Mustang. EP. Interview.

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Today sees the long awaited release of Mustang’s ‘Shooting Love’ single on Different Recordings.

In just to years together Mustang have cemented their reputation as one of the go-to names for synthesizer Disc. Their reMixes, their mixtapes and their original tracks have all earned them critical acclaim and massive blog hype.

Their new single, ‘Shooting Love’, paces slick analog Disco with ElectroPop sensibilities in a track that’s as catchy as it is groovy. Hovering up influences from Italo, Disco and Classic house in a Pop package and that live synthesizer feel that Mustang excel at, ‘Shooting Love’ has already firmly planted itself of one of the tracks of the year.

The guys kindly took some time to fill you lot in on the good, the bad, and the ugly of Mustang:

ER: So, Mustang, I guess you guys are either really into muscle cars or really into horses? Or really into random words? Where’d the name come from?

M: In fact, there’s no real meaning for this… We are not especially car lovers, the same for horse riding, it is not really our thing. When we were looking for a name, after some ridiculous ideas and proposals, Renaud came up with “Mustang” and that was it.

ER: How did you guys get together to make music? Were you drawn together by the scene in Belgium? Is there a scene in Belgium? Did you start off always making this kind of music or has it been a musical journey to end up here?

M: We know each other since a long time, we met first in a Club called Dirty Dancing in Brussels, 5 years ago. Then we tried a studio session together to work around a reMix for a band called Ghinzu. The result was OK, we had a good time, and we decided to move on. After that we finished our first tracks and Gomma Records signed them. The ideal start for us. After the release of ‘Chameleon Circus’,  we started to receive some reMix proposals (for Vitalic, Morcheeba, Ali Love, Two Door Cinema Club… to name a few) and we released 2 new EP’s after that.
In a few days, our 3rd EP called “Shooting Love” will be release on Different Recordings.
Next to that we have reMixes for Crystal Fighters and Arnaud Rebotini upcoming.
Belgium is a small country with a kind atmosphere between artists. We all know each other since a long time. So yes, we can say there’s a Belgian scene, very productive and interesting.

♫ Mustang – Shooting Love (Radio Edit)

ER: What would be your preference, to perform as a DJ team or as a musical outfit?

M: At the moment, we only perform as DJ’s but we make a lot of edits en cuts to setup our own kinda’ sound/set. We are both DJ’s for a while. We were both lucky, by being residents at the main alternative clubs in Belgium. The plan will be to grow in to a live performance in the near future.

ER: How is performing in Belgium? What your favourite place outside your home country you’ve played?

M: Playing in Belgium is very exciting, you can go very eclectic en very musical at the same time without throwing hits non stop, but we’re lucky to be one of the main residents at Libertine Supersport Club in Brussels, voted as one of the best clubs in Europe! A lot of guest DJ’s from foreign countries who played alongside us says it’s a challenge to play in Belgium, and it’s true. We had great times at Beiruth, Athens, Beijing, Paris and Perrugia, these are our top 5 places at the moment.

♫ Mustang – Shooting Love (Jeremy Glenn ReOrder reMix)

ER: You blew up online with a string of amazing reMixes, what’s the reMix you’ve done that your most proud of?

M: It’s very difficult to say because we all enjoyed them by making. We like all of them at the end, because they are linked to some periods of us growing in the studio…Let’s say the 2 last ones we did, for Arnaud Rebotini and Crystal Fighters because they reflect more our sound of today.

ER: We can’t really not ask you about your influences, ‘Shooting Love’ has got such an ‘80’s Electro/Boogie/Soul feel, what were you listening to when your were producing it? What influences you in general?

M: In fact we share the same passion for electronic, melodic music, Andy is more into Italo, Psyche & Disco stuff and Renaud  is more into New Wave and Pop music. Let’s say we’re fans of The Human League, The Cure, Lucio Battisti, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Eric Satie, Carl Craig, Talk Talk, Serge Gainsbourg to name some examples… A large spectrum isn’t it ?

♫ Mustang – Shooting Love (Black Strobe reMix)

ER: So you’ve played around a few places. Any crazy rock ‘n’ roll stories from your adventures?

M: Last year at the infamous Calvi On The Rocks festival… After an already heavy drinking night, we left the beach heading to a club who was “not so far”. We were 13 in a small Van (with Dixon on top of us singing some Deutsh songs and crying because Germany just lost the semi final of the World Cup). The driver completely lost his way and we arrived in the middle of nowhere with 250 sheep screaming around us. Finally we found the club after 1h30m of driving and we all finished naked in the sea in front of it. Can’t even remember the return to the hotel.  : )

ER: So what’s in Mustang’s studio? Do you have a favourite bit of kit?

M: We use a lot of Roland, Simmons & Linn’s Drum machines. I think our favorite is still the Jupiter 8 but we’re using the Matrix 1000, SE-1, DX-7 or MemoryMoog a lot to!

ER: If money was no object, what piece of studio gear would be your dream to own?

M: An SSL Mix table, a Yamaha CS-80, some Chandler Limited compressors, TubeTech Pré-Ampl, GML EQ’s and Lexicon 480L Reverb. What else ?

♫ Mustang – Shooting Love (Fat Club Mix)

ER: Is Mustang a Cereal or a Full English Breakfast kinda’ band? Would your answer change the day after a show?

M: Not that much Cereal, for sure ! And the day after a show, we usually visit a friend called “Ronald”… He’s everywhere  : )

Many thanks to the guys for taking the time to chat with us.

‘Shooting Love’ is released today!

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Futurecop! talk music, cartoons and breakfasts

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Today sees the long awaited release of Midland’s ElectroPop heroes Futurecop!’s new EP.

In true Futurecop! style the EP is titled ‘The Adventures Of Starpony’ and the cover references just about every anime archetype there is. Inside is six tracks, some new, some reworkings (the Futurecop! way) of tracks you’ll already know and MPM’s winning entry in the Starworshipper reMix competition. Futurecop! truly are are the forefront of the current ElectroPop scene, their music is clean, crisp and instantly nostalgic in a way no-one has really been able to emulate.

To celebrate the release of the new EP the guys took some time to chat with us about where they come from, what they do, to clear up some misconceptions and to talk cartoons.

Read on for words from the wizards.

ER: So where did Futurecop! come from? How did you guys get into making music and get together?

F: We met at university, we were both very different I into punk rock and Pete was more the clubbing type. But our obsession for the 80s made us best friends. We’ve always been in music; Pete was a DJ and I was in an punk band. Futurecop! started after university and looking back I think Futurecop! stemmed from us trying to escape the real world, so we setup a website with ‘80’s artwork and decided to recreate the ‘80’s sounds of our childhood movies, cartoons. Few blogs picked it up randomly, and we started getting shows all over the world, it was happening really fast, we never intentionally made it for anyone but ourselves, so it was amazing how people liked us all the way in Australia or USA. We had no knowledge of music production or the industry, we created tracks by just messing around, I remember a producer (Mylo’s co-producer) once looked at our files and was amazed in the unconventional way we made songs. It was fun though, as we were just kids making sounds in our rooms then suddenly being flown all around the world. Its only after our huge 2009 USA tour we realised there’s something special we got here, not just sounds.

♫ Futurecop! (Feat. Keenhouse) – The Only Way

ER: And how would you like your music described?

F: It’s definitely Pop music, inspired musically and visually through our childhood ‘80’s cartoons and movies and our love from Sci-Fi. I saw a blog once referring to as retro, cute, poppy, heartfelt, space music; which is spot on.

I think a lot of people didn’t know where to put us at the beginning, Dance or Indie. I think when a new sound comes out people just panic and get worried so they start making sub genres of music which doesn’t make sense, once someone called us Fantasy Disco. When I started I thought Disco was ‘70’s john Travolta stuff, haha. Our music isn’t about whether it contains Rap, Dance, Rock – it’s more about a uplifting nostalgic feeling. Just like the cartoons we watched when we were kids.

♫ Futurecop! (Feat. My Tiger My Timing) – Far Away

ER: Who are your heroes and influences, both musical and otherwise?

F: Overall the influences for Futurecop! stem from the ‘80’s as we were born in this decade, but I think everyone’s childhood whether in the ‘70’s or ‘90’s is a big influence because of its cute, innocence, fun, heartfelt nature.

For Futurecop! I think our biggest influence is Stan Bush haha! from his soundtrack to the ‘80’s TransFormers movie. Then there are other ‘80’s soundtrack artists like, Van Halen, Kenny Loggins (‘Meet Me Half Way’ from Over The Top),  Rock ballads and countless more eighties soundtrack music.

However personally we both like all different genres of music, whether it’s Passion Pit, Sigur Rós to Phil Collins, Goo Goo Dolls or even Taylor Swift! Growing up though I came from a more Punk Rock background, e.g Funeral For A Friend (massive fan) Enter Shikari, Deftones. While Pete’s always been into Dance and Hip Hop music, he introduced me to artists who bought Indie and Electro together like Mylo, Cut Copy, Daft Punk and Justice. Daft Punk and Justice influenced us a lot, especially for me as I used to see people that were into Dance/Techno like the popular type kids which was never my thing, but these artists mixed the genre into a more Pop sound, which was really cool.

ER: What band do you see as your contemporaries, do you feel like part of any scene?

F: We like to see ourselves as different (I guess all artists do) but there’s loads of bands, with similar vibes that are creating the same type of music like Fiero, Black Cards, GRVRBBRS, Renegade, Chromeo, Robots with Rayguns, Family Force 5. The synth ‘80’s vibe is the future for Electro music. There’s so much Dance music on the radio but the problem is they are all sound the same, even commercial acts are trying to sell out using House/Electro music, this usually happens when a scene is just about to end and lose credibility. There needs to be something new to the Electro scene.

♫ Futurecop! (Feat. Jane Hanley) – Street Hawk

ER: Where do you find your collaborators, both for your music and your artwork?

F: Friends we have met though touring or Facebook and MySpace. We make sure the people we choose feel and understand the overall purpose of Futurecop!, it’s very important the artist feels what we are doing for individual tracks. Some of the new tracks we made have taken from only few weeks to more than a year to create.

ER: If the TransFormers had crashed not on earth but on Third Earth, would The ThunderCats have been able to kick Megatron’s ass?

F: Yeah !! I think Mum-Ra would unite with the ThunderCats and kick ass!

ER: If you could have written the soundtrack to any movie, what would it be?

F: TransFormers (1986 movie) / Flight Of The Navigator.

♫ Futurecop! (Feat. Renagade) – Afterburner

ER: With your amazing début album ‘It’s Forever, Kids’ already available in Japan (http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=CSMC-3) when do you think we are likely to see a domestic release?

F: I think a lot of people got confused about this release. This was a Japan only album release, the label found us a year ago and wanted to release an album, so we decided to create an album with a Japanese touch, which meant researching Japanese pop culture now and in the ‘80’s therefore watching immense collections if Anime, which was a great project!.

But on Tuesday we will be releasing our second EP: ‘The Adventures Of Starpony’. We are very excited about it and we have lots of cool reMixes, Tees and even a music video to come out soon!

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ER: Would Futurecop! be able to blow Jem & The Holograms off stage?

F: No way dude! Jem would totally win, we haven’t got a chance!

ER:  So, what’s in Futurecop!’s studio studio? Do you have any favourite synths/drum machines?

F: Linn Lindrum LM2 and Juno 60 is our favourite.

ER: And what makes up your live rig?, How does playing live work for you?

F: There are 2 types of shows we do depending on the promoter’s requirements. As its Electro and Indie we end up with Dance promoters asking us to play clubs, here we play what we call ‘Synth House’ ,we basically choose very uplifting, retro sounding, big build up House music, and then we have Indie promoters wanting us to play a stage. The DJ style consists if us 2, where we mix our tracks and play synths/samples over it, the live show consists of drummer, lots of synths, guitars and singers.

ER: If money was no object, what synth would you go after?

F: The cosmic key from the Masters Of The Universe movie, hah.

♫ Futurecop! (Feat. Captain Capa) – Is It A Crime?

ER: Are Futurecop! a cereal or fry-up for breakfast kinda’ act? Would that change the morning after a gig?

F: Cereal; Special K for Pete and Crunchy Nut Clusters with chocolate bits for me, f**kin love that sh*t!

ER: If you could support and band in history who would it be?

F: Manzur: Weezer, Peter: Daft Punk.

♫ Futurecop! – Starworshipper (MPM reMix)

Many thanks to Manzur and Pete for taking the time to chat with us.

The tracks featured here are from Futurecop!’s new  ‘’The Adventures Of Starpony’ EP, which is out today!

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Van Go Lion: New single and some words!

Portland’s purveyors of perfect Pop Van Go Lion (that’s my clever writing quota for the year done!) release their brand new single ‘Body Moves’ today on Ninthwave Records.

Unashamedly ambassadors for electronic Pop music, the duo of Josh Loerzel and Amy Paige have been quietly and constantly putting out the kinda’ of tunes that make you smile and make you dance for the last year or so but the release of ‘Body Moves’ should give them a bit more exposure and propel them into the ElectroPop limelight. The track features everything we’ve come to expect from VGL in the last twelve months. Josh’s kicking dancefloor production with a synthetic twist and Amy’s powerful vocal delivery and lyrics shot through with a streak of humour.

It’s actually interesting that Ninthwave is putting out the single as in retrospect Van Go Lion are, in many ways, the spiritual successors to the 90’s Modern SynthPop scene. A lot of the elements of Modern SynthPop are present in VGL’s music but with added savy when it comes to contemporary music and dancefloor production (something Modern SynthPop always failed miserably at). Maybe that’s what Van Go Lion represent, Modern SynthPop all grown up and ready for the big time.

With the huge, anthemic, ElectroPop of ‘Body Moves’ Van Go Lion will defiantly be seeing a lot more attention. Listen for the “show me moves made of sweat and a bassline” drop…awesome!

Amy and Josh were kind enough to share their thoughts on this, that and the other. Here’s the ‘words’ bit:

ER: How did you guys get together? Was is always to make electronic music? Were you in bands before you got together?

Amy: I moved to Portland from NYC in ’09 and Josh answered by ad on Craigslist for a band. We’d both been in some bands over the years, but nothing serious. Band sluts! Originally Van Go Lion was a four-piece alternative-pop band, but we decided to do our own thing in early 2010 and it immediately went toward pop. It was totally natural! All it took was the two of us sitting down and listening to a little Tears for Fears, a little Madonna, and that was that, we were synth-pop.

ER: Van Go Lion? What does that mean anyway?

Amy: Haha, we get that a lot. So back in the 80’s there was this goofy show on PBS called ‘Zoobilee Zoo’ where the characters were humans dressed up as singing and dancing animals. Watch it now and you’d probably be horrified, but as a kid it was the most amazing thing. Van Go Lion was one of them. Plus we thought it’d look cool on t-shirts.

ER: Who are your heroes and influences, both musical and otherwise?

Josh: Queen, Billy Ocean.

Amy: PRINCE!

ER:The 3m30s pop song is one of the most important things on the planet and can change your life. Discuss.

Amy: Totally, that quintessential pop song can change your life, so true! A few years ago I would have completely agreed with 3m30s, but now that I’m doing it I’d have to bump that up to 4:30. Lots of the classics are there, Vogue, Billy Jean, they all go up to about 4:30. I think I’m taking this too seriously…but this is serious business.

ER: What movie would you have liked your music to be on the soundtrack of? And what song in what scene?

Josh: Top Gun, the volley ball scene.

Amy: Sex and the City, one of those scenes when the four of them are walking down the street all dressed up and you’re all like, “Watch out, THOSE ladies are OUT ON THE TOWN”

ER: What’s in Van Go Lion’s’ studio? What are your favourite bits of kit?

Josh: 2 Macs, a condenser mic, a couple keyboards and speakers. I like my cool plug-ins galore.

ER: And how does that translate live, both with gear and performance?

Josh: Lots and lots of sampling and live singing.

Amy: The gear is minimal but the sound that comes out is big. Our goal is to make our live show as close to the recordings as possible and I think we do that well.

ER: If money was no object what synth would be your dream purchase?

Josh: A Roland AX-1, red. KEYTAR!

ER: Who would your dream support slot be supporting?

Josh: Madonna or Lady Gaga.

Amy: Robyn, Pink, Sam Sparro or Lady Gaga.

ER: What does the future hold for Van Go Lion?

Amy: Releasing more music! There’s a whole debut album no one has heard yet, plus we’re constantly working on new tracks and on becoming stronger writers and musicians. ‘Body Moves’ is our official single so it’s just the beginning. We really want to get our live set out there. Also, the future will hopefully involve keytars.

ER: Are Van Go Lion more cereal or pile of pancakes for breakfast kinda’ band? Would that change the morning after a show?

Josh: Cereal!

Amy: Cereal, but I’d prefer a big disgusting pile of pancakes any day. Oh yes, especially after a show.

Cheers guys.

Check out title track from the single:

Van Go Lion – Body Moves

‘Body Moves is released today:

Van Go Lion @ Beatport

Van Go Lion @ Juno

Van Go Lion @ Amazon

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