The hip hop lads from Gold Coast outfit DieVsCity are currently prepping their new album ‘What Doesn’t Kill Us’.
“We wanted to mix all styles of music that we like,” Kyel Dancey says. “In the new album we try to bring something new into the overall spectrum of the sound. Also we wanted to stay true to our name, DieVsCity. We started it because we wanted to create a band that explored all different styles of music.”
In 2011, following the release of their self-titled EP, DieVsCity won the best electro/ dance song for 'The Stars Have Aligned' at the Q Music Awards. Kyel says the win validated the group’s decision to explore a diverse range of genres.
“We really wanted to shake things up and try something else and our EP was the overall product that came out from that.”
The experimental nature of the group has continued with 'What Doesn’t Kill Us'. “We're trying to experiment with lots of other sounds. The new album, which will be released next Saturday, actually utilises a lot more guitars and drums. Some tracks have an acoustic flair and other tracks are very synth-based as well, but I wouldn't say dance.”
When it comes to music videos, DieVsCity do not disappoint. So far they’ve released three clips.
“We pretty much just talk about the ideas for the visual together. Up And Atom Productions helped us with the film clips and were also a part of the storyboard process as well.They actually came up with the majority of the 'The Stars Have Aligned' film clip on their own backs, so we left it up to their production and just went with the flow on that one.”
Part of the band's appeal is their 'never quit' attitude.
“I guess we're pretty optimistic. We come from working in the human services [industry] so we just try and keep a positive attitude and I think that's maybe why we've struck a chord with people and we hope to continue to do so.”
For a young band full of new faces, DieVsCity's sound is mature and confident, which Kyel says comes from hard work and experience.
“A lot of it comes from experiencing other forms of music. I know it has nothing to do with heavy metal, but our roots gave us that base of how to write a song.
We really dwelled on experiences from past songs that we had written and we just changed the formula, basically.
We might only have made [hip hop] the past couple of years, but a lot of the previous music we've made has given us our maturity. It helped to create the sound we were striving for, for the new album.”
This weekend will witness DieVsCity’s Brisbane album launch.
“We can't wait to get out there and try our new stuff and see what the response is. When we first started it was just a two-piece set-up but now we've got a drummer and a bass player. We're looking forward to bringing that live element with all the instruments, too.”
The band will soon be piling into a tour van, with the southern territories on their agenda.
“We're gonna line up the tour to fall on the back of the release and start touring early next year. We'll be visiting the east coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and some towns in between that as well.”
DieVsCity play The New Globe Theatre November 23.