Delphi Ravens are an alternative rock fusion outfit out of the Pacific North West, Papa B.™, founder, bassist, and songwriter of Delphi Ravens was on hand to talk us through the backstory of the band.
What are the origins of Delphi Ravens, how long have you been playing together?
I started trying to put the band together in mid-2018 but it took me over a year to find the right people. I thought it would never happen at times. Dozens of auditions, no-shows, and flakes. Really happy with the people in the band, great group and we actually get along which is extremely important. Everyone can play and my lead singer Kira, who co-writes many songs with me, can really sing!
We started to practice a month before the pandemic in very late 2019. So, we decided to focus on writing and recording…which brings us to today and 11 songs recorded and 4 more on the way.
What should people expect when they check Delphi Ravens out? How would you describe yourself?
We write emotion-driven songs and several reviewers have said we write “dark” songs or are a dark band. For example, we have songs about fear, relationships, and breakups, losing a loved one, anger, frustration, even insomnia. It’s not all doom and gloom as Take My Hand is about hopeful love to be.
We like to share our experiences with our fans and strive to make every song the best it can be. The same with performances, if fans leave having felt some of the emotions in our songs, then we did well.
How did you feel performing your first gig as a band, and how was it?!
Our first gig went really well considering we only had a few practices to put it together. But we had fun, got a lot of great responses, and everyone enjoyed the night. We are all experienced so we will be much better after a few more performances.
The new music scene is bursting at the seams at the minute with fresh talent, in what ways do you feel that a band has to stand out to build a name for themselves?
Start with good music, without that you basically have nothing. Then, and this is what so many artists miss, make sure you know you are in a tough business – learn the business. And no less important, work hard to build your fanbase, without fans you can’t make the business work.
What are you working on at the minute that people can check out?
We released Red to Black on June 10th. But people can hear our song Take My Hand, not released yet, on ReverbNation. One artist said it was one of the most beautiful songs he ever heard. I got choked up thinking that anyone would say something like that about any of our songs. Really makes you want to write and record an even better song.
In terms of a similar audience, which band out there at the minute do you feel you would be best suited to open for?
That’s a tough one. We have been compared to bands with very differing styles from old-school Heart to the Foos, Evanescence, Deftones, and others. So, I guess any of those. I am a personal fan of Silversun Pickups and would love to open for them.
Excluding yourself, which new band would you like to see break out and become a success?
Jessie Galante has been doin’ it for years and fronted some fairly successful bands in L.A. and now New York. She puts everything into her songs and is a great performer. I would love to see her be well known, people are missing a great singer and performer if they haven’t listened to her music or had the pleasure of seeing her live.
What are your own first musical memories? And what was the lightbulb moment that made you go “I want to do that”?
I have been around a while, so I remember the Stones, Beatles, Led Z, and others more than most people. But my interests have been very wide and in many genres. Still, I did not decide to play seriously until later in life and really go full-time into it. I have always loved challenges, it is what drives me, and someone said, ‘hey aren’t you too old to get serious about this?’ That was it, I was pissed off and determined to show I could do it and do it well. And I love it too.
What was the last gig that you attended as a fan?
ZZ Top, and they played great and had a super performance… as always.
What current social issue are you particularly passionate about?
Two, gun control (have a new song coming out on that) and cruelty to animals which is my long-time issue to be involved in.
The album that you have in your album collection/Spotify playlist that would surprise most people?
I think the word shock would fit this answer best. I have classic pipe organ music…I mean real classics from Bach, Ravel, and others. It’s just really cool to hear.
Although 2021 was another year to forget, there were some amazing new albums released, what would be your album of last year? And what new music have you been enjoying so far this year?
So many to choose from. But Medicine at Midnight by Foo Fighters was great because it had so many tracks that were a break from past albums, new sounds, and rhythms for them. And, well produced.
This year I have only listened to lesser-known artists in rock and related genres. Artists like Darren Holland Project, Ravenheart, RG Williamson, Mirjam Catal, Hannyta, Marek Starx, and Jessie Galante. But I know I will miss someone, sorry if I did.
What does the remainder of 2022 hold for you?
Well, we are almost mid-way thru the year. We have new music set to release starting June 10th and then once a month thru November of ’22. And our first EP will be out this year as well. Starting to play some live gigs late summer and on but will make sure we have time to write new songs and hit the studio at least 3 times per year.
Stoked about the amount of radio play our songs are getting in ’22. Almost 40 different stations playing our music!
How active are you on social media and where can people connect with you?
Thanks for asking. We are as active as possible on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, but not TikTok yet. We can also be found on ReverbNation and Soundcloud. We love new fans to follow us on Facebook and visit our website Delphi Ravens – there is a lot of information about the band on our site.