Profile: Fabio DeDominicus of Germany’s Hardcorists Traced By Enemies

Traced By Enemies
Traced By Enemies

Traced By Enemies play a style of hardcore that’s as melodic as it is hard hitting and back in April of this year they released their second EP Where the Sun Turns Gray. This EP is a continuation of their last, Unity In Diversity, and instead of switching up the game or changing gears completely they stay the course and come away with six more densely layered tracks that fans of melodic hardcore will appreciate. We recently had the oportiunity to ask guitarist Fabio DeDominicus our set of Profile questions to get inside the band’s head a little. Stick around and see what he had to say.

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Traced By Enemies - Where the Sun Turns Gray

How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?

I first got into making music by just joking around with friends of mine when I was 14 years old. We had one of those pretty shitty bands where everyone has to learn their instruments first before we could even get some music together.

At the moment I haven’t reached the success I wish for this project. I am thankful for all the support we get from our family and our friends. I am also very thankful for all the friends I won through the journey we are going through and for all the memories we were able to collect but I guess there are so many more things we could reach with our music, so many more people.

What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)

I remember one pretty funny story… We used to play a show pretty far from our hometown. As we arrived at the venue and as we built up all our stuff ready to play the show I noticed that I had forgetten my guitar strap… I did not know how to solve this problem but with my belt and some duct tape we fixed that problem easily.

What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?

In my opinion one of the greatest things in metal at the moment is the creativity that many bands have. They’re working hard to improve themselves. Not only the big bands. I noticed this in some local bands as well. On the other hand there are quite a few things that I do not understand. In today’s Metal scene the festivals and the concerts are not the same anymore. Most of the people are arriving pretty late and only come to see their favorite band. Maybe they don’t understand how important those shows are for the support bands as well.

It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?

I noticed that and I think this is what this kind of music is all about. When I’m writing a song I want to bring as much passion and feelings into it as I can. I can use it to overcome some problems or let somebody know how I was feeling at some point of my life. In the best case I could help somebody to overcome their problems. So I think it is very important to bring out your passion for something and that counts for all topics.

What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?

It was a pretty slow progress to be honest. I first started to listen to some softer bands like Foo Fighters and then built up to this. My parents didn’t understand until now what I like about this type of music but I guess they’ll have to live with that.

What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?

My advice would definitely be: Take care of the upcoming bands that are out there and invest time and money into them. There is so much creativity and so much new/good music/artists that don’t have connections to promoters. They should get a chance for making it in the music industry as well.

What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.

We set our goals low. We want to release a full length album in the near future and play as many shows in as many countries as possible. I guess this is the main goal for the near future.

When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)

Definitely the first albums from Asking Alexandria, they followed my life like forever. But to name some new stuff.. I guess the new Architects album was pretty good. The Wage War tape was one of the hottest things to listen to last year.

What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?

Due to some structural changes we weren’t able to put on that many shows as we wanted. We have some shows in the making but not that many things this year.

Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)

Inspiring

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Many thanks to Fabio and Traced By Enemies for their time!


Where the Sun Turns Gray is available now on Dedication Records. For more information on Traced By Enemies visit their official website.

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