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DJEVARA: “post-everything”, shit-stirring hardcore alternative rock from London, England

DJEVARA: “post-everything”, shit-stirring hardcore alternative rock from London, England

DJEVARA, now out with their schizophrenic new album "Viva!/Punk is not a Sound", will be touring throughout 2015 in Europe. Interested in booking them? Get in touch!

DJEVARA: “post-everything”, shit-stirring hardcore alternative rock from London, England

DJEVARA, now out with their schizophrenic new album "Viva!/Punk is not a Sound", will be touring throughout 2015 in Europe. Interested in booking them? Get in touch!

Hi. Tell us your story in 3 sentences.
First there was nothing, so He said there should be light and there was light. Then He said there should be earth and stars, and thus it was so. A while later a band called Djevara starting making a racket in the South of the UK… He must have thought it was a good idea at the time.

Tell us something about your “Viva/Punk is not a sound”.
“VIVA! / PUNK IS NOT A SOUND”, our schizophrenically titled new album, is the love child of frustration, observation, post-adolescence and a re-ignited sense of place. Like all records which are punk rock at heart, it’s also best played loud.

So, ok, why is punk not just a sound?
No, not “not just”. Just “not”. The moral: never argue linguistics with a poet. :)

Tell us something about your D.I.Y. ethic and why is the D.I.Y. movement so important for you.
“D.I.Y.” for us came about as a mixture between pragmatism and inspiration from such “underground icons” as Ian McKaye (Fugazi), Henry Rollins (Black Flag) and now we see it in their modern descendants such as Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls). It’s a way of life, we don’t fit and don’t want to fit anywhere else, so there isn’t really a “choice” when you want to maintain 100% creative freedom and be able to shape your own destiny, with no unnecessary or artificial filters between artist and fans.

How is being a band from London. What’s the best live act in your area? Tell us something about it.
We have a love/hate relationship with the UK’s capital. When you live here you can become frustrated by it’s relentless corporatism and increasing gentrification, hipsters, the black hole that is “The Music Industry”, the shedloads of leeches and parasites hovering around and gatekeeping access to every creative outlet, the way artists are (under-)valued and constantly undermined, and the general commodification of art… and it’s easy to drown in such a big lake. On the other hand, there is no other place in Europe that is as cosmopolitan, diverse and full of opportunities and hidden talent. Even ten years after our debut album, we’re still discovering new things
about our home city that excite and enrage us. There are some very cool people doing some very good stuff at the moment (eg Nightshift Promotions, Rip This Joint!). However, it’s impossible to answer the question, “who is the best live act?” without starting an in-band fight that could last forever. And anyway, it depends on what day of the week it is. Today’s a Thursday and I’m voting “Lamo” (an incredibly vibrant 2-piece noisecore band from Deptford).

Which artists have influenced your style & sound, if any?
Yes, “If Any” have been a massive influence.

Any favourite artists?
In no particular order, based purely on “van CD rotation”, Djevara members faves seem to be: Dillinger Escape Plan, Fugazi, Saul Williams, The Prodigy, Tool, System Of A Down, Radiohead, Future Of The Left/McClusky, Melvins, Soundgarden, And So I Watch You From Afar… but
this would leave out the far more numerous underground bands such as Nasr Al Ghandour (France), Goshawk (Germany), Héautontimorouménos (Belgium), Industroika (Belgium) and many, many more…

What’s the last live music show you’ve seen?
The last show I watched (that we didn’t play in) was at a venue called The Macbeth, an up-and-coming yet surprisingly down-to-earth pub venue in a very trendy part of town. Our friends in Telepathy and Alright The Captain absolutely rocked what was an completely full house, in their
very different ways, and the show also featured an impressive set by Mannheim (NL).

Tell us something about your best and your worst memory on the road.
The “worst” memories on the road tend to make the best stories after-the-fact, and I’m saving most of those for my short-coming book, but suffice-to-say that nobody enjoys being broken down with no food, no warmth and no light. This has happened many, many times. Our best memories are also numerous, and usually involve rocking out with our favourite people in some unlikely and possibly legally-dubious venue in the middle of nowhere. For example, a house-show on a mountain in the
middle of France a few years ago springs readily to mind!

Did you plan to have a tour in the next future? Tell us something about it.
Yup! Djevara enjoy touring regularly, and right now we have a new album to promote. We’re likely to hit the continent a few times in late Spring/early summer and later in the year, and we’re hoping to play as many festivals as possible this year.

What do you think about LiveTrigger? Did you manage to book any shows?
LiveTrigger’s a great idea that could potentially connect a wide range of artists, venues and promoters, and we’re excited about the potential for it. We’ve only just started scouting for shows so haven’t confirmed anything through LT yet, but I’m sure it’ll provide many good opportunities. Anybody who’s interested in booking the band should get in touch!

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