When I hung out with Ketil Jansen and Ulrik Denizou, the two fellows behind the Norwegian indie electronic band called Lemaitre, they were a bit stressed out. That night, they were the opening act on a big tour and headliner Porter Robinson‘s soundcheck went overtime. (Nothing against Porter. He put on an amazing show that night.) After a rushed soundcheck, Lemaitre and I only had 20 minutes to find a quiet place and chat. Don’t worry, we still managed to get everything done.
Why does a band from Norway have a French name? Which Lemaitre song started with a Jimi Hendrix sample? How do fights between Ketil and Ulrik result in better music? Why do love songs usually suck? What role does German digestif bitter Underberg play during our hang session? Listen to find out all the answers.
Tracks played on the show…
Lemaitre, Singularity EP (2014) “High Tide” (mp3)
Lemaitre, Relativity 3 (2013) EP “Continuum”
Lemaitre, Relativity 1 EP (2012) “Appreciate”
Lemaitre, “Momentum” (internet release) (mp3)
Lemaitre, Singularity EP (2014) “All I Need” (featuring Chuck Inglish)
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Lemaitre and Chet Porter return to Vancouver’s Fortune Sound Club tonight, Thursday, November 17, 2016. See you there!
It’s been a while since we’ve posted about local R&B singer Jay Branks but his latest titled “4 The Love” featuring Justice is quite the Latin flavored jam that’ll surely get your hips swaying, can’t wait to hear more. Stream below.
I woke up Autograf‘s Mikul and Louis from a nap when I met then at the hotel. In fact they asked for another quick 15 minutes of sleep before we chatted.
Chicago indie dance band Autograf is three guys: Mikul Wing, Louis Kha and Jake Carpenter. Autograf started as an art collective modeled after Andy Warhol‘s legendary New York Factory scene. While working on art installations, Autograf made a few bootleg remixes (including 50 Cent, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and the Temptations) to fuel parties at their Future Factory space. These remixes became incredibly popular and soon offical remixes followed which eventually led to Autograf releasing original material.
Louis and Mikul were still groggy and disoriented when I woke them up the second time, but we had a great chat. How did an art collective become a dance act? What does the band mean when they tell each other to “bask like a lizard?” We start with the most important question: If Autograf is three guys, and Louis and Mikul get the two beds in the Autograf hotel room, where does the third man sleep? Listen to our chat.
Tracks played on the show…
1) Autograf, Future Soup EP (2016) “Future Soup” (featuring Patrick Baker)
2) 50 Cent & Lil Kim “Magic Stick” (Autograf bootleg remix)
3) Autograf, Metaphysical single (2015) “Metaphysical” (featuring Janelle Kroll)
4) Marvin Gaye “Grapevine” (Autograf bootleg remix)
5) Autograf “Dream” (Robotaki remix) (mp3)
6) Autograf “Dream” (original) single
7) Autograf, Future Soup EP (2016) “Heartbeat” (mp3)
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Here’s the extended version of my hang session with Autograf so you can hear all the stuff that won’t fit into radio length. Listen!
Trio DiRTY RADiO have had quite the exciting year filled with funky collaborations but their latest “True Love” is an all original dance jam that’ll have you moving, stream or download below.
Coleman Hell (aka the guy who wrote that banjo-sampling “2 heads” song) has released his debut full-length SUMMERLAND. Coleman‘s track “2 Heads” became a monster song after he put it up on Spotify and now he’s got a whole bunch of new songs for his fans.
I hung out with Coleman for a bit right after his soundcheck. (You can hear him catching his breath at the beginning of our chat because he had literally run offstage.)
What weird object from Bjork‘s live show does Coleman want to put in his own show? Which sitcom star does Coleman have a huge crush on? What dark hip hop secret do I drudge up from his past? How does this secret involve Bill Murray? You’ll have to listen to find out!
Atlanta native Adam Alexander aka Demo Taped caught our attention with his first EP Heart, a cohesive 3-track project that stood out from the rest of the music being highlighted in the “ATL”. What left a strong impression from his music is the maturity his topics and sound are covering, coming from an 18 year old who opens up in a way some people will never achieve. His following tracks “Not Enough” and “Game On” were a growth that caught everyone’s attention and highlighted some touchy subjects about depression and dealing with what life throws at you and how you deal with it. We chatted with the young musician a day before his show at the Imperial opening for Wet, check out our brief interview below.
WC: How has it been supporting acts such as Nao & Wet on tour?
DT: Everyone is really nice and i’m having a good time performing, seeing people from different cities. I’ve never toured the states before so this a new experience for me.
WC: So, you’re 18 years old. How did you balance high school with your musical career?
DT: I actually finished it a year earlier than the rest of my peers and i didn’t really have to. Once the music thing started happening I kind of just set my sights on finishing school and had enough time to do this full time.
WC: We loved your first remix for Bridget Mendler, will you be doing anymore?
DT: Thank you, yeah I got a remix that i’ve been working on the road and i’m really excited. That Bridget Mendler remix was really fun to work on and it’s always fun to create something a little bit different for a song.
WC: All your previous work was by yourself then came the collaborations with Karma Kid and RKCB, how did that come about?
DT: I had been in touch with Karma Kid’s management before, I actually got to meet him before; we played a show together when I went to London and that was really cool getting to see him live where he’s from. For RKCB I went out to LA for work a little while ago, we actually went into the studio and finished the track pretty much that day. We finished the main part of the track that day which was pretty cool to get ideas flowing like that.
WC: With that being said, what would be your dream collaboration?
DT: Ohhh man, my dream collaboration would be MF Doom. I think that would be really crazy one and very fun.
WC: What are your thoughts on making/putting music out from such a rap dense scene in Atlanta?
DT: It’s weird sometimes. Atlanta is my hometown, but a lot of the people I talk to that like my music live in other places. It’s cool though. I love rap and I’ll always love Atlanta.
WC: What’s next for Demo Taped?
DT: I’m working on another EP and also on my album, really just trying to experiment as much as possible and putting in as much work as possible to creating a good solid body of work.
Catch Demo Taped tonight at the Imperial opening for NY Pop trio Wet, click here for more info on the event and check out his music below.