Divine Fits is a supergroup comprised of three members: Britt Daniel (Spoon), Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade), and Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks). I had the pleasure of briefly interviewing Britt Daniel before the group’s performance at Treasure Island Music Festival this past weekend.
Where does the name Divine Fits come from?
We had a bunch of names of word combinations that we liked, and “divine” was on there because my grandmother used to always say “divine” as one of her favorite adjectives. So we had this big list of names, and deciding on a band name is pretty important because you’re stuck with it — it’s like you’re putting on a suit that you’ll never take off.
We went back and forth for weeks on what the name should be, so I had the idea of making a bunch of phony album covers and putting each potential name on each album cover and seeing which ones looked the best on the most covers. Divine Fits was the one we liked.
You guys released your single “My Love is Real” on vinyl as well as digitally. Are you a collector of vinyl?
I have a lot of vinyl — I was collecting vinyl before I could afford CDs because when CDs first came out, they were super expensive.
What was the process behind the creation of your video release, “Would That Not Be Nice?”
We liked some of the things the director [Brian Butler] had done before, and his method was not to come up with a shot list but to come up with a few ideas and just go there and film things. It started off in the first edit as a party scene -– you wouldn’t even recognize it. It evolved into a very basic performance video.
Where do you find your musical inspiration? Who are some of your musical influences?
From great records by Marvin Gaye, The Rolling Stones, Handsome Furs, Prince, Led Zeppelin, The Cure…
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Do it yourself. Nobody is going to do it for you. That means everything. Don’t expect someone to figure something out for you. When I started out, I thought, “If I only had a label, things would come together,” but really it’s all about what you can make artistically. Sometimes you have to take care of it for a very long time. I’ve been fortunate to have good people helping me for a long time, but for an even longer time, I was doing it myself.
Be sure to pick up your tickets to see Divine Fits at the Fonda Theater on November 4th.
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