Relevant Discord are an introspective modern rock band from South Oregon, USA. When we checked out their music we were really keen to complete a feature interview with their member Nick Depew. Despite currently working on his fourth studio album we were delighted when he agreed. We hope you will enjoy the full feature interview below where Nick mentions, amongst other things, what he’s been working on for the last 12 months, what the latest albums he’s bought have been and what his current career highlights have been.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
Relevant Discord plays bold, edgy, driving modern rock with string accents and harmoniously dissonant tones.
Q: What is your musical background?
I started playing guitar in 1996. I more or less taught myself to play by trying to reproduce some of my favorite songs at the time.
Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?
The last 12 months have been the busiest and most productive of my musical career. This past year saw us moving past the home recording stage of things and into the full professional studio environment working with known industry veterans.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
I was inspired by many of the bands that came out of the grunge and 90’s alternative rock movements. Some of my biggest influences would include: Bush, Nirvana, Live, Filter, Nine Inch Nails, Pearl Jam, The Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters, and Tool.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
Fortunately, many of my influences are still releasing great work. So, I would have to include many of the same artists from the previous question. Some other current favorites I would include are: Chevelle, Evanescence, Red, & Flyleaf.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
There are quite a few. Some of those would include: Trent Reznor, Dave Grohl, Gavin Rossdale, Ed Kowalczyk, Richard Patrick, Amy Lee, the guys from Red, and many more.
Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment?
My two most recent purchases: Bush’s “The Sea of Memories” album and Evanescence’s new one.
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
Most songs start for me with a guitar rift. Oftentimes, that rift begins on an acoustic guitar. From there, I usually let it sit for a while. If I keep coming back to it, then I know it’s a keeper, and I start framing it like a song and add pieces where necessary. I usually will have the song mapped out instrumentally before the bulk of the lyrics are written. Occasionally, I’ll also have a phrase or two that will start steering that ship toward completion.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
It’s hard to pick one, but I usually lean toward the melody. If the tune isn’t catchy in some respect, most people are not going to pay attention. The melody is the foundation. If the foundation is solid, then people will be more likely to pay attention to the lyrics.
Q: Where are you based?
We are based in Southern Oregon.
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
We live in a smaller city that could be considered reasonably rural. It’s an economically depressed area with its fair share of problems. Most young people are eager to get out of it; however, many find themselves sucked back after trying to get away.
Those things aside, the area is on the doorstep of some really cool things. We are located at the base of the Cascade Mountains. Crater Lake (the deepest in the United States) is located about an hour north. We do get to see all four seasons – sometimes seeming to appear all in one day. However, winter seems to be the one that lingers the longest.
Life here is not very fast-paced. Nevertheless, there are those with here with great drive and potential.
Q: What are you currently working on?
I’m in the early stages of writing my fourth record. However, the world has yet to see a couple of the ones leading up to it. Our current singles are tracks one and two off of my third album. That is actually the one we are pursuing and refining at the moment.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Meeting our co-producer Sylvia Massy prior to starting work. Sylvia engineered/produced Tool’s and System of a Down’s inaugural records. She has also worked on many other world-recognized projects. Meeting someone of whose work I was a big fan was great in and of itself. However, knowing that that same person would be making a dream of mine for many years become possible was quite surreal.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?
We are in a constant state of building the business side of the band and trying to connect with fans. Hopefully, the near future will see us ready to record more (if not all) tracks from the current record. It just takes the finances necessary to do so, and the audience demand to warrant doing so.
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
Right now we’re on a bit of a hiatus as far as the live show. One of the things about where we live is that we are at a high elevation that can get decent amounts of snow. Winter here seems to lock you into the area for a few months. Nevertheless, it’s a great time for us to visit with fans on our various
social networking platforms, etc. Nothing is planned yet, but we are looking into the option of potentially doing an online streamed show or two during the traveling down time.
Q: What do you do to relax?
Usually simple things like having dinners with friends and good conversation.
Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?
One of my favorites is only a few hundred miles north of where I live – British Columbia. The scenery is amazing and most of the people are quite friendly. I especially enjoy Vancouver Island and Victoria. Victoria has an interesting American/British cultural mix to it. It is also has the feel of New England meets the Pacific Northwest.
On a not-so-local basis, I would like to see New Zealand. I’m about the only one in my family who has not been there. I have one uncle living there, plus another who spent many years there.
Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?
Aside from practicing, pay attention to the business side of things. If you want to make music more than just a hobby, you need to be aware of the basics of running a business. Take note of what innovative artists are doing to stay afloat. Don’t be afraid or too proud to ask for help.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
I am not a fan of bands closing themselves off from their audience. I enjoy visiting with people and getting to know them. If anyone has any other questions or comments for us, please feel free to leave those on our Facebook profile. As long as the question or comment is in good taste, I will usually give it a personal response.
Editor’s Note: Relevant Discord combines individual and melodic hooks alongside edgy riffs to create an appealing, individual and possibly psychedelic sound.
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CD Baby: www.cdbaby.com/cd/relevantdiscord2