“I don’t do practice exercises as I find it boring and music has to be always exciting.......”
The band’s highly skilled guitarist Iago’s approach alternates between the gleefully sloppy strokes known to any fan of the blues and the more polished, expansive craftsmanship of rock guitar’s most disciplined stylists. Full of surprises but always predictably explosive, Iago is the guitar player the blues needs now. A breath of fresh air who combines the best of the genre’s past with an eye toward the future.
He describes the band as “musicians who love what they do. Music brought us together and we became more like a musical family. We are friends who love writing and playing music.”
The rejection of a conventional approach to music extends to the whole band. Iago claims to have never heard ‘no’ to any musical idea, no matter how weird or what style.” Their embrace of spontaneity and open-mindedness is apparent in every note of Deep Blue Sea’s music.
As the band’s sole American, lead vocalist Dregas brings a unique set of influences and experiences to Deep Blue Sea. Beginning her classical piano training at the age of four, Dregas lists influences as far ranging as Ludvig Van Beethoven, Aretha and Bad Religion.
As with any solid bass player, the contribution of Graeme to Deep Blue Sea’s sonic attack is both understated and vital. His steady bass figures serve as the glue to a band of wildly disparate elements. His lyrics - at once contemporary yet reminiscent of Dylan, Cohen et al from the 60s heyday blues-rock add to the bands' ability to communicate on many levels.
Graeme isn’t shy when expressing the band’s ambitions. He lists ‘touring bigger and better venues’ as a goal for Deep Blue Sea and adds “We believe we have something worth saying — musically and lyrically, things that can connect and engage with people — have fun with them and give something.’
It is something of a cliche to refer to a strong drummer as the band’s anchor. But in Amanda’s case, ‘anchor’ is too stationary, too sedentary a metaphor to describe the role she plays in Deep Blue Sea’s sound.
A better metaphor for Amanda’s approach on her instrument is as Deep Blue Sea’s engine. She propels the band forward, sometimes with reliably steady thumps and other times with choppy, dance-inspiring stabs.