Interview with DDT

An interview with an Italian Identity Rock band from Milan, that surely makes a huge contribution to the baggage of all alternative music! Ladies and gentlemen, let us introduce DDT.

 

Would you like to start with a background story of how it all begin?

The group was born in Milan in 1998. We were four members of “Fronte della gioventù” and we met there. Then we decided to found a music group...

 

How would you like to describe the situation in your area?

From a musical point of view, the situation is good. In Italy, there are more concerts and more groups than fifteen years ago. And the quality grows up.

 

What has been your influences and goals for DDT?

Our influences? All the Italian alternative music from 1975 to 1995… In particular: Amici del Vento, 270bis, ADL 122 and others….

 

What does your band name mean?

DDT means “Dodicesima disposizione transitoria”. It is a law prohibiting the re-constitution of the fascist party.

In your song "A Fiume" I can hear the famous incitatory "Eia, Eia! Alalà!" by Gabriele D'Annunzio. How is this motto used today?

In fact, the motto is not used much today. But we wanted to remember D'Annunzio and his Legionaries.

 

You have made a tribute song dedicated to Maria Pasquinelli. Can you tell us about who Maria was?

Maria was a woman who in 1947 killed a British general to protest the passage of Istria from Italy to Yugoslavia after the end of World War II.

 

 

Do you have except ideology any other focus on material matters, affect the making of art greatly?

No ... our songs are influenced by our way of thinking, and also from everyday life.

 

It is 4 years now since you released "Retrocarica". How has the album been received by the listeners?

We are delighted about the feedback that Retrocarica has received. It is our third album and we tried to make a disk different from the other two.

 

Do you have been working on any new material?

Yes! We hope to publish the new album next year. We are working on it....

 

I see that you have been touring a lot. What is the best with live performance?

Live shows are very important for us. The most beautiful thing is meeting again old friends and getting to know new people.

 

And if any organizers would like to book DDT for a gig. What is the best way to get in contact with you?

It is quite simple! Our email is carteggi@ddtweb.it. This is the best way to contact us.

 

What keeps you motivated?

Next year we will be 20 years old. We are still here. We still have many things to say and many songs to play ....

 

Thank you so much for your time. Last words are all yours.

Thanks to you. And we hope to come soon to your country. Eia Eia Alalà!!

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Ymer; new Swedish band

After when Vit Legion chose to put the band on ice, so was born the idea from their lead singer ​​JH to create something on his own, and when it turned out that PW in Västerås wanted that JH to create an album in national romantic style, began Ymer slowly but surely emerge and during that time, steered PW course from music to clothes and at this point Midgård stepped in and bought the rights of this new project. The album was almost ready to go to press, it was just a little mixing left that the studio guy wanted to fix. And, when it was fixed there was something else, and time went on for a while and this resulted in that the album lost its character and earlier versions was gone which lead to that we said; “fuck it” and thought no more of it until by chance we found one of the earlier versions, just like that, the interest for the album was back.
 
 

Why the band name Ymer/Ymir?
I chose the name Ymir based on that that I'm very interested in Norse mythology. The name itself carries a strong impression. Ymir was the biggest giant of them all, the so-called world giant. Ymir was born through the fire from Muspelheim and the frost from Niflheim. And it was also from the parts of Ymir's body that Odin, together with his brothers fashioned the Earth. So, I thought that the name itself was a fitting name for a Viking rock band.

You say that Ymer is a bit more personal.
Ymer was in the beginning more personal when it was supposed to be my solo project. The lyrics were more personal from the start. It was supposed to be a new Swedish Viking rock band with national romantic lyrics. But after that I received help from other musicians, I can’t say that it is a solo project anymore. And I have re-written the lyrics a bit. And in retrospect, I can say it was a really good choice.

Why did Vit Legion split up?
Since our last album “Rock Against Zionism” was released in 2009 with Vit Legion, has the band more or less been on ice, I usually say. The last record company we cooperated with in at that time (Nordvind Records) went to the grave, we stood for many years without any label. We also had fewer gigs than previous years. Generally speaking, gigs overall has slowed down in Sweden for the past few years. Which I personally think is very sad. But there seems to be new winds blowing now. It is anyway the feeling I have.

Then we had members who have not really pulled in the same direction. Vit Legion has always had problems with dropouts during our 14 years as a band. It became just too much. Which takes an incredible amount of energy. We always tried to found new ways to carry on, but the strong glow that previously existed within the band had slowly begun to cool down at the end of its existence. Simply too much negative energy. The joy in creating of music in Vit Legion was not there anymore. Sad but true. Therefore, Vit Legion went to the grave.

What do you think about using music as a propaganda tool?
Obviously, I think that music is a powerful propaganda tool. I would probably say that it is the strongest tool we humans have. Because when it comes to music you stimulate more of your senses, both by listening and reading! I think people embrace a message more easier through music, because music can be very emotional. A flyer would be read once, and then goes in the trashcan, unfortunately. More music to the people!

 

Interview with KMVII

Ultima Frontiera is a closed chapter. But, as as a true patron of the fascist art in musical form, has the former members founded KMVII, and promise that they will continue serving you with quality music.
 
 
 

Hello Alessandro. Nice to get in touch with you. Would you like to start with introducing yourself?

Hello Andreas, I'm glad to be here with you.
I'm not here to talk about me, I'm here to talk about us and who we are: friends, fathers, brothers, politic soldiers, there's not one who is better in the band.

So, you guys have made the decision to put up a new band. Would you like to tell us about your band KMVII?

After a long time and lot of gigs with Ultima Frontiera, we decided to split up but our love for fun and music leaded us to create a new band called KMVII.
KMVII in italian means Kilometer 7 and it's where we decided to start again with a new band, the Kilometer number 7 of the ancient Rome street who pass around our towns.

The members are a mix of Ultima Frontiera's members in his history, Alessandro always at the voice, Francon and Ilario on bass and drums (they played in the first 2 albums “Non ci sono più eroi” and “Non Conforme”), and Mattia on the guitar, the last one who joined Ultima Frontiera in the last years.

How will KMVII sound compared to Ultima Frontiera?

The sound is heavier, because of the influences are changed, we always play as Ultima Frontiera did, but we think sometimes you have to play what really comes out from your heart and mind.
We love what we always played but we want to play it louder and faster!!

Have you been working on a debut album yet? And when do you think it will be finished for a release?

For this year we decide to stop and we confirmed only a gig in Poland on july, the rest of the year will be spent to write new music and maybe during the next year we will release our new ideas.

What is the main influence in when you create music?

The influences are two kind of, the music we use to listen which most is metal music and punk;
the second one are the lyrics, we talk about stories of our country about what our fathers did for our land on the past century, and our love for fun and partying with everyone who come to see us.

What was the reason to put an end to Ultima Frontiera?

There are lot of reasons, lot of stories telled from envious people, and lot of crazy impossible stories, but what we can say is that: “everything must come to an end, you just need to be wise to know when the right time have to come”, and 23 March 2013 was the perfect day to say goodbye.
23 march is the day Fascism was born.

Thank you and good luck. Hope to hear some new stuff from you very soon. Any last words?

Thanks to you and all our friends around the streets, we'll meet you again, we swear!
Up the Pints and let's party together. 

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