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Diabulus In Musica – singer Zuberoa about sexism and labeling bands in metal

tekst: Sabrina Smit
foto’s: Stefan Heilemann

Spanish symphonic metal band Diabulus In Musica concurs more parts of the world since their debut ‘Secrets‘ in 201o. In Europe the band will tour with Delain this fall and perform on the Metal Female Voices Fest in October.

Second album ‘Wanderer‘ is well received by the press. Muzikantenweb reviewed it with an 7 out of 10. Reason enough for an introduction with singer Zuberoa Aznárez.

Your second album ‘Wanderer’ is more bombastic and orchestral than your first album ‘Secrets‘. How did you manage to create this sound?

Zuberoa Aznárez: “Well, I think that we learnt many things when we did ‘Secrets’. You always try to improve what you have done in the past and I think we did it well in this new album. But I have to say that there are still many things that we could improve in the future, at least we’ll try.

For ‘The Wanderer’ we didn’t work with any producer. Ad Sluijter  (ex-guitarist Epica)gave us some advices in the pre-production process but it was ourselves who deal with all the orchestral arrangements.”

Your band is formed in 2006, how do you still get energized en do you see each other every week to play together?

Zuberoa Aznárez: “Haha, we are above all friends and we always try to have fun in the rehearsals. It also helps that things are working well: the new album, the gigs, the feedback from our fans. It is not always an easy path, but we talk a lot and discuss many things until we get a solution that works out the best for the band.”

If you have any musical ideas; how do you share this ideas with the other bandmembers?

Zuberoa Aznárez: “We work a lot at home with our personal computers. We record our ideas at the computer and usually we add all the instruments and arrangements. Then we share mp3’s of the songs and we share our thoughts, propose changes, etc. I think it’s a good way to work and test new things.”


How does it feel to be a part of the gothic metal female fronted bands?

Zuberoa Aznárez: “To be honest, I don’t see ‘female fronted gothic metal’ as a real genre and I don’t consider my band inside that ‘group’. At the beginning there weren’t many female vocalists so it was maybe normal to create that new tag, but now there are many different bands of many different styles inside the so called ‘female fronted metal’ genre.

The only thing these bands have in common is that the singer is a girl, but in my opinion, that’s not enough to create a new genre. For example, in other styles as pop or jazz, nobody distinguishes between a ‘female’ or a ‘male fronted’ band: so I cannot really understand why we do it in metal. A girl can growl, sing classical, rock.

What it makes a genre is above all the music ( a female vocalist can be from death metal to symphonic metal or rock) not only the sex of the singer. There is still too much sexism within metal; many people should start to open their minds.”

Lot’s of bands are happy to say that they are no longer gothic metal. How do you feel about the fact that you are a part of the scene?

Zuberoa Aznárez: “Well I don’t think we are a gothic band. I’m even not sure what  ‘gothic metal’ is, but I usually relate it with darker and above all slower music, like Theatre of Tragedy for example, and our music differs a lot from that. We  have in common the two voices (female melodic and grunts) but no more than that.

Actually I would say our music is really eclectic. We have many different influences and if I have to tag our style, I would say it’s ‘symphonic metal’, because we mix orchestra and big classical choirs with metal music in all its variety.


What do you think about the fact that people compare your band with Epica?

Zuberoa Aznárez: “All the bands are compared with others, above all if they are new. It is logical, as we play metal mixed with classical music and big choirs. Gorka (grunter and keyboard player -red.) and me come from a classical background, but we are also metalheads since teenagers. So this style of music was the natural road to take for us. Actually we didn’t know about Epica when we started, we discovered them later.”

Anyway, I cannot understand this obsession of labeling or comparing every band. I cannot imagine someone out the classical field, telling that he doesn’t like Beethoven because it’s a copy of Vivaldi. I don’t want to sound pretentious because of this comparison.”

Te singer of Diabulus In Musica really wants to open the discussion about the disadvantage of labeling bands in music.

What I mean is, that we should focus more on enjoying the music. I listen to the music I like. So the more bands I find of the style I like, the better for me. Or does it only one band per genre has the right to exist? I don’t think so.

It’s not a matter of style, but a matter of quality and musical taste. I’m not going to like a band only because it is totally different from others, at least me, but maybe I’m wrong.”

What is your most favorite song to play live with Diabulus in Musica on stage?

Zuberoa Aznárez: “I enjoy every second on stage, so it’s very difficult to choose.

Do you have some expectations about bands you want to play with?

Zuberoa Aznárez: “Not really, we have already played with some of our favorite bands, so I don’t know.  Any offer would be welcome because we love to play on stage.”

Is there anything you want to share with your fans?

Zuberoa Aznárez: “We are working hard to tour a lot this year. Actually we will start in May in Belgium and Germany. In October we will be touring around France, Spain and Germany. Also the performance in the anniversary of the MFVF is confirmed.

We would like also to come back to Latin America. We are doing all the effort we can to meet all of you on stage. Thanks for being there and thanks for showing your support on tour and on the Social Networks. Really appreciated!

What do you want to tell to people that doesn’t know your music?

Zuberoa Aznárez: “ I would tell them that if they like metal, passionate music, soundtracks, classical music, big choirs and even folk they might find our musical offer interesting. I would emphasize that we don’t have only a musical influence, we like different things and we have no boundaries in creating music. You can expect anything from us.”

More information and tourdates: http://diabulusinmusica.com/

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