Big Black Delta

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Big Black Delta
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Electronic rock, electro-rock, synthrock, synthpop,[1] industrial rock, post-industrial, electro, space rock
Years active 2010–present
Labels Independent
Associated acts SONOIO
Mellowdrone
M83
Website Bigblackdelta.com
Members Jonathan Bates

Big Black Delta is a solo project of Mellowdrone vocalist/bassist Jonathan Bates.

Bates began the project in 2010 after becoming frustrated with the logistics of a band.[2] Thanks to help from Alessandro Cortini, of Nine Inch Nails, he discovered the possibilities of producing music on a laptop and quickly set about building a new sound.[3]

In 2013, Bates released his self-titled debut album, Big Black Delta. The album contained a mixture of fresh material and songs released on BBDLP1.[4] The album was released on Bates' own label, Masters of Bates, and was inspired by the soundtracks of Blade Runner and Solaris.[5] It was positively received by critics and was compared by one reviewer to music from Muse and The Joy Formidable.[6][7] Remixes of songs from the album have since come from Jimmy Edgar, John Tejada, Azari & III and Martyn.[8] The video for "Side of the Road" was directed by award-winning director Warren Kommers and was inspired by Bates' love of astrophysics and astronomy.[9][10]

Big Black Delta has collaborated with a number of other artists such as War Widow, Alessandro Cortini, Susanne Sundfør, Morgan Kibby, and Poison The Well drummer Chris Hornbrook, acting as touring drummer. He has received praise from Jay-Z on his blog, Life+Times, and played in support of Gary Numan, M83 and Jane's Addiction on their tours.[11][12]

Big Black Delta's latest album, Tragame Tierra, was released on PledgeMusic in April 2016. The first single, "RCVR," (released in October 2015) features vocals from Debbie Gibson.[13]

Discography[edit]

Albums
EPs
  • 2010: BBDEP1
  • 2013: EP2.5A7
Singles
  • 2010: "He's A Whore" (w/ War Widow) - a cover of the song by Cheap Trick
  • 2011: "Huggin & Kissin"
  • 2012: "IFUCKINGLOVEYOU"
  • 2013: "Side of the Road"
  • 2015: "RCVR (feat. Debbie Gibson)"
Music videos
  • 2010: "IFUCKINGLOVEYOU" [14]
  • 2011: "Betamax" [15]
  • 2013: "Side of the Road" [16]
  • 2013: "x22 [17]
  • 2013: "Money Rain Down" [18]
  • 2013: "Love You This Summer" [19]
Remixes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tags". Last.fm. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Interview: Big Black Delta Coming to Church". Allston Pudding. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Randall, Brent (14 April 2013). "Meet The Band Jay-Z Is A Big Fan Of - Big Black Delta". Husk Magazine. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Davis, Hays (18 October 2013). "Big Black Delta - Home in His Hand". Under The Radar. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  5. ^ Tangeras, Ida Marie (12 September 2013). "Interview: Big Black Delta – I’ve come close to death". NBHAP. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "Metacritic - Big Black Delta". Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  7. ^ Ashton-Smith, Alan (16 April 2013). [Album Review - Big Black Delta "http://www.musicomh.com/reviews/albums/big-black-delta-big-black-delta"] Check |url= value (help). Music OMH. Retrieved 24 September 2015.  External link in |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Big Black Delta Bonus Disc". Discogs. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "CLIO 2015 Awards". Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  10. ^ Tangeras, Ida Marie (12 September 2013). "Interview: Big Black Delta – I’ve come close to death". NBHAP. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "Life+Times Premiere: Big Black Delta". Life+Times. 21 August 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  12. ^ "Big Black Delta - Tour Details". Songkick. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  13. ^ "Big Black Delta - 'Tragame Tierra' on PledgeMusic". PledgeMusic. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  14. ^ "IFUCKINGLOVEYOU". YouTube. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "Betamax - Official Video". YouTube. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  16. ^ "Big Black Delta - Side Of The Road (Official Music Video)". YouTube. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "Big Black Delta - X22". YouTube. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  18. ^ "Big Black Delta - Money Rain Down (Official Music Video)". YouTube. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  19. ^ "Big Black Delta - Love You This Summer". YouTube. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 

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