Drew from the The Delerium Trees took some time for this interview for Tunebubble:
The upcoming EP from The Delerium Trees, out in August
Q. Tell us a little bit more about yourself, how long have The Delerium Trees been in existence?
I am Drew Jarvie and I started learning cornet when I was 5 years old, piano at 7 years old and drums at 14. I studied in Aberdeen gaining degrees in Trumpet and Piano.
The Trees started in 2000 and had a lot of various line-up changes until I finally decided enough was enough and took control by deciding which direction the band should go. I had always considered it an evolving project with people coming and going whilst I remained in place. At the moment The Trees are Drew Jarvie with Heitor Alves and Jack Fox.
Q. Who are your main influences and who would I like to perform with?
My main influences from more recent music are Simple Minds, Nazareth, Glasvegas, Empire of the Sun, George Harrison, The Beastie Boys, Electric Light Orchestra, The Blue Nile.
From the classical world Alban Berg, Henry Purcell, Yann Tiersen, Edvard Grieg, Claudio Monteverdi, Claude Debussy, the list is endless.
I would love take part in a gig with the Beastie Boys, will not happen now sadly, but they have a huge range of music in their repertoire and their instrumental albums are superb.
Q. Is there a venue you would love to play at?
I went to the famous Simple Minds gig at the Verona Amphitheatre, I would love to play a gig there.
Q. Some of your songs are instrumental, when you write a song with lyrics, what comes first, the melody or the lyrics?
I have no set plan, sometimes it is the chords that come first or the rhythm, sometimes bass line, sometimes lyrics or sometimes melody. One thing I always carry round with me is manuscript paper so I can scribble down any melodies, lyrics or notes that come into my head. Here Comes The Day and Back Through The Door were both written sitting on top of a hill.
Q.In times like this, what is the hardest part of being a musician?
I am a full-time professional musician so not rehearsing with orchestras, brass bands etc or playing concerts. Same goes for The Trees we had arranged several dates down in England with radio stations for some acoustic gigs sadly postponed. Studio stuff had to get postponed as well, but we managed to get round that for the new EP.
Q. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
I have played in two bands that have been let down badly by poor management, so all management having proper qualifications verified would be one thing. Plus, people on social media offering all kind of things need to be properly regulated as they are just money grabbers making money from those who probably do not have much or none.
Q. How important is social media to you and how intensively do you use it?
Social media is vitally important to every band, especially indie musicians, as it is an easy way to get news out. The big drawback being that it is easy to be overlooked. We use it all the time and it is almost a full-time job in itself. As for algorithm’s and such, I have no clue but in posts / tweets we try to tag as much as we can to draw attention to other bands as well.
Q. Who is on your top 10 playlist of favourite records of all time?
This is not of all time but at the moment I am listening to these albums
Simple Minds – Sparkle In The Rain (famous for Waterfront, Up On The Catwalk etc)
The Blue Nile – High (Delux version)
Julian Cope – Self Civil War (the new album from the great man)
Public Service Broadcasting – Race For Space (orchestral version is superb)
Pictish Trail – Future Echoes (brilliant Scottish band)
Gavin Bryars – Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet (I am not particularly religious, but this is stunning in its beauty)
Talk Talk – Live In Monteux (Mark Hollis has a huge influence on Treemusic)
Fun Lovin Criminals – Classic Fantastic (Fast plays Flugel and keyboards)
The Avalanches – Wildflower (a band with two stunning albums)
Nazareth – No Mean City (wonderful band, wonderful album)
Q. Soon you will release your new EP ‘Underneath This Sun, can we get a little insight into what awaits us?
Underneath This Sun:
Catchy2020 – recomposed version of an old but happy Trees song with brass fanfares and solos. Most people like the old version fingers crossed they like this version.
Underneath This Sun – a brand new happy/optimistic song written partially about plans being scuppered thanks to Covid but more to do with being happy with what I have, which is very good 😊
America – after a conversation with Chris Hyde (Sound of Spitfire) in which he challenged me to have a look at Leonard Bernstein’s America (West Side Story). Lots of brass and big keyboard solos plus the destruction of a few drumsticks in this mammoth instrumental.
Everywhere – The Delerium Trees have always highlighted environmental issues and Everywhere deals with that subject in this brand-new song. Most electronica songs by The Trees have been instrumentals, this one has vocals along with more trumpet.
Behind The Horizon – Another new up-tempo song that sees The Trees that return to our political stance of not being amused with some of those in charge. Saying that we are quite happy with who is running Scotland.
Pre order Underneath The Sun - June 27th
Actual Release - August 3rd
Q. Is there anything else you want everyone to know about you and your music?
We would like everyone to know that we are extremely thankful to everyone that listens, plays, and writes about our music. Thank you all very much. Also keep an eye out next year as there might be two new albums by The Delerium Trees, one in the usual style and another purely instrumental.
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