INTERVIEW: Deep C. Divers

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

We’re doing great. We just played  the Red Gorilla Music Festival in Austin, TX. We coming off a great experience .

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Smile For Better Days”?

Gregg:This one just kind of happened really quickly.  Deep brought in the song and we all just jumped in and started playing.  We had the demo down in a couple of practices.  We recorded the basic tracks in a couple of takes and then Paul and Deep went to work crafting all of the harmonies and over dubs.

Deep: It came to me as I wanted to delve into writing a simple Pop song. The process of writing and composition took me 4 minutes. It was meant to be a global message. Smiling is an uplifting feeling.

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

I wanted to focus on positive energy and the essence of what it means in our everyday lives which I always find so daunting. I wanted to connect to people of all walks of life who live all over the world. Smiling makes you happy and sends a message to your peers that you’re happy to see them whether you like them or not.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Well, we’d  like to make a video. Right now we have some ideas and we want to open it up to anyone who likes this song to send us a 15 second clip to our Facebook page of what the song means to them.

The single comes off your new album Making Waves – what’s the story behind the title?

We’re here to be found and when they discover us they’ll realize we will be around for a longtime making you sing our songs and hence the title.

I’m inspired by nature, water, skies and human interactions. Planet earth is a beautiful place we live in and each of us can make a difference to be there for each other in good times and bad.

How was the recording and writing process?

We banged out the basic tracks in a couple of days because we had been playing all of these songs live.  Paul and Deep had a much higher vision for this album than what was apparent to Steve and I.  We were just the cavemen in the rhythm section.  Paul and Deep became fascinated with every detail.  They spent hours in the studio, tracking and mixing… adding layers to everything and rearranging some of the songs.  Close to my heart and Say To Me started to feel kind of disjointed so I floated a new bass line over those two to tie it all together again.

Deep: I wrote and composed all the songs.  I worked closely with Paul with arrangements and we wanted to make a great record. I like all styles of music but try to think outside the box and own it with my own sound.

What role does Boston play in your music?

Boston has a rich musical heritage and an openness to different styles.  We have all been exposed to a lot of different styles and felt no need to confine ourselves to a particular genre.  I lived in Kauai for several years where I fell in love with reggae.  So that is where that came from.

What is it about the 60s and 70s that you find so fascinating?

That’s easy…. we’re old.  We all grew up listening to 70s music and the remnants of the 60s music that was still popular.  Its in our blood.  I think we appeal to an older crowd because we are mature and not afraid to own that.  Our songs run deeper than oooo baby I want to do you.  More spiritual and delving into the joys and complications of real committed relationships.

Known for playing with different genres – how do you get to balance them together?

Everyone contributes and we respect the different styles.  Its part of our vocabulary now so as we are working up the songs its like How about a reggae break down here or lets make this huge like an arena rock song.  But pop sensibility rules everything.  We try to make the song and its message guide how we play it.

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

DeepC writes all of the songs I think he is a guru or something.  It just blows my mind how many songs he brings in for us to play with.

Any plans to hit the road?

Trying to build a local following and then expanding from there.

What else is happening next in Deep C Divers’ world?

We are recording constantly and hope to have a new albums or maybe a succession of songs out soon.  You can follow our progress onsoundcloud.  Lots of rough recordings up there that we use to develop the songs. DeepC has enough material for probably 5 Albums.

See our website for LIve shows.

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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