Hello Davina! Please tell us something about yourself and a brief introduction about your band mates.
I'm Davinia the lead singer of Angelwings and I have been singing since I can remember. It all started when I was a very young girl and I sang in the school choir. I found my voice when I discovered Celine Dion and from there as the years went by I developed a musical interest in pop, rock and metal music, I started singing to music by Avril Lavigne, Nightwish and Evanescence but my taste in music is very wide as its very rare for me to not appreciate any type of music I hear. Angelwings is a group of experienced musicians that had been in the Gibraltar local music scene for some time and who had played in different bands with a wide variety of musical genres. The band consists of Darren Fa; Bass, Mark Brooks; Drummer, Paul Cano; Guitarist, Glenn Cano; Piano & Davinia Cano known as Divi; Singer.
Was it a dream to form a band or the idea just strucked somewhere somehow?
We are all involved in music and have been for a long time, all of us meeting and getting together as a band was a complete accident. It all started with one meeting to start a metal band with a female vocalist and things developed from there and we became what we are today. Angelwings.
When did the band start? And how your music evolved since you first began playing music together ?
The band got started in April 2013. We started with a few random rock bands we all liked but when rocking together to music by Nightwish we found that things were really working for us. The excitement grew from there, so our gigs turned out to have many covers by Nightwish. Then things evolved again, as it inspired us to later create and compose our own music in that same genre but with our own twist. This is how we discovered our own personal sound. We are now a melodic, symphonic metal band.
Which bands do you think are the major influences behind Angelwings's symphonic metal sound?
Our major influences have to be; Nightwish, Iron Maiden, Stratovarius, Evanescence and Within Temptation.
Who writes your songs? What are the main themes behind your lyrics?
Our songs are all composed by us together. The lyrics and melodies are created by the lead singer but ideas are always welcome from each of us, vocally or instrumentally. It is a group effort and it works for us very well. The main themes surrounding our lyrics is largely based on mythology, life lessons and love. At the moment the songs are based on true events that are later turned into stories about this dark angel Lilith who is representing the lead singer herself.
Do you have any record label?
At present we are looking at several offers from different record labels but no decisions have been made.
Any major festivals where you have performed or will?
The most major festivals we have played at have been with 'Saxon and Skindred' when they came to Gibraltar for the 'Rock on the Rock Anniversary' and then later the Gibraltar Music Festival in 2015. It's Gibraltar's biggest music event and many local acts, famous artists and bands get together and put on a great big show! We do have a few things lined up for the future and have entered a band competition, which if we get through we could have the chance to play at a very big festival in Almeria. People can visit our Facebook page, click on the link and vote for us.
What's your ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking fame and fortune?
As a band we are looking to create music that people can relate to. Music that we love and that will make other people happy, excited and just emotional when listening to it. If we can inspire some along the way, we feel like we have done our job as musicians and as a band. If fame and fortune were to come from this it would be welcomed as another great adventure for us all, as our aim is to spread our music with all those who would love to hear it!
How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?
For fans to access our music they can visit our;
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/angelwingsgib
MySpace : https://myspace.com/angelwings_official
Website : www.angelwings-band.com
And search for us on YouTube under 'Angelwings Band'
What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
The advice I would give to anyone who would want to form a band is; to go for it! You will have many great memories made with your band members and if you love music, if it's what you want to do, either for fun or otherwise you should absolutely do it!
Any last words?
Last words coming from Divi, the lead singer of Angelwings; Music can give a person so much life and meaning. I know everyone in the band feels the same way and I personally cannot go a day without listening to music or singing! I have been inspired by so many great artists. So it's been a dream of mine since I was a girl to do something great with myself, with my voice and with my lyrics. I've been lucky enough to find a great group of musicians and we share the same goals and dreams. So if you love symphonic melodic metal or even the idea of it, I would ask you to listen to us! We love what we are doing and would like to share it with the world. Angelwings thanks you all for reading and we hope we have reached a few people's interest! Rock on!