Interview: The Divined Band
By: Dave Safley
Q: Can you tell us about the name of your band, how you came up with it and it’s meaning? IT WAS DIVINE INTERVENTION. WE HAD TO COME UP WITH A NAME FAST. AFTER SPENDING DAYS WRITING IDEAS ON THE BOARD THAT was EITHER BAD OR GREAT AND ALREADY TAKEN, WE DECIDED TO SLEEP ON IT. THE NEXT DAY, BRETT’S WIFE MENTIONED A LYRIC IN AN OLD POEM, “FIND ME DIVINE AT THE SCENE OF THE CRIME” – BRETT SAID…OUR BAND IS DIVINED…”THE DIVINED”… AND THE REST IS HISTORY. WE WERE STOKED TO HAVE THE FIRST EVER HASHTAG #THEDIVINED
Q: Already a veteran band of the LA Music Scene, do you have any plans to branching out to other venues and locations in California or touring? OUR PLANS ARE TO REACH OUT UP THE COAST, SOUTHWEST, MIDWEST, EAST COAST AND THEN CONTINENT TO CONTINENT
Q: What are the names of each member of the Band and what they play and a bit of history how you all met. GABE – BASS. RICHARD – DRUMS. JOE – GUITAR, MITCH – GUITAR BRETT- VOCALS WE HAVE ALL BEEN IN BANDS TOGETHER FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS, SO IT WAS A MATTER OF TIME UNTIL WE FOUND ONE GREAT ONE WE COULD ALL PLAY IN TOGETHER
Q: Can you tell us a bit about your writing style and the process? IT’S ORGANIC. MITCH COMES TO BRETT WITH A RIFF OR SONG IDEA, OR BRETT COMES TO MITCH WITH A RIFF OR SONG IDEA. THEY HASH IT OUT AT BRETT’S BUNGALOW IN THE HILLS. BRETT SPENDS SOME TIME PRODUCING IT IN LOGIC AND THEN WRITES AMAZING LYRICS AND MELODIES. THEN THEY TAKE IT TO THE BAND AND FINISH UP TWEAKS ONLY A LIVE BAND CAN REALLY MAKE HAPPEN.
Q: What is the best way for new fans to reach you and your music, Web Site, Social Media? WEBSITE IS WWW.THEDIVINED.COM FROM THERE, YOU CAN FIND US EVERYWHERE ELSE.
Q: We found out that your motto is “Only The Best” let us know a bit more on that. ONLY THE BEST…WE DON’T WANT TO SAY WE ARE THE BEST, BUT WE WOULD LIKE TO THINK WE ARE AMONG THE BEST. IN STYLE. IN MUSICIANSHIP. IN SONGWRITING AND IN BEING REAL ARTISTS MARRIED TO OUR CRAFT.
Q: How was your experience recording in the East West Studios in LA with David Davis? EAST WEST AND ROOM ONE – LEGENDARY. IT’S INSANE. ITS HUGE. IT COMFORTABLE. ELVIS 1968 COMEBACK SPECIAL WAS RECORDED AND FILMED IN THE SAME ROOM… NEED I SAY MORE? AS FAR AS DAVID DAVIS. HE WAS SUPER COOL TO WORK WITH. CHILL, FOCUSED AND IN CHARGE – HE HAD A VISION AND WE LET HIM RUN WITH IT, AND YET HE STILL GAVE US CREATIVE FREEDOMS TO EXPRESS OURSELVES
Q: Tell us about your upcoming performances in LA? WE JUST CRUSHED LUCKY STRIKE WITH EG DAILY OPENING FOR US. WE PLAYED VIPER LAST NIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SUNSET JAM – IT WAS SICK. WE WILL OPEN FOR THE ULTIMATE JAM AT THE WHISKY A GO GO JUNE 6
Q: Any last words? MAKE LOVE NOT WAR
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