Emerging Artists #13 – Selebrities

November 15, 2010 by  

You could be excused for thinking that Myspace’s place in music is dead, but if it wasn’t for the ailing social network our favourite new band Selebrities would not have got together. Coming from Brooklyn, the band ooze electro cool, with pulsing beats and shimmering synths permeating their music – and no it’s not just a bunch of rehashed New Order songs. Jer and the rest of the Brooklyn band, who are Cascine’s latest signings, talk us through their chance beginnings and answer our usual questions…

Standard first question, how did you all get together, where you all from and why did you decide to make music together?

Jer: I was born in Buffalo and moved to Florida at age 11. I met Maria while attending art school in South Florida around 2004. She started a quarter after me and had just moved to the states from South America. We both had some similar and different tastes in music, but the 80′s era was something we could always 100% agree on.

Around 2006 we started playing music together, which is when early versions of “Time” and “Audition” where created. It started as a side project for fun, recording music was very new for us. Those tracks sat on the computer for almost two years, until we decided to put them on myspace to show friends, and got some pretty good responses from random people as well.

We decided in ’09 to move to New York, where I started working a retail job. Max was one of my co-workers, and was always playing amazing tracks through the speakers. When I found out it was his own music, I thought he’d be great to produce our stuff so I sent him our myspace and crossed my fingers. He loved it, and we reworked everything plus adding a new layer of synth bass and amazing drumbeats. He became the 3rd member an thus Selebrities was born.

How did decide on your sound/direction, and what was behind the decision?

Maria: The three of us have slightly different taste in music. It was absolutely unconscious that the music sounded 80′s new wave/post punk in the beginning. Nevertheless it’s what we love and will continue to make, and get better and better.

Selebrities – 02 When I Look At You by CASCINE

What equipment are you using for recording, and is there any particular reason behind the choice?

Max:  Not a lot, to be honest.  Everything’s produced and recorded in Ableton Live, which makes it extremely easy to incorporate the electronic drums.  Plus, I’ve been using it for so long, it’s just what’s more familiar to me.  We use a couple hardware synths a lot too.  But, the real secret to our sound comes from an effect preset on Jer’s guitar amp.

Where your first show and what was was it like?

Maria: Our first show was a mess. We played at a pub close to Columbia University. The stage was downstairs, there was cat food on the floor, it felt like a weird dungeon. Once we got over our fears of first time performance, we had a blast! Couldn’t have asked for a better first show, people were dancing, it was great.

What’s the most high profile show you’ve done and what was that like?

Jer: Actually, I think our biggest show is coming up Nov.18th at Glasslands, playing with CFCF and Hercules and Love Affair. I’m really into both those groups, it’s really exciting.

How do you get around when you’re touring?

Max: We haven’t toured yet, but we do spend a lot of money on cabs to
shows locally in NYC.

What bands/artists are you into at the moment new or old?

Maria: Golden Glow, Saharan Gazelle Boy, Swallow, Francoise Hardy

Max: Tesla Boy and I’ve been listening to a lot of Naked Eyes recently.

Jer: I just saw Twin Shadow play at MISHKA in Brooklyn a few weeks ago. I had never heard of them but my friend swore by them, and he was right. Amazing stuff.

If you could change one thing about the music industry what would it be?

Maria: I think it’s definitely changed a lot already. To an extent it has benefit with the internet to help music be available quicker. But it has lost a little bit of innocence in the process. It’s a complicated industry and I can’t really pinpoint anything in particular.

What can people expect when they come to your live shows?

Maria: If you want to go back in time to 1986 and dance your ass off! come see us live.

Max: Really good music. And a lot of fog machine.

Jer: You can expect a close replica of our recorded sound, but usually I rip the guitar a little louder. And now with a new electronic drum set Max will be banging out the beats, then switching back to synth bass for some songs. Making it a little more versatile.

If you could get one band to reform who would it be?

Maria: The Desert Wolves

Max: The Unicorns

Jer: It’s weird most bands I love are still around or reuniting, it’s insane.

Final question, what’s coming up next for the band?

Maria: We are playing Pop gun party Nov 18th @ Glasslands. Our new single We’ve Been Foolish is released is Nov 23rd  through Cascine and full length album early 2011.

Thanks!!!

Selebrities @Myspace


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