SBS Covid Relief
Interview with Rikki Buford of Dyatlove
SBS: Let’s make sure we’ve got everyone on the same page – who are ya? How long have you been doin’ this music thang and what’s the story behind it all? What separates you apart from the rest?
Rikki – We are Dyatlove from Vancouver, BC. This band has been working itself out for about 2 years now. Sam Caviglia (Vocals/Guitar) and i had an idea to start a band together a few years before that but I guess it just took the right time to get it all going. We brought Justin (Bass) in just after formation and Rob (Drums) came in as the last piece about a year ago. I think what we bring to the table is complete openness. None of us feel tied down to any genre or certain style of music so if you don’t like one of our songs you should probably still check the next one out cause it might just be up your alley! Ya we are a heavy band for the most part but even that has its place and time within certain songs.
SBS: How has this time in lockdown/quarantine affected you and the music you make? Positives? Negatives? It’s obviously a crazy time for everyone, but certainly musicians throughout the independent scene as well…what have you been doing to make sure the music is still flowing somehow at this time?
Rikki – It’s really just been a bummer not being able to play shows. We had a nice little year getting set up for us and now that has been put aside. I think the focus for the rest of 2020 is now to get some new songs tightened up and get some new songs out there for you! We have our EP coming up May 29th and a little treat just after that but who knows now… we might have some more coming down the pipe.
SBS: Is there a lesson to be learned in all this Covid-craziness? If so, what do you think it is?
Rikki – You better really love what you do. If you are in this to make money, now is not the time for that at all. I know as a band we are just stoked to play music period and it looks like playing for each other is all we got for a while.
SBS: What is the most key thing that people can do out there to support musicians during this time?
Rikki – STREAM, STREAM, STREAM. And share. Listen as much as you can and let your friends know if you dig it. Once we are able to play shows again we want to see you all out and supporting these indie bands. We took art for granted for too long…it’s time to start giving back to those people putting everything out there for our entertainment.
SBS: There are some that say there’s ‘no going back to normal’ and others that still think that’s a possibility after all is said & done and we’re allowed outside again…what do you think? Let’s ballpark it…let’s say it’s…September 2020, that’s not too far away…what does the world look like at that point?
Rikki – I think September will look pretty similar to right now. Unfortunately the concert scene will probably be one of the last ones to open up. Things will get back to normal but I’m putting my money on Jan next year. Hopefully I’m wrong!
SBS: What do you miss most during this whole lockdown? What’s the first thing you plan on doing if/when things find their way back to normal, and why is that the most important thing to ya?
Rikki – SHOWS. Playing in front of a crowd of people. When it all opens up again I know we will be playing with anyone that will have us and anywhere that will have us! Playing for people is why this band exists. That outlet and that feeling is what drives us as a band for sure.
SBS: Open floor! Anything else you want to say to the people out there?
Rikki – I know Rob would say “Listen to Holy Fawn!” I’d put Mannequin Pussy and State Faults in there too. There is so much good music out there it’s sick. Support these bands when they get the chance to come to town… Let’s never take art for granted again!
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