"Let me rediscover you" are the words that Canadian born band DOWNHERE
sing not only in their current single "Let Me Rediscover You" but also within their prayers.
With many years in ministry and being in church, one may be tempted to wonder if there's anything new to learn about God.
BREATHEcast recently interviewed one of DOWNHERE'S
two leader singers, Marc Martel about this subject, the upcoming album, and more.
BREATHEcast: “Let Me Rediscover You” speaks of knowing God in a new way and being in a fresh place in God. How did this song come about?
"Rediscover" is currently my prayer. I think it's something all believers can identify with. I grew up in the Church, a pastor's kid. So getting comfortable with thinking I know all I need to know about God is a trap I sometimes fall into. That said, this prayer was written not exclusively for believers. We all approach God with our preconceived notions, as pure and as humble as our intentions may be. This is a prayer of humility in seeking the true God and expectation that He will continue to reveal himself in our lives more every day.
BREATHEcast: What encouraging words can you offer to those who have fallen into a stale place in their relationship and are in need of a fresh rediscovery of God?
Well, the good news of the Gospel is that God is the instigator of our relationship with Him, and not the other way around. He has sought me out and chosen me. Staleness in our relationship will happen from time to time because one of the people in this relationship is a sinful human being. So that's normal and expected. I know that when I've reached that complacent place with God, it's not too long before I notice a deep longing in me where I really miss Him, and the newness I once felt with Him. That alone is proof to me that I belong to Him, and when I'm not spending time with Him, things are just not right. His Spirit is always calling out to his children, inviting us into the amazing journey that is life with Him. I would encourage those people to listen to that longing and not let it die out.
BREATHEcast: Tell us about the album. What sets this one apart from the others? Is there an underlining theme?
On The Altar Of Love
(OTAOL) is musically a continuation of the last two albums. Thematically it follows "Ending Is Beginning" perfectly. That was an album about coming to the end of yourself and finding that God meets you at that very place. The new album picks up where we left off. Sort of saying, "So I've come to end of myself… now what?" This is our most joyful record to date. We've stayed away from any sort of finger pointing and gone back to the basics of our faith. OTAOL is full of songs that explore the newness and freshness in realizing that knowing God changes everything.
BREATHEcast: It was mentioned in one of your blogs a while back, that there have been five kids added to your families since your last album. With touring and the demands of the industry, how do you all balance family life?
I remember when we were first starting out having a meeting where we promised each other that family would always come before DOWNHERE
. I think keeping to that promise has been one of the main reasons why we've been able to stay together for so long. We have some pretty strict and fine-tuned guidelines for touring and balancing home and away time. There has been plenty of trial and error there, and it's still not always easy, but I think we have as healthy of a balance as any hard-working touring band can have.
BREATHEcast: You have had numerous releases now. What’s the most helpful advice that you can offer new bands that are just starting out?
Make sure you like each other -- you're going to be getting real cozy. (And yes, we do like each other.) Make sure that you all agree on why you're doing it in the first place. Hint: some reasons are better than others! That would be the main thing. Another lesser piece of advice I've been learning lately is to remain a music fan. This is so important for your creativity and growth as an artist. A tendency as a professional musician is to just want to turn off all the music in your life besides your own, either because your ears are tired, or from believing that you're never going to hear anything that sounds new to you again.
BREATHEcast: What’s your favorite song on the album, the one that you find yourself connecting with most?
I'm sure it will change, but right now it's "Let Me Rediscover You". Not only is it one of my favorite songs I've written, it's just an effortless one to perform. It rings true with my spirit, and is exactly what I want to pray so often. It translates really well in a live setting too. I love getting the audience to sing along on the third chorus, and by the time we get there it just feels like they want to join in.
BREATHEcast:Finally, you guys are touring with Aaron Shust and Jason Gray this fall. What do you do to prepare spiritually for a tour?
Our spiritual prep for a tour is an on-going thing throughout, since we're almost always touring, just with different artists. Most of the time we have a set time during the day around dinner time where we all get together and go over the night and pray for specific things concerning the town/church we're in, or the people in the crowd, or personal issues and struggles within the touring group. With Jason and Aaron, I know it will be an especially memorable tour because we're already good friends with all those guys, their bands included. We really feel like brothers. We all resonate with each other on a ministry level, which I hope will be an obvious thing for the audience to see.
newest album On The Alter Of Love
is available for pre-order now and will be released on August 23rd.
Click to watch Downhere's "Let Me Rediscover You"