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Still working on some pieces for the summer. Hope to have something wrapped up with Donald Glover soon.
The Movielife are a band that will forever have their own impression on this part of the music scene, and they will be reuniting for at least one day this weekend. Evan Baken, the drummer for The Movielife, was kind enough to do a great interview with PropertyOfZack to talk about the band. Evan and I discussed what finally got the band to reunite, general excitement for the show, the possibility of playing more shows, and more! Read up and enjoy!
It’s been eight years since The Movielife have played a show, and you’re two days away from changing that. How have the past few months since the announcement went live been for you in terms of general excitement?
It’s been good. We haven’t really been hanging out all that much up until this point, so it’s been good to hang out and spend time with the guys to get caught up on our lives and all that crap, and you know, to play, which is what we used to do all the time. It was relatively easy once we got together to do all that. That was good. No hiccups.
Fans obviously have been begging for a reunion since the day you broke up, but did it surprise you how overwhelmingly positive the feedback was?
At this point, yeah cause it’s been so long. I understand when like there are certain things that happen and people get reminded of us. We had an AP article come out a few years ago, and I figured well that makes sense that people are asking about it because we just had something released. After that we’ve basically gone completely off of the radar and have not done anything. It’s pretty surprising.
Anonymous asked: how do you get to interview these people?
a combination of the both?
I like to think that I write very specifically worded emails to very specifically chosen people. I understand my spot at the moment and am very direct and to the point with broadcasting my intentions for these. I am simply building my portfolio and writing anywhere that will be published.
Interview with Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman, and Mia Farrows sister, Prudence Bruns, AKA the inspiration for Dear Prudence by the Beatles
It is my opinion that Hip/Hop is a genre where new ideas and methods aren’t easily found. When an artist comes around that isn’t necessarily trying to “change the game” but more so is truly exciting by making the music that he wants to hear, that is when it gets exciting. Whether success or fame follows is up to the listener, success and fame are two things that I am certain will continue to follow Brooklyn’s Theophilus London. This is a rough edit so pause a second with the grammar, enjoy.
1. Very simply, who are you and why are you making music?
Im Theophilus London. I make music because it is a healthy decision that I chose in high school. I make music because it heals myself and I’ve gotten through a lot making music and coming up with new stuff.
2. Last week you played Letterman, can you tell me a little about that? Where you happy how everything came out?
It was great man, it was exciting, good to be on such a big stage, guys like James Brown and Michael Jackson played that stage, some of my all time favorites. I was totally stoked.
3. Sara Quinn of Tegan and Sara fame plays on your new E.P “Lovers Holiday” how did that all come together? How did the song she appears on “Why Even Try” come together?
She is on my label so I knew her from that, we became friends, I go to see her shows, I really wanted her to be on my record. I wanted a couple girls to be on my record and I called her up and she was into it.
One night we were playing an art school college last year, and some girl kept dancing on the stage, and my security kept telling her to get off the stage and she wouldn’t. And my guy said to her “you think you’re special, you’re probably not bitch.” She cried. I heard about that and I wanted to write a song about it. I wanted to write a negative love song. Michael Jackson has “Billie Jean” and its an amazing song. In that song he is telling all the girls that the kid isn’t him, its an amazing love song, its negative but you can dance to it, and I wanted to do that with “Why Even Try.” We have amazing people on it, Sara is on that, my friend Ariel produced it, and we even have Diplo scratching at the end. It is a fun record man. I wrote the whole EP in Los Angeles, its got that summery vibe that people are always looking for. That LA vibe.
4. Is it difficult recording with someone who plays music in a totally different genre? How was laying that song down?
Music is a universal language man, its not broken up with genres, she got it, she loved it. I want everyone to be personally involved with the music, I like to do the collab, it came together really easily.
5. I’ve heard you say before that going forward you wanted to focus more on song composition and less on rhyming. For the next album was there any move to really go forward with that?
The next record is actually done, its an eleven song album, I’m mastering right now, a lot of good thought out records, a lot of amazing concepts, I have been taking singing lessons so my singing is definitely improving, and I am working with a lot of great musicians on those amazing concepts.
6. How would you describe your music to someone that hasn’t given you the chance before?
I’m a songwriter first. I am trying to write popular music, I AM writing popular music. Certainly a lot of electronic elements, a lot of fantasy, a lot stories thriving off the love theme whether its negative or positive. I guess it is very raw, people like to say “genre blending.”
7. This is your first time playing DC, for a new city what do you want to hear people saying when you leave the stage?
I want to hear they had a really good time, I am coming here playing the songs that they have been supporting and listening too. I am happy that we sold out tonight, its my first time here and it is a gorgeous way to start out the night. My birthday is tomorrow, its a gorgeous way to start my birthday.
8. I know you are big on Twitter, how important do you think it is for an artist to connect with his fans like that?
Oh its great! My fans are refreshing their pages every second, I wish that I could have talked to my favorite artists growing up, bored in class waiting to get out of school. Talking to an artist and having them get back to you, its real rad man.
9. I write for a college paper, what would be the best advice you can offer someone in college that doesn’t know what they want to do yet?
You gotta figure out. Maybe get a girlfriend, she could inspire you to do something. Find something that inspires you. Put yourself around really amazing people and good situations will follow. Good memories will happen. For the guys, making them laugh is cool, I am one to make a girl laugh.
10. What is in front of you on your bucket list?
A lot of stuff. I am designing my own shoes right now. Five years from now I want to design museums, I want to curate great art in great halls. I want to still be involved in music, making a lot of albums, collaborating with great artists.
11. Hip Hop is a really light term these days. You are hip/hop, Kanye is hip/hop, Odd Future is hip/hop. Is there a running element with all that?
Hip/hop is in all these records. It has really evolved, anything that hasn’t evolved should just be over and hip/hop HAS evolved. The guys you just named have their own unique take on it, but it has got to keep evolving. Everybody is such a huge character today, it is amazing to be in this era right now, huge characters everywhere, producing good shit always. It is fun.
12. What do you think is it about your songs that connects to people that may not be big into hip/hop?
I just focus on the songwriting, I don’t focus on how many bars I can spit, I don’t try and be the best rapper in the world. I try and compete with myself with every song I write. There are songs I scrap that you will never hear and there are reasons for that. There are different levels of being a songwriter and I think I am climbing up those steps.
13. One question I ask everyone I talk to is this. Plato has a theory that once an artist creates something he loses right to it. That once it is out there for consumption for people to interpret he no longer owns that song, do you agree?
Oh yeah man. I totally agree that is exactly it. I’m never mad if that happens. I do agree that once you let it out its out. I just finished the second record but some of those songs I haven’t touched in months and already to me, they have changed. It’s like giving your baby away for someone else to take care of. I never get mad at though, I never get mad at critics. If you don’t like this next one its my job to work on the next one. I’m not gonna tell em “fuck you!” If you don’t like it I am going to keep working hard and maybe you will like the next one. That is my approach, people have to grow. I know people that hated my first mix tape and now they fucking love it and play it for their dads. I wasn’t mad at them because they didn’t get it, but they grew with it and now they love it. It’s all about growing. The new record drops in May so all of that will come together soon, look out for it!
I had the chance to ask Vinnie Caruana a few questions about his career and the much debated future of his current band I Am The Avalanche. Let me know if I made any huge grammar mistakes. I am also trying to fix some bugs with my layout so if the text appears a little funny, I am working on it.
1 . How does it feel being apart of something looked so highly upon (The Movielife) , when you are barely beyond your thirtieth birthday? Were those years, those shows, as awesome as everyone says they were?
I think it’s great that the Movielife means that much to people. You only live once, and you have got to make your mark; a good mark. I Am The Avalanche is about to record my favorite punk record of 2011. Gonna leave lots of marks on the planet.
(The shows had) Lots of young energy and sincerity. That will always be the way i do it.
2. Who came up with the idea for the Lennon infused video for Jamestown?
That was danny’s(Navetta) idea. He’s all about film and production. That company who did the video was sick. They had worked on “Six Feet Under”(HBO) and we convinced them to make their first music video.
3. Were the rest of the Movielife guys supportive of your shows with Set Your Goals?
It probably bugged them a bit….we cool.
4. What was the initial response like in Europe when Avalanche played their first shows?
Kids were stoked. We played our first shows in London and Manchester. Movielife had done well there so we had some fans from that. We probably sucked, but we were all just happy to be playing shows and traveling again.
5. Your lyrics are very personal, and when playing live you are pretty free in mentioning what girl such and such song is about etc. Is it tough going back and singing a song about a person you may now despise?
I dont despise anyone really. I am not as hate filled as i once was. Those songs all feel great to sing. I win, ya know?
6. What encouraged you guys to re-record “Brooklyn Dodgers” for your myspace?
That’s just from a seperate demo session. Sounds alot better than the leaked one.
7. What is the bands current label status? Depending on what you read online, you are either still on Drive-Thru, unsigned….I have even read some places that you guys were going to sign to Decydence
There will be news about this soon. We are not signing to Decaydence tho.
8. By my count, either through the demos or live versions, you guys have played the following songs written after the self titled. Polar Beast, Holy Fuck, Thank You, Dodgers, Amsterdam, Youve Got Spiders, Is This Really Happening. Conan O Brien, Polar Beast, Drinking Song…and I know I am missing a couple…. Do all these songs have a home on the record?
No. some of them do. We are recording lots of songs for the record, not all will make it but will still be used for splits/b sides/ etc.
9. After five years I have to imagine you have kicked around a lot of titles for the record, any you would share?
No b/c next thing i know someone will read this, start a band called that, blow up, and ask us to open for them haha.
10. I imagine it must get frustrating when you read things online about people doubting the future of the band. Was there ever a point you thought it was over? And on the positive side of things, what does it feel like knowing, that despite however long it takes, you guys have such a loyal group of fans that come out and sing a long and wait on the record?
I honestly don’t pay attention at all. I can’t blame them for doubting. All we can do is make the record, blow everyone out of the water, and say,”see?.” We are VERY lucky people have been so loyal. I think it has something to do with us being a rad band.
11. You have made reference a few times about a project with Steve Choi called PEACED OUT. How did that come about and what’s the status on those songs?
Me and choi are good bros. I go to cali like 3 times a year and always stay with him. We like each other. He said he’s writing hxc tunes and wants me to sing. Hxc can be many things, and this is Steve’s version. It’s nuts. We plan to release a 7’ at some point.
12. What do you find the most constant inspiration from?
Human energy , the sea, great lyricists, love and hate.
13. I will wrap it up now pretty simply. What can fans look forward to in the IATA world?
A record in 2011 100% . Tours to follow.
14. If you and Anthony from Bayside were a superhero team, who would you be?
The Duff Man and the Marlboro Man
Im writing an article for my school paper about Fugazi and the upcoming screening of Instrument, a film about Fugazi at the National Gallery of Art. I spoke to Ian for a few minutes today about his thoughts on the film, how Fugazi fits into DC music history and other things. Its short and sweet but enjoy and check out my other interviews.
…………The documentary came out in 1999, how involved were yourself and the other members of Fugazi in putting this together.
We think of it as a total collaboration. Jem and I went to high school together, he was one the central figures that got me into punk rock. He was around in my early days. Then he went to college and we stayed in contact. He actually never came back to DC, his family moved to New York.
Then he started making movies and would hang out at the Dischord House all the time. He just started filming, for no real reason, thats just what he did. But he is such a genius, such a brilliant film-maker. His work is really beautiful. At some point he realized he had this great pile of footage, all like silent super 8 footage. We started discussing in what capacity can this be used. We wanted to approach making a movie like making a record. Jem is the director of the film but we were all up there editing each individual piece to our approval. I cant even describe the amount of work that went into this. Each person had a different idea and vision at how the band should be presented.
We are very mindful of how we are represented if we have anything to do with it. In the interviews…theres a lot of scenes of Jem asking people about us. We were going through all of these video interviews with Jem. We at first only wanted negative stuff, negative comments, it was funny, to just have it be “oh this band sucks, fuck these guys they think they’re god.” And Jem came back saying that it wasn;t accurate, people do love your band. We didn’t want to make movie of people just saying nice things about us, it seemed too disingenuous.
…………….I wanted to clarify something that may be inaccurate on the National Gallery of Art’s website, they have the screening listed as all members of Fugazi appearing…….
I actually didn’t even know it was screening there until about a week ago. He is off in Europe, and set up the screening and forgot to tell us about it. I think he told them that the Fugazi guys would come over. I read about it probably on the same listing that you did. I sort of went “oh…I didn’t know that movie was showing….and I didn’t know that Im gonna be there.” Brendan is definitely out of town, Joe lives in Rome, Guy lives in New York, he would love to come down but isn’t sure if will come down. I think I will be there. I heard there was a little….blog excitement about it ” members of Fugazi here” Whats the big fucking deal? I live here. I guess I will go and answer some questions. Its no big deal though, its just a movie. We do really love that theatre and that whole place, we are quite pleased have it showing there.
I really like that movie, it is quite the piece of work. Its not a documentary but its true, its not a narrative but its a story, theres not a concert film but there is music. Its a true meditation of the band. I think a lot of the bands humor comes through. There is some good evidence of what we were really focused on which was just quite simply, making music.
……………..Why do you think that of all the bands that came out of DC in that time period, Fugazi seems to stand tallest amongst them.
I think it would be questionable for me to really try and take a stab at that. All those questions, how do you make a great record, how do you make people come to your shows. Its the same answer, we worked hard and minded our own business. I mean exactly what I just said, we minded our business, we looked after our affairs. I think a lot of bands don’t look after their business or they sell it to somebody else to look after. We stayed focused of what we wanted to do, play music, be together. Music is a living art, a common point of gathering and a common point of celebration. Gatherings and celebrations of that nature I think are sorely needed today.
Why people think about Fugazi over other bands I really do not know. I have said it before and I will gladly say it again, music kicked my ass, and I just intended to return the favor. Fugazi as a band affected people and I understand that because I have been affected by bands as well.
………Is there such a thing as a quintessential Fugazi record or sound?
Im not an observer….my relationship to the music….take for example “Waiting Room.” You hear that song first on record or cd and thats the definitive version. The one thats on the record may be the most identifiable version but…I played that song thousands of times. There are versions of that song done live that completely dwarf the version on the record. Those songs were living songs and they evolved. We played ” Waiting Room” the first show we ever played on September 3rd 1987 and at the last one which was in November of 2002. That is a long time for a song to evolve and change, but I was there for EVERY version of it.
……….How do you feel about how Fugazi has been filtered through pop culture, and its influence on other bands?
Music is a phenomenon, how people come to us doesn’t make much of a difference to me. Along with the movie we put out a soundtrack for the film. Over the years, Fugazi was recording all the time in our practice space. We recorded all these instrumental versions of songs and we loved the way they sounded, but couldn’t find any useful medium to put it out in. When we started talking to Jem about using the super8 footage, we realized we had the whole soundtrack. We had been recording everything, shows, practices whatever since the beginning of the band. We constructed a soundtrack, almost entirely of recordings that we had done in the years before. We went back into our archives and pulled music out that we liked. We did a record of these recordings, a soundtrack record.
We were doing a show in England and afterwords a guy came up to me said he enjoyed the show etc. And he said he was really surprised that there was so much singing. I didn’t know what he meant. He thought we were an instrumental band! He had only picked up the soundtrack on a whim, hadn’t seen the movie hadn’t heard anything else. I thought that was quite beautiful, to realize that a band is multi-faceted, people come at different times. Some people knew us before we ever played a show and others are still finding out about the band, anything in between, whatever record they came in on became the defining record for them. Their relationship with the band has to do with the context of what happened when they first heard us. There is no difference to me between making something better or worse, rather its just interesting.I appreciate other musicians who have said that they like our work. It means a lot, that was sort of the point.