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The 99% Podcast Episode #24 with The Delta Mode

The multi-genre trio The Delta Mode is a pioneer of not caring what others think and staying authentic. Despite leading a lifestyle of example, The Delta Mode is a live band focused on electronic music with elements of Hip-Hop and other genres alike. The trio consists of Raad who is the leader as a vocalist, Danny who is also a singer and the producer, and Eric, the drummer. Their high energy live performances attract audiences and skyrocketing engagement. Their subsequent release single “Deja Vu” charted at #2 on Beatport and piled up 15k views on Youtube. With so much astounding commotion from The Delta Mode, we had an in-person interview with them on our latest 99% Podcast.

Watch and Read The Delta Mode 99% Podcast Interview:

 

 

[00:00] Steereo: Welcome to the Steereo. We have the Delta Mode here with us today.

Danny:

What’s up?

Radd:

Thank you.

Steereo: Welcome to Los Angeles. You guys were from Germany.

Radd:

That’s right.

Steereo: So, it’s a little bit of distance of travel to get here. We thank you so much for coming.

Eric: 

Thank you for having us.

Steereo: I’m very excited. We love the Delta Mode in Serial,

Eric: 

Thank you.

Steereo: So, we have Eric.

Eric

Yes.

Steereo: We have Danny.

Danny:

Yeah.

Steereo: We have Rad.

Radd:

That’s right.

Steereo: What a cool name.

Radd:

Thank you.

Steereo: Where did that come from?

Radd:

Well actually Radd, was the original idea like R A D D, the name is written. It means Radio Attention Deficit Disorder.

Steereo: Awesome.

Radd:

Yeah. That’s my part of it.

Steereo: Cool.

Radd:

All the different genres mixed together, and it fits to the Delta Mode, perfect at may it sound.

Steereo: So, the Delta Mode, tell us the story behind how you guys got together, what you like of each other. What you don’t like about each other. Tell us that story.

Danny:

We’re brothers actually, Eric and I are brothers. Can you tell? [crosstalk 00:01:17] I mean can you tell?

Steereo:  So you have to be nice to each other.

Danny:

Oh yeah. He’s younger but he’s taller than me. It’s kinda ironic.

Steereo: Just an FYI, he has the longest legs I’ve ever seen.

Danny:

Oh yeah.

Steereo: Sitting down at the table~

Eric: 

I mean, that’s the point so~

Danny:

Wait till he put on his high heels and then [crosstalk 00:01:33]

Steereo: There you go~

Danny:

We started in the Metabet

Eric:

Actually, yeah.

Danny:

Because now we’re doing EDM and it all developed. Ten years or so we started this together. The metal theme and metal kind of evolved into something that is very close to DM, I would say, because we all started out with Eric playing jams and me guitar and somebody was all inside the computer programming jams and programming guitars and all the tuning and everything. So it was kind of a natural progression going from.

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Steereo:  Cool.

Danny:

A Metal Tube EDM.

Eric:

Yeah.

Danny:

It just happened.

Steereo: That doesn’t seem natural but~

Danny: 

No.

Steereo: But I’m gonna believe you on that one.

Danny:

It is, yeah. It is. We just did what was fun. Like he was in the computer manipulating sounds and then finally becomes something we later consider EDM.

Steereo: Are you still in love with that one?

Danny:

Yeah. We will always because we listen to it a lot every day. I’m in to it [crosstalk 00:02:37] we are both grade for aggression.

Steereo: Where did you guys take that initial inspiration from, with your bands from Germany or was it more international metal bands that you took that inspiration from?

Danny:

More international. I’d say more American men. I’m a big Tool fan resemble, Tool is now really a metal band per se, but they’re very quiet artsy or like that. Meshuggah is one of my favorite band but they very, they’re like that with some heavy stuff. But Radd is also actually for a metal background which is kinda funny.

Radd:

Okay. I sing around a metal rock band and actually through coincidence met through that project. Yeah, I’m not right here for a long time with the Delta Mode.

Danny:

March.

Radd:

Actually it’s like the beginning of this year March kinda,

Steereo:  Okay.

Radd:

We got together.

Steereo:  And are they treating you nicely?

Radd:

Yeah, they do, otherwise I wouldn’t be here.

Steereo:  All of these readers can gang up on people.

Danny: 

Yeah.

Steereo: So you’re currently up from a genre point of view, you said an EDM right now?

Danny:

That’s right, yeah. That’s what an American say. That’s EDM.

Steereo: That’s what American say~

Danny:

In Germany like all over Europe, everyone hates that term. We hate that too.

Steereo: Okay.

Danny: 

It’s like a hip-hop a rock and jazz or rock.

Steereo: Why do you think there’s been such, cos EDM now is huge.

Danny:

Yeah.

Steereo:  It’s a huge category. Why do you think there’s been such a warmth to it? Do you think because it’s fun and the world is too serious? Do you think it’s just?

Danny:

It could be.

Steereo: Do you think it makes people dance, it makes them forget about the world. Why do you think EDM is so popular now?

Radd:

I think the intensity is something that really gets to people. That’s like~

Danny:

The energy right~

Radd:

The energy and the intensity in that it’s like real. It’s like a huge thing, at concert and faster glown, it’s like it’s just huge.

Danny:

Sure. It’s physical too right?

Radd:

Yeah, definitely.

Danny: 

When you have this huge shuffle first it’s the moving the air, even if it’s just a kick on you will start dancing. It’s kinda fascinating, it’s like.

Radd:

You can get around it.

Danny: 

Yeah, sounds like magic.

Steereo: So I must say, the Science of music.

Danny:

Definitely.

Steereo:  You raised to be processed in European and you’re good to go.

Danny:

Yeah. What I like about EDM also, why we switched to that kind of genre- we appreciate a lot of other genres and incorporates them. We can be an EDM and still do a metal song and it is still considered cool. In metal, doing an EDM song is not cool. Like you’re getting a tomato and when you do that stuff.

Steereo: Yeah, you get trauma on stage.

Danny:

Yeah.

Steereo: In the EDM world, are there people who in, that are often common that you guys are inspired by right now. Who are your inspiration within that field?

Danny:

There’s a lot of them, like Boombox Cartel [crosstalk 00:05:34] they’re from Mexico actually. Boombox Cartel is like one of the big, have you heard of them, Boombox Cartel?

Steereo: I haven’t.

Danny:

You can check them.

Steereo:  I will.

Danny:

You like them too, right?

Radd:

No, Eric. That’s something.

Danny:

They’re pretty good. There’s a lot of duck step going on to it~

Steereo: Off camera btw, at once like yeah we love them.

Radd:

Yeah, that was so sweet.

Steereo: As an independent artist, you know you guys are part of stereo on the platform, what do you think about music and technology and how it really changes the landscape for artists. What are your thoughts about music technology?

Danny:

The evolution of it all also, I mean I started as a metal player, right, so I just started learning to play guitar and now I have to be computer scientist basically to understand what’s going on. I am not, I didn’t study that, but I’d somehow developed into one. It is interesting how that moved more individual`

Steereo: Do you like that as part of your daily job~

Danny:

Yeah.

Steereo: I know when I talk to artists, you and these interviews, some of them all of the social media, the website and brand name, and the content, and the visual, and some of them are like, please just leave me alone. I just wanna make music. Is that something that you are enjoying right now? Is that something you are well equipped to handle. Is that what management do?

Danny:

No. I think we love doing it, right?

Radd:

I think it’s like a mixture because when you do music, for me, for us, it’s like we are artists. So it’s not just about the music. It’s also about how you present stuff. How do you present yourself. How do you plan your show. Like how’s your presence also to the outside. It’s more than just a hearing, right.So all these possibilities you also have in 2018 to get your music out there, plus visual presence. I think that’s when you cooking like that, it’s possible actually.

Danny:

You can tell a bigger story. So it’s not just about the song. It’s more about the whole experience thing. You can see what we eat every day. I mean it might be interesting for some people, it might not, but still, it’s part of the story still right.

Steereo: I think people in this day and age wanted to know who the artists are at the core. So it’s like if we saw you drinking green juices every day for the last year. Why do you drink green juices all the time?

Danny:

Why you drink green juices all the time?

Steereo: It’s good for you.

Danny:

Oh, okay. Better than red juices or…

Steereo: Better than typical higher age usually just drink whiskey juice. For me, it’s a much healthier alternative and we are in LA, which is the land of the healthy people. So speaking about LA, you guys are in town, I know you are shooting a music video, and you are doing a better recording, what do you find the big difference between LA, which is dubbed the capital of the entertainment vs Germany, which is still I believe in the top 3 music market.

Danny:

Yeah. It is.

Steereo: So what do you feel the differences?

Danny: 

LA is so much more open-minded. When we came here and presented our like we have some songs that are basically a metal song and trap songs combined. In Germany, everyone will be more like whose gonna ‘who’s gonna listen to that?’ And here everyone was like ‘whoah, it’s a great idea’. I mean everyone’s open for these things. As an artist, I mean that’ what you wanna have right?

Steereo: Of course.

Danny:

Artistic freedom and I love that about this place here.

Radd:

Yeah. That’s true.

Steereo: And what do we love about Germany? Not to get that.

Danny:

What do we love about Germany, the beer.

Steereo: The beer.

Danny:

I appreciate it. Well musically, there’s not much going on atm, because Germany is at the focus on German-speaking music right now. Everyone is singing in German which is good for the culture because they’re very developing their own culture basically. Because back in the days we have more Americans and English music and they tried to bring more of German artists and more of a German identity to the table and there’s a lot of hip-hop going on. I mean Germany. Probably seen this one video as gone by writing about Jesus of one this year. They’re big and some people in America have heard about that.

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Steereo: I am not gonna attempt to repeat that~

Danny:

Okay, no no. It’s all good.

Steereo: Cool. Do you guys sing in both German and English, or do you~

Danny:

We actually did a song in German, remember.

Radd:

That’s true.

Danny:

But it was just with another artist. We’re more like not as a Delta Mode but more like~

Steereo: Okay.

Radd: 

Just like a front-row, we’d actually tried something like~

Danny:

But it was actually fun~

Radd: 

It was, definitely. It’s fun. It was a fun song.

Danny:

Yeah. We actually did a song of for an Amazon Prime Series of the Roman Ox~

Radd:

It’s true.

Danny: 

And I’d sand in German cos it’s a scene of somehow takes place in Germany anyway. I did that and a lot of people here liked it. So I think about doing more of that because you can understand it, but still gives you certain kind of feeling, that’s interesting.

SteereoNot to make this an advertorial for Germany, but is there any artists over there that you guys are loving atm that are new and emerging that we should keep an eye for.

Danny:

That is a good question. Good question. [crosstalk 00:11:12]

Steereo: Just for Delta Mode

Danny: 

Just the artists in Delta Mode and [crosstalk 00:11:17] but not a lot.

Eric: 

Idk, we’re not really paying a lot of attention to the scene I think.

Danny:

Maybe Eric does more.

Steereo: You guys are busy working.

Danny:

Yeah.

Eric:

With many good DJs who also could use.

Danny: 

Yeah.

Eric: 

Awesome usage~

Steereo: Okay.

Eric: 

But then an honest forward thinking, there are people here. I mean that’s why everyone comes here just to gather and to create something new. In Germany, its still imitating what’s big here. We’re almost ten years too late with everything in here. If we show you some music you might recognize it, in the music.

Radd:

I also come back to you at one point, what we prefer being here and what’s the cool thing to be here. I think that this creative process that goes along here, I would like more huge than we are in Germany. In Germany, you get together, you have a plan, you stick to the plan and that’s it. So and then we get together here with artists we just experienced that yesterday, it’s much more like a moving thing that’s happening. So it’s more action into it and there’s open mind we said before as well. It’s like open-minded activity into it most likely~

Steereo: I think in LA everyone is down to collaborate.

Radd:

Yeah.

Danny: Yes.

Steereo: I think that’s the big thing and even coming from Ireland myself, there’s not a lot, everyone in Ireland is very much like ‘oh let me just keep this very small’.

Radd: 

Yeah. That’s right.

Steereo: Whereas, in Los Angeles people, are willing to go in a land. Even your top musicians are like willing to give people a shot in terms of collaboration. That’s what I do up here in Bay City. So back to the music industry, cos they’ll be people tune into this who are a fan of stereo who are starting off in the music industry. Some of your own fans are maybe chasing their own musical dreams.

Danny: 

Yeah.

Steereo: What worrisome of the setback initially or do the lessons that you guys learned starting up new in the industry that we can let our viewers in to not make the same mistakes.

Radd: 

That’s really difficult, goddamn~

Danny:

That’s hard, at the certain point you have to do all these mistakes. I guess for yourself to find your way for.

Steereo: Do they get just part of the learning curve?

Danny:

Yeah. I think it’s very important to do. Just try things out. I mean it’s important to try new things, like stereo, for example. Try new things and if it’s not working then find something else. That is like super important becoming an artist~

Steereo: To be open.

Radd:

Like being brave enough to go your own way. You can get advice and sometimes it’s great to hear advice, but first of all it’s the right thing to do your own mistakes, to go your own way and just try it out. Find yourself. What’s the point of finding us~

Danny:

Don’t listen to other people, right. When you have a vision when you wanna do a metal and trap, hip-hop and everything. Ofc being an artist we’re gonna say, we won’t sell anything because it’s never been done before, should we try.

Steereo: You puts that a lot.

Radd:

Yeah.

Steereo: Who knows.

Radd:

Yeah. That’s right.

Steereo:  For me starting off in the industry, I think one of the big mistakes I did make was I tried to do a faster than I probably should have. You know we all think that first record that we could is the number one hit.

Danny:

Yeah.

Steereo: I think, ultimately it’s only after fifty records then the line did go, maybe the first one wasn’t the one that is gonna. What are some of the exciting things coming on for Delta Mode in the future?

Danny:

We’re gonna release a new song on Friday. We’re pretty excited.

Steereo: So you’re releasing a new single.

Danny: 

Yeah. We’re actually shooting the video now. At the moment, it can come out four days. That is like a really good time management, right? I think we can do it if not one week after this.

Steereo: Okay. I look forward to seeing that.

Danny:

Yeah.

Radd:  Intense working right now.

Steereo:  Okay.

Radd: 

Getting them all together.

Steereo: To the business. Where can people find you in terms of music, your websites, your instagram, type of thing.

Danny:

Instagram@deltamode is like.

Steereo: That Delta Mode.

Danny:

Everywhere. Just type in on google Delta Mode and you’ll find us. Don’t look at our Facebook page because that’s dead. We’re not using that anymore.

Steereo: Facebook seems to be a dying beast now~

Radd: 

It’s not really worth it sticking to that.

Steereo: It’s new to Instagram.

Danny:

The stories for me is the main outlet for just putting myself up like for us.

Steereo: Amazing.

Danny:

The stories, right?

Radd:

Sure.

Danny:

Even the feed is not [crosstalk 00:16:10] it’s so fast.

Steereo: You’re not interested in the feed.

Danny:

Not the feed, but the stories. Give me a video, okay.

Danny: 

Just a video. You may have heard it here first. The feed on Instagram is dead and moving to stories.

Steereo: Thank you so much guys for being part of the 99 series. We love what you guys are doing and we’re so happy to have you on board our stereo platform. Best of luck with the new released and I look forward to you pulling off a new video in four days.

Danny:

Yeah. I hope.

Steereo: Amazing masterpiece.

Radd:

Thank you so much.

Danny:

Thank you so much.

Radd: 

Thank you for having us.

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