Deus Ex Machina – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you? –

DEM: The band is a melodic death metal band hailing from Singapore.


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

DEM: The band started in 2004 as a 3 piece and no vocalist on board. On the first album we got a bunch of vocalists we knew from various bands to support us and record the first album. We had a line up change in 2006/7 and stabilised a line up with a permanent vocalist, new bass player and guitarist. We then released the I,Human album and embarked on 2 tours – Malaysia and Australia. The band then took a long break, reformed and members were shuffled again. With this line up, we’ve released one of our strongest releases in 2022.


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

DEM: It varies for each of us. Musically its everything from Rock to Hardcore, Punk Metal, Death Metal, and even 80’s pop genre-wise. Each of us have a different influence though when it comes to bands

Non-musical it would be books, video games, world news and experiences in life. I guess we kind of try to being non-musical ideas to the band and to our music as much as possible. Our previous album  I, Human for exaomple was heavily influenced by Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot. We literally geeked out!


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

DEM: Think we’re living it right now. Being able to balance work, music, release records and tour.


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

DEM: Ryan comes up with the riffs primarily and brings about his ideas, and thoughts. The rest of the guys then drive the shape. Jussi is basically our guy who shapes the tempo and beats with Neil our drummer. Herman comes up with harmonies, additional sections and solos. Vivek does all the lyrics, but we try give each other ideas. Sometimes one of us has a theme or idea and drives it to completion


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

DEM: Social Media and WhatsApp! IT really helps us a whole bunch. We started with MySpace, then Facebook, Instagram and then mobile! We also reach out to zines and sites like yours to gain some exposure.  Word of mouth is still great, but advertising and promotions are where it’s at.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

DEM: We’re all guilty of that. The ability to rip a CD and share the encoded music really changed the shape of the music industry in the 90’s and early 2000’s. I, myself am guilty of doing so, but I started purchasing CD’s , Mp3’s etc once I had a little bit of cash with me. I guess the issue has been a lot times people wanted to share their music they liked but either didn’t want to purchase it or share their physical formats. This was one easy way . When I was in Azra-el, we were quite happy when we found our stuff on Limewire .


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

DEM: Too many to mention. Stuff from Death, Iron Maiden, Nevermore come to mind. Some of their tracks are anthemic, melodic , anthemic and just fuckin awesome.  You just wonder how they did it and why you didn’t think of it first


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

DEM: Personally – when a band says they are inspired by other bands but you don’t hear all the influences in the music, and get shit for that. Bands can be inspired by many musicians but not follow every thing entirely or wholly. The inspired could just be that  – Inspiration. Vivek , our vocalist was inspired by David Vincent of Morbid Angel, but you don’t see him trying to copy everything or sound exactly like him.

It just gets on my nerves


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

DEM: There are a few. Every release is a great moment, knowing that our music has inspired others, our first Australia tour, and just being recognised.


PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

DEM: New material. We’ve started writing or getting ideas together and will head back to the studio. We’re also planning for some shows in Australia and Asia next year


PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from? 

DEM: We have all the albums available on Amazon, Spotify, Deezer, Pandora, Apple Music and of course bandcamp ( ) . Add our music to your instagram posts. Always a good one

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