Over the weekend, I was able to get in touch with NYC/SF three-piece Lemonade, and asked them a few questions about music, trends and cuisine.
What are y'all listening to in the van on tour?
Stevie B, Miami Sound Machine, Virgo, Doc Daneeka, Max Richter (its been raining).
What is the worst meal you've had on tour (this one...or ever)?
This is a hard question to answer for some reason. We really wanted to have a good response, but can we just say England?
Do you ever hear that Gucci Mane song "Lemonade" and get buck?
He should call us sometime on the phone.
With so many varied influences, how do you all end up composing? Do you feel like you are in a "post-punk" mood one day, a "rave" mood one day, and a "tropical" mood the next? In other words, are you writing tracks with a specific sound in mind?
We aren't really in much of a post-punk mood very often these days though we did just write some melodies that sound somewhat Cocteau Twins-ish if that counts. When we compose we often have an idea for a sound that we'd like to use, but then we blend it with other ideas that are not necessarily congruous so the tracks tend to come out pretty unusual. If anything, we find the commonalities in these types of music- like Caribbean, latin american and african rhythms that you might find in a club track as well as a Slits track. We did get pretty ravey on the first record and the new record is very tropical, but maybe don't expect too much of this from us in the future because we don't really stay obsessed with one sound for too long.
These days it seems dance music is rapidly ingested and spat out. Genres and micro-genres like Funk Carioca, Baltimore, Snap, Hyphy, Soca, Tropicalia and Dancehall are often put on blast for a few months only to be forgotten once the next sound is "discovered." How do you think American artists can help maintain audiences' interests in other musical scenes, especially international musical scenes?
Dance music is all about sound invention, so artists and trends are constantly being outdone and replaced. Its the evolution of it, just the internet makes it move exponentially faster. Before indie audiences heard Baltimore Club or Funk Carioca the music had been around for like a decade. I think American artists will only proliferate interest if they actually like the music, rather than exploit it for some 00's irony.
Do you think the current interest in Carribean and South American music is a trend?
Among indie audiences most likely, but I don't think you could tell anyone in Trinidad during Carnaval that they were being trendy ya know so screw it. That music sounds great when its hot outside and there are fresh limes on the branches.
Do you think baby spinach is a trend?
I dunno. Is it? its really healthy. Like instead of lettuce you can get all "let's use baby spinach" and everyone thinks you will live forever. Arugula is spicier.
In a DJ set, do you have a number one, all-time party starter? What jam do you think instantly gets 'em on the floor?
In the last few weeks we have been really feeling "Nobody Baby" by Norritt. We are kinda taking the soulful approach to getting people moving. If we want to get things bangin "African Forest" by Rishi Romero is nice. A classic peak hour tune is "Reach" by Lil' Mo' & Yin Yang.
This question is for Alex Paternak: What is that vocal sample on "Pajiriton" (your Bersas Discos release)? Cause that shit is one of my all time party starters.
Those vocals are from a Alejo Duran song called "Vuela Pajarito." I got into it through this dude Javier I met in Buenos Aires.... Alejo was vallenato accordionist from Colombia.
What does your mother think about this whole "you being a musician" thing?
We tell our mothers that we are famous and everything is going great and send them newspaper clippings and stuff in the mail.
These are Powers, Lemonade, MNDR, Knaves Grave, and Roman Photos DJ set. $8. 9 p.m. Mon., March 15. 529, 529 East Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769. www.529atl.com.
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