INTERVIEW: Deep C Divers

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

We’re having a good year, played quite a lot of shows in NE and NYC. We’re thrilled about our new EP. We did it in 2 months.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “My Luv”?

Deep: MyLuv is a love song about my connection with my partner, higher power and intention of staying positive in my journey as a songwriter.

Paul: This was a very catchy melody Deep brought in to our rehearsals and totally got stuck in my head. We wanted to do a hard-driving EP but I knew we couldn’t leave off an earworm like this, despite its mellower vibe.

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

Deep: Being in a supportive relationship, recognition about my ability to write songs as I’ve always been writing, composing music in a purely organic approach with my day to day feelings and  finding meaning in hectic lifestyle as an working class American – as a social worker with youth with disabilities, being a parent and passionate about my music. There is so much to write about about real life challenges/changes and choices.

Any plans to release a video for the single? 

Deep: Perhaps when we find the right person…

The single comes off your new album We’re All Americans – what’s the story behind the title?

Paul: That’s the title track of this EP. “We’re All Americans” is probably our most raucous song and best represents how this EP differs from our other albums.

Deep: I wrote the song after the elections when Donald Trump was elected. I’ve been a big  fan of PUNK MUSIC that always made been the stage for anti- political statements. My approach was different, I wanted to spread a hopeful message for all Americans who came to this country first as immigrants and built a great nation. The current immigrants that are  here illegally work hard to contribute to this economy and are caught in a political debacle. There has to be a solution to bring us all together instead of spreading hate. America is considered a leader in the global market and everyone around the world looks up to us as a  leader. We need to show who we really are by making conscientious decisions.

How was the recording and writing process?

Deep : The recording process was organic – we banged out 5 songs together and did some overdubs, we wanted to have a real LIVE feel Brian Charles of Zippah studios guided us to achieve our goal. If you don’t know him he’s the real deal.  We wanted the single MyLuv to be modern and Brian Charles helped us achieve this.

Paul: Absolutely – Brian gave this EP the in-your-face, raw feel we wanted, married to state-of-the-art recording/production clarity that sounds like a modern major label release – we’re super stoked about the result. I worked out my guitar parts during the rehearsals and gigs preceding the recording, except the solos which are improvised. There are no keyboards or synths on this record except on “My Luv” where I added an electronica-type layer as a hook I hoped would appeal to modern ears.

Would you call this a departure from your previous musical work?

Deep: Yes, we’re always exploring how best to fit our songs as we have so many. Every EP or album we put out we try to find a flow between the songs. We have so many songs to record and if we could record a double album we’d be thrilled. As you know we’re a versatile band that love all styles of music. I’m the primary songwriter/ composer and  the band is always interested in what I have to offer, feel like I’m on a roll now writing a lot of material. I feel truly blessed as it’s probably the hardest job as a musician. I always want to think outside the box in my compositions.  The rhythm section of  John Bordage on drums with Gregg Marcus on Bass helps with the arrangements to keep a solid groove.

Paul: We definitely strove for a fresh, youthful, and spontaneous approach with this record. Deep had three punk-type songs I really liked and that was the seed for the idea of this EP. He balanced those nicely with the remaining two songs, though there were so many others we also wanted to tackle as he mentioned, and hope to release in the future.

What aspect of America did you get to explore on this record?

Deep: Well we’re here as a super nation that can lead the global market and be one with all the diversity. Music is a gift and a powerful medium to move people in their day to day lives. Staying on a positive note is key.

Paul: Musically there’s less of a British rock feel to these songs than many of Deep’s others, and I think more of our American influences on display on this EP.

Did you approach the record as a somewhat patriotic, conceptual album?

Deep: Yes, but being patriotic is seeing the big picture. The leader of our nation needs to understand we look up to someone who brings us to together not divide us based on our diversity. We’re human beings first and foremost. Learn to lead and listen to the voters.

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

Deep: I think America could have had a first female President. If you look around the globe every major country has had a woman leader. I like the themes of Love, Politics, Saving our planet and being a everyday person that cares about who we are and what we have to face on a daily basis. My songwriting is a organic process of nature, relationships and everyday life.

Any plans to hit the road?

Deep: Well I hope this EP launches us into the Universe!! Buy our EP, support our music!!

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

World tour perhaps.

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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