DOYLE PEREZ OF D AT SEA

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I dis­cov­ered mu­sic when…

My brother showed me the Dr Dre 2001 al­bum. It was epic! I was heav­ily into Limp Bizkit and Eminem in my early teens and it wasn’t un­til I was 16 that I was in­ter­ested in play­ing mu­sic. The in­spi­ra­tion be­hind play­ing came from Blink-182 and Rise Against, though Mil­lie Tiz­zard is the only rea­son I ever con­sid­ered pick­ing up an acous­tic. I never thought it would be the ‘thing’ I did.

I re­alised be­ing in a band was the best way to waste time when…

I was around 19 or 20 and I re­ally made a solid ef­fort to make some­thing of it. Mu­sic was al­ways a sec­ondary thing for me. I first picked up the acous­tic at 21 and I was le­git ter­ri­ble at singing!

My first band was…

All My Friends At Sea, which, later on, is where I got the moniker D At Sea from. It started out with my two best friends and it was so fun. We wrote a bunch of songs and played lo­cal shows. We thought we were sick, but we def­i­nitely weren’t!

The first show I ever played was…

At the Sands Tav­ern in Ma­roochy­dore with All My Friends At Sea. It was sick! We sucked, but we had such a good time.

The worst job I’ve ever had is…

Work­ing at a fac­tory from 6am – 2pm. I moved in with a cou­ple of to­tal fuck bags, I got a loan for a car and some mu­sic equip­ment… Ev­ery­thing com­bined made me su­per de­pressed. My job was in in­ven­tory, count­ing rows and rows of use­less $1 shop type stuff. It was ter­ri­ble! It’s where I be­gan writ­ing my EP Un­con­scious in­stead of ac­tu­ally work­ing.

My favourite band is…

There’s too many. Eminem, Skrillex, A Day To Re­mem­ber, Bring Me The Hori­zon, Zedd, Park­way Drive, The Amity Af­flic­tion… UNFD have a great ros­ter of artists!

One al­bum I play be­fore I hit the stage is…

I more so just have songs. Skrillex’s “Ban­garang” was one for a while. It all de­pends on what is new and/or awe­some at the time. I mainly just Google some in­spir­ing quotes on life and think them over while I do my warm ups.

I love be­ing on stage be­cause…

I love mu­sic and I en­joy shar­ing it with people who share that love. Rather than be out of reach as a mu­si­cian, I try to be a part of it with my fans. So it’s more like we’re all just chill­ing and hang­ing out. The wall of hugs makes me so happy! It makes me feel good that I’m putting some love and hap­pi­ness out there and for a mo­ment we all for­get about the shit things in life. Mu­sic is an es­cape that I couldn’t live with­out re­gard­less of whether it was on or off stage.

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