Limousines Reveal 'Sexy, Sleazy' Origin of Band Name -- Top 100 Acts at SXSW 2011
Singer-songwriter Eric Victorino and multi-instrumentalist producer Giovanni Giusti, who together make up electro-pop duo the Limousines, might have met in the Bay Area, where they practically lived in one another's backyards. Instead, they wound up connecting online, while Victorino was touring England with another band. The two began collaborating remotely and didn't meet in person until their first session at an Oakland recording studio.
From there, success was almost immediate. With songs on the radio, they played one-off shows in front of thousands of people and label reps crawled over each other to sign them. But the duo chose to self-release its debut then sign with respected indie label Dangerbird Records. Spinner talked with Victorino about dealing with that quick rise to fame, the value in not rushing into a record deal and the "sleazy glamour" of the band's name.
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How did the band form?
i was in a rock band at the time, touring in England. My guitar tech, who had gone to school with Gio, put a CD [Gio's remix of Jay-Z's 'The Black Album' called 'The Bloody Album'] into the van. I just had this immediate change of heart when I heard it. It made me feel like I wanted to be making that kind of music. I e-mailed him and then we were trading song ideas back and forth. It was fun. It wasn't a band; it was just an online project for the longest time. We started by accident, I guess.
He'd send me instrumental ideas, and on my laptop, I'd sing stuff and sometimes throw it up