At the age of 7, Canadian Dave DR got some rock and metal vinyl’s to listen too. This was the beginning of a musical journey that has led Dave to this point in his live. In 2016 he released his debut EP on CD and 7” vinyl and in 2020 worldwide though streaming devices. Currently this Canadian multi-instrumentalist is working hard on his Full Length debut album and is about to release a new single with video clip! About the upcoming album, some history and a lot more I sat down for a talk with Dave DR!
Hey, thanks for taking the time for an interview with Maizter Underground!
How are you doing? Covid and all.
I’m doing pretty well, thanks! I’ve been working hard on the upcoming single as well as the full length album, but overall things have been going well all things considered.
How did the band came to exist?
Immortalizer got started in 2015 after the band I was in went on hiatus. I always wanted to create a band like Immortalizer and it wasn’t long before it became my sole focus. I wanted to merge contemporary Metal with classic style Metal to create something new and entertaining. Modern day Metal with a vintage feel to it. I wasn’t sure how it would be received at first, but I just write what I enjoy and hope others enjoy it as well. The response so far has been incredibly positive, which is really amazing! I’m incredibly grateful to Immortalizer fans all over the world!
Can you introduce the band-members one by one?
Being a multi-instrumentalist, I’m currently the sole member of the band. However, Ralf Scheepers of Primal Fear has helped me so much by not only mixing and mastering the singles so far (with the exception of Lemmy) but also by crafting me a killer vocal sound which has drastically changed the overall sound of the band. Being such a huge fan of his and his vocal sound, I’ve also duplicated the core elements of his rig for my own studio. I’m incredibly grateful to him for all his help and support. I owe him a lot!
You call yourself Immortalizer. How did you come up with this name and what does it mean?
I actually got the name for the band while writing lyrics. I was working on a song about a sword which gives its owner immortality at the expense of their soul and sanity, and I decided to call it The Immortalizer. As soon as I saw it written out I knew I had found the right name for the band. The word itself is a play on the word Immortal, more specifically making something Immortal. And so, Immortalizer was born!
Can you tell me something about the journey this far? Where did the creativity came from for your first “own work” and who (if any) did inspire you?
Well, things really took off after the release of the song Lemmy, written as a tribute to the legendary Motörhead front man Lemmy Kilmister who has been a huge influence on me and my work. (Phil Cambell of Motörhead gave the song a like on Twitter as well which meant so much to me). I’ve been writing and playing music for nearly 25 years now, and in that time I’ve had a lot of influences which helped shape my own music. I started off as a drummer when I was only 8 years old and got my first drum set when I was 9. From there I got into guitar and vocals and later bass and keyboards as well. My uncle Paul was a professional drummer in the 80’s and 90’s and he has always been an idol of mine and a huge inspiration. He told me to never give up on my dream of becoming a professional musician no matter what others said about it. So, I worked really hard to learn each instrument over the years and Immortalizer is the culmination of my passion for music and Metal! \m/ I’ve also been heavily influenced by several other musicians and bands, the full list would be far too long, but among the most influential was Judas Priest, Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Primal Fear, Helloween, Black Sabbath and Megadeth.
What are the (long-time) goals with Immortalizer?
As for the long term goals, I hope to be able to continue with Immortalizer for the rest of my career and continue to reach new heights with the right label and management company. Once the debut album is completed, I’m looking forward to putting a really solid band together to be able to tour the world and earn my place beside my heroes.
Are there are singles/ an album coming up and are there any gigs planned at the moment?
As I mentioned earlier, I have a new single coming out soon called Cut Loose, along with the official music video for it! I’m also working hard on finishing the debut album. Once the band is filled out, I’m hoping to start playing shows and touring as soon as possible!
Ok! Sounds you’ve got a lot for us in store than! Well keep a close eye out for Immortalizer! For now, I want to thank you for your time. On behalf of everyone at Maizter Underground, we want to wish you all the best with all you take on in the future!
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