Wednesday, December 24, 2008
continuing in the 'hard halloween '08' interview series, we got one of the 'big fish' for you guys. we got soulwax. enough said.
so when does it slow down for you guys?
david: slow down? i guess next week when we go back home and go into the studio. and june we go back on tour. maybe it will only slow down if one of us has a heart attack. actually stephan will probably have the heart attack first.
i feel like you guys have set the standard as far as live performances go. no one plays remixes live in the capacity that you do. you've set the standard as far as musical production goes. i cant categorize you guys at all. so where do you go next? how do you go even bigger?
find out the rest after the jump
and here is the song that built up so much hype over the past year...
mgmt - kids (soulwax remix)
and a little video of the actual interview....
SOULWAX INTERVIEW @ HARD HALLOWEEN '08 from miss toats on Vimeo.
stephan: we think that the medium of music is a bit overrated and we're gonna bring back the mime. you know mime?
s: well i can't give it away. we have a rock opera which is actually like a rave opera. it's called 'mime machine' where everything is mimed. people think they hear the music, but they don't. but you leave thinking that you've heard a whole opera.
are you lying?
you have so many projects like 2manydjs, radio soulwax, nite versions, the documentary, etc. what else is in the works?
s: its really a stupid answer but we'd rather not say. we have some things in the works and we dont want to give it away and have it not happen.
david: one of them is the rock opera. we're going to do spoken word records. we'll have actors and actresses who read all of our text messages from the last three days. a text opera.
so indulge me a little bit with some info about your production circle. you obviously do alot of work with tiga and erol alkan. who else is in that little circle that we may not know about?
greg (acid girls): just say brodinski's name
d: he's too young. he's like 12 years old. we love him but he's like our kid. he got drunk like the first night of his tour with us for the first time.
greg: ya he said to blame you for getting him drunk. he'd been sober for so long and then *bam*
s: ya right, he came in already drunk. *bullshit*
why was there so much hype built up around your remix of mgmt - kids?
s: i think that we haven't met alot of bands that make very quality albums, but they are one of the few. and we have played alot of their tracks out and we would play the normal version of kids. its a track that everyone sings along with. it's sortof a breath of fresh air with a melody that you can dance to. so i think its the song, we added our special touch, and there's a lack of really good songs out there. i mean, we can blow our own horn, but i think it's because of the original track. it's a little bit like what we did with the gossip track. we played that track before it came out and people would go nuts without even knowing the track.
people were trading their firstborn to get their hands on that remix. they were like 'i will trade you my virginity if i can have the soulwax remix of mgmt - kids.'
d: they should've just called us
s: how do you give away your virginity?
d: on the internet.
people would be like 'i will sleep with you if you can get me that song'. so now you know, for your next marketing strategy...no really, i'm curious about your strategies. like when you took your live full length, reworked it and turned it into 'nite versions', when you decided to play remixes live, etc. those decisions have been very instrumental in the music scene.
s: i don't think it was one person's decision. it was just kindof where we evolved to. it was very organic.
d: it's not something that we think about. we're like 'hey, we should try to play this version live tonite.' it's not something that we sit down and strategically think about.
how much music production do you throw away.
d: maybe 70%.
really? you don't ever think about keeping some of that and making some money off of it? because people will essentially buy anything that has the soulwax name attached to it.
d: we don't really need money. we're good thank you.
so the only time i've ever seen you guys nervous was the time you interviewed prince. who else makes you that nervous?
s: david bowie
d: maybe paul mccartney
have you met either?
s: ya we met bowie, but he didn't make us as nervous. bowie is like a normal person and prince is, um, prince.
so now you know, if you ever want to see the dawaele brothers sweat, just bring mr. purple rain.
Posted by Miss Toats at 10:49 AM