Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
DS: Fletch: I would define Disconnected Souls as being a studio project that focusses on blending diverse genres from metal, to classical to electronics, and many more!
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
DS: Originally, I conceptualised Disconnected Souls around 2014, as being a side project to focus on individual writing in different styles/genres, outside of my main band at the time, Curse Of Dawn, where writing duties were split between a few members. I didn’t start actively working on this though until 2017. At this time Curse Of Dawn were on hiatus and two of my friends Tim and Patrick had started getting into music themselves, specifically keys and vocals. After a few jams ended up with some new material, we decided to formalise this into a specific project. Given the diversity of members interests and the music produced, I realised that this was fulfilling the vision I originally had for DS, and so I promptly engulfed them into it. In early 2018 we discovered that our friend Holly was incredibly talented vocalist, guitarist and composer and thus became the band we know today.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
DS: This is something that we find exceedingly difficult to list as we’re always trying to keep ourselves exposed to lots of varied and emerging artists. Here is our attempt at keeping to a few each or we’ll be here for a long time 😊
Fletch: Nightwish, Shadow of Intent, The Birthday Massacre, Rachmaninoff
Patrick: I See Stars, Annisokay, Make The Suffer, Veil Of Maya
Tim: Vola, Leprous, Chvrches, Exist Immortal
Holly: Delain, Lacuna Coil, Muse, In This Moment
Feel free to checkout our Spotify playlist that we keep updated with our favourites/recommendations!
Outside of music, everything! We take inspiration from art, music, philosophy, spirituality, history, computer games, Dungeons and Dragons, our own personal experiences.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
DS: To blend diverse genres.
To creative inspiring music
To connect people across different boundaries.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
DS: Given that the main focus of the project is writing new material that is something which we all partake in. One of the only things that’s constant within DS is that every track we write seems to come about in a different way! I think one of the key things for us is that we tend to function more as producers rather than the traditional “get in the studio and jam” approach; we’ve still never had a full band practice! Our writing process tends to focus on taking an initial idea and then taking it in turns to build on that.
The thing is though that we actually have quite different ways of working, particularly around the original idea! Patrick tends to dive for the nearest synth to find cool and catchy sounds but also come to practice with specific vocal hooks in his head (sometimes that he’s been having to remember throughout the whole day).
Tim on the other hand focusses very much on getting a melody and chord pattern that sounds great on a piano – the logic being that if sounds good on that it will be fantastic when fully instrumented. Meanwhile, I’m somewhere in the middle, but often more focussed around getting a vast sounding chord sequence with lots of ambience/FX and atmospheric pads. Holly is great at writing entire tracks in guitar pro and just bringing these to the wider group for developing with additional parts and putting on real/virtual instruments.
Sometimes the songs come about through cool concepts/ideas that we’ve been learning about – for example, the name of our next album is a quote from a book that I was reading about enlightenment. Similarly, the topic might be from the realm of Dungeons and Dragons or space exploration!
We tend to have a few different pieces in progress at any one time and then alternative which we’re working on depending on what people are most in the mood for – this keeps them all fresh and interesting.
Eventually it gets to a point where we can’t add or remove parts from the track without making it sound worse and that’s when we know it’s ready to be released.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
DS: Holly is our PR guru/wizard 😊she has her own company called Deviate PR and also works as part of C Squared PR. She focusses on networking and developing our social media presence.
We haven’t needed to do show promotion so far, but we have a number of friends and contacts in the industry who we’ll reach out to if we announce any one-off shows.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
DS: Ultimately any way for bands to share their music with people who can appreciate and support it is a good thing. There are certainly challenges with artists being able to make enough revenue to survive, which has been worsened by this, but I believe that the advances in technology have a net-positive impact overall.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
DS: ! If I wrote them they wouldn’t have ended up in the same way that they would have and hence may not have been anywhere near as good! Song writing is an incredibly personal experience in that it’s a reflection on your views on life and the universe. I’m just grateful for all the music that does exist and will continue to be invented!
Having said that though my old bandmates Jonny and Lindzi (Curse Of Dawn) released a fantastic EP under ‘Fight The Tornado’ and there are few tracks on that I love and connect with, particularly Mercurial Inventions:
It has some great synth parts and the perfect balance of prog and pop “catchiness” which is something we’re always striving for! In some ways it feels like an evolution of the music we were making in COD anyway, so that might be why I feel an affinity with it. Also they were kind enough to let Holly and myself have solos on another track on the EP too! So again, it feels like something I’ve shared in quite heavily.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
DS: I don’t really have any peeves per-say, but there are certainly things that challenge me regularly.
Predominantly the challenge of navigating one’s own mind that can be keen to procrastinate, be self-critical and/or feeling like one hasn’t achieved their goals, often simultaneously!
I’m in a mostly happy place today and have strategies for coping with them as best as I can, but I think most creatives will know and share in the pain of these… as will probably most of the world’s population.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
DS: Probably the release of our debut EP in that it was the culmination of a huge amount of work and effort but most importantly happy memories. I try and practice living in the present moment and gratitude for positive shared experiences, so every session that we have together is blessing, especially if it’s a productive session that leads to the creation of new music.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
DS: We’re working on a rather ambitious project which we’re hoping to complete within the next two years. It will involve a lot of new music if we’re successful! And if we’re not it will still involve some new music, so win-win?
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
DS: Our last release was our Christmas cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ‘The Power Of Love’, available on all major streaming platforms.
We’re delighted that our debut EP ‘Warring Elements’ is about to be re-released on the 10th September 2021. This will be available on Bandcamp:
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