Posts Tagged ‘House’
We posted Too Many Zooz new EP Fanimals back in September and now we’ve got them hitting up Vancouver at Fortune Sound Club tomorrow October 17th for an early show, they’ll be supported by Kutapira & DJ Evo. The band has been on a steady rise since going viral on youtube for their performances in New York’s subway stations also having released two projects this year it seems they aren’t stopping anytime soon. With all of the electronic influences in music nowadays this band is a refreshing take on music and what they like to call themselves “Brasshouse”. We got to ask the group questions about how they got together, NY’s club scene and everything in betweem, check it out below!
I (Matt) met Leo at the Manhattan School of music. Leo and Dave met in the Subway playing with a band called the Drumadics. We formed as a band in the subway.
2. With an all instrumental band, how do the songs come about?
The writing process is funny for us… sometimes we’re just playing and something sounds good and we run with it. Some of the compositions are written by myself (Matt) and/or Leo. We don’t really have a set process.
3. The groups fan base has grown quickly after your youtube video went viral, how/why did the NY club scene not take you in at first?
To be honest with you, the NY club scene has taken us in with open arms. Playing in the subway is a choice for us, not a necessity. The thing that people don’t realize, is that typically, club owners aren’t treating musicians correctly. They have the power of choosing and hiring bands, and they’re aware of it. NYC is a cut throat environment man.. hungry cats are gonna take shitty offers for ‘exposure’ or just because it’s a gig in NY. Why would we go play a 30 minute set, with 4 other bands for no money? We can go in the subway, and get 10x more exposure than any club can offer us. We’re in a position where we can choose what clubs we want to play and which ones we don’t, and clubs hate that. And because of that, only the serious clubs come at us with actual, good offers.
4. Who’s idea was it to play the subway stations? What did you gain from this?
Dave had been playing in the subway for years before he met Leo. Then they played in the Drumadics together for 2 years or so. It was more of a grandfathering in. There’s a lot of benefits to playing in the subway. It’s a creative environment where you’re allowed to constantly try new things, edit older stuff, and get an accurate representation of what people like and don’t like. Because there’s no stage, it’s easy to read the audience. It’s also the most exposure you’ll ever receive. People from all over the world, and new yorkers constantly shuffling in and out. On top of that, you make your own hours.
5. Can you explain the self proclaimed “Brass House” sound?
Brasshouse is a genre, yes, but it’s more than that. It’s a style of playing… a mindset almost. A way of approaching music. Brasshouse is something that we’re still in the midst of creating. It involves a community of musicians and artists that we love, and the work that goes along with it. Needless to say, it is a bit of a mystery but rest assured, Brasshouse is very much on it’s way to reaching full form.
6. From our understanding the band has been together for under a year and you already have two projects out and are touring, how is the group adjusting to the changes?
It’s been a crazy year, man… So much has happened. For us, we try not to over think anything. That’s something that fucks with bands that work, ya know? We’re just trying to continually record and perform wholesome music and have fun doing it. It can be hard to keep up with the online presence. At the moment, we’re not signed with a label or manager… This makes for a lot of emailing and calling people haha.
7. With all the electronic influence in music nowadays, how do you feel being an all instrumental band?
Being an all instrumental group is liberating. People sometimes look confused when they first look at us. It’s pretty cool to be a part of something that’s completely new and different, and yet being proven daily to be something that people like and continue to support.
8.What are your influences?
I always have a hard time answering this question. It’s like, I can be heavily influenced by a musician, and you would never hear that in our music. Influences influence the musical decisions you make and the way you make them, NOT the music that stems from it. Also understand that our influences are not exclusively musical. We’re influenced by NYC, food, women, world events, dance, film, and so many other things.
9.What artist could you always fall back on?
Leo: Kanye West
Matt: J Dilla
10. What’s next for Too Many Zooz?
We got a lot coming up. Heading out to cali for some shows and meetings and whatnot… Then we out to France for the transmusicales and then Turkey for some more shows. We also have really big plans for our album release next year. GET HYPE!!!!!!
Big thanks to Too Many Zooz for their time, cheers boys!
Come get crazy with Too Many Zooz Oct 17th at Fortune Sound Club, get tickets at Zulu, Red Cat, Highlife or online here. Purchased tickets will allow you access to Happy Ending Fridays at Fortune this weekend featuring Salva, more info on that event here. Stream or buy their new album below!
Posted by @Hernandizzle
If you are looking for what to do on Halloween Cherchez La Femme & Timbre have something special lined up having her second Dreamcast event once again at the Auto Forms space which we might add was an amazing event. This time around and especially for Halloween she got most of the Body High crew including DJ Dodger Stadium (Samo Sound Boy & Jerome LOL), Myrryrs and Joaquin Bartra. Body High is based out of LA and started by Samo Sound and Jerome, the label focuses on underground club music that pushes the limits while still sticking to the roots of the club scene and vibe America originally had. Dreamcast will be pushing what everyone’s expectations of a show or club vibe might be like, this new series will be focusing on contemporary and visual artists, highlighting their creative moments. One half of the event will be feature a dance party element and visual installations while the other half will be more of a chill interactive environment featuring a Sega Dreamcast Relax Lounge. We at Winnie Cooper highly suggest making this the event or plan for your Halloween festivities, first 100 tickets are starting at 15$ and will only be rising as we get closer to the event. Tickets are available at Red Cat, Zulu, Highlife, Beatstreet or online here and for a short period of time there is deal where you get pay 30$ for all three events in October that Cherchez is having including Dreamtcast Jack, Dreamcast 2.0 & Main Course, check that out here. If you’re feeling lucky we’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to two lucky individuals announcing the winners a day before the show and all you’ve gotta do is email firstname.lastname@example.org and put “BODY HIGH” on the subject line! Check out more info on the event and happy Halloween from Winnie!
Posted by @Hernandizzle
The independent label Flow-Fi have been putting out a lot of good music lately with new artists pushing the limits on different styles and sounds. Flow-Fi co-founder Aywy and Sh?m who is also on the label teamed up for a great edit to Craig David’s first single “All The Way” from his 2005 album The Story Goes…. These two take the originally R&B track into a more danceable and club vibe with some great production and a nice modern take on a great song. Stream or download above.
New Pat Lok remix for New York-via-Istanbul songstress Sirma on the mid-tempo house tip.
Birmingham’s Low Steppa is one of the staple figures of the resurgent UK bass/garage sound that is so ubiquitous right now. Today he dropped Sometimes, a piano-laden two step groove with a classic soul diva sample. Cop it for free and get to struttin.
Check out a new house mix from Vancouver’s Sam Demoe, a recreation of his recent Bass Coast set.
posted by @tristanorchard
It’s that time of the year again, when copious amounts of booze and excess exposure to the sun make catching the feels a weekly activity. Fortunately for us, Alex (from Killing Time) has a new jam that will make your emotional hangovers bearable, and maybe even enjoyable. So send your current boo the purple heart emoji and remember that somewhere out there, Drake has it 10x worse.
Posted by @Clarkbs who currently has the feels