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INTERVIEW: Deafkid

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We’re good thanks, enjoying the beginnings of summer after emerging from hibernation in our window-less basement studio. Sunlight, Vitamin D, Plants, People – It was a pleasant shock.

Can you talk to us more about your song “Ethics”?

It always hard to choose a lead single, but we felt like this one most highlighted how we’ve evolved since the last release. The hook comes from a set of bells Chris’ parents brought back from holidays – The first two notes we sampled started the whole thing.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

It feels like everyone around us at the time of writing the track were wrestling with issues of consumerism, honesty, life goals, issues over superficiality. It’s about the front people put on, the desire to get ahead in life over others and how that warps our ethics.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

Yes, we have a stunning video from our long time friend Adam Collier (Beauty and The Bear Film Productions) featuring a large cast that fits the track perfectly. (Coming soon!)

The single comes off your new EP Are We Deaf – what’s the story behind the title?

Most of our tracks centre around the theme communication in its various forms, we feel mostly that society is loosing its ability to just sit and listen, something that definitely negatively impacts on our art-form. On a lighter note the title is poking fun at our own band name.

How was the recording and writing process?

We decided to do everything ourselves (recording, producing, mixing etc) so way longer than expected. We had built our own studio so we no longer had time or financial restrictions… Our perfectionism ran wild.

Would you call this a total departure from your previous material or did you draw any inspiration from them?

We feel its an evolution from. Previously we would always work with another producer prior to finishing tracks and obviously their style and influences would be incorporated to small extent. The last EP Dialects definitely had more of a “band” sound when compared with the previous single Vigilante. This time we felt confident to handle the whole process ourselves, so this is pure, unadulterated Deafkid.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else than when you are writing your own original material?

Yes absolutely, working with other artists is all about understanding their vision and how you can enhance it with your skills. Some artists know precisely what they want and seek you out because they know you will deliver what they are after, with others its a journey of discovery and you help draw their vision out of them. But it’s always them first, you second, you should never try and unnaturally twist someone else’s project.

How does both of your cultural backgrounds come together and influence the music of the band?

It has a massive impact, despite being UK based Chris has UK/Danish heritage and Flo is French. This is maybe why communication has become an obvious theme for what we do. Because we were raised so totally differently in different countries we have a huge amount of resources to pull from and we credit our sound to that. Musically we want to stand out, to be easily identifiable by our sound, so we’re always drawing from our own background rather than what other artists are doing.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

We like to observe people and situations and then ask ourselves the question “How would you have reacted?” and form lyrics that way. Sometimes they come from personal experience, but we always wanted to have lyrics that we could apply to both of us. Deafkid is not about one frontman having their way, its about collaboration, if either one of us doesn’t feel it (either lyrically or musically) then we don’t do it.

Any plans to hit the road?

Definitely working on it, as session musicians we’ve played across Europe, Russia and Australia and loved every stage/crowd/experience. As Deafkid we have previously toured across UK, Germany and Switzerland, but being independent artists there is an unfortunate limit to what you can book without others being involved. Hopefully the doors will open and we’ll be inviting you all to a show very soon, it’ll be an experience.

What else is happening next in Deafkid’s world?

This is the start of a new chapter for us as a band, it always takes a few years for a band to find itself and we feel like we know what this project is and should be. We are continuing to work with other artists and working towards a debut album for ourselves. Of course some of this depends on how the EP is received, but no matter what we’re very happy and proud of it. We’re also just enjoying being in the present.

Pre-order their new release here

Links:

www.deafkidband.com

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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