Interview with A Titan A Deity
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Mitch our bassist, is also a Wrestler and a Magician (I know what a combo), so he’d be doing more suplexes and card tricks. Luke would probably do more art-related stuff. I’m not sure what the rest of us would be doing if we hadn’t gotten into music really!
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
Apart from the above Ash and Ben are quite into their football, and generally we’re into gaming and hanging out. I think it's good to have things other than music to do to relax and recharge. We often find inspiration hits at really odd times, usually when you’re nowhere near your instrument or when doing something else.
How long has your band been around?
We started as a band in 2016, and have been in our current lineup since around 2018, but we all knew each other from previous bands in the scene for years before that.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
We’re predominantly based out of Birmingham UK, but Ben our guitarist, is from London. Birmingham has a great history of metal which I definitely think all Birmingham metal bands draw from in some aspect, it's in our blood!
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
Our band name came from Luke our vocalist. We were really interested in Greek Mythology at the time and that inspired the name of the band
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
We’ve been really fortunate to have quite a few really memorable shows.
Our first ever show was supporting Monuments which was an amazing experience, particularly with Monuments being one of our favourite bands - it was the perfect way to start the ATAD journey.
We had a sold out show for our first EP release which was pretty wild, and it was a lovely experience shared with our fans.
Most recently we played at this years Tech Fest which was an honour for us. Tech Fest was one of those dreams we had when we first started the band, so it was amazing to play it with so many of our friend’s bands too. Huge shoutout to Simon and the team for organizing a great festival and for having us be a part of it.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
Locally, we always love playing at The Flapper. It's a really cool venue beneath a pub right on the canal.
The Tap n Tumblr in Nottingham is also a favourite of ours, its always packed full of people who love music and the vibes there are great.
We’d love to play one of the larger rooms in an O2 Academy someday.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
This is such a tough question, there are so many amazing bands we’d love to share the stage with. A show with Tesseract, Northlane and Dayseeker would be a pretty dreamy line up in our eyes!
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
First of all have fun, that's the most important thing, and play what makes you happy. And be as friendly and genuine as possible.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
It would definitely be to not be as self critical. We’re all massive perfectionists and sometimes that is good as it means we have high standards for ourselves, but other times it can really limit you or take away some of the fun of the moment because you’re annoyed you missed that one note in the solo of one song.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Quite a few of our tracks have a deep personal meaning to them, from our new EP Heirloom probably means the most to us, but older tracks like Oathbreaker and Disquietude also deal with some quite personal themes.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
We debuted our new single Revelations live a couple of months ago, and we were surprised how much it resonated with everyone, that’s definitely one that gets requested a lot and is also one of the most fun to play.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
Our creative process is really collaborative, everyone in the band contributes a lot. Sometimes a full song by someone will be brought to the table that's the finished product, other times it may need some tweaking or re-structuring or amending from the group.This is good because we all have slightly different influences so it makes our sound more diverse.
Another benefit of having multiple writers within the band was over covid as well because we could all work on individual ideas during lockdown and then we had tonnes of material to bring together when were allowed to be in the same room
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
In terms of inspiration lyrically a lot of the songs as said earlier deal with personal themes, but we also work with some more abstract concepts. We like people taking their own meaning and their own message from our songs too.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
We don’t have major disagreements within the band, usually we’re on the same page when it comes to ideas or ways to improve tracks.
But if we did, all matters would be decided like the TV show gladiators
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
We’re releasing our new EP Descendant on the 18th of November, with lead single Revelations coming out on the 11th.
We’re also hosting a pre-release show in Birmingham on the 12th, with some of our favourite bands - so if you’re in the area definitely come down!
After that we’re looking to gig a lot more around the country to promote the EP and we’re already working on new music as well so we’re keeping pretty busy. Keep in touch with us at - https://www.facebook.com/ATitanADeity/ & https://www.instagram.com/atitan_adeity/