Streetlab- 9th IMA Song Used in Film/TV/ Multimedia Nominee
THE INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS
Nominee Spotlight – Song Used in Film/TV
BAND NAME: Streetlab
WEB SITE: http://www.streetlab.net
ARE YOU SIGNED OR SELF-RELEASED? Both
NAME OF LABEL: RCRD LBL/Downtown Records & Del Ctrl Records (self-release)
HOMEBASE/COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: New York City, USA
WHICH MUSIC GENRES BEST DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC? Electronic Rock
ARTISTS ON THIS TRACK: Streetlab
IS IT ALSO ON AN ALBUM – IF SO, WHAT IS THE TITLE? Streetlab (EP) ( http://www.streetlab.net/ep ) and NYSound Remixes (EP) (http://www.streetlab.net/nysound )
WHY DID YOU SELECT THIS TRACK TO SUBMIT TO THE IMAs? The song has a great vibe and great lyrics pertaining to a NYC way of life. It has also been an underground hit in Europe and major city clubs.
WAS THIS TRACK WRITTEN SPECIFICALLY FOR A PROJECT? It was written for our EP, not specifically for TV or games. It was probably one of the last songs we worked on for the EP.
WHICH DIRECTORS DO YOU THINK HAVE THE BEST ‘EAR’? Danger Mouse, Trent Reznor, Justice, Dr. Dre, Alan Moulder and Flood (Mark Ellis).
WHAT UNUSUAL INSTRUMENTS OR TECHNIQUES DID YOU USE ON THIS ALBUM? The vocals came from a long freestyle take of about 10 mins – none of it was planned or written. The final song is an edit of the freestyle we pieced together afterward. We also used a 1974 Octave Cat synthesizer for the main synth line of the song. Ableton Live, a MicroKorg, some softsynths and lots of analog pedals!
DID FANS HELP FUND THIS PROJECT? No this was 100% in-house. However, upon releasing the single, a fan out in California made a fan-music-video for the single.
WHO IS SITTING IN YOUR AUDIENCE: People who like Indie, Rock, and Classic Rock. People who like Electronic /Dance music. People who like an eclectic combo of both.
WHAT MAKES YOUR FANS UNIQUE? We come from a 100% Rock background – so our fans tend to be a mixture of rockers and dancers. We are Electronic music from the Rock angle, so we tend to get respected by more Indie and Rock music fans than normal.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO PLAY? We recently played Paris for Fashion Week 2009 – That was a blast. We also enjoyed playing the Apple Store SoHo (NYC), and Hiro Ballroom in New York City. The CMJ Festival with Chairlift was great fun, as well!
WHAT HAS BEEN THE BAND’S MOST EXCITING MOMENT TO DATE? We recently did a remix of Passion Pit’s “Sleepyhead” for a remix contest – and the label liked the remix so much they decided to officially release it! Besides that, getting flown to Paris for all-expense-paid mini-tour was probably the next exciting moment.
WHAT’S IN THE WORKS FOR 2010? We have an LP’s worth of original music we’re sorting through for releases. There definitely will be more singles followed by a full LP of originals. We are also working on the follow-up to our “Bootleg Remixes Vol. 1” LP
( http://www.streetlab.net/bootlegs ). Also, we’re looking forward to playing the Winter Music Conference, South By Southwest, and plans for a North East college tour!
FINISH THIS SENTENCE: THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IS… Broken! I kid, I kid…The music industry is in a state of desperation and confusion. No one is really sure of an exact path for the future in terms of business. However I look at this as a blessing because it makes me focus on just the music so much more.
WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF SUCCESS? Making music that I feel is relevant and interesting, all while paying my bills.
WHAT’S ON YOUR IPOD THAT WOULD SURPRISE YOUR FANS? Buena Vista Social Club, Hawaiian music, Skinny Puppy and Devendra Banhart. Not sure if those are surprises, but maybe to some. We listen to everything, really.
NAME SOME ARTISTS YOU CHAMPIONING: The Black Keys, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Bob Marley, The Beatles, Nine Inch Nails and Daft Punk.