NAS 10 Questions with Phil Lima from Dynnamo
This time, we get to know Phil Lima from the Brazilian band, Dynnamo, based in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais.
Phil Lima is the vocalist and guitarist, along with Lucas Rocha on bass, and Riccardo Linassi on drums. It may be "carnaval" in Brasil right now, but we are keeping it hard and heavy! Eba!
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𝟭. Where are you from and what are your hobbies?
I'm from Brazil. My hobby used to be composing and playing music, but fortunatelly, thanks to a good planning and joining forces with the European label DyMM P&M, this dream is finally becoming reality. And I must add that NAS is really helping my music reach a broader audience!
𝟮. How did your get into music?
My story with music started very early, I was about five years old when I started singing in choirs and played the piano till the age of 12. I was about 10 years old when I heard ‘Whole Lotta Love’ from Led Zeppelin playing at my uncle Tom’s stereo and I immediately knew that was the kind of sound that I loved. He also introduced me to Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, and that’s when I realized I needed an electric guitar! But I can tell you that the sound that changed my life was Iron Maiden. After playing in some high school bands I formed my first authorial band called Dynnamo and we did get some songs on the local radio, but we were a bunch of 17-year old boys dreaming about becoming rock stars but without the proper direction. I’ve been away from music between 2004 and 2010 when I went to college to study Physical Education and got a Masters scholarship to study Rehabilitation Sciences in Belgium and Norway. As soon as I returned to Brazil, I started doing some acoustic gigs in pubs with a trio called Acoustic Drive. We played some crazy lineups from Elvis, Creedence to Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and really had some fun, especially when I was invited to play Iron Maiden tributes with the local band ‘The Troopers’. But I really wanted to be on an original band again, and coincidently (or not), in 2018, I was at a Judas Priest concert when I received a call from a guy called Samuka saying he found me on YouTube singing some Iron Maiden and Whitesnake songs and thought my vocals were just what he was looking for a new project he was organizing called Medjay, intended to be a Power Metal band inspired by Egyptian Culture and mythology. The thematic caught me right away, and I noticed all the members were focused in conducting it very professionally. All of us were about 35 years old and didn’t want to go over the same mistakes we’ve made in the past, and since the first rehearsal I saw this could be the best shot of our lives! And things actually started becoming reality, we´re about to release our second studio album on March 8th entitled Cleopatra VII and on 2021 we signed a contract with an European label called
DyMM P&M. And that’s when Dynnamo gets back in this story, the label’s CEO, Dy Moob, really liked my vocals and asked me if I had any songs to record, and when I showed them the drafts with Dynnamo they were really hooked. I got so enthusiastic about getting Dynnamo back that I composed a brand-new song that is about getting this project back to life after 20 years… literally back from the ashes to flames! So, hope you all enjoy my new single ‘Back from the ashes’ which has completed one month today since it’s been released and hit the impressive mark of almost 3K streams and over 500 followers thanks to the awesome help of NAS family and DyMM P&M!
𝟯. Who are your biggest influences?
Regarding to singers, my main references are Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson, and Chris Cornell. Although there are other names that definitely contributed in shaping my own style such as Dio, André Matos, Freddy Mercury, James Hetfield, Jeff Scott Soto and Layne Staley. On guitar, my main references are Adrian Smith and Tony Iomi, but similarly to the vocalists, there are other important guitarists that influenced my guitar playing style such as Jimi Hendrix, Steve Vai, Slash and David Gilmour.
4. What are your goals in the music industry?
My main goal is being able to make a living out of my music. I'm also a back pain therapist, but my dream is to make therapy my hobby and have music as my main occupation so that I can dedicate most of my life to it!
5. If you could choose a location to perform at, what would it be?
There are so many storical places, but my dream is featuring on the lineup of festivals such as Wacken Metal Meeting, Graspop, Download Festival, amongst so many others!
6. What is your all-time favorite song?
Wow, that's a tough one! Each song reminds of some special moments that are quite unique, but if I was to pick one it would be Whole Lotta Love, which was the one that once I heard for the first time I said: Damn, that's the kind of sound I'm looking for! And it led to my major influences which are Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Metallica.
7. Most embarrassing moment?
I guess it was the day I was at Kiss Kruise on 2018 and was having a nice chat for about half an hour with a very nice guy and on the next day I went to an event with Doc McGhee and there was the guy I've been talking to! But I guess he enjoyed chatting with someone who didn't know his face and could talk about some random things about music without referring to his historical and glorious life!
8. Proudest accomplishment?
No doubt it was the day that I helped the great Brazilian singer André Matos to get rid of a back pain problem and thanks to that he was able to perform an outstanding gig with Shaman on November of 2018. Me and my associate also helped him with his voice and he was very thankful to us, recording a video of about 5 minutes saying how glad he was he got to know us, and it was the beginning of a great friendship and partnership. Andre Matos unfortunately came to pass on June 8th of 2019, leaving behind a legion of devastated fans, but at the same time, awoke a beautiful movement of unity in Brazilian Metal bands.
9. What is something about you that might surprise someone who knows you the best?
Although my favorite style is rock in general and heavy metal, specially when it comes to live performance, when I was about 19 years old I've played guitar on a Big Band Jazz group and on an instrumental jazz quartet and it's been a great experience. I also love listening to and playing Blues and I've studied Classical and Spanish guitar as well.
𝟭𝟬. What is your dream collaboration?
For all my story with Iron Maiden, sharing the stage with Bruce Dickinson would be something out of this world. I was known on my neighborhood as Phil Iron because I had all the records, magazines and knew absolutely all the songs! Although I've got other references at the same level of appreciation such as Rob Halford and Robert Plant, I'll go with Bruce on this one! Who knows...?!
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