No Diving thrills with off-centre melodics and stream-of-consciousness lyrics that tumble from captivating frontman Justin’s mouth. Comprised of familiar faces from the Berlin DIY scene, No Diving strikes a confidence that’s as charming as it is brazen.
Bang On Team: Tell us a little about your band.
Justin: I made the first No Diving songs in my bedroom in Los Angeles in 2014, and would return to the project whenever I felt stuck with my solo electronic project, JHS.
The early stuff was Shins-esque, but over time I started writing more proto-punk and post-punk stuff. Now there's a nice mixture. In 2018, I played the first No Diving shows since a one-off in LA in 2016, joined by my friends Lewis, Sally, and Brandon. It’s been a blast.
BOT: Why did you start to make music?
J: Man, if I didn’t make music, I wouldn’t be me. In so many of the home videos of my childhood, I’m running around singing and playing this little toy guitar. And every time I’m in a rut in life, music helps me out.
BOT: What’s been your best moment as an artist so far?
J: Tough to say, but coming to Berlin from Los Angeles and joining Plattenbau for the last two years has been pretty amazing. I’ve gotten to see so many places and meet so many people, and to think it only happened because I saw them play in NYC in early 2016 and stayed in touch.
BOT: Who are three bands everyone should listen to right now?
J: Kero Kero Bonito, Mid-Air Thief, Palm.
BOT: How do you prepare for a gig?
J: A spicy hot fischsuppe from the Dong Xuan center and singing along to ‘I Wanna Rock’ by Twisted Sister.
BOT: What can people look forward to about your set?
J: Big hooks, big time energy.
BOT: Finish the sentence. If I wasn’t making music I would…
J: Probably be off in the middle of nowhere enjoying nature.
Catch No Diving at this Friday’s Clash Symbols #15 with Soft Crystals and She Owl.