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Interview: Night Club

Wednesday 12 June 2013

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Tell me about yourself and your background: 

Emily came from a musical background – her dad was the keyboardist in Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes.  This is her first foray into performing but she’s been singing and playing guitar pretty much her whole life.  Mark has been in numerous bands including Warlock Pinchers and Foreskin 500 but now directs animation.  He’s currently directing Metalocalypse on Adult Swim.

How long have you been performing?  

We started in 2011.

How did you choose the name “Night Club”?

We wanted a simple, classic name that wasn’t pretentious. It seems pretty appropriate as when we started the band we would only get together and write at night.

Tell me about the music you’re into:

Britney Spears, Madonna, Charli XCX, Depeche Mode, Yazoo, AC/DC, and the list goes on.

If you had to show that music to somebody using just one song that really captured the essence of the style, what song would it be?

Probably our song, “Poisonous.”

How does life in Los Angeles influence your music?

So much of pop music is made here, which we’re obviously huge fans of, but I think our twist on it is that we’re making pop that showcases the darker, more fucked up sides of love and relationships – something you have to deal with a lot living in LA. It’s a dysfunctional place, and we can’t help but be affected by it.

What makes a song stand out for you?  

Songs with big hooks, big choruses and memorable lyrics.

What differentiates you from other performers?  

We don’t have beards.

What is the single most important thing you would tell an aspiring new producer?  

Write great songs, don’t get caught up in the production.

On what labels (if any) have your tunes appeared?

We release our music on our own label, Gato Blanco.

Describe the sound that defines your music and sets it apart from somebody else’s.  

We mix 80s dark synth pop with modern mainstream pop.

If you could pick just one track of yours that you’d want everybody to listen to, what would it be and where can people hear it?

The song is called “Give Yourself Up” and it’s being released on June 25th.

What’s next for you?

Our 2nd EP “Love Casualty” is coming out June 25th.

What was the biggest challenge you faced when completing “Love Casualty”?

What album isn’t a challenge? You want your new album to be better than your last album – that’s the ultimate challenge for every band I think.

Where do you see yourself in five years?  

Still doing this.

What sort of gear do you use at home? What about during shows?  

We use Reason, Ableton, Pro Tools and miscellaneous synths and guitars.  When we perform, we mix all of our music live.

Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?  

Madonna,  Bowie,  Numan.  Self-explanatory.

Of what achievements are you particularly proud?  

Finishing two EPs that we love.

Where can people find your music?  

iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, or directly from www.nightclubband.com

Favourite drink?

Pink Champagne.

Words: Tim Ellis