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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Somos Dios

Somos Dios interview, Bandcamp

David Drew is a 27-year-old musician based out of Tempe. He has played drums for local acts There There and Quick Henry and currently plays with What’s the Big Idea?.

Drew recently began solo project Somos Dios and released debut album, Awake, in May. He independently mixed, mastered, recorded and played all of the instruments on the album. The full release is available for name-your-price download on Bandcamp.

Below, read The Spec‘s interview with Somos Dios…

How long have you been making music?
I’ve been playing drums in bands for about eight years, but I’ve only been making music myself for about four years. Sometimes I wish I would’ve have started earlier, but it was never something I saw myself doing at the time. It’s still new territory for me.

Who/what are your influences?
I draw a lot of influence from contemporary artists such as Radiohead, The Flaming Lips, Daniel Rossen, and Earlimart, but a lot comes from classical and jazz as well. I also have an affinity for Syd Barrett‘s music prior to his plunge into oblivion. And it’s hard not to be influenced by The Beatles.

What is your favorite song on the new album and why?
I’d have to say it’s “Wake Up.” It’s the opening track as well as the last song I wrote for Awake. The album is about the struggle I went through to stop the cycle of destruction I was creating for myself. Writing each song helped me get a little closer to that goal and in the end I was in a better place. I think you can tell with the tone of the song.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
I have plans to release a new single in a few weeks and I’m currently working on an EP. I’m also planning on playing the album live once I find the right mix of musicians.

If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
I would probably write. I left engineering school for music and I don’t really see myself going back to that. I think I’d just stick with something creative.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
I definitely look up to Thom Yorke and Radiohead, but I could say that about thousands of musicians and bands. With how hard it is to break into the music industry, it’s hard not to respect the majority that have made it.

Why do you make music?
For one, I really enjoy it. Even when it frustrates the shit out of me there is still nothing like it. It’s also the one of best emotional outlets I’ve found.

Who are some of your favorite local musicians?
Future Loves Past, There There, Stellacutta, Pro Teens, Teragaia, Jesse Upshaw, Japhy’s Descent, Banana Gun, Dry River Yacht Club.

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
Can’t think of anything, but I’ll take this chance to thank anyone who took the time to listen the album and thanks to my girlfriend Sarah Hibner for doing the artwork for the album. Also thank you Spec Blog!


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