea of information and content. Not to mention thousands of other bands. So being recognized and breaking out is still quite difficult. I’m very conflicted when it comes to the internet, (especially social media). But I must say, it did help push things further for Immortalizer, so I’m very grateful for that.
What’s the next step for Immortalizer right now?
The next step for Immortalizer is to continue looking for the right label and management company and of course putting a band together as soon as possible to grow as a band and be able to play shows and tour. In the meantime, I’m going to keep releasing singles and work on finishing the first full length album!
Is there something else that you wish to share with us?
Well, as always I’d like to thank my amazing fans from all over the world. You Metal Monsters are incredible!! Thank you all for your continued support!! I’d like to thank my best friend Jay who’s always believed in me and supported me over the last 25 years!
Last but not least, I’d like to thank Ralf Scheepers for all his help crafting me a wicked new vocal sound and for mixing and mastering my latest single “I’m Gone”!!!