Scintillating grunge rock from Buenos Aries: Deister keep the fires of past legends burning bright.
There is a crazy amount of undiscovered music out there, just calling out to be heard and appreciated by us all. Enter Deister. With some incredible songs under their belt, such as ‘Believe’ and ‘Could it be’, Deister are a band to take note of, and will undoubtedly appeal to old-school grunge fans.
When you hear that dirty word… ‘grunge‘… your mind races back to the ’90s and the flannel-clad, angst-ridden teenagers that came along with it. With inspiration drawn from post-punk and heavy metal, grunge is a gritty, alternative rock style that went hand in hand with the late 80s/early 90s Seattle music scene.
From this, the grunge greats introduced their murky, distorted guitar sounds into the mainstream. As a fan of this sound and style of music, I thank them. I thank them for giving us all such awesome-sounding music and setting up the stage for other amazing artists to perform these beautiful and raw-sounding anthems.
Deister are precisely what I want from a modern-day grunge rock band. They take the sound we all know and love (and are longing for more of!) and use that as a jumping-off point, but add in their own sound, their own influences, to create something unique and individualised. As a result, Deister’s music is fresh and exciting but also retains the elements of a classic grunge anthem.
The band is made up of five very talented musicians: Rafael Saporiti (vocals and guitar), Genaro Marini (guitar), Juan Pablo Larrandart (guitar), Juan Ignacio Covini (bass) and Inan Cartes (drums). Together, they create wonderful, soul dazzling music, which is like honey for any die-hard grunge fan… like me.
The grunge revival is well and truly upon us, and Deister are undoubtedly a part of it. With their most recent single, ‘Ice’ giving us a taste of what they have to offer, which you need to check out (right after you’ve read the below interview!), and a promise of more new music in just a few months, personally I am so excited to see what else Deister can bring to the table.
While still relevantly new to the music scene, with the band forming just a few years ago, it is clear to see how much they value their music. The production quality of both their sound and music videos is excellent, with obvious thought put into each step of the process. Passion is everything when creating music because without passion and a love for your craft, what’s the point?
Deister have that drive we love to see and, given the wonderful reception they’ve had some far, it is actually crazy to me that they don’t already have more of a following. So, with that being said, I was lucky enough to ask Deister a few questions about their music, what influences them and what we have to look forward to in their future. Let’s get on with the interview! (and my gosh, I don’t think I have even typed the word grunge so much in my life!).
Let me start off by saying a big hello to you all and thank you for speaking with us today! So, Deister! To kick off this awesome interview, could you please introduce yourselves to our readers?
Hey! Thanks for this interview! We are a rock band from Buenos Aires, Argentina! We started playing gigs around 2019 and we are working everyday on new music.
We have to talk about how Deister started! Rafael and Genaro, I read that you two were a duo back in 2016 (named Loister) focusing on covers and some original songs, but Rafael, you wanted to start a band (which all the fans of Deister thank you for!) Can you please explain the reason for this shift? What was the motivation for this decision?
I always wanted to be part of a band, but an illness called tinnitus was holding me back from making it. I was afraid if I started this band i could really hurt my ears so I never did. Until one day I was in a recording session (recording a grunge/rock band) and I said to myself, “damn I really want to be them. I want to be recording my songs with a band in a studio and playing live shows”
Juan Larrandart, Inan and Juan Covini – what were your first thoughts when Rafael and Genaro asked you to join the band? Did you all already have a background in music? If so, can you please give us a little insight into this?
Juan Larrandart (guitar): I was very excited, I’ve never been part of a band so this was an opportunity I couldn’t let go. I started playing bass but then I switched to guitar.
Inan Cartes (Drums): By the time Deister was formed, I was still playing drums in a band I had formed with some friends from high school. After some days from joining Deister my other band had split up, so I could commit 100% to deister
Juani Covini (Bass): I started playing guitar when I was a child and then I decided to learn bass. I’d always liked Deister but I was not a part of it (because Juan was playing bass for the band). One day my friends called me up and asked me if I could join the band as the bass player.
Watch the music video for Deister’s latest release, “Ice” on YouTube now:
I personally love how your band name came to be! From what I have read, the band was originally called Dister, but because of a misspelling on a flyer, Deister was born. How long did it take to come up with the original name, and how did you feel about changing it?
It really wasn’t a lot of thinking, we came up with the name pretty quickly. It was a combination of “distortion+loister” (loister was my solo project name). We had a laugh when we saw the flyer to be honest, and the name stuck with us.
Ok, onto the music. Your sound gives all that 90s grunge goodness, and you make it your own perfectly. I personally feel your music is exactly what us grunge fans need, a wonderful post-grunge sound, but with its own unique elements to set it apart from the rest. Just the perfect blend of grunge, folk and rock! What were your musical influences growing up, and what do you love to listen to now?
Thanks very much for the kind words! Our musical influences growing up were (and are) Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead etc. And we really do listen to the same music nowadays. Maybe some. Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake, John Frusciante, Smashing Pumpkins etc.
Your songs ‘Could it be?’ ‘Two Birds’ and ‘Believe’ were released early 2021, but there are videos of you performing ‘Could it be?’ and ‘Two Birds’ in 2019. Was the reason for the delay in releasing thanks to the pandemic? If so, how did the pandemic affect your music-making process? Do you do anything differently now than you did before, or do you just go with the flow?
Actually we used the pandemic to perfect our songs! Juampi (guitar) Juani (bass) Genaro (guitar) and me, we all have stuff in our homes to record the band’s demos. We make the demos and everyone contributes with their instrument.
‘Could It Be?’ is such a beautiful song! I just love it. How it builds, the drums, the bass, the glorious vocals and that epic guitar solo; just perfect. ‘Get me some gold, get me some silver, talk about it and carry on, why should I feel so old?’ – What was the inspiration behind this song?
Thanks! ‘Could It Be’ I wrote about the feeling of growing older and what comes with it. (Responsibilities etc.)
Your song ‘Believe’ made me feel the same way as when I first heard Nirvana. The raw sound of your music is like a breath of fresh air. With lyrics so powerful and inspiring, such as ‘I believe in this place, I believe in this fate, I believe in this pain, I believe in you’ – so good. How do you feel when people compare your sound to the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden etc?
We actually don’t mind, cause clearly they were our main influences. But we try to create a path of our own and bring new music to the people that might like our stuff.
Congratulations on your most recent single, ‘Ice’! Another incredible piece of music, I have honestly been listening to it on repeat. ‘Ice’ offers a wonderful edgy sound, paired with thought-provoking lyrics and a super cool music video too. There was over a year between the release of ‘Two Birds’ and ‘Ice’; was there any specific reason for this?
Thank you very much. Yes we have some space in-between our stuff cause this year we are dropping a new single called “Helen” and an EP later on November (4 songs including Ice and Helen) so we’ve been working on it last year.
Let’s go back in time. As kids, did you always dream of making music or was there something else you had in mind?
We all dreamed about playing music for tons of people. But we really wanted to live from our music (we still do!)
What have been the highlights of your music career so far, and do you have anything exciting coming up you would like to share? We would love to hear about what’s next for Deister!
Well, we think the reception for ‘Could It Be’ and ‘Believe’ was amazing! We can’t be more thankful to everyone who streamed it and shared it. Thanks! We have an EP called “Awake” coming later this November. So stay Tuned! And you can go check out our last video For our new single ‘Ice’!
What advice would you give to your younger selves, who are just starting on their music journey? Is there anything you would do differently?
To never give up on your music! keep creating! And keep practicing.
Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day and chatting with us guys! And a special shout out to D!NGY G!RRL for introducing Deister to us!
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