Earlier this year the Southern rockers of Dirty Ol’ Crow released their Strangers’ Nest EP. Recently DutchMetalManiac’s Tim van Velthuysen interviewed their guitarist Filippo Monticelli.
Hey, how are you?
Very good, thanks for having us.
Can you tell us something about the history of Dirty Ol’ Crow?
Of course. The original idea for the band started in Germany with Dom (bass), Michi (guitar) and Keltor (ex-drums). Not long after they moved to London to pursue their musical goals and that’s when Vikki Totten (vocals) and I eventually joined. We started gigging in London pretty soon and we released our first EP early this year. We are now also gigging outside of London, playing shows in different places across the UK, and that’s pretty exciting for us.
For people not knowing you (yet), how would you describe your music yourself?
Well, I would describe it as raucous hard rock with a hint of punk, sometimes blues and/or country.
What makes Dirty Ol’ Crow unique?
It’s literally undiluted rock n roll, on the hard side. And our shows are charged with energy, and it’s always hard to predict what’s gonna happen on stage.
Any future plans you can already tell us something about?
Sure thing, we are working now on a bunch of new songs for a full length album, which we are planning to release at some point next year. This will go along with new music videos of course.
Any upcoming gigs for Dirty Ol’ Crow? Maybe coming to The Netherlands?
We have a couple of upcoming UK gigs for this year, Southend on Sea on October 5th and London on November 2nd. Coming to The Netherlands would be great, maybe next year, as we will look into possibly organising a European tour across a few countries. If any promoter or band would be interested to have us play somewhere in The Netherlands, they are welcome to contact us through our website or Facebook page.
How do you think your life would be without music?
Probably really different! Actually I can’t even think of not having music as a part of my life, I just find it inconceivable. I guess it differs from person to person, but I just couldn’t think straight without it. I even get moody and nervous if I just don’t play guitar for too long!
What advice would you give to young and starting bands?
I would advise to always stay focused on your goals. What made you form a band or even start to play music in the first place? – keep that feeling, image (or whatever it is) crystal clear in your mind. That is your utmost goal. Because starting a band is awesome, but it is also hard work, and it will require dedication and commitment. Having that goal stuck in your mind/heart will make everything worthwhile.
Thanks for your answers! Is there anything you want to say to DutchMetalManiac’s readers?
Thanks for having us and thanks for your time. Keep on believing in music and follow your goals.
I’m Tim van Velthuysen and I started DutchMetalManiac back in 2014. I’m 27 years old and I live in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Of course, I like metal, but I can also appreciate other musical styles. However, metal is what I mostly listen to. I also like going to concerts, meeting with friends and watching movies (especially arthouse).