Big Black Delta


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June 12, 2020

Big Black Delta Shares "Canary" Video Via NME | 4 Out July 10th Pre-Order Available Now

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May 15, 2020

Big Black Delta Announces New LP | Shares "Lord Only Knows" Video Via BrooklynVegan | 4 Out July 10th Pre-Order Available Now

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March 23, 2020

Big Black Delta Shares "Summoner" Video Via Under The Radar

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BIOGRAPHY

In Jonathan Bates' decade of developing widescreen ideas in Big Black Delta, one fact has been irrefutable. "All of us suffer from the same insecurities," says the Venezuelan singer/multi-instrumentalist. "All of us. Successful, not successful; none of us knows what we're doing. The real shit is in lowering one's defenses, so music can flow out freely and imperfectly." Weathering the twists and turns of this mortal coil ain't easy. It's a constant battle, something you have to work on and respond to regularly without losing sight of what's really important. Bates found this out the hard way four years ago, when his father/best friend died and bad news became a daily occurrence — loss as a way of life. "I just cracked," he explains. "I was engaged to be married, but that relationship ended partially because I was drinking a bottle and a half of Jameson a day. I'm naturally a skinny guy, but I ended up looking like the alien in Mac and Me. Honestly, I just wanted to die for about three years straight." The longtime Mellowdrone frontman/M83 collaborator is quick to clarify he's not kidding. There came a point in the past four years where Bates felt he'd either have to fix his situation or end it. And the only way he was gonna move forward — healthier and happier than he'd ever been — was by giving up drinking entirely, DTs be damned. "I was chemically dependent on alcohol," explains Bates. "If I didn't get lit, I would shake uncontrollably and couldn't speak correctly. I should have been on Benzos but didn't have health insurance, so I did it American-style. I later realized my father and his father once had the same problem." With a close friend (Cyrus Makarechian of the LA band Black Line) willing to let him detox in a safe, private space, Bates put his creative pursuits on hold and "went to a therapist who helped save my life. She insisted that happiness — not bliss — and resilience exist. And she was right; I found a new version of gratefulness I had never physically experienced before and finally learned how to be kind to myself." Part of that healing process meant scrapping an entire solo effort Bates had recorded during his darkest period. Mostly because he wants Big Black Delta to help other people find hope, not encourage a never-ending cycle of negativity and pain. "I can’t stay in one 'genre' because that makes life impossibly boring. I'd rather be honest with myself, and if that can be of service to you, then I'm happy as a pig in shit."

In Jonathan Bates’ decade of developing widescreen ideas in Big Black Delta, one fact has been irrefutable.

“All of us suffer from the same insecurities,” says the Venezuelan singer/multi-instrumentalist. “All of us. Successful, not successful; none of us knows what we’re doing. The real shit is in lowering one’s defenses, so music can flow out freely and imperfectly.”

Weathering the twists and turns of this mortal coil ain’t easy. It’s a constant battle, something you have to work on and respond to regularly without losing sight of what’s really important.

Bates found this out the hard way four years ago, when his father/best friend died and bad news became a daily occurrence — loss as a way of life. “I just cracked,” he explains. “I was engaged to be married, but that relationship ended partially because I was drinking a bottle and a half of Jameson a day. I’m naturally a skinny guy, but I ended up looking like the alien in Mac and Me. Honestly, I just wanted to die for about three years straight.”

The longtime Mellowdrone frontman/M83 collaborator is quick to clarify he’s not kidding. There came a point in the past four years where Bates felt he’d either have to fix his situation or end it. And the only way he was gonna move forward — healthier and happier than he’d ever been — was by giving up drinking entirely, DTs be damned.

“I was chemically dependent on alcohol,” explains Bates. “If I didn’t get lit, I would shake uncontrollably and couldn’t speak correctly. I should have been on Benzos but didn’t have health insurance, so I did it American-style. I later realized my father and his father once had the same problem.”

With a close friend (Cyrus Makarechian of the LA band Black Line) willing to let him detox in a safe, private space, Bates put his creative pursuits on hold and “went to a therapist who helped save my life. She insisted that happiness — not bliss — and resilience exist. And she was right; I found a new version of gratefulness I had never physically experienced before and finally learned how to be kind to myself.”

Part of that healing process meant scrapping an entire solo effort Bates had recorded during his darkest period. Mostly because he wants Big Black Delta to help other people find hope, not encourage a never-ending cycle of negativity and pain.

“I can’t stay in one ‘genre’ because that makes life impossibly boring. I’d rather be honest with myself, and if that can be of service to you, then I’m happy as a pig in shit.”

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Press Clippings

The video is a haunting assemblage of vignettes that mimic found-footage or a homemade piece of film that documents a phantasmal journey to the desert before exploding into a occult ceremony replete with choreography, and giant laughing faces in the sky. The track itself fuses the buoyancy of techno-pop with blurry artifacts and plenty of grime, creating hooks from chaos." -Under The Radar

Contact

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