Hello DILK, and welcome to Brutal Resonance! Since this is your first time appearing on the site, let's start with the basics. Who is in DILK, what do they do, and what are three of your favorite albums of all time?
Jaime: DILK is, in essence, three friends with a common musical interest that enjoy making music together. One could say DILK blends the dark sound from the 80’s with a kind of atmospheric electronic touch. My personal three favourite albums of all time might be, among many others “Seventeen Seconds” from The Cure, “The Queen Is Dead” from The Smiths and “Tour de France” from Kraftwerk.
Espe: Mmm, for example, I'll say "Yourself or Someone Like You" from MatchBox Twenty, because it was my first CD! "Favourite Worst Nightmare" from Arctic Monkeys for the beat changes of each song and "Turn on the Bright Lights" from Interpol. I love that record.
Charles: Let me think. I would say an essential album in post punk music, ”Unknown Pleasures” from Joy Division. It opened a dark world to me. I consider myself a lover of music whatever be the genre, so my second choice is “Blonde” from the hip hop rapper Frank Ocean. Finally, an album and artist that has marked my way of composition is “Salad Days” from Mac Demarco. I love the tone of the guitar, the jazz chords, the lo-fi production and the blue lyrics.
Where, how, and when did you guys all meet? What made you want to start the band together?
Jaime: DILK is a project originally created by Espe and myself in 2018, after meeting each other in Barcelona, where we played together in another band called Vladivostok during the previous three to four years. After moving to Madrid, we decided to abandon Vladivostok and to form a separate project, dragging the essence of our previous band. Several months after the formation of DILK, Charles emerged from the need of a proper singer and guitarist.
You can stream / purchase DILK's new single 'Bad Habits' above!
Where does the name DILK come from? What does it mean?
Jaime: There are different theories about the origin of name “DILK”. I would say that the name “DILK” comes from the book Dilk and Ilk, which tells the story of an alien dog (called Dilk) that arrives to Earth by a spaceship and attempts to convince the Earth’s dog to ally with his planet as rulers of the universe.
You guys formed in 2018 and released your debut album "Hardship" in 2020. Tell us a little about the album and how it was received. Has DILK become more noticed in the international electronic scene?
Jaime: We did not have particular expectations before the release of “Hardship”, but the reviews received from many other countries made us very happy. We have had very good feedback in general. However, we are a bit disappointed about the reception of “Hardship” in our own country (Spain). We think that maybe we don’t fit much here, I don’t know if it’s because of the culture or the lack of bands of the genre. Concerning your question about the electronic scene, we know that DILK has been played by electronic DJs in other countries, but I think we are currently more linked to the dark-wave scene rather than the electronic (i.e., EBM or techno) scene. But who knows, maybe I am wrong.
Following the debut album, you have a new single coming out titled 'Bad Habits'. Can you tell us what the single is about?
Jaime: The single talks about the fact that we cannot shed our “bad habits” induced by society and its bad morals. We have no choice but to accept ourselves for who we are or what society has made of us, because it is too late to start over.
Espe: About behavior patterns that harm us.
In comparison to your debut album, how has the sound on 'Bad Habits' evolved? Did you learn anything from producing and making "Hardship" that you put to use on this single?
Jaime: For 'Bad Habits' we decided to give an additional shoegaze / guitarish essence, in comparison to our debut album, but still keeping the electronic touch from DILK. Indeed, we learnt a lot from the production of “Hardship”. Especially, we learned to be more simplistic in the number of instruments and effects, which tended to be a mess while mixing in the studio. Javier Ortiz (from Estudio Brazil), gave us very good guidelines for our future productions.
Tell us a little about how you write a song. For example, on 'Bad Habits', do you start with lyrics or a beat first? How do you do it?
Jaime: In general, we tend to start from the beat first, but the music is then evolved and adapted to the structure of the lyrics. I send Charles and Espe a first draft of the composition, and then Charles incorporates the lyrics and guitars, and Espe composes the bass lines. I think we have a great collaborative environment. During our rehearsals each of us contributes with new ideas and we fine-tune our music compositions.
Espe: About the name of the song; Jaime usually tells us the name of the song and from this idea the lyrics are made. This time was “bad habits” and I thought of bad behavior patterns.
And what is 'Bad Habits' teasing? Do you have a new album in the works? If so, can you tell us anything about it?
Jaime: our plan is to release a new EP with a bunch of singles. After 'Bad Habits' we will release another single in a short term, and then a pair of more singles so we will have material for an EP. Eventually, we would like to release a new album, but we still have too much work to do.
And what else does DILK have in store for 2021? Any live shows, EPs, remixes, or other singles planned?
Jaime: We have much stuff in the backlog. We have several milestones that we want to fulfill, but currently we are lacking time and resources, and the Covid situation does not help...
Lastly, I would like to thank you for your time! I wish you the best of luck and leave the space below for you to mention anything that I may have missed!
Jaime: Many thanks for your interest in DILK, and we hope to see you very soon in Sweden. Until then, stay safe!
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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