Quick Questions With Challenger Deep

Challenger Deep is an instrumental rock four-piece boy band out of Atlanta, Georgia. The name refers to the deepest known point in the earth’s oceans. Born of a passion for music and a light-hearted camaraderie, they continue to push their creative limits to create music that is both technically interesting and fun to listen to.

Immersive Atlanta had this to say about their recently released single:

“I first heard Challenger Deep’s single “Immersive” and was immediately drawn in by the way the band was able to pair their technical virtuosity with a discerning ear for melody. Sleek and propulsive, the track sprints along with a mix of high-wire daring and effortless grace. It felt fresh and distinctly modern – a welcome start for a band that hopes to make major moves in 2019.”

And Georgia Local Spotlight had this to say:

“Fortunately for any music fans that may be unsure what this style is all about, Challenger Deep‘s new single “Welcome to the Show” offers a fantastic blend of catchy hooks, startling energy, and electrifying technicality. Jumping out at listeners from the drop, “Welcome to the Show” revs up with a flash of frenzied finger-tapped guitar licks and machine gun-style drumming. After the dust quickly settles, Challenger Deep takes off into a minor-key romp full of punctuated stops, howling reverb-laden guitar, and punchy bass lines.”

Drawing on a host of different inspirations, the band’s members incorporate their individual styles cultivated over years of playing into the boundless possibilities that instrumental music has to offer. Stay tuned.

Challenger Deep is:
James LaPierre – Guitar
Jordan Fredrickson – Guitar
Jason Murray – Bass
Grant Wallace – Drums

Quick Questions With Challenger Deep

(Answered by James LaPierre, one of the guitarists of Challenger Deep)

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

Some friends I had in middle school pushed me to start playing initially. We all wanted to start a band, and I took up the role of bass player. Bands like Metallica, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin really pushed us to try our hand at music and helped me to understand what role the bass plays in a piece of music. About a year later I saved up my money and bought a guitar to try my hand at that because of all the crazy stuff I heard people do with it in the music my dad would have on the radio, namely Eddie Van Halen and Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits. Those two guitarists were probably my biggest inspiration for wanting to pick up the instrument.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?

In our current live set, I find my Fulltone OCD to be the most valuable pedal I’ve ever owned. I could probably get by with a different guitar or amp, but as long as I’ve got that thing sandwiched between them both, everything will sound fine. It just seems to give this full-bodied, punchy tone to anything I run through it especially compared to some of the other overdrives I’ve tried. Probably not a coincidence that the company decided to call themselves Fulltone, haha.

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?

So far this year, Periphery’s new album, P4: Hail Stan, has to be my pick. Those dudes are just so good and are always pushing themselves to express their music in more creative ways. When’s the last time you saw someone open up an album with a 16-minute song that’s actually fantastic and engaging the whole way through? Also they brought an old Haunted Shores song into the mix with “Sentient Glow,” so there’s a big nostalgia factor for me there.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

I think probably Rick Graham. Luckily, he’s still alive, so a Skype lesson might not be out of the question! He’s such an incredible player. I found him on Instagram a few years ago while I was browsing around, and my jaw literally dropped when I saw him play. Watching his videos, he seems to have a very intimate knowledge of the instrument and music in general, so I think having a lesson with him would be incredibly valuable. For those that aren’t privy to him, I’d recommend checking out his guest solo on Andy James’ song “Victory.” Buckle up.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?

Practice. It seems so obvious, but it is the only way you will ever improve as a player, a writer, or a performer. Like any other skill, it takes time to develop your chops, and there’s no substitute for putting in the hours. If you’re passionate about playing, pick up your instrument every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Likely, you’ll want to play it for more once you get going, but if you’re not feeling particularly inspired that day, that’s fine too. As long as you’re putting in the time, you will see that time paying dividends, and you’ll be able to watch yourself improve day by day, especially new players.

Give our debut self-titled album a listen on Spotify or Apple Music, and catch us at the Masquerade in Atlanta, GA opening up for Light the Torch and Moon Tooth on July 16th!

Links
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2V6fxzk
Bandcamp: http://bit.ly/challengerdeepbandcamp
Youtube: http://bit.ly/challengerdeepyoutube
Big Cartel: https://challengerdeep.bigcartel.com/
Apple Music: https://apple.co/2Vhmkq5
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChallengerDeepDude/