WELCOME TO La Bodega QUARANTINE TALK, WHERE WE’VE HELD VARIOUS CONVERSATIONS WITH ARTIST’S & GROUPS FROM AROUND THE WORLD VIA ZOOM, EMAIL, SOCIAL MEDIA EVEN PLAIN OLD PHONE CONVERSATIONS.
WELCOME TO THE 26th EDITION OF La Bodega QUARANTINE TALK.
THE ARTIST WE HAVE TODAY IS HARD DISK DRIVE
YOU CAN CHECK OUT OUR CONVERSATION DOWN BELOW
SO. What are your Names? where you’re from and what first got you interested in the
HDD. Hard Disk Drive are:
Dinos Fil. – Vocals/Guitars
Thanos K. – Drums
Paris Ch. – Guitars
Dinos & Thanos are from a small town in the Greek countryside while Paris is from
All three of us are huge heavy metal fans from a very young age, therefore playing music
and forming a band came as a natural transition to express our creative needs.
SO. Who and/or what inspires you to create?
HDD. Our debut album is called “Immortal Nightmares”, showing that we draw inspiration
from everyday battles, worries and everything related.
Sometimes all different feelings are filtered through fictional perspective, since fantasy
is often a gateway to channel out everyday hardships.
SO. How would you describe your sound?
HDD. Let’s sum it up in 3 words: heavy, melodic, dark! We like to pursue an old – school aesthetic,
however filtered through a more modern sound, combining all our different influences.
SO. What is your creative process like?
HDD. We basically get together in a room and we jam through ideas each of us has.
Most of the times music comes first and then we match whatever fits from Dinos’ lyric
Once we have a basic idea of the song, we record it in a demo format in our home studio
and continue from there.
SO. What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with?
HDD. Quite frankly with each and everyone of our idols, haha !
Also, the Greek scene is very strong and it would be interested if we could collaborate
with an artist of a different musical background.
On our upcoming album we’ve collaborated with George Halliwell of Fortis Ventus who
brought in a more atmospheric tone to our sound. Thus, it would be very interesting to
incorporate orchestral parts and even darker colors, similar to the style of Septicflesh,
Chaostar or Dead Can Dance.
SO. What is one message you would give to your supporters?
HDD. We hope our upcoming album will be worth the wait, be sure to check it out in all digital
platforms on October 4th !
Also a big thank you for all the support throughout the years !
SO. What is the most talent/skill you have that most people don’t know about?
HDD. One thing that probably separates us is the capability to write music that combines old-
school aesthetics with a more modern approach. We have been told that the music
rings a bell from classic albums yet still sounding fresh and intriguing to a new listener.
8.What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music?
All of us have everyday jobs. This is what pays for everything, including our passion for
music. On the other hand this is also what sometimes holds us back from taking risks
that would probably take us further as band.
SO. Who are some artists/people you admire and why?
HDD. The music of Hard Disk Drive derives from the combination of mainly two genres; the classic
heavy metal origins we all grew up with and remain at the top of our playlists (bands like Iron
Maiden, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Accept) combined with gothic metal influences,
such as Paradise Lost, Poisonblack and Charon.
What is the best advice you’ve been given?When Asked “What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Over the years we’ve listened some good and some terrible advice.
As simple as it may sound the best one has been to never give up and always believe in
SO. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
HDD. We certainly are not a band to know enough about the industry.
However we would encourage small bands to pursue a more DIY path, since our little
experience has proved that the more business and third parties are involved, the less
fun you have being in a band.
Of course, business is mandatory to take the next step but things seem to change over
the years for the better.
SO. What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year?
HDD. Hopefully the pandemic will come to an end once and for all and we can get back to
playing live shows.
Until then we hope our new material reaches a new audience so we can visit more
places for a gig!
SO. What is your social media? How can people get in contact with you?
HDD. You can reach us through the following links:
You can also find our merch on bandcamp:
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