The Deep Pocket Thieves is comprised of singer-songwriters Jimmy Ayers on keys and slide guitar, and Larea Edwards on vocals and violin. The pair began writing together in 2015. The band includes Emmy award winning Mahlon Hawk on bass and percussion; Seth Bennett on drums and percussion; Kirby Velarde, Taylor Marvin and Special guest Sammy Mayfield on Guitars.
1. Please tell us about your songwriting process for the Deep Pocket Thieves and the recording of your new album?
Jimmy: Some of the song progressions come to me in my sleep. Larea and I get together on start working on each other’s musical thoughts, and a usually a song is born.
Mahlon: I tend to start with a groove, then the melody and words come to me at the same time. Then a catchy bass line to go with the groove, and then a hook. Recording with DPT is fun! Creative! Open minded! Serious fun with a family on a mission!
Seth: Fun! I love the studio and hearing it all come together. Layering all the percussion is fun, yet challenging.
2. Who are some of your biggest influences?
Larea: All of the greats including Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Luther Vandross, The Clark Sisters, Stevie Wonder, and so many more.
Jimmy: Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix and Brian Auger
Mahlon: God, my wife, my musical family, and The Beatles for their songwriting and harmony.
Seth: Dave Lombardo, Nick Mason, Mike D.
3. Is there a hidden meaning behind any of your music?
Jimmy: Yes. Being a cancer survivor, and with all of the conflicts that Larea and I have been through we try to make our music positive.
Larea: Definitely, there are little bits and pieces taken from real life and real experiences. Some of mine, some of Jimmy’s. I lost my husband at 26, and the song “Blue De” has a piece of my soul embedded it.
4. What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite? Why?
Larea: What I love about being an artist is that every gig is an adventure, and I love dealing with crazy things that happen in impromptu songs and all that fun stuff. My least favorite is organizing musicians, but I love to be with them when someone else organizes!
Jimmy: Love songwriting and playing live. Hate loading equipment.
Mahlon: I enjoy taking the opportunity to explore new things, create, learn, observe, play. I call this “Serious Fun”. It is not enjoyable when too much thinking or stress gets in the way of creativity.
Sometimes the fun takes a backseat.
5. If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Jimmy: One of Larea’s lyrics, “You’re not alone, there’s sunlight after the storm.”
Seth: Do what you love.
To learn more about Deep Pocket Thieves, visit their website here!