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Dead Sea Apes

Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?

We are Dead Sea Apes. We are a three piece largely instrumental band from Manchester UK.

How would you describe your style and genre?

Id say that what is perhaps most notable about the music that we make, is that in the main it is instrumental. We like to pull from a variety of musical styles (drone, psychedelic rock, dub, krautrock, post rock, metal etc). Without being too reductive, I'm happy with the description of Psychedelic rock as that is such a wide reaching description, it can cover al ot of ground. It might not be everybody's view of the word 'psychedelic', but that's their hard luck.

Who are your biggest influences and idols … and why? Do you have any idols? Are you a super fan of anyone? (Dead or alive, musician or non-musician)

We have pretty wide ranging tastes as a band, but there is definitely a lot of common ground between us. We especially love CAN. We love their approach to making music, recording it and how they synthesized lots of different ideas into their sound. We dont really make any attempt to sound like them, but we still find them very inspiring.

What´s new right now? What should our readers know about that is coming up from you?

We have a few irons in the fire at the minute. We have a collection of tracks that ended up on various compilations throughout the years that will be called 'Recondite' and will come out on our favourite record label: Cardinal Fuzz. We are currently finishing off a cassette for the great Sky Lantern Records (run by Nik Rayne of the fantastic The Myrrors) which has more of an experimental drive to it. After that, we are looking at putting together more new music for whatever will be our next album.

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What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?


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How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?


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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
The biggest challenge for us as a band is simply getting together on a regular basis. Both family and work commitments mean that it is much harder to get together these days, let alone take up very kind offers of playing gigs abroad etc. That said, it is always worth it when we do.

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How do you promote yourself? Do you have any specific promotion tips for other musicians?
I think you really need to be prepared to really push yourself to get any kind of recognition. You have to grow a bit of a hard shell to rejection but you should also be really happy if and when anybody pays any attention to you. If you truly love what you do musically, rejection really wont mean that much to you. I think that if you expect that people should just automatically pay attention to you just because you think that you deserve it, then the likelihood is that you will end up on the ever growing pile of bitter, entitled musicians.

Be honest with yourself about the kind of music that you make and which bands that you have a lot in common with. if you consider yourself to be up there with The Beatles, Floyd and Jimi Hendrix, this bit of advice might not get you very far – but approach blogs/ podcast and radio shows who play similar types of music to your own. Drop them a line – but dont bug them or expect them to flip out over you. They are under no obligation to recognise your genius!. If they dont get back, be satisfied with yourself that its their loss! You will find that someone somewhere will like you – and that will grow with the more people that you contact. This means that more people will take notice of you. It might be a slow process, but it is totally worthwhile. Make sure that you support them in the same way that they support you – make sure that you plug their show/blog etc back. It all works out if we all pull together.

Id also ask yourself: would you still be doing this if there was no recognition/fame/money/mansions/kudos from the 'cool' people at the end of it? If you treat it as a labour of love, a passion or a rewarding hobby – rather than your birthright to live the gilded life of a rockstar, then you are more likely to die happy and less likely to make compromising decisions based on careerism. If its not fun or rewarding to you, there are probably easier and much less disappointing ways to get rich etc.

Enjoy it; it's supposed to be fun!

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