1- Hello, thanks for answering to our questions. What are you guys currently up to?
DW: We are presently assembling songs for another EP, or possible full-length to be recorded later in the year. Since we do not play live, we are afforded a little more flexibility in terms of arranging songs, in that, we can attempt things that may not translate well into the live setting. This seems to be top of mind of late – trying new things, as well as trying to improve upon the Ethereal EP. We’re forever a work in progress, which is exciting.
2- First off, could you make some history of the band?
DW: The three of us have been playing together for five years now, albeit in different bands. We’ve always enjoyed each other’s company, and even though we each have different tastes, we all enjoy writing somewhat dark, and melodic music together. However, getting around to recording the Ethereal EP hasn’t been easy. We have a semi-aborted EP we started work on last year, but due to the unreliable nature of the project’s producer, it has been left to sit and basically, rot. We’re still unsure as to what we’re going to do with the songs; we may re-recorded them, or try for a different release. We eventually were able to find a reliable studio and producer in early 2014, hence, the new EP.
3- How could you describe your sound?
DW: Melodic, somewhat accessible, and unique, although that’s to our ears. Other people might feel differently, especially since we use clean vocals when the trend is always – and forever – to growl and gurgle one’s way through metal. Melody will always be the primary tenant of Deathwhite’s sound, but we’ve already discussed adding more extreme metal elements, as well as keyboards and orchestration. Even growls, too.
4- What are the band’s main musical influences?
DW: Some obvious ones: Anathema, Katatonia, Alcest, Agalloch, and Paradise Lost. And some not-so obvious ones: Steven Wilson, Porcupine Tree, and various progressive rock artists. Probably too many to mention…
5- How is the feedback for your new album being?
DW: The album has yet to receive release, although we are happy with how it turned out. Not totally satisfied of course, but proud of our work, and eager to
expand upon it down the road. We are interested, but not wholly obsessed with the feedback. As long as we’re happy with the music, that’s the most important thing.
6- And are your personally satisfied with the final outcome?
DW: Sure. If we weren’t we wouldn’t release the EP. There are a few things we could probably tweak, but the rawness and natural pace of the EP is somewhat of a direct response to albums that sound too perfect these days. It’s reassuring to know people actually played these songs, not some computer. Will be curious to see how we feel about Ethereal a few years down the road…I would imagine our feelings will change. That’s just a part of life and being a musician, really.
7- How could you describe this opus in just 3 words?
DW: Melodic, compact, raw.
8- How has the production process for your new release been?
DW: We worked with a relatively new producer, Matt Very, who has a comfortable setup and plenty of technical know-how. Moreover, he was exceptionally easy to work with, which is always a plus when recording. We were able to complete tracking within a matter of days…very optimal.
9- And how do you use to work on the songwriting?
DW: Songwriting is a joint collaboration between the three of us. We each are coming from different places musically, so that helps with the process. We scheduled regular rehearsals leading up the album’s recording, so we were mostly prepared to record.
10 – Finally, what are you near-future plans?
DW: Future plans include writing songs for a late-year, or early 2015 release, although personal life will probably push the next album back to 2015. For the time being, we will be fine-tuning our new songs, of which are sounding more varied and extreme, actually. We don’t want to put any restrictions on the band, so we do plan on incorporating new elements next time around.
11- That’s all from our side, thanks again for taking your time to answer our questions. If you now want to add some final words; feel free to do it.
DW: Thank you for the support! Check us out here: http://deathwhite.bandcamp.com/