Deity (Band Interview)
Today we speak to the lads from Deity.
Let’s start with this: What’s the history of your band?
Danny and I started jamming in high school just doing covers for fun. We then quickly got into writing original tunes. Starting as a three piece (just guitars), our goal was to blend different styles of metal with layers and harmonies. Our only problem was finding dedicated members, especially drummers and bassists. Through wise advise given to us by Keith of Rotting (Can), Danny then started playing drums. After a few years of struggling to find other members, the band decided to put the band on hold. Danny and I went on to do other projects in the local scene. We then decided the time was right and brought the project together and decided to go into the studio and record an album we always wanted to hear as fans of metal.
So what can you tell us about your latest album? (Inspiration. Sound. Style.)
Our style and goal was to blend everything we wanted to hear in album. There is really no limit and is something we as fans would want to hear. We like everything from Slayer, Iron Maiden, Paco DeLucia, Suffocation, Emperor, Boston, Queen, Deep Purple, Van Halen, Diabolic, Luciferion, Lost Horizon, Iced Earth, Pavarotti, 2Pac, Eazy E, Alice In Chains, Aerosmith, Motorhead and Dio.
How did you go about making it?
We decided it was time to get this album done. Danny went into the studio and recorded all rhythm guitars. We also did the leads and vocals to the tunes. Danny contacted Flo Mounier and we got him to do the session work on drums. We also contacted Flo (Nephelium) for session bass.
Anything you’ve learnt as you’ve gone along? Or have you simply tried a bit of everything to see how it works?
We’ve learnt that staying true to ourselves was the way to go. We’ve played in different bands and we felt that the time was finally right to record this album. This album to us is everything. We wrote this as fans of metal and we hope others enjoy it as well.
What sort of technology and instruments do you work with?
We both use custom USA built Jackson guitars. Danny uses a KV2 King V and John uses a Jackson Warrior WR1. As for studio equipment Joe Virgilio recorded us via direct in and Christian Donaldson revamped the guitars using Engl Invader and Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier.
Let’s have a few general questions now.
Let’s rock (Al Bundy voice)
What do you see as a musicians role in society?
(Danny) To create authentic music.
How’s the scene different in your country to what we’re familiar with? -Anything unique to your country?
John – I haven’t seen a show outside of Canada. But I’ve noticed fans here in Toronto are rowdy and the mosh pits are intense. Montreal I found the fans actually genuinely dig the tunes and pay attention to the music.
Danny – In my experience pits are great, but there’s a less appreciation of musicianship. There is more of a clique mentally, where as in other places they are more unified and not as judgemental in my opinion.
Where do you stand on music videos? -Do you see their value in today’s world?
Music videos are key. Anything that could be put on YouTube or online is the best thing for a new band. Anyone around the world have the ability to be able to check out stuff like that from new bands. It’s how I (John) find new bands/music now a days. Music videos will always have a value to the band itself, especially if the band are doing it themselves. They have all the freedom to experiment and come up with ideas that they feel would be best to fit their music.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
(John) Honestly I’d change a lot of shit. There’s so many amazing bands out there that don’t or will never get the credit they deserve. Both in musicianship and song writing.
(Danny) Pay for what you listen to. These days passion comes with a cost when being independent.
Any advice for new bands?
(Danny) Stick to you gut and do what you feel it’s right. When it’s time it’s time. The completion and rewards are beyond words.
(John) Just keep going and never give up. Things always come together when the integrity of the band and music stay true.
Let’s have some generic questions.
Star Wars or Star Trek?
(John) Star Wars.
(Danny) Both are gay. (The word is “fabulous”. -Ed)
Sci-Fi or Fantasy?
(John) I enjoy both but I gotta go with fantasy. I love stuff like Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones but I do love the Terminator series as well.
(Danny) I’m impartial, but I do like The 4th Kind.
(Danny) Ravenous, Hellraiser, I Saw the Devil, and Sex in the City.
(John) I dig all three Exorcist movies and I Saw the Devil. I’m more into comedies like Dumb and Dumber and Ace Ventura.
Books or Comics?
(John) I’m more of an Anime/Manga guy. but I love Marvel/Dc. More into the video games, movies and animated films.
(Danny) Non-Fiction books.
Trump or Putin?
(John) Rob Ford (former mayor of Toronto)
(Danny) Dittohead (Slayer) no comment.
Anything you’d like to tell our readers?
(John) Check out the tunes let the music speak for itself. Hopefully you guys dig the tunes as much as we do.
(Danny) This album was made from the heart and hopefully everyone else will enjoy this album as much as we have. To quote a legend “Let the Metal flow”.