Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Cross & Divide”?
JDN: It’s the lead off single and the first song on the album. It’s a sort of Introduction into our world, starting with the “Let’s Run Away” lyric. It was also one of the last songs that we wrote for the album, so we were in our groove working together.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
JDN: I think lyrically our songs are intentionally vague and open for interpretation more than about singular events. The lyric “Cross and Divide” is a statement of the times. Everything is so divisive these days It’s hard to see common ground on much of anything, be it music, politics, movies, everything really.
GM: I needed something clever to carry us through.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
JDN: We were toying with the idea of doing an official video for the song with our Video Director Neil Kull, but we are going to do a video for a different song instead. Honestly, we’re really proud of the whole album so want to focus on putting several tracks out there in different ways.
Why naming the album after this track in particular?
JDN: The Title Cross and Divide has a lot of excitement, it’s like a call to action and will mean something different to everyone, but everyone will know what it means to them.
GM: It seemed to be appropriate for the times.
How was the recording and writing process?
JDN: Groovie Mann would come over, I’d play him some ruff track ideas, and whatever he reacted too was what we would focus on. He always has a bag of tricks with him, journals, notebooks, lyrics ideas, cut and paste things, pulp books, playboys. Once we got a few songs in and got each other’s workflow, everything just sort of fell in place when all the pieces of the album started to come together. We didn’t set out to write a concept album per say, and the songs are really diverse, but it works as a whole. I think the musical diversity is literally the sound of us experimenting and figuring out what we should sound like.
GM: Trial and error, on the spot mental spontaneity.
What role does LA play in your writing?
JDN: I’d like to say Los Angeles plays very little role in my writing. I don’t think we have a very typical sunny LA sound. However, everything around me influences my writing and having lived in Los Angles over 20 years I’m sure it has a massive effect.
GM: The Chaos and speed and density of the city. non responsive twisted evil egotistical poison and beauty, it’s all here, love and hate, I’ll never leave it.
Would you call this a departure from your previous musical projects or rather a continuation?
JDN: I think there are expectations when Groovie Mann from TKK and John Norten from BEC start a project. I think we were aware of our fan bases and set out to do something that would appeal to the old school fans while at the same time challenging ourselves to do something new and exciting that isn’t just a repeat of the past.
GM: It’s a departure, it’s a dive into another eclectic expression.
What aspect of division did you get to explore on this record?
Gm: The Center is always divisional and it was for this record.
Any plans to hit the road?
GM: Maybe a special show before the years over.
JDN: We are talking of putting a show together, possibly for one offs, but would make more sense to do a tour, maybe with another Metropolis Artist.
What else is happening next in Trash Deity’s world?
GM: We have a digital soon coming out soon or some remixes, working on the new album too.
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