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Interview with Dion Legebeke (The Damned Few)
Jad | September 10, 2021
The Damned Few is an amazing Rock band from the Netherlands. The band’s recent release, ‘Black Blooded Woman’ EP, puts into display (metaphorically) their original style of Rock music, rich in post-grunge elements. Check their new EP out now!
We got the chance to chat with Dion Legebeke, the vocalist of The Damned Few, and asked her about their recent release and other things. Here’s our interview with Dion Legebeke!
Hello Dion. I’m very happy to chat with you. How are you and the rest of The Damned Few?
Hi guys! Thank you for having me. We’re doing great!
You just released your new EP, ‘Black Blooded Woman’. How would you describe the reaction you got from the fans and media to this new EP?
We did! Finally! We already received awesome reactions on the first two singles and people seem to be very thrilled about the whole EP. It’s so nice to still hear from your listeners even though we’re not playing live because of covid. It gives us the energy to kinda push through these crazy times.
You’re a young band, so if the person reading this interview is learning about you for the first time, what would you promise they’d find if they explore your music?
It’s groovy, heavy and loud but most of all it’s honest. We write and play with our hearts and souls. No nonsense, just Rock ‘n Roll!
How about we play a little game to get to you and your band better? I will ask you some questions, but these questions will be set in an alternate universe with a few rules changing. Ready?
In a universe where you can own any fictional creature as your pet, from myth or fantasy, which creature would you get?
Haha, this is a great question. When I was young, I’ve always wanted to live next door to Spongebob Squarepants and Patrick. So yeah, these were the first two that came to mind.
In a universe where you’re fighting a Dark Lord with an army of magic goblins that are only vulnerable when exposed to music from songs that are about personal life experiences, would any song from ‘Black Blooded Woman’ help fight the goblins back?
Nice one! I think Black Blooded Woman is the only, kinda, fictional song on the EP. The other ones are all coming from personal experiences. But I think Born to Die will definitely win the battle.
In a universe where people pay for things they buy by telling funny jokes rather than money, how rich would you be considered?
Haha, I wish it was true! I would have saved a shitload of money by now. I think we all would.
In a universe where you’re the ruler of a country, what is one interesting law that you’d make?
Hmmm, everybody needs to own at least one Rock ‘n Roll record. AND EQUAL RIGHTS FOR EVERYONE, FOR FUCK’S SAKE!
In a universe where you can travel in time whenever you want, what year or era would you like to visit?
Damn, the 70’s or the 90’s! I would have loved to see the whole heavy Black Sabbath revolution and get drunk with Robert Plant or something. Same with the ’90s. I’m a huge Grunge fan. That must have been a thrilling time to be alive. I would date Chris Cornell. Or Kurt. Or both… 😬
In a universe where you own a compass that points to whatever you want most, as the one Captain Jack Sparrow owns in Pirates of the Caribbean, what would your compass point at?
I don’t know man. I’m not really materialistic. I just want Covid to be over, play shows and be surrounded by happy people again. And world peace. That would be dope as fuck.
Thank you for playing, Dion, hope you enjoyed it!
All humans, in one way or another, enjoy music. But what’s one music-related memory from your childhood that you are fond of?
There are quite a lot. But there are a few that I remember very vividly. When I was around 8 years old my dad showed me a video of Nirvana. I can’t remember if it was About a Girl, Come As You Are or Smells Like Teen Spirit but it completely blew my mind. It was at that moment that I fell in love with Nirvana. That’s where it all began, kinda. Another one that instantly came to mind is when, again, my dad put on Coma by Guns ‘n Roses. I think I was around 8 or 9 and it was the first GNR song that came to my ear. That ground-shaking riff and just the whole roaring, aggressive sound. Really a blast to the face. I think by then I already sold my soul for Rock ‘n Roll, haha.
We’re in 2021 and unfortunately, despite all the progress we’ve made, we still hear about people dealing with sexism, racism, or other forms of discrimination around the world. Have you ever dealt with any kind of discrimination?
Not really! Maybe I kinda have in a way. At a very young age, I was always considered to be the weird kid, with the weird clothes and the weird music. I don’t particularly see it as discrimination but I did feel really misunderstood and disconnected from everybody else. Not anymore, though. I’m happy with who I am and de the way I dress and stuff. I feel sad for people who just follow the stream.
What advice would you give to your younger fans who might be dealing with it?
To just do whatever the fuck you want. I know it sounds cliché but always, always stay yourself!
Thank you for the interview, Dion! It was an absolute pleasure.