If your ears haven’t fallen in love with D at Sea yet, take them over to his YouTube channel, lemonsmashle, pick any song, and press play. Prepare to space out for the next few minutes or so, and return to reality in a far more chilled mood. You’re not the only one who feels this way, judging by the sheer number of fans this Sunshine Coast acoustic artist has gathered. Early in 2013 Doyle Perez (the man behind the guitar) released his own form of ear hypnosis on an EP Unconscious, which debuted at #3 on the iTunes Alternative Charts and was followed by a tour of Australia’s East coast. The Push were lucky enough to have him present and perform at the Push FReeZA Summits in early July. I caught up with him for a quick chat.
Hi Doyle. Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions for us. You wrapped up a National tour in May. How did that go? Get up to any antics on tour?
Hello! It was awesome. I’m so stoked on the response on my first headline EP tour. Yes! I drank heaps & heaps of water. Also, I had a decent amount of sleep all tour, yes, iParty. I let a small turtle bite my finger in Perth. That’s probably the most exciting story. Haha, lame.
You gained popularity doing acoustic renditions of hardcore songs. What inspired you to blend two incredibly different genres?
I didn’t think I was doing anything out of the ordinary. It all just sort of happened.
You’ve said in the past that you got into playing music during a challenging time of your life. How important was music in helping you cope?
It’s everything to me. Few things can take me out of my mind like music does. She’s been a good mate.
In the past you’ve drawn on your experience of this tough time. Have you taken inspiration from similar sources recently, or are other things inspiring your writing at the moment?
I’ve come to appreciate what I have. It sucks, but it’s definitely not the worst. Which I’m grateful for! I still write about it. It’s my story.
Looks like you’ve got a huge underage following! Do you have a preference for playing to older or younger fans?
Stoked! Nope. Whoever wants to listen.
You’re based in Brisbane. What’s the music scene like there? Have you played many all ages shows in your hometown?
It’s okay. There’s not many venues for bands to play. That’s why I decided to do D @ Tree. I just play in parks. Plus it’s free for the peeps. My home town is an hour up on the Sunshine Coast. I’ve done a few shows there. Keen to go back and play in August!
You recently played at the Push FReeZA Summits. Who gave you advice starting out? How did you navigate the business side of performing?
I’ve been in a couple of bands. So I had a little bit of experience when starting the D. It still just comes down to trial and error. I’m learning new lessons everyday & on every tour!
Is there any advice you would give to young artists starting out?
Practice. Practice. Practice. Be yourself. Have fun! #yolo
Are there any upcoming young bands you’d love to see perform?
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