Artist Spotlight: Deeper

Artist Spotlight: Deeper

It’s not easy to find a band whose work is as sonically mesmerizing as Deeper’s. The band (comprised of Michael Clawson, Shiraz Bhatti, Nicholas Gohl, and Drew McBride) has been rapidly cultivating a notable reputation as a distinguished musical entity within Chicago’s creative community. The band has completed several live performances, recently performing at a Pitchfork Festival after party show with Priests, and released a single entitled “Transmogrified” that is as striking and dreamy as summer lightning.

“Transmogrified” is such a special musical work because it is an immaculate encapsulation of both the blissful and the bold. The track seamlessly creates a nexus of both strong and soft auditory elements to result in a song that is dynamically balanced. The beauty of this balance is that the listener is left with tastes of both demanding and delicate sounds, but never receives a large dosage of either. This creates an insatiable feeling of craving more to hear, thus making the song intriguing to the ear in the same manner in which a good book is intriguing to the mind. In addition to containing rich melodic interplay, the track is both finely calibrated and raw – a combination that makes it both masterful and yet entirely alluring.

The origins of Deeper date back to the days of linoleum floors, standardized testing, and gym uniforms.

“Mike and Nic met in high school bonding over effect pedals,” the band said. “After high school they decided to move to the city to start a band. About 30 attempts later and now we have Deeper.”

All Deeper has achieved since their formation would be impossible without innate tenacity, something they clearly possess as they cite trial and error as a catalyst for their own artistic growth.

“We are never satisfied and constantly pushing each other endlessly,” they said.

In addition to their own intrinsic motivation,  individuals within Chicago’s creative community has served as a form of creative  for the band as well.

“There’s so much going on and it changes with every neighborhood,” the band said.  “People here just want to give back to their city and see Chicago prosper. Which pushes us to be better.”

The DIY-centric nature of Chicago’s music scene has allowed for endless amounts of artistry to flourish, toting endless amounts of energy and spirit. This distinctive atmosphere is something Deeper misses while on tour in other cities.

“We all love and miss the energy that basement/DIY shows give off. In recent years, Chicago’s DIY scene has lost a lot of these basement venues due to gentrification and other circumstances,” the band said. “So, on our last tour while in Northampton, Massachusetts we played this little crowded basement full of great people. Afterwards, we just partied and sang karaoke. Which brought back those memories of playing in the basements of Chicago.”

In such a heavily digitalized era in which it is wholly possible to exude a certain image or essence through a screen alone, it is easier for bands to successfully self-market in a digital sense now more than ever. However, as Deeper points out, this can be a double-edged sword.

“It seems like nowadays the contemporary music industry is less about the music itself, it’s more about the persona of the band,” they said. “Records aren’t able to speak for themselves anymore, now social media dictates the popularity of the band.  This can be a good and bad thing, just depends on how you play the game.”

If there is a game to be played Deeper is certainly doing it exceptionally well, as the cohesive element that is ever present within their music correlates with their functionality as a band.

“We are a democracy. We don’t commit to something unless we all agree. Also, no fucking acoustics.”

Be sure to catch Deeper at the Lollapalooza after show with Pup and on tour this coming Fall.

Featured image photographed by Jamaal Davies, courtesy of the Deeper Facebook page. 

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