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Trio Dhoore Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Trio Dhoore Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who
may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself
and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?

Answer: we
are a band existing out of three brothers from Flanders, Belgium playing
instrumental folk music on acoustic guitar (DADGAD), diatonic accordion and
hurdy-gurdy. All our music are original compositions and all arrangements are
made by ourselves.

Lamitschka:  How was the last year for you? What were your
highlights?

Answer:  last year was good for us. we did a 17-day
long tour in Austria, Switzerland, Italy, and Germany a 10-day long tour in the
UK, Sunfest in Ontario, Canada and the main stage of Dranouter festival in our
own country, Belgium.

Lamitschka:  What is your latest CD and how’s it doing?

Answer:  our latest album is called Momentum and at
this moment there are 1500 physical copy’s sold. On Spotify, we have 1150 listeners
every month.

Lamitschka:  How did you choose the title for the CD?  Is there a story behind the name?

Answer:  Yes there is: In the last three years our
carrier was boosted a lot, more bookings agents working with us, we got into
bigger festivals and so on. We realized that this ‘momentum’ that was created
also has to do with the hard work of many other people (out of our own
bandmembers) who believe in us as a band and started working with us. This
‘momentum’ is only happening if you keep working and don’t give up as a band,
so we had the feeling this was a good title for our album.

Lamitschka:  Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how
do you go about finding the songs for your CD?

Answer:  yes, everything is composed and arranged by ourselves.

Lamitschka:  Please tell us about the songs on your album
(influences, etc).

Answer:  In the latest album (and the upcoming one
that will be out in 2019) our music sounds more like film music. it’s very
harmonic and emotional. Still, you can hear the folky influences in the music.
The rhythm of the guitar and accentuation of the accordion and hurdy-gurdy are
never far away. We also like to use subtle electronic effects in the music.

Lamitschka:  What is the difference between your last CD
and your current one?

Answer:  It went from very folky (playing tunes, like
in sessions) to real instrumental stories. like we said, it’s more harmonic and
emotional.

Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the
songs you have recorded and what’s the story behind it?

Answer:  Our favorite song is Endless Dancing. I
(Hartwin, accordionist) made the tune after friends of me visited with their
3-year old daughter who asked me to put on some bagpipe-music. so I did. when
the parents wanted to leave their daughter was answering ‘i’m still dancing
here’. it confronted me with the fact that we lose the connection with our
inner child when we become adults and I thought that the world would be a
better place if we all would connect more with our inner child and start
dancing if we feel like it, or jump around, or play games, or…

This
inspired me to make the tune. When I took it to the rehearsals the arrangement
came very quickly because we all like that tune a lot. It turned out that many
people like it and it’s also the song played on the radio most of the time.

Lamitschka:  Do you have any interesting stories about how
fans have been affected by your music?

Answer:  once we received a message from a person in
Denmark (we didn’t know) after we released a new song on youtube, telling us
that he was recently struggling with a depression and that listening to our
music was a first small light in the dark for him. For us, it felt like we
succeeded in our tasks as artists: to release feelings of hope, joy, passion in
the hearts of our listeners.

Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do
your musical roots run?

Answer:  We are inspired by bands like The East
Pointers, Naragonia, Symbio, Olafur Arnalds, Sigur Ros, Beoga, The Olllam.

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today’s music scene
versus its post and where do you see it going in the future?

Answer:  We are working in a very small scene of
Traditional and alternative music that was running for a long time behind Rock
and Pop but is growing very fast because artists are getting better and are
making music with a lot of modern influences that open up the scene for a much
wider audience. Folk and World Music festivals are reaching bigger crowds with
a younger audience every year.

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today’s music
industry?

Answer:  We think that streaming music is one of the
very important changes in the current music industry. Cd-sales are not long
what they have been and many artists are trying to find a way to work out how
to make profits from streaming. Streaming has pro’s and contra’s but the fact
is that live performing will always be something that is unreplaceable, so we
do believe that people will always come out for a good live show. That’s where
a band should invest the most in.

Lamitschka:  If you had the chance to change something
about the music industry, what would it be?

Answer:  We believe it’s changing every day as long as
new musicians keep coming up with fresh ideas. There are so many new concepts
putting bands on the map. Things like Sofar Sounds and Kickstarter projects are
game changers for a lot of bands. let’s keep going this way, we would say.

Lamitschka:  As an artist, you so many tasks such as
recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what’s your favorite
activity?

Answer:  Nothing can beat the adventures on a good
tour with good crowded venues and the support of a good tour management. Just
play your music and reaching out to a lot of new people (and learn to know some
of them).

Lamitschka:  Are you doing anything to take music beyond
its current borders or are you happy where it is?

Answer:  As we said, in the folk & world music
scene this looks to be the main thing for bands. Always looking for this new
angle, this other influences and combining different styles to open the genre
up for a wider crowd. We are also trying to find this angles and try to
re-invent our music in every album.

Lamitschka:  What was the big break that got you into the
music business?

Answer:  the scene of folk music is one of the slow
roads. We don’t do talent shows. you just play all the bad gigs in order to
play the good ones. But we would say that getting into showcase festivals are
game changers in our scene. We did the English Folk Expo in 2016 and this has
changed a lot for us. The UK is a very important scene for folk music and we
rolled in after this showcase by finding our agency Alan Bearman Music. You can
say that the eyes of the world music scene are all pointed to the UK. If you do
good tours over there you will also be able to tour in Europe, The states,
Canada, Australia even…(although this is for the moment only a dream, haha)

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become an artist?

Answer:  When we were teenagers we started going again
to folk music festivals in Belgium (we did visit these when we were kids
together with our parents but we discovered these festivals again 10 years
later when we were teenagers). Some great bands from Scotland, Ireland, and
Scandinavia played at these festivals so we started jamming there in the beer
tent of the festival. From that point on it just happened really…

 

Lamitschka:  What has been your greatest challenge in the
music business?

Answer:
Probably to combine our relationships with a professional music carrier. The
uncertainty of having a sustainable income and the being away for a long time
from home is for sure a challenge. But it looks like we managed and are our
partners very thankful for all the support.

  

Lamitschka:  Who is your biggest critic, yourself or
others?

Answer:  Every good artist get’s criticism so of
course there are people who don’t like what we do but that’s there right. We
want to play in the first place the music we like. And as far as criticising
our own music goes… Creating the new album (2019) has been going very slowly
so far because we are not very easily happy with what we produce. But when we
walk out of the rehearsal room the three of us are all very convinced about
what we made.

Lamitschka:  When you get time off, how do you like to
relax?

Answer:  I guess like the rest of the world, watching
Netflix, going out for dinner with our partners and having a drink in the local
pub with friends.

Lamitschka:  What can your fans expect to see when they
see you in concert?

Answer:  What we bring in concerts is very close to
what we record but the biggest difference will be that people will hear the
stories behind our music.

Lamitschka:  When you’re on tour, do you have time to play
tourist?

Answer:  Most of the time not really.

  

Lamitschka:  Many music fans today get their information
about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find
there?

Answer:  everybody is welcome to take a look at
www.triodhoore.com

  

Lamitschka:  What message would you like to send your
European fans?

Answer:
Thanks for all the support and please keep coming out to the concerts!

Lamitschka:  Fans are always hungry for good road stories.
Do you have one you can share with us (come on don’t be shy)?

Answer:  One of the songs on our latest album is
called ‘Huiswaarts’ (Flemish for ‘Going home’) and was made on the boat trip
from the Shetland Islands to the mainland in Aberdeen. Ward was drinking too
much before the boat took off and became sick so he went to his cabin and
started playing guitar and came up with the song.

Christian
Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de ) for Country Music News International
Magazine & Radio Show

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