Johannesburg based melodic alternative rock band, Deity’s Muse will be embarking on a UK tour alongside SÜMER. Vocalist and guitarist, Wayne Boucher, sheds some light on what has been going on behind the scenes to make this dream a reality.
After making their first European music festival appearance at Euroblast held in Germany in 2017, Deity’s Muse is now scheduled to play at Bloodstock, the UK’s biggest independent metal music festival. How did this come about?
We sent in a video submission to Bloodstock and to our surprise and delight, we received a mail back from them offering us a slot on their Sophie Lancaster stage.
How do you go about preparing yourselves for this big event in your careers?
Loads of rehearsals. Saving up lots of money. Taking immunity boosters every day. Other than that, simply going with the flow and living in the now.
What do you hope to gain from performing at a festival like Bloodstock?
An entirely new audience that’s never seen us live before. We’re looking to leave the festival having made loads of new fans.
Which songs do you think will go down well with the Bloodstock audience?
Well, we’re hoping all of them. Haha! We’ve prepared a varied set for the crowd which will include tracks like “Ten Years”, “Walls Down”, “Ascendance” and “I’m The Observer”. I’d like to think we have a little something for everyone to enjoy.
Which bands on the Bloodstock line-up are you looking forward to seeing the most?
So many! Gojira, Judas Priest, Nightwish, Suicidal Tendencies, Vola, Voyager, Orphaned Land, Jasta, Conjurer, Emperor, At The Gates, Power Trip, Evergrey, Mantar to name a few.
This is your first performance at Bloodstock but have any of the Deity’s Muse band members attended Bloodstock as festival-goers before? If so, what did you enjoy the most about it?
Nope. All four of us are Bloodstock virgins.
If you could choose any bands to be on a 6-band line-up, which bands would you choose for the line-up? (This includes both international and local bands).
That is a difficult one to answer! My ultimate lineup would be Tool, Alice In Chains, Mastodon with Deity’s Muse, Hokum and Albinobeach.
What was the first concert you ever went to and what stands out about it for you now?
My first concert ever was Skunk Anansie at the Standard Bank Arena way back in 1997. I guess they seemed so damn heavy live, in comparison to their album recordings and Skin’s voice was just flawless.
Which festivals are on your bucket list to play?
So many! Download, Rise Above, Be Prog My Friend, Graspop, Sweden Rock, HellFest to name a few.
What advice would you give to a young band just starting out today?
The metronome is your friend. Make music that you enjoy. Try be unique by not sounding exactly like your influences. Take constructive criticism and learn from it. Listen to music of all genres. Stay humble and remember that you are on this planet to learn.
Wayne Boucher (Vocalist/Guitarist)
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