DECEMBER 11 – DEVIL’S DESIRE (Belgium) Interview – A Talk With GIO SMET (Producer / Instrumentalist)

Stefan: Welcome Gio, first of all congratulation with new project, Devil’s Desire. We’ll talk about that later in the interview, before that I want to go back in time with you where it all started. Did you immediately prefer to learn to play a certain instrument? How old were you then?

Gio: “Hello, Stefan. Thank you for your interest. For me, my father introduced me to hard rock and heavy metal music when I was still very young. I think I was around ten years old when I really got into bands like Uriah Heep, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Queen, Rainbow, Dio, Iron Maiden, Helloween,… so many great bands that made a very big impact on me. I believe those were my biggest influences.

I always said to my father that I wanted to learn to play the guitar. He told me I would get one, when I was a little older. Unfortunately, my father passed away when I was thirteen. However, I didn’t gave up my desire to learn how to play the guitar. When I was around fifteen years old, I bought my first electric guitar. It was a black Fender Stratocaster “Squier” I bought from a friend.”

Stefan: Were you immediately very driven and was it appropriate to practice on a very regular basis?

Gio: “Yes. I immediately had a great desire to learn how to play. I practiced almost on a daily basis, playing songs from bands that I love. I wrote down all the songs that I could play. In no time, that list was very long. I already was in love with the music and fell in love with playing the guitar too. I had such fun times, each time I learned something new. Still to this day, because there is always something more to learn from playing the guitar.”

Stefan: Which musicians or bands did you look up to as a teenager?

Gio: “Besides the bands I listened to when I was a child, I discovered more bands when I was a teenager. Bands like Manowar, Gamma Ray, Iced Earth, Primal Fear, Stratovarius,…to name a few. I also really liked, and still do, the works of Arjen Anthony Lucassen, aka Ayreon. His way of composing is pure class and his sound is perfect in my opinion. It was, and still is, however, Iron Maiden I admire the most. They just are so enjoyable and consistent. They remain my all-time favorite band.” READ MORE…