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  • Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Crystal Fighters' Sebastian Pringle

    Wed, 22 May 2013 16:29:05

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    Crystal Fighters will release Cave Rave on May 28. Recognized for their unique melding of Spanish folklore and Basque instruments, with deep roots in electronic dance music, the band is certainly doing something different.

    We spoke to vocalist Sebastian Pringle about the Basque culture and how it influenced the band.

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    We are a band heavily influenced by Basque music and culture, and ancient music and cultures themselves. We take great inspiration from man throughout the ages. And women!

    What stoked the fires of the band's interest in that?

    We had inspiration from our friend's grandfather. He died and left a manuscript. For the new album, we went to where he was writing and got inspired ourselves. We were seeming like cavemen, isolated and excommunicated from modern society while we were writing the record. We were in the Basque country.

    Where is Basque country for our readers who don't know and may be too lazy to look it up?

    It's one of the oldest cultures in the world and the language is linked to no other, so it's unique in that respect. It's the corridor between France and Spain, since before history. It is an amazing landscape, and people there are proud and passionate.

    If you were not doing music, you would be...

    Writing or traveling. I'd like to go to India. I've never been there. They don't offer gigs to bands like us yet. We'll see if we get there.

    Any non-music skills hobbies or talents?

    I like to build. I have built a studio in our warehouse.

    Pick one song off Cave Rave and put us in the moment.

    We were in the Basque hills in this isolated cottage and trying to write songs. It was about to get dark and the market was far away. We were debating as to who should go to the market, and if we should go together or if one should go on their own while the other looked after the house. We decided to go on skateboards after dark and that simple idea was the beginning of "No Man" venturing out into the world.

    Will you check out Crystal Fighters?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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