Interview: Halloween Swim Team – Frozen Aisle Magazine (9/27/10)

Here’s an interview we did recently with Frozen Aisle:

Hailing from the Inland Empire in California, Halloween Swim Team’sthree part installment of the ANTENNAAA. EP series was first released on July 21. The installment contained tracks from their upcoming album, ANTENNAAA, plus bonus tracks, such as remixes, rarities, live recordings and other studio experiments. You could hear the groups latest EP on their bandcamp page. We got a chance to catch up with the “electronic space pop prog kraut suck” group and discuss music and the scene.

Introduce yourself and a brief band history.
We are Halloween Swim Team from Los Angeles / Inland Empire. Our names are Dustin, Jon and Scott. We all play synthesizers and some percussion with electronic beats. I do most of the singing. Jon and I have been making music together as HST since 2003. Scott joined in 2007. I originally played guitar, and Scott was on bass. We used to have a drummer. We switched things up a few years ago, and the 3 of us started playing synths.

Does anyone in particular influence the bands artistic/musical talent?

Not really anyone in particular. We draw our influences from countless artists, musicians, films and experiences. Too many to name them all, and a lot of the bands that we don’t even sound like.. but you could probably tell by our sound that we dig on a lot of other synth heavy bands.

Could you describe the music-making process and workflow for a song?

Every song comes about in a different way. sometimes we’ll jam, record it and pick out parts we like and then expand upon those ideas. And we keep recording the song as it is developed. Or sometimes I will come up with a synth line or a beat or some kind of idea for a song and bring it to the band to jam with and we go from there. Its just a lot of back and forth between jamming recording and listening back and structuring things.

Who do you compare yourself to in the music industry today?

kind of a broad question.. i dunno

What genre of music do you consider your work to be?

I usually tell people that we play “psychedelic synthpop of a sort” and yeah, that’s usually exactly how i say it, ha… or i say “psychedelic synthpop kinda stuff” and then i move my hands with this iffy type of gesture..

If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead or alive who would it be? Why? (Name up to three)

David Bowie, cuz he’s David Bowie, At The Drive-In, cuz i never saw them live. Flaming Lips, cuz I’d like to meet Wayne Coyne then weeks later, read in an interview about how he thought we were pricks or something. (and i love them). Gary Numan.. cuz he”s dope…..meh.. i could go on forever with this list… but lets not forget Metallica, cuz Scott really likes them and it would probably be a really weird show if that ever happened.

What are your plans for future projects? What are you most excited about right now?

We are releasing our next album, ANTENNAAA in a series of EPs… each will have a song or two from the album plus a couple of bonus tracks like live recordings, studio experiments and remixes. We’re always brainstorming for ideas for music videos, and right now we’re looking to make some new music videos for songs from ANTENNAAA. Also, we’re going to be on Manimal Vinyl’s Bowie tribute album coming out in September. Awesome.

Do you have your own favorite type of music and is it any different from what you play now?

Yeah, we listen to all sorts of stuff. aside from our synthpop influences like Kraftwerk, OMD, Gary Numan, Hot Chip etc, we like a lot of post punk and post rock stuff.. Jon’s iPod is full of great music.. i usually discover new bands from going through his iPod

What do you think about downloading music online?

We download music and buy vinyl of artists we really like. The way things are with free music available online, I think its forcing artists to be more creative in finding ways to make money with their music. I don’t think its a good thing or a bad thing…its pretty much something that can’t be stopped, so I figure its best to embrace the circumstance and find ways to use it to our advantage.

Any advice for other musicians and artists reading Frozen Aisle Magazine?

Don’t be scared.


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