What is your name and role within Delta Sleep?
Dave – Bass n that.
Where are you currently based?
You’ve just got back from an EU tour, where did you go and what were the highlights and challenges of the tour?
We just got back from a two week tour of Europe, of sorts – Mostly it was a clever way of us getting down to Italy and back (to record the next album). Weirdly there were no problems on the this tour, largely due to the fact that we took a decent van with us this time and left the LDV convoy at home…In the bin.
Just before Europe though we went to Mexico for a few weeks – We played a show in Monterrey in June for which we had to drive for 15 hours through the night, I remember we played a show in Puebla (near Mexico city) then got straight in the van and drove through the night and got to Monterrey in time for sound check the following day, it was a killer! Theres not much you can do to prepare for a show like that except copious amounts of Mescal!
How do you prepare for each show?
I guess everyone has their own way of warming up for the shows and it depends which country you’re in, sometimes just the location itself is enough to keep the energy levels high and sometimes you need to wake yourself up! I try to play my instrument for at least 5 – 10 minutes before I go onstage but if theres no back stage or its super dull i just go out and find someone to have a chat with.
How did the tour come about?
Through friends mostly – We’ve toured quite a few times now across EU and each time you meet a couple of new faces, get chatting, and end up friends by the end of the evening. Its a relatively stresses thing to do, in ways, because we just call up or email our friends and ask if they want put a show on.
You’re currently finishing off the last bits of your second album, where have you been recording?
We went out to an amazing place in the north of Italy, near Turin, called MAM studios. Actually we found this studio on tour back in 2013 or 2014 and shot a live version of Camp Adventure there so when it came choosing the location for the next album it was a no brainer…and its an amazing studio…and it’s really hot…and they have a pool…and an Aperol Spritz costs tuppence! No brainer!
What has inspired the song writing and sound of your second album?
Think somewhere between Blade Runner and Laputa!
How do you usually go about writing songs and then bring them to life musically?
Usually someone will come in with an idea and we’ll mess around with it to the point that we don’t recognise the original idea, start over again, and find a song amongst the nonsense Actually, this time round the song writing came naturally. We start by knocking around some ideas, then try to lock ourselves away for a couple of days to work out all the finer details and add that like sprinkle of magic. Once we’ve got the songs down we head out on tour for a week or so to get some experience playing the album live, its surprising how much the songs properly take shape once they’ve been blasted through the PA a few times. This process helps us with tracking the album as we track the albums live as a full band,
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Right now I’m listening to Natalie Evans new single In trees, it’s a soft heater! Keep an eye out for her new album!
What influences your sound?
Life? Nah, I duno. A bit of everything but mostly your environment at the time and getting into the right head space. For me it always help to be in an unfamiliar space with no reminders of real life so you can totally shut off!
We’ve heard Delta Sleep will be releasing singles around March/April of 2018 followed by the album release in July/August of 2018, how do you decide which tracks will be used as singles?
It’s a difficult thang! I guess we pick our favourite tune to a certain extent but also the song which we think translates the sound of the album on the whole to give people the right vibe!
Who will be creating the artwork for the album?
We’re still trying to work this out but we have a few options, one of which is a good friend of ours, Owen Findlay, who goes by the ahem Or8 Design. He’s done a lot of our tour posters in the past so it seemed like a logical progression
You” then be touring the UK/EU and then for the first time to US and South America, do you find audiences differ from location to location?
Absolutely, every country has its own natural way if that makes sense? I remember we played an amazing show show in Gifu (Japan) with Tricot and there must have been 800 people in this place. So me and Glen went out into the crowd to watch Tricot play, who were shitting amazing, and stood amongst the crowd to get a feel for everything…and it was bizarre! Compared to a Uk show where people generally chat, jump around, crowd surf and all that, in Japan people are deadly silent between tunes, so much so that I could literally hear Tricot tuning their guitar between songs. They clap after each song but then suddenly the clapping will abruptly stop and the room falls into silence. Its honestly the oddest feeling!
How did Delta Sleep start?
You’ll have to ask Dev or Glen…probably a really boring story.
When and where are you playing next?
Next shows are gonna be in April with TTNG, cant wait to play with those guys again. and then hopefully after that we’ll be heading out to the US!
Favourite food and place to hangout?
Any food, anywhere in Italy.