Dani: Cradle of Filth get blamed for a lot of things that haven’t got anything to do with the band and these gigs that were cancelled had really nothing to do with us. Everybody got the wrong impression, but, personally, I really do like Portugal, but it’s quite hard work for a band to put Portugal on the tour because of the long drive. I mean, we had to take a day off yesterday and drive straight from Toulouse, which is miles away; and tomorrow we are not playing, because we have to drive back and that’s worth two days you could be playing other gigs. Don’t get me wrong, it’s worth it, but at that point, when we pulled that show, we turned up and it was being promoted by the bass player of Moonspell at the time; it was this little club and there wasn’t even power in there. Our lighting guy went in to measure the voltage of the place and when he put one light, it blew; there was no way in the world we could do it! We were just saying “What the fuck are we going to do? Can you bring in an alternative power resource?” and he was like “What? I don’t know, I’m not your promoter.” So we had to pull it, there was no other way. What were we suppose to do: stay there and physically say that we couldn’t play? We just had to move on. But what really annoyed me was that he went on to the radio with some fuckin’ garbage story about the reason we weren’t playing and it was because we demanded some heroine: that’s preposterous!
What is it that you like in Portugal so much?
Gian: We like the people; they’re different and there is no one like it in the world. It is not like Spain either, it’s completely different. Portugal is more Arabic-influenced, more eastern and Mediterranean.
Talking about Arabic influences, have you ever heard Moonspell’s Under the Moonspell?
Gian: Yeah, I like it, it’s quite good; I didn’t like them before, but they’re playing what they want, doing their own thing, so good luck to them!
Going down the memory lane, do you still remember the first Cradle of Filth tour?
Dani: The first tour we did was with Skyclad and Paradise Lost, I think; just in England. Then the first European tour was with At the Gates and Anathema and we also did that small tour with Emperor, which wasn’t very well put together; but it’s kind of legendary now, as everyone seems to talk about it.
Like several other artists, do you have any musical project on the side?
Gian: I don’t know if it’s going to happen, it’s still on the make at the moment. I don’t know what the fuck I’m gonna do, but I’ll do it; mostly, just to get anyone together and do something never done before for a laugh (just to do it has a demo). I hope it to be something really mad, with no keyboards, heavy guitars or blast speeds (none of that), more Dead Can Dance-oriented, or Ambient-like and a lot more funny.
Either aesthetically or musically, do you think Cradle of Filth was (and is) inspired by the Goth movement in some way?
Gian: What is Goth? Two steps forward, dramatic hand movement, two steps back, just a bass and a drum machine, that’s Goth. But we dress how we want to dress. Our music is dark, our lyrics are dark, our image is simply black, but that doesn’t mean I need spikes to protect myself or anything, as I’m not scared of anybody. People wear spikes because they are frightened of other people running into them, because they are too skinny to blow over. You can fuck the spikes off and use your fists – or your feet and your head. We use witchcraft, not spikes (laughs). But, really, we dress like this for years and I view the term to describe an attitude, not a style. It’s as if you like to be around graveyards at night, going to nightclubs, or you stay up late at night because you want to party and you like dark music and dark things. It’s hard to explain, you just want to party and it’s a night thing, partly because you stay up late in a nocturnal lifestyle.
I was a Catholic till I was 16; my family’s Catholic, Roman Catholic, but I just don’t listen to anybody telling me what to do: I just make my own mind about everything. I do believe in a destruction force, as well as in a creation force. Basically, my religion is to do what the fuck you want, although I believe in Karma as well.
What was the last book you bought (or read)?
Gian: Anne Rice’s The Vampire Armand, which I got signed and I’m really happy for that (smiles). I’m also reading a book about Arthur and the Dark Ages.
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