RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW HOVE ARTIST DEIPHOS JAY
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to become a soloist?
I became a solo act in Lockdown as there was no other way to make music. I’d been playing open mics as an acoustic act beforehand and am in a band playing a different style. Producing and finding a more alternative electronic vibe was what kept me sane through the whole pandemic.
Introduce us to you and your musical history?
Hi, my name is Deiphos Jay (dee-phous) – My musical history – Well I started writing songs when I was about 10/11 years old, I used to write instrumental songs on 7inch single B-Sides from the UK top 40 back when 7-inch singles were a thing… way before CD’s lol. Bought a Guitar when I was about 18 and learnt a few basic chords and within a month or 2 was writing songs. Played in bands in my early 20s but without much success just playing the local pub/club circuit. Took a bit of a break to concentrate on family life and over the last 4/5 years creativity returned with a vengeance and started writing again. I play in a rock band and was playing in another band too for a while before lockdown – I write songs for both and also write for a musical friend of mine. And over the last 18moths or so have been producing my own electronic sound – with an album out last year and a new EP out with more on the way.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
Lol – My musical history – Sounds so unimpressive – But it is what it is 😊
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Hmmm well yes, I suppose I do – but to be fair Governments tell so many lies to the people – in this day and age anything could be the real truth.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
Hell yeah – I bought so much crap from a specific online retailer – that delivers the same day if you get in early enough. It was like an addictive fix when all else seemed doomed. LED string lights are the thing that springs to mind.
What useless party trick do you have?
Lol – I love doing this trick – I learnt it when I was like about 7/8 years old and it’s stayed with me ever since. I can make a matchstick jump in the air by resting it on another matchstick. The great thing about this trick is people are amazed when they see it and I love watching people trying to repeat the process.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Played a gig last year and it was really cool, had the whole crowd joining in. The weird thing was it was at a showcase for something else in a small 200 cap venue and everyone was sitting on chairs just looking at me when I walked on – by the end of the set they were all joining in and laughing and having a great time – it was really good fun trying to break them and bring a vibe and energy to my set.
What was the worst experience on stage?
My worst experience on stage – has to be a collection of 2 or 3 – forgetting my lyrics to a new song or even an old one on one occasion.
Tell us something about you / each member that you think people would be surprised about?
Simple – I’m a Grandad.
If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe it?
It’s like playing the guitar to all those beeps and noises your spaceship makes – We should have a jam lol.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I’m inspired by all kinds of music and I like to think that shines through in my writing and production. I really just write and produce according to the vibe/emotions I’m feeling at the time. I don’t specifically lend myself to one genre although it is all under this electro alternative rock/punk/pop / synth sound. If I want to make a ska record I will or a spoken word record or have heavy guitars or acoustic guitars I will. Even been playing around with a country and western vibe of late with lots of harmonicas and violins mixed with some Brass elements. Music is how you feel and who you are. So, stay true to that and do it with passion and all will be well.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
To be honest right now – not much is actually pissing me off – Life is pretty sweet
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
I have a song called “Flying F***s” which is such a cool line to be shouting out and always gets a response from the people. It’s a song about actually not giving a fuck about the bullshit on the news – It’s all propaganda (Question 4 ) At least that’s what it feels like sometimes.
I hear you have a new ep, what can you tell us about it?
Yes, I have a new EP called the Boom Box EP – It is a collection of my most recent productions as in the last couple of months – It came together quite quickly and also features a good friend of mine “Charpunx” on track 2. We made a video for that track and it got quite a few shares and views on social media.
Talk me through the thought process of the ep?
The thought process. Well, I wrote and recorded a bunch of songs through April and just picked 4 of them at random. As if by design all of the songs have a common theme. And even weirder the only 4 songs from that bunch of recordings with that type of theme. I wish I could be more mysterious about it but quite simply it was by accident that they all ended up on the same EP. The subject matter is of a more political nature. The 1st track is about being groomed by the powers that be to live a certain way and waking up to it and saying no. The 2nd track was co-written by Charpunx who wanted to write about the “Eat the Rich Movement” – The 3rd track was an extension of the 1st and the final track was written about the fact that wars should be fought with musical instruments. Lol.
What was the recording process like?
Well – I write and produce all my own work so it was a case of sitting down and making the beats and singing over the top of them. I write a lot and produce even more so it was a simple accidental process. Which sounds ridiculous – But it’s true.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the ep? Learning to write with someone else – I’ve never done that before.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Yes, I would – apart from track 1 I’d redo all the vocals.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
The plans for the year ahead – Get out and play as many gigs as possible – still haunted by lockdown and wanna leave it in the rearview mirror and get back some normal memories.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Yes, but I’ll put it in a song and you can find it on Spotify in a month or 2.