Melbourne’s Degrees of Separation’s have just put out their latest offering ‘Losing my mind’, once again showing off their unique fusion of alternative, metal, and rock sounds. Tomatrax caught up with Markus Saastamoinen, the band’s lead singer, to ask a few questions.

How did the band form?

Beau our drummer & I came together in mid 2007 and have been writing & performing as Degrees ever since.  After some line-up changes, we now have Glenn Treasure on Bass Guitar & David Jones on Lead Guitar & Backing Vocals.

Where did the name Degrees of Separation come from?

I wrote a song in 2005 called “Degrees of Separation”, so when it came time to put a name to this band, I thought what better name to capture how closely connected we are as people on this planet, these days!  We are just a click away from connecting with someone on the other side of the world!

You’ve just released your latest single, how does it feel to have it out?

We are super stoked & proud of the song & the video!  It’s been a lot of hard work in not only writing & recording the song, but also coming up with the video concept, shooting & putting it out there for everyone to digest!

 What was the inspiration behind the video for ‘Losing my mind’?

 We came up with the concept in total collaboration with our video guy, Ian Ritter.  The song & the video is about someone who used to have it all, but by way of life & poor choices, have nothing left.  They literally have lost their mind trying to understand how everything slipped away!

Are there any plans for an EP or LP release this year?

We’re planning on releasing a further 3 singles this year, as well as combining all 4 on an EP (with a bonus track or 2) at the end of the year.  Next year we’ll being working on a full length album, I think.

Your music mixes elements of metal, alternative rock, and 80s rock, is it hard to get the elements to work together?

We’ve never wanted restricted how our songs sound…it’s really just a reflection of all of our influences.  We write what we would like to hear, we write about topics that are real to us & hope that people can relate to them, as well as enjoying them enough to buy them, haha!

You previously played alongside Shannon Noll, what was that like?

That was a trip!  More so for the fact that as the local opening act, we would have normally expected the room to be somewhat empty.  But as soon as we walked on stage, the room was packed!  That’s when you know you’re alive…trying to please the headliner’s fans who are just waiting for you to get off stage, haha!  I think we won a few Nollsie fans over!

Do you ever listen to your own music?

I’m not ashamed to say that yes I do!  I like what we write, as it’s the kind of music I would like to hear, so why not listen to it?  I’m so proud of what we have written & recorded, so I’m not too cool or too jaded to not listen to my own music.

What other music do you listen to?

Mainly harder rock, but I like to listen to good songs, irrespective of what genre they are.  A good song is a good song!  I do also from time to time like to listen to some Mozart!

Now that your latest single is out what do you plan on doing next?

We will continue to write new songs, book some shows, as well as starting to plan for our next single release.  Brainstorm some video ideas, as well as other visuals!

Check out Degrees of Separation’s Facebook page to find out more!

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