Answered by Douglas Martins
1. How would you describe your music?
First of all I would like to thank you for opening this incredible space for DEEP MEMORIES !!!
I see my music as a mixture of various parts of the metal world. When listening to the album you will notice many nuances ranging from heavy metal to extreme metal. There is a Black Metal atmosphere but with melodic excerpts that reminds us of Swedish death / black metal, British heavy metal... Another significant influence is gothic and doom metal, because the sounds are dragged and less brutal. These end up being the main characteristic of the songs.
Many friends mention different bands as influences, but I would particularly describe the music of Deep Memories as a Blackened Doom-Death metal with several melodic parts.
2. What gave you the idea of a single title?
The title "Rebuilding the Future" was already well defined in my head even before I finished the lyrics on the album. Many personal experiences I've had in the past 15, 20 years have made me sure this title would be perfect for this first album. In my opinion, when you admit that your actions and behaviors have led you to gloomy moments of extreme pain, loss, and regret, the idea of freedom on being able to rebuild your future brings a relief, a breath that can aid in the healing of past wounds, with this I had no doubt that this would be the ideal title for this work, which brings much of this context. All songs without exception, bring a mix of pain, nostalgia and victory, bringing an energy that navigates through the painful moments but in the end lead you to feel better, stronger, more confident and full.
3. Do you work together with others in the writing process?
In the musical part of the album, two songs had the support of another person. Suffocating Grayish Darkness has an important participation of my son Juan Martins. This was the first song I ended up finishing for this album. He introduced me to the structure of the song and it was very well done, we blended our ideas and created the skeleton of what it would become. Naturally, after putting the bass, the keyboards and vocals changed the initial idea, but the essence came out of two minds. The song Explicit Way to Relieve Pain has a riff of Juan also, it was a riff that always listened to him playing, and when it had finalized the composition of the music I realized that there was space for that riff, I talked with him and "lent" this riff of him , I added a clean vocals in this riff and it was amazing!
Already in the part of the letters everything was elaborated by myself, I had no external support.
4. How much time to do you take record songs?
In all, it took 11 months for me to finish the album, from recordings, mixing and mastering. I only worked on weekends. This greatly extended the album's completion time. I worked 7 months in 2016 and 4 months in 2018.
5. Does this release differ from past music releases? How?
If you look at the work of the band Desdominus during the period I was present (1996 to 2005), you will notice that some of my current ideas of composition were there, but for that moment the compositions were born more brutal and extreme. When I started with them in '96, the band already had more like a death metal sound, focused on a faster and direct strand. When I started Deep Memories 2016 I was able to explore more sonorities that were made and still are part of my most personal taste, I hear a lot of heavy metal, doom metal, gothic and prog metal and this side has always been more contained while in Desdominus, and now I can explore it with total freedom.
6. Do you like to change it up for each release with lyrical themes?
For the next songs, I intend to follow what the feeling of the moment is indicating, of course that the compositions will follow a style, even because it is what I like to do. But I do not see myself limited to following a fixed, unchanging line. Music is the portrait of the soul, suddenly slower songs, with more clean vocals, as well as faster songs, with less melody, more truncated.
For the lyric part I intend to continue writing about what bothers me, what intrigues me, that somehow remains in my mind even if I do not want to, and that somehow, can have an identification with the audience. I love writing guys, but I do not do that much, honestly that was the fastest part, in just 7 weekends I wrote the lyrics and recorded all the vocals, practically being a song for the weekend.
7. Where do you draw your influences and inspirations from?
When I pick up my guitar, the songs come naturally, something always comes out relevant, I owe it to the inspirations of those bands that brought me to the metal like IRON MAIDEN, BLACK SABBATH, MEGADETH, KISS, JUDAS PRIEST, PANTERA. These bands have changed the way I see the world and react to what it produces. Having become a "headbanger" at the age of 13 (today I am 38 years old), brought me a reality so free of human beings, that little by little I became a person without prejudice, feeling part of a worldwide brotherhood, which have their differences like every other segment, but are united by a single idea, heavy music, against fashions and tendencies, always assaulting in some way the conservatism of social hypocrisy. Today freedom of expression is more consolidated, but being headbanger in the 90s here in Brazil was not easy, Sepultura opened the door and this brought an incredible motivation to be a person who felt full when listening to an OZZY OSBOURNE album, even if the price would be rejected by the majority, just by enjoying a distinctive style of music and dressing in an unusual way.
In the part of influences a good part comes from what I listen. In addition to the metal icons I've mentioned, several bands from the 80s and 90s influenced me, helped shape my way of playing as Dark Tranquility, In Flames (first albums), Lacuna Coil, Nevermore, Dream Theater, At The Gates, My Dying Bride, Katatonia, Rotting Christ, Bathory, Theater of Tragedy, Whitin Temptation and Amorphis.
8. What has been the most enjoyable thing you have done as a musician/singer?
Without any doubt is to have the gift of being able to compose a song. This is something so incredible that when you hear the result you end up not believing it was done by you hahahahaha. This sensation is indescribable, especially when people identify themselves with what you have done. I'm very happy with the feedback I received from the album. I think it's incredible because my music is part of my soul and it's what I am, and when you have recognition about it, it means that somehow people have identified themselves with your way of thinking, feeling and acting. When this occurs it’s the climax, nothing is more significant than this experience!
9. What do you feel is the biggest challenge going forward with your career?
It is to manage the time between my family - wife and two children, my responsibilities as a member of society (if I inform myself, read something, continue to specialize professionally), my work (I work in the industry many hours a day, I leave home at 6: 50 in the morning and return at 6:15 pm), keep the moments of leisure and deal with the importance that Deep Memories has become in my life.
Today I get messages, emails, every day, by the time the headbangers communicated by letters there was more time to answer, but today everything is instantaneous, so this is the biggest challenge, overcoming the mental and physical fatigue to nourish a dream , which is to share this work, this songs with whom you really admire and fight for a movement that will never end.
10. What do you enjoy outside of music?
Honestly, if I take out the music there is very little that I really enjoy in my life hahahahahahaha. I like to watch series, watch videos on YouTube (mostly music related), I like to read news and keep myself informed, enjoy my children and my wife and interact with the headbangers!