Artist Interviews

Q&A: Delphic

By | Published on Wednesday 6 January 2010


First brought to our attention by the always-on-top-of-things Eddy Temple-Morris via a demo of their song ‘Counterpoint’ a good two years ago now, our interest in Delphic was reaffirmed early last year when the song got a proper single release. Hailing from Manchester, their sound is steeped in their home city’s musical history but they’re taking it forwards like no one has managed for quite some time. Their latest single, ‘Doubt’, is out this week, and their debut album, ‘Acolyte’, follows on Monday. Ahead of that, we caught up with guitarist Matthew Cocksedge to ask our Same Six Questions.

Q1 How did you start out making music?
We started when we were young, playing in local bands. We just wanted to make music, but got bored of the bands we were in, as we found we were writing for other people. We decided to change and do something we wanted to do – and that was to write for ourselves.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
We were inspired musically in the sense that there was a lack of much going on in music, and in what we were hearing on the radio. It was a reaction against that, and against bland guitar music in general. Lyrically, it was inspired by that feeling of stepping out into the world and finding a place. It’s an exciting feeling. It was a juxtaposition of excitement and fear clashing that inspired all of the emotion and ideas of the record.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
We start out with an idea, whether it’s a lyric a melody or a chord sequence. We take the idea and put it on our laptops and play around with it and see what comes out. We choose a path to go down, build it up on the laptops and then take it to the practice room where we add drums and guitar and build up the song properly til we have the final product.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Lots and lots – it’s hard to pinpoint. We’re inspired by lots of genres of music, from minimal techno to Xenomania pop.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
It sounds better at higher volume.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?

We just want to grow and develop as a band and keep challenging ourselves.