Interview - Immortalizer

My name is Dave D.R. I’m a multi-instrumentalist recording artist and performer from Ontario Canada. I’ve always been obsessed with music. Since I was 7 years old, I’ve known music was going to be my path in life. I’ve spent the last 25 years working hard to make that dream a reality. I started off as a drummer and got my first drum kit when I was 9 years old. My uncle was a professional drummer in the ’80s & ’90s and he taught me a lot of the fundamentals. From there I went on to teach myself to play guitar, sing, play bass and keyboards as well. I formed and played in numerous bands over the years and began my solo work in early 2012. In 2015 I started Immortalizer and I’m currently writing and recording the first full-length album.

Line up
Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Drums and Keyboards: Dave D.R. (For the time being I’m a one-man army).

We sound like
Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Dio and Metallica. I like to say it’s classic style Heavy Metal blended with contemporary Metal elements.

“Unleashed” EP: (Released on CD & 7” Vinyl in 2016 and online in 2020). “Lemmy” single (2020), “I’m Gone” single (2021)“Gone To Hell” single (2021).

I’ve been influenced by so many artists/bands over the years, but the ones who have influenced me the most are Motörhead, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Saxon, Primal Fear, Iron Maiden, Ozzy, Dio, Helloween, Megadeth, Metallica, Michael Schenker and Symphony X. The full list would be far too long, but those are definitely some of the top artists and bands that had the biggest impact on me.

What do you write about?
I write about all kinds of things. From day-to-day life all the way to fantasy themes and basically anything in between. A lot of material comes directly from past experiences. I like to write about things I know first hand. Mostly, I just keep myself open to any ideas and I just run with them. I try to never limit myself creatively. If you don’t push yourself out of your comfort zone sometimes you can miss out on potentially great material.

Your favourite live performance so far
That’s a tough one. I think my favourite show so far was a benefit gig one of my old bands and I played to support a local children’s hospital. We were young and didn’t have the support of the crowd at first, but over the course of the set we won over the crowd, it was wicked. Plus, the show raised quite a bit for the children’s hospital which was awesome!

Tell us a funny story that happened in studio or on stage
Several years ago, I was playing a show at this club called The Underground in Ottawa, Ontario with my best friend Jay and our buddy Mitch. We were halfway through our set when a drunken fan came jumping up on stage to dance around but he quickly lost his footing and fell into me knocking me back into/over the drum kit which came crashing down in spectacular fashion all around me and Jay too. The bouncers rushed the stage and literally carried the guy outside. Haha. There was no hard feelings though. I was pretty intoxicated myself so I didn’t feel it much, (until the next morning haha). I joked about it with the crowd asking if anyone else wanted to try some human bowling. After the set I found out that the guy was kicked out of the show, but he still waited outside the club to apologize which I thought was pretty cool of him. We all had a good laugh about it.

Your favourite records
Painkiller by Judas Priest. Bastards by Motörhead. Denim & Leather by Saxon. The Number Of The Beast by Iron Maiden. Holy Diver by Dio. Nuclear Fire by Primal Fear. Time Of The Oath by Helloween. Power Plant by Gamma Ray. Diary Of A Madman by Ozzy. Stalingrad by Accept. Heaven And Hell by Black Sabbath. Creatures Of The Night by KISS, The Divine Wings Of Tragedy by Symphony X. Rust In Peace by Megadeth. Master Of Puppets by Metallica and the list goes on and on.

A musician you would like to meet for a beer
That’s another tough one! There’s so many I’d love to meet. I’ve always dreamed of meeting Rob Halford. It would be such an honor to meet the Metal God himself! I really hope I get the chance one day!

What will you ask backstage if you were the most important band on earth
A KISS pinball machine hahaha. (Just kidding). I would be more than happy with a fully stocked minibar and a comfy couch.

Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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