I was recently introduced to the new music of Midnight Divide and had the opportunity to interview them. I was impressed with their professionalism and passion for music. Their music brought me into a new and different world full of people, sounds, and instrumentation I usually don’t listen to but I loved it. I quickly became a big fan of their music. Their new EP “Dichotomy” will be released on August 8, 2017 and is a must have. Below is my interview with the band.
Rob: How did Midnight Divide start?
Midnight Divide: The project was born out of a desire to create something that felt like a rock band but with serious cinematic overtones. I wanted to create music that made you excited to see the band live, and then when you did, the performance blew you away. I wanted people to feel amped. So I started blending electronic elements with big guitars and even bigger drums. We call ourselves a cinematic rock band and that’s the vibe we hope we convey.
Rob: What inspired your name?
Midnight Divide: The name was actually taken from lyrics in one of the songs off the first EP, ‘Wild Ones’. Most of the songs get written in the middle of the night, for some reason there’s just inspiration at midnight. I think it’s the ambiguity of it. It’s the dividing line between today and tomorrow where anything is possible. I liked that idea and it felt like it gave room for the band to evolve and not be pigeonholed sound-wise, so Midnight Divide ended up sticking.
Rob: What is “Animal Eyes” about?
Midnight Divide: Animal Eyes is one of the more aggressive songs we’ve done. It’s essentially about reaching your breaking point. Finally hitting that threshold where the only option is payback. It’s a hyperbole of a situation I went through a while ago where I felt incredibly betrayed by someone and I wanted to get even.
Rob: Why did you title your new EP Dichotomy?
Midnight Divide: I called the new EP Dichotomy because I wanted to show the different sides of human emotions when dealing with pain. There’s a split nature to our brains when we have to cope and that’s what this EP is ultimately about. “Animal Eyes” is anger. “Fireline” is sadness/depression. “Ketamine” is unadulterated desire. “Talking” is about needing to let go of that desire because it’s completely unhealthy, and to stop repeating the same mistakes. The songs are meant to be pairs for each other, one’s light, one’s dark. Hence, Dichotomy.
Rob: Describe your new music in 3 words.
Midnight Divide: Introspective. Cinematic. Energized.
Rob: Which bands inspire your music?
Midnight Divide: My personal favorite band is Radiohead. Don’t know if that even comes through but they’ve been my top with a bullet for years. I like the moody yet high-energy songs that they can create. Other bands we love are Muse, TV On The Radio, Elbow and Royal Blood.
Rob: Describe your songwriting process.
Midnight Divide: Writing for Midnight Divide usually starts with either a bass line or a beat. I’ll throw down some programmed drums or run a loop pedal until I find a bass part I really like and then start creating the arrangement. Once I have the rough arrangement, I start with creating a vibe with synths/guitars etc. It’s weird I guess, but the vocals are usually further down the line in the process. Lyrics are almost always last. I’ve just always needed to create the inexplicable parts first. The part you feel rather than can read or comprehend.
Rob: What is your ultimate goal as a band?
Midnight Divide: Ultimately, we want to be able to play music for a living, a good living. Touring the world, releasing albums, playing huge venues…we want all of that and more. I have this image that’s been seared on my brain for years. We’re playing an outdoor festival. It’s night. I always thought it was Glastonbury or something similar, and we’re the headliner. You can see the steam rising off the crowd. We just finished our set and are off stage left, hearing the crowd screaming for more. We run back out on stage for the encore and the response is overwhelming. It’s our first time headlining a show this size. I walk up to the mic and say “I think you know what song we’re going to play” and we launch into it. No clue what that song is yet but when that moment happens, I’ll know we’ve made it.
Rob: What are your plans for the next year?
Midnight Divide: This next year our three goals are: to get more music recorded, get at least one placement on a TV show or film, and play every 6 weeks in the major cities around L.A. (Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco etc.). We want to start establishing a stronger presence in the nearby places and of course keep pumping out the tunes.