Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life are pleased to bring you an interview with indie-rock/alt-pop band, Deep Talk.
1. How did you get started as a band?
Christina: We met through a mutual friend and hung out for one day in Portland before sending each other song ideas while living thousands of miles apart. It was my first time visiting Portland, and Jordan took us to great food, bars with arcade games, and a local show. We also talked about music the entire, and after I left we exchanged demos.
We had only been writing music for a few months before the pandemic hit, which shut down any dreams of shows or collaborating in person. For those years we were forced to focus only on songwriting, so we entered 2022 with a strong backlog of songs.
2. How would you describe your sound?
Christina: Intense head bobbing.
3. What bands/artists would you say have influenced your style of music?
Jordan: It’s all over the place. Spoon, New Order, Wye Oak, Pixies, Japanese Breakfast, St. Vincent… For starters.
Christina: For these next few songs – Sharon Van Etten, Courtney Barnett, Mitski, The Beths, Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville.
4. Has the rise of YouTube & music streaming helped or hindered you as a band?
Jordan: I think it’s definitely helped! It’s so much easier to find and try out new music, and I think a lot of people wouldn’t have heard us otherwise. For me personally, it’s also been an incredible avenue for discovering music that’s been an influence on our songwriting.
Christina: Especially as a band that started basically during Covid, the internet was the only way we could get our music out there and talk to other local musicians.
5. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not making music?
Jordan: Listening to music and going to shows!
Christina: I do a a variety of work with Scary Little Girls, a British feminist theater company. They expose me to so many histories and political thought that I think slowly seeps into my music.
Otherwise, it’s a lot of books and research! I’ve started learning Cantonese and am combining that with a personal research project on a pirate queen – Chang Yi Sao.
6. What are your future plans musically? Tours?
Jordan: We’ve got a few more singles ready for release later this year, and are trying to put together a solid set of shows in Portland and San Francisco (and maybe elsewhere?). More songwriting of course too.
Christina: I’d love to go on a tour next summer to promote the singles we’re releasing this year. We recorded four more singles that we’ll be releasing throughout the year, and otherwise want to play as many shows as is feasible. Our song “I Drove By” just came out June 17th!