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There's hype right now around Parisian band Dead Sea. We couldn't miss them for two reasons in particular: they've just supported Slowdive at Le Trabendo and they've released their first video for the song 8.50. 3rd's parisian gigster François caught up with the band to talk about influences and the DIY way of making music. Voilà, on y va !
Hi Dead Sea. First off can you introduce the band for the Third Outing readers? We are Dead Sea, we live in Paris and we compose melancholic walls of sound.
You've just supported Slow Dive in Paris. How did you feel a few days before the gig? We were like half stressed and half excited [laughs]!
And you also released a new music video for your first single last month too! After listening a few times we've wondered; how does it feel to write melancholic music for people? We do music as we feel before thinking about what people will think when hearing it. But if one day, our music can somehow change someone’s life, as bands we love have done for us like My Bloody Valentine or Aphex Twin, I think it would be a great achievement.
We saw you in January 2017 during a Le Téléscope night. The audience were really into your songs, do you prefer playing on stage or recording in the studio? We love being on stage, and we do miss it when we’re not playing on a regular basis. But I guess if we really had to pick one, we would say that being in the home studio is probably the most exciting part for us. When we’re lucky enough to be able to spend a few days focused on trying to make music and then suddenly we’ve got something cool; it feels priceless. This is the moment when we all look at each other feeling like we have accomplished something.
"We rarely improvise live but sometimes when we really dig it
we play the songs for a little while longer"
What instruments do you use to create your own "wall of sound" then? We use a lot of synthesizers, drum machines, a bass guitar, a guitar with lots of effects pedals, and samplers. We rarely improvise live but sometimes when we really dig it we play the songs for a little while longer.
What does the term DIY mean to you? DIY obviously stands for ‘do-it-yourself’, but we are not 100% DIY as we mostly do everything on our own, but we also like to work with people we trust and whom we respect the work of. For example, we composed/recorded/mixed our songs at home but the final mix was made in Brooklyn and the mastering was done in London by two great engineers we had come to meet a couple of years ago. It’s the same regarding the video for 8.50. Caro conceptualized it and gave an artistic direction, but then we collaborated with a director and his team to shoot and edit the video. We are very involved with every aspect, but we also like the idea of teaming up with others.