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10 Quick Ones with NIGHT CLUB – August 2018

| 29 August 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Following their extremely successful US and European tour run with COMBICHRIST and WEDNESDAY 13, Los Angeles based electronic duo NIGHT CLUB has released their hotly anticipated second full length album, Scary World.”  We get Mark & Emily to discuss new music, influences, and much more in our 10 Quick Ones…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release. What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through? Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Mark: Scary World ended up being sort of an opus about mental illness.  I grew up with a schizophrenic mother and both myself and Emily have dealt with anxiety/depression/medication. When we started writing this record, that stuff started seeping out of us.  At some point we kind of realized that the whole record had a theme:  Realizing that you’re ill and try to survive it. Sometimes people don’t really pay attention to our lyrics because they think that we’re just some dance band or something.  We put our souls into those lyrics and that’s what I think is our strongest skill.  There are many layers to our lyrics and we spend a lot of time crafting them.  This record is extremely real.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Emily: My dad was a musician, so growing up I was completely immersed in his world. I taught myself guitar in high school and have always sung as a hobby but never really thought I could do it seriously. It wasn’t until my dad passed away in 2011 that I saw it almost like a “passing of the torch” and started writing my own songs. Then I met Mark and now here I am answering these questions.

Mark: I always loved music but it wasn’t until I first heard the Sex Pistols, that I realized that I had to be a musician.

3. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Emily: It honestly varies all the time depending on my mood, but right now I’ll say: Britney (was obsessed with her growing up as was every other girl my age), Depeche Mode, NIN, Daft Punk, Garbage.

Mark: Gary Numan, Ultravox, Bowie, Depeche Mode, Madonna.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be?

Mark: Bowie

5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before?

Emily: The opposite of indie rock.

Mark: Big, loud, distorted electronic pop.

6. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

Emily: Not having a boring job.

Mark: Living an interesting life.

7. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Emily: We rarely cook and we definitely don’t jam.

Mark: I concur.  Fuck jamming.

8. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

Emily: I honestly don’t have any other career aspirations that I can think of. This is the most fulfilling job I can imagine. It’s this or die!

Mark: All I want to do is be creative and that’s what I do for a living.

9. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”?

Emily: Probably just hiring certain people who didn’t understand the band or what we were trying to do. We’ve definitely learned over the years that if you want something done right, do it yourself. Nobody will work harder for you than you.

Mark: I don’t believe in regrets.

10. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Emily: I know everyone else probably says like Dark Side Of The Moon or something but for me it’s Britney’s Blackout album in 2007. Considering 2007 was the year of head shaving and umbrella car smashing, I would just want to be a fly on the wall in the studio in the months leading up to that insanity. But also the album is brilliant and was ahead of its time. Such good dark dance music that we’ve definitely drawn inspiration from.

Mark: I would have loved to be in the room when Kraftwerk made Autobahn.  That record is the beginning of everything I care about.





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