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DELPREZTON

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW DELPREZTON WHAT HAPPENED?

Hiya, thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

I’ve had a PreSonus Audiobox lying around for years, and hadn’t yet opened the box… lack of courage, the kid, the job, laziness, not enough time, all the good reasons. I kicked myself in the butt last year and started playing with it, and with Logic Pro, and it was a real revelation. I now regret not having done it sooner! I recorded guitar riffs and melodies that I’d had in my head for years. The result was the Dead Parrot Sketch EP, released at the end of September 2023. 

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

I’m a musician from the Montréal area, in Quebec. DELPREzTON is the name of the project I gave it. It’s coming from this great character in Wayne’s World 2. I do everything on my own: guitar, bass, synthesizers, electronic drums, writing, composing, mixing and producing everything, along the “marketing” stuff and the videos. It’s really a solo job, as you’d expect in 2024, with a guy and his instruments and his technology at home and I enjoy it a lot! I mainly do what is generally called post-punk or darkwave. There are elements of shoegaze too and sometimes I get lost in hard-rock too. It’s not carnival music, let’s say, but it definitely has some groove in it. 

The first band I really liked was the New Kids on the Block… and soon after, I started listening to Megadeth hahaha! My friend had a cassette of So far, so good… so what?! and we couldn’t stop listening to it. Then, the first album I bought for myself was Slayer’s Seasons in the Abyss, and there was Pink Floyd too around the same period and a lot of the Stones… After there was some hip-hop, hardcore, “world” and electronic music. In short, my musical baggage is varied! For a long time, and still to this day, I really loved the whole early ’90s alternative scene from Seattle (no I won’t say the word). Damn… that’s the golden age of rock for me, and it’s still unsurpassed. So, of course, I can be inspired by that kind of music, but I’m also very passionate of the whole post-punk movement of the early ’80s and the electronic sounds of that era, which are very much in evidence in my songs, somewhat to my surprise since there’s never as much guitar as I’d expected at the start of my compositions. 

What was life like for you before music?

My life “before music” is still my life today, since composing and recording are not my main occupations. I work in Human Resources in a bank, so in a fairly conservative and bureaucratic corporate environment. I love my job, but music is definitely a release valve and allows me to occupy the more “creative” sphere of my brain.

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

I started playing electric guitar at the age of 12, and what made me want to try it was Michael Jackson‘s song “Black or White“! I thought the riff was fucking cool. Then, when I managed to play the (wrong) riff from Smells like Teen Spirit (with just the 6th string, you know), it just flowed.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

I’m an independent artist with a very small following, who makes music that isn’t really commercial…among a sea of artists. That’s where I sit hahaha! I have no pretensions of reaching “higher” levels, I just want to keep creating songs I like, and have a minimal audience. Say what you will about the current model of streaming sites, but it still allows a lot of artists like me to get their music out there, to discover other underground artists who are so talented and to have people from all over the planet who listen to what we do.

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry? 

I haven’t learned anything in particular, but I can say that I love seeing my peers go, listening to their songs, being inspired and encouraged by them. It’s less alone than you might think and there is a lot of solidarity between artists from the same scenes.

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

The idea of ​​“career” seems preposterous to me. I have no particular aspirations. I would love to bring my music on stage, have fun selling merch, press vinyl, etc.

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? 

Yes of course. It is disastrous to condemn people without having all the information and the context, and to rush to hasty judgment. This leads to certain excesses and rash decisions, for fear of being afraid and being condemned by public opinion. That being said, it is not true that “we can no longer say anything”. Freedom of speech has rarely been so great in my opinion, it’s just that it perhaps requires greater judgment, which is not bad in itself, on the contrary.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

Absolutely not. Do we know all the truths to everything? No, of course, Doesn’t mean it’s a conspiracy. Our politicians are not that smart. They think in a very short-term mindset, often with a very limited vision of the economic system in which we operate, in their own interests, and can be very incompetent. They are not bright enough for anything else that could contribute for what we could call a “conspiracy” haha.

What are the next steps you plan to take as a band to reach the next level?

I wish I had the patience to compose enough songs to make a complete album. With the current model, the majority of independent artists prefer to release singles or EPs on a regular basis to maintain a certain level of visibility, and that’s hard to resist.

Also, I would like to bring my songs on stage. For that, I just have to put my ego aside and kick myself and find people to jam with and who would deign to play my songs.

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

It’s a cover of Joy Division’s “Twenty Four Hours”, from the album Closer, released in 1980. Man, this song represents everything I like in a rock song. Passionate and dark..

What was the recording process like?

Pretty simple! I didn’t really deviate from the original song, since it’s just perfect. Usually I don’t like cover songs, it’s never that good and that’s okay, but this one was just too irresistible to do.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

Well, the biggest learning curve for me was certainly doing the vocals. I don’t like singing that much. What I have in mind is the melody, the drum beats, the guitar, the bass, but rarely vocals. I don’t have that much confidence in my voice either. The comment I received most often following the release of Dead Parrot Sketch was that my voice wasn’t loud enough.. Indeed! It’s alright because it still fits well with the style of music that I do, though! I’m slowly gaining the confidence I need for that. For my last single, I’ve put the vocals louder in the mix.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Absolutely. For the EP, I would take more time with the vocals and much more time with the mixing part.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

I’m super grateful to have people listening to my music, so to each of you, a big thank you. There’s new music coming by the end of the year and it’s going to be sick.

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