"Music consumes most of my life. I have other hobbies, but I don't see myself pursuing anything
else the way I make Music." - Jonathan Delvuk.
I spoke with the Heavy punk band MediaSlaves about the ins and outs of the industry, tours and what's coming up next. Mediaslaves' Music was also featured on national and international radio, news, and video series. Their song "Fleeks and Geeks" was added to the charity AIDS Bike Ride Charity.
Following the creative road they continue to hit out singles. On 1 October Mediaslaves launched their hard-hitting, catchy music video "Manipulate Me." They shot this D.I.Y. effort alone, taking turns as a cameraperson or setting their old handycam on a tripod. The video has glitchy effects, wacky costumes and Comedically, b-horror vibrates throughout Halloween season.
From Vancouver, British Columbia the band members Johnny Papan (vocals/guitar), Sean Tanner (bass), and Jonathan Delivuk (drums) have created this band after being influenced by Nirvana, Cancer Bats, the Offspring, the Distillers, Plasmatics, Misfits, the Stooges, the list goes on and on. Here is all you need to know to keep up with this up and coming band!
Thanks for your time! So, of course, the first question being. How did you meet?
Johnny: “We all met at a punk show being thrown in a cafe called Sipp Chai - now called Chai Rock Cafe. We were all in different bands at the time. Jono sings and plays the guitar for another band, Stuttr. At the time, Sean played bass in a garage-punk band called Generation Why. I was in an earlier form of Mediaslaves where I only played the guitar (now I sing as well.)
We haven't been playing together for that long, but it feels like forever.”
Very lovely, and how would you describe the music that you typically create?
Johnny: “We're punk rock with a more heavier edge, I guess. Not quite hardcore (though some people have classified us as a hardcore band). I usually tell people we're "heavy punk". We've also been compared to skate punk and thrash. There's also a bit of a stoner metal vibe in some of our newer material.”
So what would you be doing right now, if it wasn't for your music career?
Johnny:“I'd focus on becoming a screenwriter/filmmaker. Or a journalist. Something under the
Sean: “In a non-covid world? Maybe I'd take a crack at stand up?”
I love how it's all so creative! What are your top five favourite albums of all time? Why those albums? “It would take too long for us to go in-depth about each release. These albums are works we find to be either musically genius, are attached to essential parts of our lives or had some other significant impact.”
This list was hard for each of us to compile and could change in the future.
1. Nirvana - Unplugged in New York
2. Deftones - Diamond Eyes
3. Arctic Monkeys - Suck It And See
4. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon
5. Plasmatics - New Hope for the Wretched
1. Misfits - Static Age
2. The Distillers - Sing Sing Death House
3. Protest the Hero - Kezia
4. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Option Paralysis
5. Blind Witness - Nightmare on Providence Street
1. The Cure - Pornography
2. Slowdive - Souvlaki
3. Built to Spill - Keep It Like A Secret
4. Nirvana - In Utero
5. Converge - You Fail Me
A promising class of bands and inspiration right there! What is the best advice you've been given?
Johnny: ”I had the opportunity to chat with CJ Ramone from the Ramones. I asked him to tell me his definition of punk rock, and he said "The whole idea behind punk doesn't have to do with politics or anything like that. It's about doing things your way, how you think it's right. That's punk rock." I talk about this quote all the time. The most impactful one for me so far. That quote is going to stick with me forever.”
Sean: “Just put yourself out there. Say yes to things. I don't know what I'm doing, but I keep doing things to do them, for love of doing them. I don't place all these expectations of what I'm going to get out of it on them, so every little thing I do feels like this vast reward.”
Jono: ”In regards to songwriting when you feel stuck or have writer's block, I was told to write a "bad" song or like a throwaway song because then you're that much closer to writing good Music. It's how you get good at anything in life, you always start badly at some skill and then as you work at it you get better and better.”
That is something I know a lot of readers will appreciate, it’s sometimes small notes that make the big difference! If you could play in any festival around the world, what would it be?
Johnny: Download, Leeds or Reading would be excellent. Punk Rock Bowling, Lollapalooza... even though our style doesn't fit right now I'd love to find a way to perform at Shambhala Music Festival here in B.C.. I'd be down to play any festival really, especially the D.I.Y. ones being thrown in the woods that aren't totally legal.”
Sean: “Either Riot Fest in Chicago or Montebello in Quebec.”
Jono: “Maybe Roadburn?”
Good festivals for sure, shame about COVID, that's what so many people are missing! If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
Johnny:“I feel like punk, metal, and other heavier rock music genres have been suppressed by the big-wigs who control the media landscape for years. This is making it harder for rock artists to reach new audiences, or for people who might not even know they like punk to discover it.
But then again, with artists like Yungblud adding punk elements to his pop music and Machine Gun Kelly making a full-on pop-punk album, this could be a sign of positive change in the industry and new audiences are developing an interest in punk, metal and rock music.”
Sean: “Ego. If I could find a way to get rid of peoples' giant inflated egos that would be the one thing. Let's hang out and play some songs and have a good time; I don't want to have a whole pissing contest here.”
Jono: “Make the industry more accessible to newer bands and musicians. I don't know exactly what I would do to change that, but I know when I first started, I didn't have any resources to find out about punk or any independent music shows or where they were happening.”
What about a little fun question, if you had to be any animal, what would you be? And why?
Johnny: “I'd want to be something that can fly. Maybe an eagle. Or a bat. Or a deep-sea creature would be cool. Like one of those freaky ones that are so deep, we don't even know it exists yet.”
Sean: “Birds, because of flying”
Jono: “Maybe an owl? They're nocturnal, and I find nocturnal animals interesting. Also, the first animal that popped into my head.”
Haha, I love asking that question! So what's next for you?
“We're releasing some new songs soon. Other than that we're just going to continue writing,
recording and rehearsing until COVID is over. We can't wait to play shows.
If anyone wants to keep up with our new Music, you can follow us on Instagram and Spotify. For all other links, click here.”
Excellent thanks so much for taking the time, for those who haven't already, be sure to check out their social media pages for updates and news! As well as some of their tracks which you are going to defo jam with!
Mailing List: https://mailchi.mp/18f2e3cc08b5/mediaslaves
Or for a few more channels to download click here!
Been excellent speaking with you and hopefully (Post COVID) see you playing live sometime!