They realized you have to speak my language to get my attention, which they reference below. Can you tell my readers a little about Pleasure Curses and how you came together, were you in past bands, how did your name come about or what inspired it? Evan and I first met when we were about years old at a summer camp where they teach kids how to play an instrument and then put you in assigned rock bands. We were never actually in a group together but we had mutual friends through that so we would see each other every summer for a few years and grew up alongside one another.
Then I moved to Italy in the middle of high school and eventually to England where I played in a band called Hexed Hands. After that group disbanded, I moved back to the US and caught up with Evan. We were both coming from bass, guitar, drum format bands but still wanting to make music so we turned to working on the computer with samplers and synthesizers to substitute for a lack of other members.
As for the name, it can take on a lot of meanings. Around middle school and early into my high school years, I was in a band called Shapes Not Sounds with some friends I met at the same camp I met Jahn.
We played out for a good while at some great places, but split after a while and I just kind of went inward with music, super secluded and introspective. Then recently, I heard some of the stuff Jahn was doing with his group Hexed Hands and loved it, so I did a remix for him. He was seeing someone that goes to the same university I do, and when he was in town we just started messing around on our computers as both of us had been making electronic music by nature of our situations, but not so much with other people.
We just clicked, I feel like I knew we had to keep doing what we were doing. Who are some of your biggest influences? I listen to newer stuff too but it can overwhelm me. I believe things you hate about music or art can influence your work as well. You could say J Dilla changed my life. Can you tell me about labels you like who you feel are putting out some of the best new music, do you feel like being on a label is important these days?
I like how DFA and WARP records operate and Dischord still has this cohesive sound to their recordings because the artists on their roster often use the same studio.
The business model of selling units especially when they become an intangible product is going to be hard to support for long. Now most big labels are just figureheads with funds to pay for promotion. I love everything Ghostly International has been releasing. What blogs do you enjoy the most, what makes them special? We are working on a self-produced and released EP that we are planning to complete by the end of this month.
We have the problem of having a wealth of material scattered in all directions that we have to put through the meat grinder into a finished work on the other end. Doing things yourself costs less and makes you self-reliant but we could probably do with a third opinion on things.
Can you give me an example of something you consider perfect? Sometimes imperfections are perfect. But I guess chilidogs are pretty close to perfect, I fucking love chilidogs. If I were to vacation in your hell what should I expect to find there? Oh man, probably a bunch of people playing Frisbee golf, being really rude and mean to each other for no reason at all.
Frisbee jokes aside, the latter part really would be my hell. Your hell is an aggressive frolf match? My girlfriend bartends at a hotel that has a female ghost who gets jealous when women are present. This concept of traumatic energy manifesting itself after an event is an interesting subject. I really have never seen a ghost. If you were a ghost who would you haunt? Why the fuck not. Can you describe your most emotionally moving moment involving music? Or, the moment of live music that has had the greatest impact on you?
Getting people involved while playing live is always a thrill. To see an ocean of faces looking back at you and reacting to something you came up with in your bedroom is still a surreal experience for me.
When I was 9 my dad took me to a James Brown concert and I had chills the whole time. Nothing else matters but something that can cause this. In about two clicks of a mouse I can listen to pretty much any music ever recorded in all history.
It really is both. You can sample this, recreate that effect, go for this sound. Have you ever been to a psychic, would you be willing to share that experience if so? If you could choose how the world would end, what would you choose?
People need to worry about shit.