Photo by Lucien Alperstein
The Aussie duo, Collarbones have been making some moves on the web these past weeks, making their rounds in the blogosphere and getting mentioned on Pitchfork’s Forkcast. Travis and Marcus were kind enough to put together an 11 min mix, a deconstructed pastiche of some of their favorite songs at the moment. Imagine combing through the AM/FM frequency that comprises of the formula that equates to the duo’s sonic experiment. Check out a Q&A introduction into the musical masterminds behind, Collarbones.
Download Collarbones “Beaman Park” EP over at collarbones.bandcamp.com
Asian Dan Q&A: Collarbones
1. Who is Collarbones? How would you describe your music?
Collarbones is a front for drug dealing and prostitution. We have fabricated a backstory about being an Australian electronic music duo in order to cover up our cocaine affiliations. Gotta move those bricks. We’re a “trans-state” collaboration because we have to hustle drugs back and forth. Travis Cook’s real name is Reginald Perineum and Marcus Whale’s real name is Hugh Manatee. You have to keep people guessing when you’re a fugitive, you know how it is. We would describe our music as browave with eurodance influences. We are what “sincerity” feels like.
2. What was your first musical memory?
Travis: I remember dancing to Lithium by Nirvana in my bib. I barely learnt how to walk. There’s a video of it somewhere.
Marcus: I don’t know. My latest musical memory is watching Simo Soo and a room of 20 people flailing and screaming to really overdriven beats.
3. What are your influences, musical or otherwise?
Werner Herzog, Soul Glo, sidechain compression, Cole Mohr, eggplant, the way Jaden Smith dances, Andre Leon Talley, Bobb Trimble, Ciara.
4. Can you give a little description of the whole process of producing and writing the track “Beaman Park”? How did that song come about and what were you envisioning with the song?
Marcus wanted to be a diva, and we were listening to a lot of 90s r&b at the time. I suppose we wanted to incorporate those influences while making it sound glitchy and screwed and making it coalesce with the “Collarbones sound”. At the same time, we wanted to try something a little more accessible than our previous single Kill Off The Vowels. You could call it “post-Dilla”, but too many people throw J Dilla’s name around.
5. Who are your top 5 favorite producers?
Onra stands out, especially his track High Hopes with Reggie B. Chinoiseries, the album he created in Vietnam, is also very interesting. James Blake is pretty incredible, we’re very keen on a lot of the wonky/dubstep producers coming out of London. There are too many to mention. Star Slinger’s remix of I Am You by Coolrunnings is impressive, as is his collaboration with Teams. There would be a giant gaping hole in pop music if The Neptunes didn’t exist. Touch by Omarion is an underlooked production of theirs. Moss of Aura makes very summery and highly addictive music. It’s quite euphoric and tropical sounding.
6. What are your top 5 favorite songs that united the Collarbones duo?
This list is quite arbitrary. We should really list the Top 100 Billboard Hits of 1998.
LEN – Steal My Sunshine
Hood – The Lost You
Madvillain – Meat Grinder
Aaliyah – Are You That Somebody?
Deerhunter – Fluorescent Grey
7. Can you give a little description about your deconstructed mash-up mix?
We think this mix is a pretty accurate example of our collective personality. Although, we’re perhaps not quite as schizophrenic.
Travis likes to be irreverent, which is evident in the combination of the gospel blues song Everybody Ought to Pray Sometime and So Much Pussy by Lil B. Marcus likes to impersonate Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors fame and dance to Beyonce.
8. Future plans for Collarbones?
Taking our cocaine empire all over the world and exploring such business ventures as cryogenics, private investigation, robotic engineering, and taxidermy. Any new music we release only exists to distract you from what we’re really doing.