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INTERVIEW / Dead Posey - Surviving with Oxygen Tanks on tour with Palaye Royale and pissing in Starbucks cups

We caught up with Danyell of Dead Posey to talk about how to survive on the road with Palaye Royale with Oxygen Boosts, the delicate art of pissing in Starbucks cups in the tour bus, and the ever growing success of the band.
posted 09 November 2018 09:03am updated 09 November 2018 10:13am

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Rather than diving into the club circuit, Dead Posey uncovered one song at a time online and stirred up a palpable buzz beginning in 2016. Beyond early acclaim from Huffington Post, Glide Magazine, PureVolume, The Deli Magazine, and more, they landed high-profile syncs everywhere from Lucifer, Teen Wolf, Marvel’ s Cloak & Dagger, and NETFLIX’s Jack Whitehall – Travels With My Father to Macy’s , Sony PlayStation, and League of Legends .

As well as inking a deal with Sumerian Records, have just hit the road with Palaye Royale and BONES(UK) in support of the "Freak Show EP". We caught up with the brains behind the band, Danyell Souza, for a chat about what's happening in the world of Dead Posey.

Bands like The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Wolfmother...Nirvana, Jack White etc are all big influences....also artists like Salvador Dalí - Danyell

You’ve taken a very unconventional approach as an artist in building an audience by focusing on your online audience instead of touring endlessly which is usually the only way to “make it” in music. Did this approach feel like a big risk for you?
Actually no, it felt like the most natural path when my co writer / producer / band partner Tony F & I sat down to write the songs & dig deep into the sound & aesthetic of Dead Posey. I think the most important thing to do as an artist or band is to have a clear vision of what your sound and vibe is and make it relatable/real, and doing it this way allowed us to develop that before dealing with the hectic nature of live playing. Touring is definitely important once those aspects are there though!


You managed to secure a deal with the mighty Sumerian Records recently as a relatively new artist, was this a surprise to get this kind of deal so early in your career?
Yes, It was a big surprise to be signed to Sumerian with Dead Posey only having played 3 local shows in LA. We were right in the middle of writing and recording new music and had plans to release it, book a few more shows locally and so on, and then this came out of left field and changed the game in a good way! But I feel everything comes down to the music & we’ve worked hard in honing our sound & am looking forward to seeing where it evolves as time goes on. We are thankful to have a team of people that are working their asses off to help this crazy train move.

For those that aren’t familiar with your sound, can you describe some of your influences and inspirations present in your material?
Our inspirations come from the back to basics rock n roll / blues. Bands like The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Wolfmother, The Black Keys, Nirvana, Jack White etc are all big influences among many more. Also artists like Salvador Dalí are influences on the aesthetic and vibe among others. I’m always fascinated with things that have a touch of the surreal/supernatural/morbid. Tony brings a bit of 90s alt flavor to the sound as well.

You’re about to hit the road with Palaye Royale on a pretty extensive touring schedule across the states. Is this daunting, exciting? What are you expecting to happen?
We are currently out on the road now. So far it’s been amazing! Palaye has the best fans & the hope is we get to keep sharing those amazing fans by the end of this tour. It’s been great seeing all the social media stories from fans after each show and meeting people at the merch table. Also I love being in the van and I can piss in a Starbucks cup in my sleep so it’s been great! It’s extremely exhausting – some of these drives have been gnarly - & I didn’t totally know what I was in for but it’s worth everything & more!! For instance, I had to get an oxygen boost in Denver on stage because of the elevation – I was on the verge of fainting all day. But I am happy to say I didn’t pass out & and the show went on & was awesome!

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You’ve put together a new group of musicians for this tour. How have you found working with a new group of people and has it been challenging to get your vision to sound how you want it with people that might not be as familiar with what you’re trying to achieve creatively?
The guys Tony & I brought in to play with me for the live shows are all amazing musicians & humans. Tony & I had intensive tryouts & rehearsals to find the right characters to be a part of Dead Posey and recreate and improve on what was made in the studio. Things have gelled very quickly out here on the road with everybody. So far it’s been great!

You said that “We all die one day, so you might as well grab life by the balls”. Does this ethos manifest throughout your music?
Yes this is definitely the mentality behind the brand of Dead Posey & frankly my life. I want to share that ethos with anyone that will listen because life is short and there’s a lot to do before we move on.

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Can you tell us what your recent EP ‘FREAK SHOW’ represents to you?
It’s a little bit of rebellion and temptation and danger mixed with trying to deal with the demons runnin’ around in my head. We all have dark corners of our brains where those demons live and I want to try and put a light on them, while also celebrating the good stuff in our lives - we hope the music reflects that sort of yin/yang relationship. We want to say it’s ok to feel all your emotions happy, sad, mad, bad etc.

Your music has been featured on Marvel, Netflix, and MTV shows, as well as computer games and other shows before you even started to make a real name for yourself. Was this something you specifically set out to do?
We did want a publishing company early on because there are so many shows that feature bands & artists these days & it's a great way to get your music heard & gain a fan base relatively quickly. Obviously the goal has always been to hit the road but it’s definitely helped having an online presence & our songs featured in some cool things. Shout out to Position Music for taking a liking to our music early on & making the connection to Sumerian. The placements have been great but there is nothin’ like performing live & doin’ your thing.

Dead Posey seem to be en route to reaching the top very quickly. Do you feel on top of the world, in a surreal daze, or are just taking things as they come and enjoying the ride?
I’ve had moments of being at the right place at the right time & the stars are aligning, and also plenty of moments where things go completely sideways from what is planned or expected. You just have to take it in stride. Tony & I have been kind of in a daze the last year or so because there are so many things to get a band up off the ground, and we’ve had to do things very quickly. It’s taken a ton of blood, sweat & tears but knowing there is a team of amazing people behind us helping everything come together has helped a bunch. So one day at a time is what I strive for. Nothin’ better than living in the moment when at all possible.

Can you give us any details about a full length album?
We already have several new songs written and recorded we may want to put out as a second EP or singles early 2019 (we play a couple of them live). Then the plan is to dive into our first proper full length afterwards!

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