Parisian band Dead Sea gives the low-down on doing-it-yourself while carving a place in the music industry.
Who is Dead Sea?
My name is Charles. Alex is my brother. Julien is my best friend, we met at university. We created the band something like a year ago, and then it took us a while to find the female singer we were looking for. We met Caro at a psychedelic rock festival in Paris.
Tell me about your creative process
When we first started the band we played some really classic shoegaze rock music. But then we thought about the direction we wanted our music to take, and came to the conclusion that we wanted to make music of the future.
We thought really hard about which synths, drum machines and guitar effects would blow our minds off for years. Then we sold all our stuff, we bought new instruments, and we tried to replicate what we did before with all the best that modern gear has to offer. So I would say we use instruments as creative tools: we start by looking for new sounds, and then build up melodies around them.
What we really like about analog gear are all the little mistakes that occur. They fluctuate in terms of pitch, and react differently depending on how you plug everything, how many layers of sounds you’ve got etc. We look for these little ‘mistakes’ because they give humanity to the tracks in the end. We only use computers to record everything, and to put nice plugins on the vocals, that’s it.
What’s your studio like?
We like to keep it as simple as we can, but in the end the result is not so simple. We play with four synths, many guitar effects, a drum machine and some ‘real instruments’ like ride cymbals. And we record everything at my place. I built a small home studio.
What made you choose LANDR to master your latest EP?
To be honest at first we wanted to record our first EP in a professional studio, and to master it professionally as well. But then a friend told me about LANDR, I tried it and I loved it. So we began to think we could do everything on our own, and for free… So we did.
Do you find it difficult to carve a space for yourself in the music industry?
A guy wrote these words in an article about our first EP: « the infinite possibility [the internet] offers for artists to freely share their music is the ultimate democratization […] But therein lies the problem - anybody can create and distribute music on a fairly level playing field […] There is the nagging doubt of saturation ». We totally agree with this.
Nowadays the internet and computer-assisted music offer everything you need to make music and to share it. But on the other hand the music industry is so saturated that you barely have a chance to carve a space for yourself. It has become much more strategic than in the past: you have to think about EVERYTHING.
What advice would you give to aspiring artists trying to achieve their dreams?
Do you think you work hard? Work harder.
Check out Dead Sea on LANDR Master Channel Mixtape 002