Data Romance Talk EP, Metal, Movies, and More
Tue, 05 Jul 2011 08:19:48
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Data Romance conjure an elegant darkness on their debut EP, The Data Romance E.P..
Fueled by an industrial hum and seductively searing vocals, Data Romance effectively bond bleak Nine Inch Nails-style soundscapes with a hypnotic, harmonious rapture a la Florence + the Machine. It's a modern marvel of enthralling electronic bliss, and it's bound to captivate anyone and everyone who falls into it. Somehow, this speaks to the heavy music fans and the hipsters, and those might as well be the two toughest crowds in existence.
Data Romance's Ajay Bhattacharyya and Amy Kirkpatrick spoke to ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino in this exclusive interview about The Data Romance E.P., movies, metal, and so much more.
Did you have one vision for The Data Romance E.P. from the beginning, or did it come together track by track?
Amy: Ironically, we had the opposite idea for the release. We recorded about seventeen songs in February, and then we chose a few that would showcase our sound and a bit of diversity. I think there's a common thread between all of them.
What's that common thread?
Ajay: Before we recorded all of the final tracks during the fall, we were writing continuously so it feels like the same body of work. The songs came around the same time. We were trying to find our sound. Lyrically, there are elements that tie together.
Amy: There's definitely one common story going through most of the songs. Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs?
Amy: I do that intentionally and unintentionally. I usually write things that are happening with me in my life or to the people around me. I enjoy albums that feel like movies after you've finished them.
What films do you come back to?
Ajay: We were trying to figure out the defining movies of our lives the other day, and it's hard to pick just one. There are a lot of films that satisfy me in different ways. I'm a huge action movie fan. I grew up on Jackie Chan and I really got into kung-fu and science fiction as a kid.
Amy: For me, it's got to be Garden State and Requiem for a Dream. They're completely opposite [Laughs].
What's the story behind "Street Lights"?
Ajay: That's about thinking that you found the answers or the person to solve all of your problems and realizing that it's not what you thought it would be. It's not a negative thing, you just have to start the journey all over again.
Which artists shaped you?
Ajay: I grew up on Nine Inch Nails. Trent Reznor has always been a big influence on me. Recently, I've been listening to a lot of music coming from Berlin like Moderat, Mode Selector, and a lot of German electronic artists that I really feel have distinct sounds.
Amy: I go back to Björk. Fiona Apple and Tori Amos were huge influences on me, and I always go back to them.
Which metal bands were influences?
Ajay: I like a lot of different metal. I grew up on nu-metal, as a product of my generation. I don't listen to it much anymore. I got into really tech-y music like The Dillinger Escape Plan, and I've always been a big Slayer fan. I love Meshuggah. Odd time signatures are like candy to my ears. Korn's come back with Skrillex producing. It's surreal. I like "Get Up". That bridge is one of the heaviest things I've ever heard. It's amazing.
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