Here is one very interesting group coming out from Manchester. Divine Planet offer alternative rock sound paired up with electronica and industrial influences. Last year, the trio release their debut EP “Synthetic Taste of Cherry,” and recently they’ve come up with a new single, “Bachelorette.” Singer Fabian Rodrigues, guitarist Alexis Valachis and drummer Adam Filode speak for Rocking Charts about their work, influences, what are they listening to these days, and more. Read on!
Hey guys. How are you doing?
Fab: “All good, dude, cheers.”
Adam: “Divine Welcome.”
You have recently launched your new single “Bachelorette,” which comes almost a year after the release of your debut EP “Synthetic Taste of Cherry.” How do you feel now with these two releases out?
Fab: “It feels like we have a proper musical identity out there. There’s enough stuff to say “This is who we are artistically””.
Alexis: “Ready to perform and express ourselves on stage. It has been a long time but worth the wait.”
Adam: “It’s really a great feeling to have your music out available for everyone to listen. Especially after all the hard work we’ve put into it. Obviously we want to do more and more!”
How much of a challenge was to work on the 2017’s EP and this new single?
Alexis: “Our first EP took quite some time to produce and mix. The new single on the other hand was effortless in that respect. I think we all have an understanding now , on how to work with one another and this makes it an enjoyable and fast process”.
Adam: “Yeah, there’s been a lot of challenges along the way. We pretty much started working on our first EP straight away once Fab joined us, so we were still getting to know each other and figuring things out. Learning how to mix pretty much from scratch wasn’t an easy process either. Many, many hours were spent on listening, finding new ways to improve the sound and tweaking things. Also during this time I’ve been learning to play the drums. Our new single was my first full drum performance so it’s quite a milestone for me.”
What other artists similar to your genre that are coming from Manchester / UK are you friends with?
Fab: “We fucking love The Hyena Kill, those guys are just sick. I also had a sweet time with Arcadia, by the way, which I think in 2018 would be considered some sort of nu nu nu nu metal. But yeah, powerful.”
Adam: “Manchester has a big music scene, there is so much stuff going on every day. I go to a lot of gigs, like few time a month and I am friends with a lot of guys from local bands but to be honest we haven’t come across a band that is similar to our style yet.”
Can you tell me something about your influences?
Fab: “If I have to talk about vocals, well… I never felt particularly moved by classic heavy metal singers. I mean, huge respect, but I get to connect better with other, less orthodox approaches to rock-metal music, like Maynard from Tool or Chino from Deftones. I think they got it right sort of “canalyzing” the “hook” of pop music and transforming it into something that could be part of a stylistic step forward in the History of the genre.
Alexis: “I remember very distinctively in 2008 watching Rammstein in Manchester and thinking, God I want to perform as these guys. A few weeks later I had purchased my first audio interface and started to build our studio”. NIN and Deftones were definitely my main influences in the 90’s early 2000’s.
Adam: “Music has always been a great catalyst for me and is a big part of my life me every single day. It’s hard for me to say something particularly that influences me. I would say, it’s rather the whole concept of music itself, regardless of the genre. I tend to incorporate little bits of out everything into our music. Drum-wise I love what Abe Cunningham from Deftones and Mario Duplantier from Gojira are capable of.”
What are you listening to these days?
Fab: “I’ve recently discovered this amazing album by Kacey Musgraves, “Golden Hour”. Very intimate, loved it, very “Sea Change”. But yeah, I still listen to the latest A Perfect Circle every day, which I think it’s brilliant. In terms of metal music, I’m obsessed with Cane Hill’s riffage and Pig Destroyer’s new album. Boy, what a ride.”
Alexis: “Apparently Spotify decides for me now…Lately I will just put a generic playlist on and pick my favourite tracks during my listening time”.
Adam: “Always searching for new music! The new Alice in Chains album was definitely something I anticipated this year and they did a splendid job on the record. This month Isaw Pain of Salvation and the weirdest band ever called Vodun. I was absolutely blown away by both. Also recently I got very much into gloomy world of post-rock like Chelsea Wolfe, Emma Ruth Rundle or Nottingham’s locals Dystopian Future Movies.”
Your 5 favourite records of all the time?
Fab: “I’d say… “Mellon Collie”, by The Smashing Pumpkins, “Morning View” by Incubus, Deftones’ Self-Titled, “Channel Orange” by Frank Ocean and I guess that Porcupine Tree’s “Fear of a Blank Planet” has eventually become a reference for me during these last years.”
Adam; “Pretty much every single album by polish prog-rock band Riverside. Definitely number 1 on my list. Also “Diamond Eyes’ by Deftones, Gojira “L’enfant Sauvage”, Karnivool “Sound Awake” and perhaps the self-titled The Doors album.”
Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear you used to record “Synthetic Taste of Cherry” and “Bachelorette”?
Alexis: “All the tracks are produced, recorded and mixed in our home studio which has been built over the years. All the instruments are recorded in our audio interface in a small room and then we just take it from there”.
Adam: “Yeah, everything is pretty much DI and then processed in Logic Pro. There’s a huge amount of VSTs and different plugins involved it’s hard to remember them all now! It’s absolutely amazing what you can do with all the technology available nowadays, without needing to spend hundreds of pounds to go to the recording studio. There’s a lot of freedom, flexibility and space for experimentation as well.”
What comes next for Divine Planet?
Fab: “Wembley. Just kidding. Stockport.”
Alexis: “More gigs, more tracks to be released as well as our first music video”
Adam: “Most of the issues we faced along the way are now past us, everything will move much quicker now. We are close to finishing the next single and have started working on another one. There will be plenty of new music, gigs and hopefully some festivals coming. Just continuing do what we love.”
Any words for the potential new fans?
Fab: “I’d just like to thank anyone that decides to spend some time and effort in coming to see us live or just listen to our music. That’s just wonderful.”
Alexis: “I personally hope they enjoy our new releases and mosh as hard as possible when watching us.”