Interview: 2AM Club
Mon, 01 Jul 2013 09:26:06
It's the right time for 2AM Club.
The pop quartet has recently dropped not one but two provocatively fun singles "Not Your Boyfriend" and "Too Fucked Up to Call". Both songs boast uncontainable energy and slippery hooks that prove impossible to shake. As far as popular music goes, nobody else is fusing rock, pop, and dance like these boys are, and that's what makes them so undeniable. They're effectively starting the party better than anyone else out there.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, 2AM Club singer Marc breaks down "Not Your Boyfriend", "Too Fucked Up To Call", and so much more.
There are a lot of different sounds and styles going on in the Moon Tower mixtape, but it's still 2AM Club.
Oh yeah, there are so many different sounds and styles. There are so many of us. Everyone is a musician and a songwriter who has ideas in his own right. The only way we can remedy that as a group of people is by putting out a lot of different kinds of music about however we're feeling. That's the way we honor each other. Certain people lean towards certain kinds of songs. All of our styles are represented.
What's the story behind "Not Your Boyfriend"?
That was the last session we did for our album in L.A. It was almost a throwaway session. We didn't even know who we were supposed to be working with. We had an address for a studio and a time. Tyler and I were out there. The session was set up so we figured we might as well go. We went. The guy who we were supposed to work with wasn't even there. There was another producer there named Drew Pearson. He was like, "I'll work with you guys!" We didn't know each other, and we weren't supposed to work together. It was completely on a fluke. Drew had been listening to some French disco music at the time, and he said, "I have this beat if you guys want to write over this". It was fun. That's how we approached it. We didn't take it too seriously. We just zoned out and danced around the room. We had a great time.
What's it about lyrically?
It's about a one night stand [Laughs]. It's about finding someone you're going to share some momentary bliss with and how wonderful that can be. It's also about grasping tightly to your independence at the same time.
Where did "Too Fucked Up to Call" come from?
We wrote it on an acoustic guitar, actually. In a weird way, that song has a soulful feel as far as the melodies go. We were listening to classic Motown at the time, and we were listening to that song "How Bazaar". Remember that song? We wanted to write a song that could stand alone on the guitar and vocal really well and still pop out. We thought about a theme. It was very songwriter-ish. We were in the songwriting room. That's just something we've been through a lot. In the past few years, a few of the guys have developed more serious relationships, but we're still in a band and we're still a bunch of crazy individuals. So, that happens. It's that moment where you love someone and you want to tell them, but you're honestly not in the write place to do so.
Do you feel like these songs lay the groundwork for the full-length record?
We've probably recorded forty or fifty songs in this past year that could potentially go on the album. It's all about what happens with this single. That will dictate when the album drops.
What's your vision for the album as a whole?
It's hard to say. At least for myself, vocally, people are really going to see my growth as a singer. On the last album, I sang a bit more as if I was in a rock 'n' roll band. We had songs like "Hurricane" and "Faster Babe". They were great songs, but I didn't really tap into the soulful side of my voice. On this album, everything is my vocal styling and not me trying to fit into a rock 'n' roll band. The music fits around my voice.
If Moon Tower were a movie or a combination of movies, what would it be?
Some of the music from that movie True Romance has inspired a lot of our sound. Dave has become obsessed with the marimba. You can hear that splashed into our songs every once in a while. That movie was big. Also, the new Tin Tin was big during that time period. Also, I'd say Less Than Zero. There are pieces of all those movies on the mixtape itself.
What artists shaped you guys?
2Pac has always been number one since fifth grade. When I was a little kid, I went through some semi-tough shit with my father passing away when I was like 13. I remember that was when I really fell in love with music because it was as therapeutic as anything could possibly be. I was around the hospital a lot and going through this process as a young kid. I had the headphones on listening to 2pac all day. I had a really intense time with that music. That shaped a whole part of my being. That was my first in-depth experience with music. I've also always loved classic soul music because that's what I grew up with my parents like Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, and Sly & the Family Stone. I love D'Angelo. His album Voodoo is one of my top five favorite albums of all time. Our guitar player Matt has always looked up to the greats like John Frusciante of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jimi Hendrix.
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