TUATHA DE DANANN   FOLK METAL FROM BRAZIL Band Questions answer by BRUNO MAIA    
Please introduce yourself and the band members briefly?   Hello, my name is Bruno Maia and Im one of the fouding members of TDD, me and the bassist Giovani Gomes. Im the vocalist, guitarrist, flutist and also play some banjo and mandolins and needed.   What does the band name mean and how do you get it?   Tuatha de Danann were a race of celtic irish gods and goddess, the people of goddess Danú. They were magically skilled and lots of stories has been told about their deeds.   Where and how was the band founded?   We are from Brazil and the band was born as Tuatha de Danann in 95.   Have you played in other bands before?   No, the case is that the band I had before, Dark Subconscious, turned into Pendragon and then, Tuatha.   Was it hard to find suitable band members who fit musically and humanely with the band?   In our case its a bit hard because we live in the countryside, then we have not that many musicians available, and it gets harder when u have to chose musicians who are good technicaly, people ready to work, with some experience etc...   What are the lyrics about and who of you is writing them ?   Well, the lyrics are about the magical world, a world beyond our reason and prisons...In the beginning we used a lot of celtic mythology as sources, nowadays we have a different approach on managing this magical content, and we also write about nature, enviroment and sometimes, some social contents like media manipulation, greed and authoritarism. I write the lyrics and sometimes Martin Walkyier write some for us, we are good friends and partners.   Which bands inspired you and how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard a sound from you?   In folk metal music, there was only Skyclad before. They were the pioneers, and we were really into them. But, I believe Beatles, Rainbow, old Amorphis, Jethro Tull, ELO and irish trad music are the recepies. I believe our music is different of any band you name, we have the folk and celtic elements of course, but the way we write our music with all that 60’s and 70’s influences make us different.   Why should people listen to our music?   I believe people should give a chance to any band or artist. But, speaking only of TDD, we have fans who are old people, grannies etc...from black metal heads to old lads, maybe for this I said before, the elements from 60´s, 70´s etc...   In 2001, your debut album Tingaralatingadun was released. How long did the work last and how satisfied are you with the album today?   This was amazing!!! For the first time we have the budget to make an entire album in a nice place(We released our first cd on 1999, but that was our second demo tape with 3 news songs put on a cd).   I believe we met our core on this album, the happy ambiences, the major keys, the psycholdelism put together to growling vocals, celtic music, beatlesque vocal harmonies etc… From this album theres songs we cant stop playing alive like The Dance of the Little Ones, Tan Pinga ra Tan and Be Hold the Horned King. And this album sold over 25 thousands copies here in Brazil, it was really nice!!!   The Delirium Has Just Began ... has been released for the debut album for one year. Why were the work so fast and what is your favorite song on the album?   As a result of Tingaralatingadun´s sucess, we were giging a lot here in Brazil, we were living a period of full creativity and inspiration, thats the reason we went to do this one that fast. I like to sound of this album and theres some nice songs: Abracadabra, Brazuzan and album title song, wich is really a trip, are my favourites.   Trova di Danú published in 2004. How long did the work last and who helped you with the emergence?   We´ve recorded this album on january 2004 and release it this year yet….This is a very well done work. We have a good production and gave us the opportunity to do our first international tour.At this time we have all our first albuns released in France and Trova di Danú was selling well, then our label took us to France to tour over the country. This was an amazing thing….and culminates with a concert on Wacken Open Air.   For your fourth album, Dawn of a New Sun, did it take you eleven years? Why did it take so long to put the band on ice or what were the reasons for the long time without an album?   The thing is: we had some management problems that lead us to paralyze the band on 2010. From 2004 to 2010 we just released an acoustic DVD and nothing of studio stuff. In 2007 I released a solo project called Braia, and today I reckon this could be one of the reasons some guys in the bad went concearned and angry. Besides these management problems and   the solo project we began to have disagreements and stuff like that which result in a break. The band paralyze from 2010 to 2014. During this period, me, the keyoardist and drummer formed a band called Kernunna and we released one album, the bassist and the other guirrast formed another band as well. Then on 2014 we decided to put the band together again.   For the album you could win an icon of folk metal with Martin Walkyier for a song. how have you come to him since then and how did you cooperate with him?   Actually there are 3 contributions of Martin on Dawn of A new Sun album.He wrote 3 lyrics and sung on the song “Rhymes Against Humanity”.This is one of the highlights of the album. What a lyric and song! I am an old fan of Martin since the early Skyclad, he is definitely the best metal lyricist ever. Our friendship starts when I called him to come and sing in a festival I used to organize here, Roça’n’Roll. We, the band, would be their back band doing Skyclad. From that time on, this was 2008, he came here 3 times and we became really close. We just release a new song together, called ‘Your Wall Shall Fall’, check on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVPuGNbpgdw   Are you already working on new songs for a new album and what are the plans for a new release?   Yes, we are about to release on february a new EP, and we already release 2 songs digitally, “The Tribes of Witching Souls” and “Your Wall Shall Fall”.   What was your first concert as a fan? And what memory do you have of it?   I believe it was Paradise Lost at São Paulo on Monster of Rock. Along Ozzy, Faith no More and Megadeth. It was deadly!! I loved Paradise Lost,,,,as fantastic to a young fella.   What were your live highlights and with which bands did you play?   I believe it was on Wacken( the crowd as really welcoming to us), our parisien concert when we were Sold out headling this concert in there, on 2005 and when we played on Live’n’Louder in Brazil in a stadium along Nightwish, Destruction, Rage etc… We have played with some many bands that I coudnt remember.   Have already resulted in friendship ?   I couldn say that...Friendshipe, real Friendship I could say Martin Walkyier and a french band that the guys are really close to me is Shadyon.   Which band would you like to play live with and why?   Paul McCartney, because he is Paul McCartney.   With what do you earn your money except with the music?   I have a recording studio, so I still trying to make a living of music.   How important are social media for you as a band?   I know its really important, but I admmit we are very bad on it.   What would you (her) want to achieve with the band?   If I can keep doing the music I want and if theres people enjoying it making this thing beem self suficient its ok for me.     What do you think about the Brazil Metal scene in general?   We have a legendary past on the extreme music scene, bands like Sepultura, Sarcofogo, Holocausto etc… Nowadays, theres zillions of bands struggling to be seem and survive.   Maybe you can recommend some bands from your area?   Yes, I like Imago Mortis, Nervosa, Torture Squad, Cartoon, Soulspell...   PERSONAL QUESTIONS !   Where did you grow up and how was your childhood?   I was born in Belo Horizonte, capital of this state of mine called Minas Gerais. I had a happy childhood, I was born in a nice home, not a rich family, but well enough to be a decent and happy life. My family is very musical and I had all the support I could have had.   How was your school time you were rather the good student or the break clown ?   My grades were good, but I was a rebel.   How did your parents react when you started making metal music? did they support you and how do you feel about your music today?   They always supported me.   Would you be successful in making music as a musician?   I hope so...In a way I am already.   Are you someone who loves the hustle and bustle of the big city? or rather looking for peace and relaxation in nature?   I’m from the rural thing.   Do you actively practice sports or are you more of a passive spectator?   No.   When it comes to your physical well you can cook or let you cook for you   Both, I believe.   What does your environment tell you about your passion for metal (friends / family / colleagues) ?   I dont know how to answer it...really, but Im on it from ages, then no one could say anything.   How do you see the problem with the haters on the internet who have to announce their mental garbage in anonymity always and everywhere?   Man, I hate them hahahahaha. In Brazil people just elected a fascist as a president due to social media.Sad!   What do you think about the internet in general? a blessing or a curse?   As anything it has 2 faces, right? It can be wondeful but it gives power to very stupid, ignorant and evil persons as well.   What would you personally like to do in your life?   Keep making music, art and healthy.   Brazil A beautiful place, gifted by the gods, but still a colony.   Austria Never been there, but I hope one day I can, to visit Mozart´s country.   Nave Espacial de Varginha Funny.   Oscar Wilde A real influence on literature to me, his wit and humour are grand!   Monty Python Gods of Humour.   Movie or Series Depends on the movie and the series, I like both.   Pão de Açúcar Beautiful   Carnaval Not my cup of tea.     Picanha Love that!   Aura Lager Love Lager!   Family I love my family, but Im lucky because my people are good . . .But family is nothing but a concept ...isnt it?!   Your top 10 all time album faves The Beatles- Revolver The Beatls- White Album YES- Close to the Edge Paradise Lost- Gothic Amorphis - Tales from the Thousand Lakes Rainbow- Long Live Rock n Roll Helloween- Keeper II Renaissance- Ashes are Burning Peter Gabriel- Car Cathedral - The Ethereal Mirror   The closing word is yours? Thanks a lot for the support and space.
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