A non-interview with Mihai (Dirty Shirt) by Cyril Glaume (Hard Rock Mag) [FR – EN SUB]

A non-interview with Mihai (Dirty Shirt) by Cyril Glaume (Hard Rock Mag) [FR – EN SUB]


I suppose you’d like to see the interview with Dirty Shirt.
Oh, it’s stupid because in fact it’s true it was scheduled but it was only scheduled.
I actually told myself that no. No, because a video is good the idea is good but try to imagine one has to talk without stammering
and know exactly what to say, one needs presence… no, no. True, a written interview, yes, is simpler because you can correct,
make changes, but in a video no way… At the same time I would love to do that I’ve already thought a lot about it and asked myself “How would we pull this off?” Firstly one would start differently,
original, but not too much because it’s still rather informative… One would’ve said: “Yes, Mihai, tell me most people who are watching the video are familiar with Dirty Shirt
and enjoy your latest album “Freak Show”. However, they are not necessarily familiar
with the little stories and the people behind the band. Therefore, since you’re here, you could tell us
who, when and why, and then how too surname, name, identity, nationality, poetry tastes
sexual preferences, all that. Hello Cyril. I’ve just watched the first part of the video
you sent me and honestly I’m disappointed because we talked that we would make an interview,
which would’ve been a great promotional tool for us, for our next album and
the crowdfunding campaign to finance it. However, it’s not everyday that we have a
video interview with Cyril Glaume, the French specialist in crossover metal
and journalist for Hard Rock Mag and Core & Co. But that’s life, we’ll do it this way. Moreover, you thought hard about
the questions, therefore it’s really pity. Imagine that I could have answered
the first question with something like this: we are six great guys, we are from from Romania. I’ve been living in France for quite some time,
but my band mates live in Romania, and despite the distances and the constraints,
we are strongly connected by a common passion, which is music, but not only. Thus, even if we are coming
from very different backgrounds we continue and want to make good music
for us, for you, for everybody. Ok, I will watch the next part.
It’s a pity, a real pity. At this point, in theory, Mihai is confident
and lying on the couch, telling us everything. So, this is where investigative journalism begins… Surely, we know and like Dirty Shirt. However, again, why Dirty Shirt? Because I saw you before live in your obviously sweaty,
but not so dirty, t-shirts. And then, since when and all that.
Could you talk about the band a bit? You see, again this could have been a good opportunity
to introduce the band, to answer all these great questions: why, since when, how, and why Dirty Shirt ? I will contradict you about the dirty shirts on stage. It’s true that during
the last tour we were “well” dressed with orange American prison jumpsuits, but this is linked to the concept of “Freak Show”,
the title of our latest album. But, for example, for the tour “Same Shirt Different Day”,
we were really dirty on stage, we put dirty things on us. This period ended, but the music, with its “dirty”,
mixed-up aspect and all that, remains… When did it start? In the mid-nineties…
We’re not exactly very young… We started as a high school band, for fun It was a tumultuous period in Romania, shortly after the revolution, a time of transition when possibilities
were much more limited than today. We had a “complicated” start because of several line-up changes. I think in the beginning most bands experience
difficulties finding motivated, serious and talented people. Shortly after I went to France,
the band stopped because it was quite impossible at the time to continue under these circumstances. But in 2004, given that music is a drug and with the help of new technologies,
we could communicate over Internet and I could visit Romania more often because travel by plane became much cheaper. So we decided to start afresh as a band, and then had a period of 4-5 years when we tried
to tour as much as possible, especially in Romania, but we also took advantage of the fact that
I live in France, so we played in France and Belgium too. In the same period, we also recorded 3-4 demos, we tried to find our “touch”. It is not the French Touch, or maybe a little, but the Romanian touch of the band. We experienced a lot,
we went into electro, funk, and metal. And the summary of this period was the album “Same Shirt Different Day”
which we recorded in 2009 and released in 2010. Self-released it. It was followed by a tour, etc. And we continued with “Freak Show”, the band’s referential album thus far, but we hope to make an even better,
if not much better, one. Why Dirty Shirt?
Because at one point, I and a few other band members met
at a train station in Romania, when we were going back home for the weekend after school. In the ’90s it was very trendy
to wear the so-called “alternative” shirts in Romania, but I think in France too. And, of course, after one week of school,
these shirts weren’t exactly very clean. Later, in joking, we said that
“we are the Dirty Shirt” and finally we kept this name. After the band reunited, despite significantly changing the style, but given that it had the same line-up, we decided to keep the name, and
I think it was ultimately the right decision, because it fits very well with our current music. So, there is where Mihai is no longer suspicious. This is the moment when you become less diplomatic,
you go for it. The third question that I’d ask
is something like: Well, ok, I agree,
all this is fine, but we are nonetheless in 2014 and the third album appears on the way, called “Dirtylicious”
well advanced in composition, soon to be recorded, and we’d like to know more.
Am I right about all this?” Once again, when I “see” your
questions about “Dirtylicious” and that we won’t make the interview, it makes me sick.
It makes me sick because this would’ve been a good moment
to talk about the band’s new project, about what we’d like to do, how we’d like to do it, and it’s a pity. You see, “Dirtylicious” is, at least for us, the band’s
most ambitious project to date for several reasons. First, musically,
until now the band’s “slogan” or “motto” was
to never impose limits on ourselves, to compose freely,
to just make music and arrive naturally to a
musical osmosis or symbioses, and I think that we’ve achieved that. But as we felt very good playing the songs inspired by
Romanian folk music or with East-European influences, I wanted to write a more “thematic” album, more homogenous,
an album entirely inspired or influenced by East-European music. So, this was the moment to make a new album,
called “Dirtylicious” even the name is a mix between Dirty and Delicious. There’s a Dirty side, which is the fusion of electro,
funk, industrial, hardcore and metal typical of Dirty Shirt, and then there’s a delicious side,
which is the East European folk music. To achieve this, we will work
with a Romanian traditional music band. We have the chance to work with highly skilled musicians. I’m really excited to set things into motion,
given that in a couple of weeks we start with the first recordings. Therefore, ideally we’d like to even make a tour
with an enhanced line-up of 10-11 musicians, which means Dirty Shirt plus the traditional band. We’ll see how it works out, because for this part we need extra means,
given that the logistics and the finances necessary aren’t the same, but we are rather confident,
at least concerning the album in the worst case scenario, I myself will deal with the audio
production given that now I already have some experience in the field. But the ideal would be to do this in the US. As for the composition process, we already have 11 instrumental demos
that I recorded by myself in my little home studio so that I can further develop them. The sound will be awesome and
will fit the songs very well. We are impatient,
really impatient. Then, I think Mihai starts to doubt that he’s on a mission and starts to become more defensive. And then you come up with this: Yes, “Dirtylicious”, we are waiting for it,
but how will you make it? Is there a crowdfunding campaign where you ask for the financial support of your fans? Normally, Warner, EMI, Sony have enough money
to pay for a nice little studio, isn’t? Also, we’d like to know why? Crowdfunding, I know everybody talks about it these days,
but in reality, at least for music bands, it’s a system based on pre-sales,
something that has been there for a while. Why are we doing this? Because we refused EMI and Warner. They proposed a deal, but it wasn’t good for us…
It’s not true. There was no deal,
we are independent, so this kind of project requires
important logistical and technical costs. We estimated only album costs, including the promo, at about 13,000 euro. We cover about 75% of these 13,000 euros by making certain things independently, such as the recording,
editing and perhaps mixing if necessary. As for the video promotion,
it will be taken care of by our guitar player Cristi who produced the other videos for the band. So, a good part of the budget is covered by us. However, in spite of this, we don’t have enough
means to produce the album in the best conditions. This means it would be ideal to mix it in the US
with the same producer that we worked before, to let the mastering be made by a “pro”. We will see what the result will be, but there are the reasons why we started
the crowdfunding or the pre-sales system. Go to our Indiegogo page where
you’ll find nice and inexpensive packages. This way, it is better for a band to have
the money for the album before, not after. Because very often you release an album by
using your personal money or by taking a loan, and after that you sell CDs, but having the money after is always
more difficult than having it before. So, it’s a little “trendy”, but we try it, we need support from
our friends and fans, and now is the moment. Now, at this point, I pretty sure put Mihai in jeopardy a little,
even put him in a small uncomfortable situation, but certainly this isn’t the purpose. So, to allow him an exit possibility, I ask the conciliatory question: Apart from all this, and knowing there
are many people who haven’t seen you live yet, we’re asking ourselves:
so then, there or here? In short, maybe there are other things
apart from the album, maybe some tours or other things such as paint exhibitions, Romanian cooking books? What can we expect from you? You see, we are making a new album,
we are working hard, but at the same time
we can’t neglect playing live, because we are really “addicted” to it, being on stage is the band’s main objective. It’s very important to record good albums, to make them good,
but the public remains the final objective for a musician. This is why we will continue the “Freak Show Tour” started last year,
so touring two years for an album is quite natural. We’ve already had almost 50 gigs in the first year and it continues this year, with less intensity, but we already have about 25 shows scheduled, most of them in Romania, but I hope to see you in France this fall,
because we had a very nice experience last year when we made our “little” tour
in Germany, Belgium and France. So we will repeat it this fall, with gigs already confirmed in
Germany, Belgium and France. First we’ll play in Bremen, Köln, Liège, maybe Brussels,
and after that we hope to go to France, starting north in Lille and Paris, then going
southward to Lyon and Grenoble. It’s a nice project too. In the end, I think that we’re
making a little Dirty Shirt interview: the thing or the questions that
haven’t been asked before, the scoop that we
can learn only here. Finally, it pains me a little that we won’t make this interview,
but as a video, like this, no… written, yes. But video… and written you won’t see it.
I’m sorry, but no interview. Maybe next time… So, no interview, too bad.
I will send you this video by email as answer and then hope that you will make at least a
written interview, maybe you can use what I said, you can write, rearrange and correct. This means to be a reviewer at a big magazine or webzine in France:
no video: personally, I prefer to write, to correct, to adapt. Ok, you have the info, do whatever you want
with it, and I hope something will be published. So don’t forget:
DIRTYLICIOUS, DIRTY SHIRT, OH YEAH !!!

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