Thursday, May 21, 2009

Name the Pet

This girl is a babe and her music is jumpin'. Hanna is from Scandinavia and makes music under the name "Name the Pet". Hear the music here.
Even better watch this video. 

Who is Name the Pet?

NTP: A little brat who discovered that by putting all of your energy into making music and clubbing you can both cure your anxiety and mend your broken heart.

FTR: Tell us a little bit about how the project started.

NTP: I've always been a quite creative person, I was terrible at school and just made stuff all the time instead. As a 15 year old I was scouted for a jazz school and got into singing. Then I moved to London and started clubbing. I guess the project has sort of been ongoing since I was born, it doesn't really matter what kind of music I make, the influences are always quite visible.

FTR: Do you collaborate with other musicians on the music?

NTP: Yes, I rarely produce my own stuff. Sunshine was produced by Anthony Whiting (produced some M.I.A stuff for Arular), he produced a few tracks for the album, I also work with The Sound of Arrows a lot and some other nice people.

FTR: We thought the video for "Get on the Bus" was fantastic. The cinematography, the color schemes, and the editing were really dope. Can you tell us a little bit about the director(s) and what it was like making it?

NTP: The directors are wicked people! One of them is called Fredrik Skogkvist, he's a fashion photographer who've I known for like two years now. I don't know what I can tell you without revealing his video making secrets but I can tell you that it took 7 hours to make, the only break we had was a 20 minute lunch break and that I just a week earlier had removed the cast from my broken arm !

FTR: You have great style. What is your favorite place to pick up new clothes?

NTP: My summer house. Everyone in my family dumps their old shirts and jeans there and for me it's just a treasure. The clothes are perfectly worn in and they're all from like the 90's and just suits me perfectly.

FTR: If space travel was affordable would you go?

NTP: No.

FTR: Will you always live in Stockholm, Sweden or do you plan on relocating?

NTP: I work a lot with London people, and I quite often feel a strong need to move back there. I've also reconsidered Paris and NY... so yeah, I guess I plan on moving, I don't like being in the same town for too long, I get bored easily.

FTR: What are your plans for Name the Pet?

NTP: The states.

FTR: Would Name the Pet come to L.A. for a show?

NTP: Definitely. I've heard you got great icecream over there :)

Monday, May 18, 2009

140 m.p.h. through Paris

On an August morning in 1978, French Filmmaker Claude Lelouch mounted a gyro-stabilized camera to the bumper of a Ferrari 275 GTB and had a friend, A professional Formula 1 racer, drive at breakneck speed through the heart of Paris early in the morning. The film was limited for technical reasons to 10 minutes; the course was from Porte Dauphine, through the Louvre, to the Basilica of Sacre Coeur.

No streets were closed, for Lelouch was unable to obtain a permit.

The driver completed the course in about 9 min, reaching nearly 140 MPH in some stretches. The footage reveals him running red lights, nearly hitting real pedestrians, and driving the wrong way up real one-way streets.

Upon showing the film in public for the first time, Lelouch was arrested. He has never revealed the identity of the driver, and the film went underground...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Black Light Flash Light

Check out our interview with Ben from Black Light Flash Light. He was kind enough to take some time talk to FUTURE. Check out his music here...

FUTURE: Who is Black Light Flash Light?
Ben: Black Light Flash Light is the project of a 19 year old student. Making music is what keeps me going and I can only hope that my music can bring as much joy as making it brings me.

FUTURE: How do you make your music?
Ben: I make everything with a program called Reason, and most of my sampling is done in Pro Tools.

FUTURE: Is the music created live for the audience or is it pre-programmed loops?
Ben: In the future, I hope to be able to play my music live, and add more of a live feel to my tracks. But for now, it is all preprogrammed.

FUTURE: What inspires you? I hear some 80s film and tv influence in your music.
Ben: I get my inspiration from different emotions. It's interesting for me to hear how my music reflects how I feel at different points in time. I'm trying to add more of a heart to my music in the future.

FUTURE: We hope you come to L.A. Do you plan on touring and playing your music for people?
Ben: As of right now, touring would be difficult because of school, but hopefully if all goes well I will be playing a few shows around my area sometime soon.

FUTURE: Do you have any other creative projects outside of music we should know about?
Ben: I recently decided on creating a new project and just finished one of the first tracks today. I'm going to keep working on new tracks, and I'm going to try to get stuff going by the end of the summer. It's a lot different than my current project. It will definitely reach a different audience. I'm not exactly sure how to describe it, so I'll just let it speak for itself when I release it.

FUTURE: Favorite music groups you are into right now...
Ben: Recently I have been listening to a lot of Flying Lotus, Mr. Oizo, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Royksopp, and Deadmau5. My musical taste has definitely been swaying from electroclash scene, and I'm starting to branch out a lot more, and I can only hope that my music begins to reflect that.

FUTURE: What's next for Black Light Flashlight?
Ben: As of right now, I have a remix coming out on vinyl for Streetlife DJ's which should be out by the end of June. The track is entitled "Yo! Jay" and I'm really excited for the release. Also I plan on releasing a 2 track EP by sometime around september if all goes accordingly. After that, I am still unsure of the future of Black Light Flash Light. I guess I will just wait and see how my new project goes, and we will just go from there.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Beat Street

The Asteriods Galaxy Tour

Her name is Mette, her band is The Asteroids Galaxy Tour and they're from Copenhagen, Denmark. FUTURE had a few questions for Mette about her band and when they'll be back in L.A. The interview was done over myspace(weak)... Next time holgraphic conference!

1)Who makes up the band?
Me (Mette) and Lars. We make the music and are the main core of The Asteroids Galaxy Tour. When we play live we bring some good friends from Denmark. They play Sax, Trompet, Drums, Guitar and everyone plays the piano sometimes!! We se it as a kind of Collective, One Big Collage.

2) How long have you been together?
We started recording and hanging out on Lars' small balcony getting the vibe of our galaxy down on sound and visuals about two years ago, the band have been with us for one and a half.

3) What's your favorite place you have played?
We have played so many great places and shitty places!!! As long as we have good food, Ice cold beers and a lot of people having a good time it's the best!!

4) How many albums have you released?
Our first album "Fruit" will be released in september 2009, so that makes it one.

5) What does T.A.G.T. have coming up that you guys are really excited about.
Tour in Europe, Our first time in a big sleeper bus - Yeah, Album release, tour in US again..lot more tour and adventure then holiday he he - reload.

6) Tell us a little bit about the song writing process and your influences.
Mostley Lars writes scetches and then I ad my ideas, we are inspired by many different genres such as Soul, hiphop, jazz, pop, funk... Marvin Gaye, Billie holiday, Beck, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, The Beatles, James Brown...we love horns and a dusty sound.

7) When can we expect T.A.G.T. back in Los Angeles.
Hopefully very soon...we will be back after album release in september deffinately :-), We love LA, Mjalloooo !!

Click here for a link to their myspace.
Thx Mette. You're amazing! See you in Sept.