London's conscious party scene turned out in force for Beats Antique's stomping UK debut at :::Illumination::: last month. We caught up with the West Coast band to ask how they found it, and when they're coming back!
Please introduce yourselves...Sidecar Tommy and David Satori from Beats Antique.
How would you describe your style of music?Our style of music is combinations of old and new, opposites - electronic and gypsy DIY...taking experimental electronic music and wrapping in an orchestra!
Have you ever been to London or the UK before? How did you find it?Have been before, but in this fashion, we are fortunate enough to have a bit of a following of people who have only been able to listen to our music as opposed to seeing us live, so we were able to run around with fans and ultimately have a blast with new friends! Our show was super fun and we can't wait to get back to the wondrous UK!
What's the scene like where you are?Because this is the home of Burningman, there are lots of freaks, parties, fundraisers for Burningman camps, etc, so it has become a prevalent hub for electronic music producers with the likes of Bassnectar, Eskmo, Glitch Mob, to name a few that started here.
What's the craziest gig you've ever played?I would say our first set at Burningman two years ago was bonkers, some say 20,000 people were there, such a crazy opportunity.
What first turned you onto this style of music? Any particular artists or tracks?Amon Tobin put forth some amazing reworks of cinematic orchestral pieces that inspired me as a producer, along with DJ Krush from Japan - he taught me a lot back in the day...I used to ride my bike around New York City with my headphones on listening to what was the beginnings of abstract hip hop...a lot of the same ideas that were sprouting up back then still ring true today - make a sick beat, cut up a melodic sequence, and layer killer bass and atmospheric tones...
Who's inspiring you at the moment?We feel fortunate to have amazing friends as our inspiration! The electronic music scene is very supportive and has so many talented producers that we've been able to get to know. For Example. TIPPER, Bassnectar, Thievery Corporation, Apparat, ESKMO and many others. We also get inspiration from singer songwriters like Fiest, Bon Iver, Yeasayer, Lynx and many more.
Who are you looking out for musically in 2013?LADY GAGA and KATEY PERRY! watch out DAVID BOWIE
For all the tech geeks out there - what kit do you use?Mac tower, Ableton Live, Ableton Push, UAD plugins, Moog little phatty, Moog Slim Phatty, Micro Korg, Roland octapad, Kaosilator, Tama Starclassic drums, Roland vdrums, Akai Midi controllers, iPad, Turntable, Cdj, Battery, Kontact, Maschine, Dave Smith Mopho, Roland Handsonic...etc etc
What's the next project in the pipeline?At the moment we are working on a new album due out in the fall, with a new show to go with it! Very excited about this one!
Where are you most looking forward to playing next?We would love to come back to the UK! There is a lot of music lovers there! Hopefully we will be at some Festivals in 2013. Lets keep our fingers crossed !
Has Zoe taught you how to belly dance yet?It's actually the other way around,we taught Zoe everything she knows!!!
(M.O.M: We're going to get the guys prove that next time they're here!)