Wayne and Alvin Boucher are members of the band Deity’s Muse from Johannesburg, South Africa. They talk about their album “Convergence” their European tour later this year, and how the African Rock scene is becoming less secluded and more open to the world. Read and have fun
Billy (Audioinferno): Thanks for making out time to talk to me today. How are you guys doing today?
Wayne Boucher (Vocals & Guitar): No problem. Good thanks.
Alvin Boucher (Bass & Backing Vocals): I’m super-duper man. Hope you’re well?
Billy (Audioinferno): I’m great. Thanks for talking to us at Audioinferno today guys. Can you tell me a bit about Deity’s Muse?
Wayne Boucher (Vocals & Guitar): Well, we’ve been around this South African scene for a number of years now. Our current lineup has been around since 2014. Our newest album was released in March 2016. It’s called Convergence and we’ll be touring it in Europe over October this year.
Billy (Audioinferno): That’s super awesome.
Wayne Boucher (Vocals & Guitar): Yeah. We’re very excited. We start by playing Euroblast festival in Germany. Then we’ll do a week and a half through Europe. Some dates still to be announced, but we’re busy working on them.
Billy (Audioinferno): How’s the response been from the South African Rock Scene?
Wayne Boucher (Vocals & Guitar): I think our friends, family and girlfriends are especially excited. As far as the rock scene here goes it seems like it’s business as usual. I hope that our little trip there will open doors for some of our bands though. *laughs*
Billy (Audioinferno): I can relate. Can you tell me about the creative process behind “Convergence”?
Wayne Boucher (Vocals & Guitar): Sure. We started writing the songs based mainly on drum parts and rhythms. We pretty much decided from the beginning that a fuller sound requires each of us playing different stuff from each other that somehow still gels really well. We got Clint Vincent to produce the album for us. After sending him a bunch of demos he added loads of interesting new sounds which inspired us to add a second guitarist to the band.
Billy (Audioinferno): Nice!
Alvin Boucher (Bass & Backing Vocals): I guess we wanted to write something we’ve never done before which meant stepping out of our shells even if it meant holding back slightly.
Billy (Audioinferno): How would you describe your sound?
Wayne Boucher (Vocals & Guitar): Groovy, layered rock with progressive undertones and hooks. We draw influence from various styles of music.
Alvin Boucher (Bass & Backing Vocals): Metal Hammer described our music as “cosmic” and I think that’s spot on.
Billy (Audioinferno): Cosmic *laughs* Sounds really cool. How many albums have you released so far?
Wayne Boucher (Vocals & Guitar): We have 4 albums. I think the four of us are most proud of Convergence though. All our previous albums we would write by simply jamming in the band room than booking the studio and hitting ‘record’. With Convergence, we demoed the album many times over before we were all ready to track it properly.
Billy (Audioinferno): Awesome. I really love this and I can’t wait to hear the album. Who are your musical influences?
Wayne Boucher (Vocals & Guitar): Wow. That’s difficult to answer. We literally listen to so many kinds of music, from rock, prog to metal, jazz, folk even electronic stuff, hip-hop and more. Dead Letter Circus, Karnivool, Tool, Alice In Chains, Chevelle are pretty good examples of our current sound though. I think that everything you hear somehow creeps it’s way into your music though. Mostly in subtle ways.
Alvin Boucher (Bass & Backing Vocals): All those bands either influenced or still influence me a lot. I’d put The Mars Volta in there too. *laughs*
Billy (Audioinferno): *laughs* Nice. Have you worked with other bands in South Africa? And what’s the general state of the rock scene over there?
Wayne Boucher (Vocals & Guitar): The rock scene is alive and well here. We’ve played with so many South African acts I actually can’t tell you all. Some of which have long since broken up. But like the scene, we’re still here and we’re still growing.
South Africa has some pretty incredible bands. Not many venues, unfortunately, but we do have a few festivals and enjoy getting international bands touring here every few months too.
Billy (Audioinferno): Cool. Are you familiar with the rock scene across Africa?
Wayne Boucher (Vocals & Guitar): We’ve not played anywhere in Africa except for our own country. It’s something we’d like to explore at some point though. I know there’s a healthy but small rock scene all over Africa at the moment. Botswana, in particular, has a decent scene.
Billy (Audioinferno): Yeah. It’s small but it’s growing at a decent rate. At Audioinferno, one of our goals is to unify the rock scene in Africa. There are so many little pockets, but we strongly believe everyone needs to work together in a sense to make some real progress here. Do you have any ideas about how to develop the rock scene in South Africa?
Wayne Boucher (Vocals & Guitar): Well, right now Africa seems to be getting some good attention in publications worldwide as far as its rock and metal bands are concerned. Ed Banchs from USA wrote a book called Heavy Metal Africa and his book covers many countries’ rock and metal scenes. Metal Hammer has run articles recently on our continent’s scene. And even well-known online publications like The Guardian and Vice / Noisey have been giving our continent some good coverage.
I think that somehow our continent’s bands need to get overseas every now and then. The old school way of touring your ass off does a lot to gain a scene’s attention. Here in South Africa, we’ve seen an influx of international bands playing our clubs, stadiums and festivals. The local bands get to see their heroes play and in some cases even share the stage with them. It really has helped lift the scene. It’s helped bands here up their game. I’d like to see this spill over throughout the rest of Africa over time.
Every aspect of a countries scene needs to work together to uplift that country’s scene. Media, bands, clubs, festivals all need to work hand in hand. Music education, schools etc also help. I think our governments should also help by giving touring grants. It’s a culture and art needs support.
Billy (Audioinferno): I couldn’t have said it better bro. Thanks for a lovely chat today. I had loads of fun
Wayne Boucher (Vocals & Guitar): Cool stuff! Thanks, Billy. It’s been a pleasure having the chat.