Brasstronaut Interview: SXSW 2010
band, and we were frustrated trying to come up with a name for ourselves. At times, I've wondered if it was a good choice because of the ska thing, but in the end I've come to accept it. Unique is good.
What are your musical influences?
They are really all over the place -- contemporary rock like Fever Ray, Jens Lekman, Kings of Convenience, Radiohead, Sigur Ros, and then more classical stuff like Steve Reich and Philip Glass. Personally, I've produced a lot of electro music and played in various rock bands. And I was born and raised in Miami and pretty much grew up on hip-hop.
What music do you have in heavy rotation right now?
Recently I've been really into Danish producer Trentemoller, and also Erlend Oye.
You've mentioned a lot of Scandinavian artists. What's the connection there?
This is speaking for me personally, not the band, but I really like a lot of minimalist techno, and the best music in that genre is coming out of Sweden, Germany and Denmark. I run a record label -- we recently signed our good friends Japandroids and a new band called Makeout Videotape -- and I do a lot of administrative work for that. What keeps me going when I'm working long hours on the computer is the bleepy techno. I'm a closet raver. And a sucker for a good dance party.
Any musical guilty pleasures you'd care to share?
Hmm, I'm not sure what you're looking for with that one.
Like something you'd be embarrassed by if we put it on the Internet.
Ha. Well, I can be a sucker for Aqua. "Come on, Barbie!" And 'How Bizarre' by what is it, OMG? [Ed. -- Close! It's OMC.] That's a great song. Oh, and