Music Monday: Strange Talk Interview

Somewhere between indie pop and electronic dance music sits the stylings of Melbourne based band Strange Talk who just so happen to be our featured act this lovely Music Monday. We sat down with the multi-talented Gerard Sidhu to chat about the band’s formation and how they met. Get to know more about Strange Talk’s unique live show after the jump. And be sure to check out their new record, “Cast Away.”

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Strange Talk. Photo Credit: All Things Go Music.

AEO:  Did you guys all meet in Australia?

GS:  We all met in Melbourne. Steve, myself and Travis, our drummer, are all from a country town about two hours outside of Melbourne. And Gillian is originally from Tazmania. But everyone, after school, moved to Melbourne and we’ve all been based there for the last six or seven years, I think.

AEO:  Can you tell me a little bit about how Strange Talk was formed?

GS:  So basically, Steve and myself were more of a production duo. So I had a studio and was doing a lot more, kind of, dance tracks and remixes. And Steve and I met out one night while I was DJing at a club. And we just kind of got along at the same pace in music. We started chatting and he is actually a classically trained violinist.

So we got to talking. And I’ve always had a love for strings in an arrangement. So I asked him if he’d come in and record some live strings on a remix I was making. So he came in and we got along really well. And from that point, we just started working together on different projects and that just turned into Strange Talk.

We put out, like, five songs on Facebook, ahem, Myspace [laughs]. And we had a great response from labels that we didn’t expect. And all the sudden they were asking for a live show that we didn’t have. And that’s how we met Trav and Gil.

AEO:  That’s really interesting that it started out as a production duo and then you took it to a live show. What was your strategy there?

GS:  Having produced and mixed all the original music, we knew it inside out. And we knew what we could play live, and what we could put on a backing track. And because of my history with studios, I figured out how to set it all up.

So we just kind of went backwards, everything that we could play live we took out; all lead vocals, guitar, bass, snare, etc all came out. And anything that we can’t humanly play live, just because you know, you need 20 people on stage to do it, we put on a backing track.

AEO:  So what was your first live show like?

GS:  It was a long time ago now.

AEO:  How long ago?

GS:  It would’ve been like five years ago. And we were nervous as anything! I was feeling sick to my stomach, I think we all felt that. But it went really well. We were obviously nervous. We weren’t engaged as much with the crowd like we are now. And we were just focused on a playing a perfect show. And we did. There were no mess-ups.

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Bonus! Coming to an in store playlist near you on September 23rd.  We’ve got an amazing remix of Strange Talk’s “Morning Sun” Dillon Francis.

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Music Monday: Rusted Root

Being that our HQ is located in the black & yellow city of Pittsburgh, we thought we’d show locals, Rusted Root, a little love. So we sat down to chat with the band’s guitarist and lead vocalist, Michael Glabicki to see if he had any juicy backstage stories to tell us. Read on to find out.

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AEO:  Name the one album that truly affected your path in music.

MG:  I would probably say the Beatles St. Peppers.

AEO:  What was your favorite place to play and why?

MG:  It’s a tough call because normally my favorite place to play is the last place we played, ‘cause I always have a really fresh experience. So that’s always what I’m into. But, I would say, the Grassroots festival in upstate New York in Ithaca. Just because it’s a really great community there and the people are truly into the music. It’s a really good time.

AEO:  Where was your first show together and what was it like?

MG:  It was at the Electric Banana in Pittsburgh. And I think we opened up for a high school band. And it was funny because, the guy who owned the Electric Banana – it was pretty much a punk club, a famous punk club for Pittsburgh – and prior to that, I had worked in a music store for about 3 days in high school and Johnny Banana walked in and said, “Keep workin’ on your music, kid. And someday you’ll play the Banana.” And so the first thing that came true in my career was that I got to play the Electric Banana.

It kinda went by really quick because we just kinda played a short set. And I think there was maybe like 3 people there.

AEO:  If you could bring just 3 things on tour, other than your equipment, what would they be?

MG:  Probably a really great pillow, and I haven’t found that yet. And a portable recording rig, because I’m recording all the time. And my family…and my dog.

AEO:  Tell us the craziest or funniest tour bus story to date.

MG:  Most of those I can’t tell.

AEO:  Haha! We can say that you plead the fifth.

MG:  Yeah, let’s do that.

AEO:  Describe a day in your life in 5 words.

MG:  Walking and drifting into the mystical.

AEO:  We love our denim, here. What’s your favorite fit or wash and how do you style them?

MG:  I used to wear these jeans and they were like the most comfortable jeans. But then I wore these black pants over them and they were like loose, free-flowing black pants and you could see the denim out of the bottom. There was a certain way that the black pants were cut that they worked over the jeans. And I don’t know if you guys wanna take that idea and run with it or not. But it was really cool looking with like a denim vest or just a vest.

AEO:  Mountain Dew or Dr. Pepper?

MG:  Dr. Pepper

AEO:  Saturday or Sunday?

MG:  Uuuuh…midnight.

AEO:  Scrambled or fried?

MG:  Fried.

AEO:  Skinny jeans or straight leg?

MG:  Straight leg.

AEO:  We might know the answer to this one already but, Stones or Beatles?

MG:  Beatles…and Stones!

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Music Monday: El Ten Eleven Interview

We called up LA post-rock duo, El Ten Eleven, to chat about Star Wars, cell phones and skinny jeans. Their song “My Only Swerving” was featured in our in-store style videos and our American Beagle Outfitters campaign. Get to know the double neck guitarist, Kristian Dunn, after the jump.

 

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 Kristian and Tim of El Ten Eleven

AEO:  People usually want to know what any artist’s influences are. But we’re going to make you narrow that down to the one album that truly affected your path in music.

Kristian Dunn:  The soundtrack to Star Wars. I’m not joking. That’s one of the most influential records of my life. It still holds up too. I was actually listening to it today because it was Star Wars Day. And it’s just really brilliant. It’s hard to hear it with fresh ears because you’ve heard it so many times before. But even as a film score, it’s really different from all other film scores.

AEO:  Being a musician means traveling to a lot of different cities and playing to a lot of different crowds. Which place was your favorite and why?

KD:  It’s hard to pick one. Austin, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, LA. We just went to Europe for the first time and that was cool because we went to a lot of places that we wouldn’t have really chosen to go like Moscow, Athens, Croatia, Slovenia. So that’s kinda one of the cool things about being in a professional band – you end up going places that you wouldn’t expect.

AEO:  Where was your first show together and what was it like?

KD:  It was at a place called the Whistle Stop in San Diego, it’s a bar. And we were nervous. We didn’t know if we were quite ready. We only played 4 songs. We were opening for, actually, we were opening for ourselves. We were in another band at the time and we were opening for them.

I was pushing us to play. Tim, my drummer, was thinking, “I don’t know if we’re ready for prime time.” There were about 40 or 50 people there or something and they reacted really positively. And that kind of vindicated the feelings I was having that we were onto something that was kinda cool.

AEO:  If you could bring just 3 things on tour, other than your equipment, what would they be?

KD:  Laptop. Phone. Actually, I guess I could live without laptop. Clothing. I was going to say toothbrush but you can get those on the road. Phone is the most indispensible thing. I remember touring – this is how old I am – without cell phones because they didn’t exist at the time.

My main thing is I miss my daughter and my wife and that’s what the phone’s for. I can Facetime with my daughter.

AEO:  At AEO, we love our denim. What’s your favorite fit or wash and how do you style them?

KD:  I like skinny jeans. I don’t like them as skinny as I used to like them. I look back at pictures of me from 2, 3, 4 years ago and those jeans are so freakin’ tight. And I’m like, ohmygod what was I thinking? But I still like the cut – the tapered cut. Right now I’m barefoot, but I just got some high tops that I wear with them and I’m wearing a collared shirt, untucked. But El Ten Eleven is pretty much a t-shirt and jeans kind of band.

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