Emerging Artists #8 – Young Empires

August 1, 2010 by  

As regular readers have come to know, our Emerging Artists section is where we introduce you to a new band currently stuck on repeat on Addict Music’s play-list. Up next is Young Empires. The Toronto trio are another band currently blending the finer points of electro and indie to devastating effect. As usual we let the band introduce themselves…

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

YE: We’ve each been in bands since grade school- we met through mutual friends in the Toronto music scene.

How long did it take you to decide on your sound/direction, and how did you come to the
decision?

YE: Our sound was never really a decision. We came together respecting eachother’s taste in music and wanting to make new songs of our own.

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

YE: For now, we use Ableton Live 8- we also DJ on the side, so all 3 of us are proficient with the software and that really expedites the demoing workflow.

Where was your first show and what was it like?

YE: We supported We Have Band as they came through Toronto. When we got the offer, we’d just been jamming under a month & we had less than 10 minutes of material ready. We wrote the other 20 minutes in a span of two weeks.

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

YE: Supporting Sleighbells in Toronto just as everyone starting raving about them. The club was sold out & people were standing on chairs just to get a glimpse of the small stage. We were well received by the copious amounts of industry sharks.

So what’s your average day at the moment?

YE: GTL (If anyone can explain, much appreciated – Ed)

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

YE: Rid us of the bullshitters please- this business is full of them.

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

YE: Fela Kuti, DJ Slava, Dark Mean, Azari & III

Last gig you went to and what was it like?

YE: White Heat @ Madame JoJo’s- It was essentially a showcase for the UK industry we’ve been corresponding with over the last couple of months. The venue was incredibly sexy, but the A&R, managers, press, etc. apparently don’t think dancing is fun… at least not while they’re “at work”.

What would you like to happen for the band in 2010?

YE: Dolla Dollar bills y’all.

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

YE: Sweaty rhythm & sexual swagger.

If you could get one band to reform who would it be?
YE: NWA (Hell Yeah – Ed)

What’s coming up next for the band?
YE: Fame, fortune, & stunning good looks.

Young Empires @ Myspace

Young Empires – WHITE DOVES (in studio) from Young Empires on Vimeo.


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