Influenced as much by western psychedelia as by eastern mysticism, Swiss power trio Dirty Sound Magnet is bound to bring some fresh air to music lovers of the 21st century.
Their fourth studio album »Dreaming In Dystopia« was released on October 20th, 2023 via Wild Thing Records.
Dirty Sound Magnet are Stavros Dzodzos (guitar, vocals), Marco Mottolini (bass, backing vocals) and Maxime Cosandey (drums, backing vocals).
Can you say a few words about your band?
Dirty Sound Magnet is a psych/prog power trio from Switzerland. Our vision consists of leaving every door open and not limiting ourselves musically. I would call this vision infinite rock or creative rock. The three of us have jammed together since our teenage years. From the very start we were passionate and ambitious musically. Upon realising that being from Switzerland was a serious handicap in the music business and that no one took us seriously, we locked ourselves in our rehearsal rooms for 10 years to come up with our very own formula. In order to “compete” with British and American bands we had to come up with our own formula. I like to believe that we did and that the world is discovering it.
What was the biggest challenge for the band last year?
The combination of being on the road (around 110 shows) and releasing a new album was overwhelming. Dealing with bookings, tour management, management, the production of the album, the distribution and packing pre-orders while on tour requested our full time attention.
It meant spending every minute of our life connected to the band. But we can’t complain as we do it for the music; the thing we love the most.
What can you be most proud of last year?
Having been able to go through with all of this. We’ve recorded the album and produced it. We played shows with fever, flu and sore throats. On tour, we are our own drivers, roadies, technicians and tour managers. We truly went beyond our limits this year and we are still standing. Our team is solid and we’re there for each other. Our team spirit was remarkable this year and we can be proud of it.
What was your biggest regret?
There are things we could have done better, but at this point having regrets would not be of any help. As Rocky said: “It’s not about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” It’s a pretty deep statement and an inspiring one.
What was the best concert/tour last year and why?
A successful show in my eyes is when we get on stage and are able to convey our love for music to the audience. Once we’ve touched them deeply their energy is coming back to us. The glow on their faces is priceless.
This year, this synergy happened at almost every show we played. 90% of our shows were headline shows where we played 2 hour long sets. Spending this much time with a crowd creates an invaluable musical bond between people. This is as good as it gets.
Where can we see you live this year (concerts/tours)?
Touring Europe all year, playing our first US show in New York, touring Mexico, touring Australia for the first time.
What are your plans for this year as a band? What do you personally want the most?
Our tour schedule is full already. What we would like the most is time to record the next album. We’ll try to make room for that.
How can people best support your band?
Listen, steam, buy our physical album and spread the word.
Do you have any message for your listeners?
We play album music. Because our music is different from anything else you will find on your way, you might be challenged as a new listener. Our songs will reveal their secrets and depth if you give them time and several spins.
Our love and passion is intense and it is paramount for us to remain authentic.