Let’s be honest, Hong Kong is widely acclaimed for a lot of things, but music is probably not one of them. Maybe that’s why it’s always exciting to see a new local band on the uprise.If you are into live gigs and original creations, you might want to check out this new Hong Kong local underground band: The Diving Ends.
The Diving Ends
Birthdate: June 2016
Genre: A big bag of rocks. Indie, alternative, punk, and pop rock… Depending on the song.
First EP: Quiet Is Everything, 2017
Motto: “All The Diving Ends. All the time. Some of the time.”
Vocals, Guitar – Deryck
Hometown: Niagara Falls, Canada. (Nope he can’t see the waterfall from his house *laughs*), currently resides in Hong Kong.
Occupation: Both student and teacher concurrently
Lead Guitarist, Background Vocals – Elson
Hometown: Hong Kong
Occupation: Journalist at Hong Kong Free Press
Hometown: Hong Kong
Occupation: Full-time staff at a hospital.
What he loves: Listening to songs that tell good stories
Hometown: Hong Kong
Occupation: Ordinary white collar boy who get much inspiration from indie music
What he loves: Bands like the Bloc Party, The Temper Trap, and The Naked and Famous
We had an interview with the lead singer Deryck:
Why is it called The Diving Ends?
We didn’t come up with the band name until much later though. We called ourselves 901 indeed on our first show. (What? Why 901?!) It was just a random number really. We thought it’d be better if nobody would remember who we were as we didn’t want any pressure at that time.
“The Diving Ends” came to me when I was climbing the Himalayan Mountain known as Makalu. I had run out of oxygen and I was having these visions of this ball getting bigger and bigger. Then it hit me.
When did you start playing guitar?
I started playing guitar when I was 10 or 11. My Dad had two guitars in the house so when I was bored I would just pick it up and try to write songs using one string. I never took lessons but eventually, I became a mediocre guitarist somehow.
How did you grow the passion for band and music?
I’ve been writing and recording music since I was 12 or so. I’m a lazy guy with most things, but I get really excited when it comes to music. I don’t know why. A lot of my teenage years were spent in a basement just making up songs, either by myself or with friends. I recorded something like 300 songs during that time. Most sucked or weren’t entirely finished, but I thought they were awesome! So I just kept on writing and recording them.
What’s the most inspiring band to you?
That answer has always been different depending on the stage of life I was in at the time. At 12 it would’ve been Blink 182. At 16 it would’ve been Modest Mouse. I’ll always feel like I’m missing some pivotal bands but some of my biggest influences have been Brand New, The National, Third Eye Blind, Say Anything and Modest Mouse. Can I throw in like another 10 bands? *laughing*
“It’s definitely not easy to keep a band going, it takes strong passion and commitment…”
Do you have your own band room for practice?
We do have a band room, in a San Po Kong industrial building. Our neighbours do woodworking. It’s nice. We’ve got a TV in there for some after practice Fifa competitions, it can get intense.
Any complaints from your girlfriends since you guys are dedicating so much time into the band? *smirk*
We usually practice once a week but sometimes it’s tough to get us all together. Between OT and other engagements, it can be tricky. I think girlfriends have been supportive. At least I haven’t heard any complaints. *laughs*
“If there’s a decent sized crowd and the audience is into it then it’s a great feeling, but I’ve played to no one before too and that can be deflating…”
How often does The Diving End perform live? And what kind of songs do you usually play?
We played four shows last year before we focused on recording the EP. We played at this cool bar called The Port in LKF twice and at the Wanch twice.
We generally only play originals. I’m not against playing covers, but when you have to cut one of your own songs for a cover it makes it tough, especially when you only have time for 5 or 6.
Coming Live Show at The Wanch, 28th September Thursday 10 pm!
When is the next live show? I really want to go and see!
We have a show on September 28th for Shazza Music Showcase #99 at the Wanch. We go on at 10:00pm I believe. It’ll be our first show in almost 6 months so we’re all pretty excited for it. We plan to play a lot more shows now that we have some music out. It’s always tough as a band when you first start playing shows and you have no contacts, so we’re just trying to get out there as much as possible.
The First EP After A Year of Production – This Quiet is Everything
The Meaning Behind “This Quiet Is Everything”
Having time alone in silence can be powerful, whether through self-reflection or meditation. It reflect silences in the presence of other people. Sometimes quiet can say more than talking could. It can be awkward or peaceful or passive or aggressive. It can say a lot.
1 ° West Pine – If there’s a chance of rain and you go outside, and you can see rain clouds, you probably shouldn’t get into a canoe and go out on the lake. Sometimes the risk seems worth it though. Depends on what you hope to find on the other side of the lake, or what you’re running from on your side.
2 ° The Stage – The Stage is really about when I moved to Hong Kong and the challenges that came with that. Leaving everyone back home and starting new. The first eight months I didn’t want to remember the past because it made me feel sad. I didn’t want to see pictures or any evidence of my life in Canada. The good things of the past became terrible reminders of what I didn’t have and there was a possibility that I wouldn’t get it back. Of course, with time you get over that and the end of the song deals with that. It’s a stage of life you go through.
3 ° So You – So You is dealing with much of the same theme as The Stage.
4 ° Tumbleweed – The feeling that you’re drifting through life going wherever the winds take you. It can be liberating, but more often than not it’s terrifying when you feel like you’re not in control. When other people can pull your strings and you realize that you’re not in as stable a position as you thought.