Interview: Delphic

By on Tuesday, 15th December 2009 at 12:00 pm

Delphic (side)Last week we voted Delphic the number one band you’re excited about in 2010. Following on from that, we sent over a few questions for the guys to answer – read about their pre-show habits, their title of “Technotronica masters” and how a penchant for free clothes got them signed…

1. First off, congratulations on winning TGTF’s “10 for 2010” poll! How do you feel? Sorry we don’t have a trophy like a BAFTA or Oscar or something to give you…

We feel happy, of course.

2. So how did you guys meet and form the band? Are you all from Manchester originally?

We all met in Manchester a while back. The three of us had grown tired of bands we were hearing around Manchester as well as bands we were playing in ourselves, so we decided to form a band together and create something new. We quickly moved into a flat together, and set about getting to work.

3. So Manchester…the home of Oasis, the Smiths, the Happy Mondays, and Elbow. Growing up, did you feel a sense of strong musical tradition in the city?

Well, Manchester has a great musical heritage and one that we are obviously proud of. We were too young to get involved in the Acid House days or ‘Madchester’ – Doves and Elbow were the music of our youth. Nowadays, there isn’t necessarily one thing tying it all together, just a city with a determination to keep on top of things creatively. Although, there is certainly a view that Manchester could drown itself under the weight of its past, constantly reminiscing the good old days of ‘Blue Monday’ and ‘I Am The Resurrection’, so we wanted to help the city look towards the future.

4. What do you like most about Manchester? What could you do without?

We like Katsouris Deli on Deansgate. We don’t really like the name of our river – Irwell. It doesn’t exactly sound iconic like the Thames.

5. What are your favourite venues in the city to see gigs? And which venues have your most memorable gigs been played at?

The Warehouse Project (originally at the old Boddingtons Brewery, now in a car park under Piccadilly Train Station) is one of the most exciting things to have come to Manchester in recent years. People swarm from all over the UK to sample the Warehouse project, which this year has hosted nights featuring artists such as Aphex Twin, Goldie and Modeselektor to name but a few. You can’t help but feel as if you are part of something genuinely exhilarating here. We played WHP back in October with Simian Moblie Disco and it was probably our gig of the year.

6. Before going on stage, do you have any rituals or things you like to do?

We listen to ‘All The Single Ladies’ by Beyonce and ‘Run Into Flowers’ by M83.

7. You’ve signed with Kitsune, a French electronic label home to other British acts like Two Door Cinema Club and Simian Mobile Disco. How did they find you / approach you about signing with them?

Gildas, who runs the label, came to see us support Bloc Party at l’Olympia in Paris earlier this year. He took us out for drinks after the show and wooed us with promises of free Kitsune Clothes. At that time, we were in the process of looking for different labels around the world to release our album and Kitsune just seemed like the perfect home for us in France.

8. ‘This Momentary’ and ‘Counterpoint’ were absolutely fantastic singles, I can’t wait for your debut album ‘Acolyte’ to be released in the new year. Tell us what it was like writing / making the album.

When we first started the band we relocated to a little cottage in the Lake District with no TV or distractions in order to write and conceptualise what would be our debut album. It was very much our aim to make an album as a whole rather than a collection of songs. We wrote half of the album in three weeks there and then came back to Manchester to finish it. We quickly realised that we needed a producer to help us see through our ideas so, after all the songs were written, we packed up and left for Berlin to finish the record over there with Ewan Pearson. We were finishing the album in between doing various gigs and festival dates this summer, so we were constantly adding to the arrangements and developing ideas in a very natural way.

9. You have what many are calling an “indie electronica” sound. Do you agree with this label? How would you describe your music? What’s the most bizarre description you’ve heard of your music?

People always feel the need to pigeon hole bands but we don’t really let this affect what we are doing. We have a very clear vision of what we want to do and don’t really let other people outside the three of us influence that. We chose the name Delphic because we felt it was important to have a name that did not imply any type of music or feeling, one that was completely neutral and one that would not put us in any particular category. In this way we can colour it in ourselves and be free to create anything we want.

Although one that did make us laugh… “Delphic – the Technotronica masters“.

10. You opened for Friendly Fires at their St. Albans homecoming gig in early September. How did you get drafted for this / how did you get the call?

I can’t quite remember how this one happened. We have played with some great bands this year – Doves, Phoenix, Friendly Fires, Orbital, The Streets, etc., and you learn a lot from being thrust into these situations.

11. What are you most looking forward to most in 2010?

Well in one way, our history is already written, in terms of ‘Acolyte’ being released next year. You can’t really control how that will be pan out now. All we are looking forward to is having some space to write new material and develop the Delphic vision even further…

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