Emerging Artists #41 – ABADABAD

October 8, 2012 by  

How did you get together, where you from and why did you decide to make music together?

The band all met while we were students at Berklee College of Music in Boston. All five members are from five different states (Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Alaska, & Tennessee), so our cohesion as a band is something truly American. ABADABAD was pretty easy to piece together because we had all been playing music together in other projects beforehand.

What’s behind the band’s sound and how did you come to it?

The sound of ABADABAD was something that I had been imagining and constructing for the past few years as I was getting more into recording and production. Most of my favorite records that I listen to are from the 60′s and early 70′s, so I spent a lot of time trying to replicate specific sounds I was hearing. A very important part of the process has always been my longtime producer and friend Will Lakritz. We both discovered a lot of the techniques that we used on The Wild while we were working on my first record as a solo artist.

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

The equipment we use in recording is a mixture of newer digital interfaces with older tape machines and amps. For ABADABAD, the songs are built out of demos that I home record. In the mixing process we pass the audio through various chains of old analog gear, often having no idea what the end result will sound like. It’s definitely a labor of love.

Where was the band’s first show and what was it like?

Our first show was at Piano’s in Manhattan with our good friends Radiation City from Portland, OR. We had all played there before with other projects, so we knew what the sound/set-up would be like going into it. The show went well and Rad City is phenomenal live. It was definitely a positive start.

What’s been your favourite gig you’ve played?

My favorite gig was Allston DIY Fest this past July. It felt really good to play to a big crowd in our own neighborhood and there were a lot of great bands playing there with us. It was also the first time I’d ever played a show outside and I immediately feel in love with that feeling.

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

We always aim to go above and beyond our recordings with the live show, so you shouldn’t expect every song to sound exactly like it does online. It’s a good feeling being in a band with a bunch of trained musicians because you can really push songs to the next level and improvise a bit.

Do you have any confirmed plans for an album yet and if so what can we expect?

We are working on a full length to follow up The Wild EP. Since the EP was more of a bedroom feel, the LP will better showcase the sound of us all playing live together.

What’s up next for the band?

I know we’d all love to hit the road soon and meet the people across America and abroad that have reached out to us in the past year. Once we find that perfect balance in between touring and making records, everybody will see the full potential of what we can create as a band. I’m excited for that.


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