"Hailing from Vancouver, BC, The Deadset stand tall as pop-punk royalty. A fresh sound that's both familiar and unquestionably their own, The Deadset are poised and ready(set die) to bring their energetic brand of indie-fused punk to the masses. Don’t say you weren’t warned."
This exact attitude was one of the driving forces behind the surge in popularity of pop-punk in the 1990s and 2000s and The Deadset have an intoxicating ability to send you back to your nostalgic and angsty teen years while still maintaining a fresh and current sound. The track "New Anthem" rocks you deep to your core with its raw instrumentation and production style, while JT Criminal's vocals ring out above with kick-ass feminine grit.
Steven Appleyard - Drums, Vocals
How was The Deadset formed?
The Deadset began with the demise of JT’s previous band, Ready Set Die. Despite an overwhelming amount of time, effort, and dedication, RSD failed as a band in the wake of losing two bassists to serious drug addictions. I suppose you could call me naïve, but having never been a user, I had no idea what was going on or what signs to look for, on either occasion. Throughout a series of disappointments and letdowns, I was forced to learn the hard way and face reality – RSD would have to be left behind. After suffering through so much negativity as a band, I wanted to sever those ties and any misconceptions tied to our name. Steve and I joined forces and created The Deadset, as a fresh start to our musical careers and personal reputations. These days, we’re able to focus solely on the things that matter most; our hearts and our music. Steve is the best bandmate a girl could ask for, we feed off of each other’s charisma and mesh comfortably to achieve the unique, melodic sound I always strived for. I’m prouder than ever to play our new material every time I get up on a stage, The Deadset was the best decision I’ve ever made.
What is the musical background of your members; are you formally trained or self-taught musicians?
Both Steve and I have very little formal training when it comes to our instruments. Steve was shown some basic drumming skills by a neighbor when he first became interested in playing music, but eventually just took the initiative to teach himself. I was enrolled in a guitar class in highschool, but you wouldn’t really call it training, it was more of a “Here’s a guitar, come back in a week and play us a song” type of situation. I taught myself the fundamentals and continuously practiced and improved my guitar skills over the years. On top of that, we’ve just recently begun to dabble in vocal training. I’ve been singing and playing for a while now, but as a musician, I feel there’s always room to grow and better yourself. Steve and I constantly strive to improve our skills and every aspect of the band.
Who are your biggest musical influences, who do you listen to in your spare time?
We have an extremely wide range of influences. From your typical pop/punk basics of Blink 182, Saves the Day, Paramore, All Time Low to your heavy hitters like Bring Me the Horizon, A Day to Remember, etc.. And then we have our current/more recent interests like Neck Deep, Lorde, Lana Del Rey, We Are the In Crowd.. the list is endless, we’re both a bit ADHD in taste and very avid music fans. We share a common ground in the way we appreciate different bands in every sort of genre, having a wide range of musical taste can bring a lot to the table creatively.
We wanted our first ever music video to stick to its pop punk basics and interactively involve our fans in the process. The team at Van-City Royalty Productions presented us with a concept we loved – zombies. We’ve taken heat for choosing something other bands have been known to do, but we’re the DEADset and we knew it’d be something arguably and undeniably unique to us. We were beyond ecstatic to watch it all come to life, and couldn't be happier with the end result.
Tell us about Van City Royalty.
Van- City Royalty is a production company recently started by a group of our friends who’ve been involved in the Vancouver scene for some time. Having a small team of people with individual talents, VCR is able to pull off a lot of amazing things like shows, videos, photoshoots, merch, and more. They’re close friends and awesome people who support the Vancouver artistry scene and value heart above all else. They do what they love because they love what they do, and they recognize the same qualities in musicians like myself. It’s a type of understanding you only find in certain people – VCR are those people, check them out.
When and where could someone go to catch a live gig of yours in the near future?
We have show announcements and all sorts of goodies coming early in the New Year! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for those.
Another list that’s technically endless, but just to name a few (in no particular order) – ByStarlight, GreenTree, Alleyway Saints, Marianas Trench
What is your opinion of digital music sales? Do you think online platforms like iTunes, ReverbNation, and Soundcloud are helping or hurting the quality of new music?
This year has been noted for an increase in music sales, which is encouraging in itself. We’re always preaching about spending money on music, but it’s essential for musicians to make money in order to keep touring and putting out new material. In the modern day and age, it’s a fine line between what’s practical and what’s traditional. Digital music sales just make sense, platforms like iTunes are becoming more of a go-to based solely on ease of use and integration with today’s technology. Bandcamp is another one that’s recently received a lot of use, and it’s a pretty flexible way of allowing bands to share with their fans. Things like CDs are quickly becoming a thing of the past. There’s plenty of musicians out there now who ONLY offer digital downloads of their music, while others offer options like vinyls which include digital copies as well, and I can definitely respect that. It’s a new age, no one is listening to their CD players anymore, and vinyls give you the physical novelty whilst digital downloads provide you with a quick and convenient method of obtaining the music electronically. I wouldn’t say it hurts the quality of music, it definitely ups the competition by giving everyone free access to the same platforms. It just means you need to stand apart!
What does The Deadset have planned for 2014? Is there anything else you would like my readers to know?
Well, we’ve got a new single to share with you. Plus, we’re working on our first full-length album. Oh, and the Western Canadian tour currently in the works. Annnnd we have a BIG announcement coming in January. Otherwise, be sure to check out New Anthem, our first official music video, and come say hello at one of our shows in the New Year! We love meeting new faces, and we’re very excited to show you what we’ve been up to.
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