From Alaska to Portland, DIVIDES’ CJ Marie gave The Daily Ledge an update on what the group is doing.
Chris DesOrmeaux | TDL | June 18, 2015
Talking to CJ, I instantly get a feel that music is her passion. There is no hiding this. There isn’t anything else she wants to be doing. She lives and breathes music. This passion and drive for more is heard in the hard driven lyrics and power hungry vocals. The jaw breaking drums and guitar riffs resonate with whatever room they play in.
CJ and DIVIDES are no distant memory that Anchorage has. They are touring, creating and bettering their craft in a new place, but are “repping” Alaska all the while. They made an impact in the local music scene and left their mark like so many other bands.
As long as I can make just one authentic connection with someone at a show, it’s worth it.
The Daily Ledge: Cj thank you for taking the time to answer some questions. For those that may not have had the honor to see you guys play live in Alaska, can you give me a little bit of a history of Divides?
CJ: Bryan and I met in early 2012 and instantly clicked. We both had these crazy dreams about touring all across the globe and changing the world with our music; and we both wanted to do it with a heavier band. Shortly after we invited Joe, Corey, and our first guitarist Bobby into the band and wrote our first EP. We were really blessed that first year in Alaska – we got to play Zombiefist and so many other cool shows right off the bat. It helped that I worked at KZND at the time and Bryan had been in Kill Tango for so many years, but a lot of it was just luck and positive vibes. After a year and a half playing around Anchorage, we moved to Portland in August 2013. The first 6 months were really hard – everything was up in the air and we all had to find jobs and a permanent place to live. We also didn’t really know anyone in the heavy music scene down here, so getting shows was hard. But things get better with time. We met some incredible people down here and have become a part of this incredibly supportive community, and it’s been really rewarding.
What’s next for you and Divides?
CJ: We have some new music coming out very, very, very, very, very soon. We’ve been sitting on it for a while, like an egg, waiting for it to incubate and come out just right. I’m chomping at the bit to get it out into the world. As soon as that’s out, we’re going to really focus on touring and going southeast for the winter.
Just Released , “Drag The River”. Enjoy
Tell me about your personal music history?
CJ: I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t want to be in a band. My parents sometimes say that I was singing before I was talking. It took me a really long time to go for it, though. I didn’t start playing shows until I was 17. I just really didn’t have the courage. I was terrified of breaking equipment or making a fool of myself. (Continued)