Thursday, 12 August 2010

Fresh Blood > Atlantic at Pacific

Name: Atlantic at Pacific
Origin: Santa Cruz, California, US
Genre: Chillwave, Beach Pop


from the upcoming album Weddings (out August 24th on Alchemist Records)
from the upcoming album Weddings (out August 24th on Alchemist Records)
by Atlantic at Pacific
[free download from the artist's bandcamp]
by Atlantic at Pacific
[free download from the artist's bandcamp]

[Interview with Austin Wood / Atlantic at Pacific after the read more]


1. How would you describe your sound in a few words?
The words, distorted and atmospheric are the first thing that come to mind when it comes to my music.
Many other words come to mind, but I feel the things that stand out most are the crunchy, bubbly and spacey sounds that I've developed.

2. Name 3 bands without whom you wouldn't exist.
It's very hard to conjure up the exact names that I'm sure I owe my music to, but two that stand out are Depeche Mode and The Beach Boy's. I have to say there would be a tie between BauHaus and Brain Eno.

Without all these people and their music I know my music never would have turn out the way it did. Not only that, but with listening to them I probably wouldn't even be a musician.

3. If you'd have the chance to work with any film director, who would that be?
I most defiantly would choose Steven Spielberg if he still had the mind as he did in the 90's.
Nearly all my favorite movies were created by him. Something about his movies make grab my attention.

4. Tell us a bit about the making of these songs.
I made "Drifting" during the winter. It was super cold in Santa Cruz this last winter, and I was trying for a while to express the coldness along with the empty feelings I got from the winter though "Drifting".
I tried many different ways of creating a artificial coldness with song. I used much tape saturation from a dolby technics cassette mixer and my Yamaha MSR in the song. It took a lot of time to make "Drifting" many late hour nights wishing it was summer.

"Weddings", on the other hand, was made last summer after I got back from my sisters weddings in Texas; I also used my Yamaha MSR for the strings in "Weddings".
When I first made Weddings I put it on cassette and played it through my dolby cassette mixer and made the song mono then layered the song on top of its self in stereo to create more of a force behind and to add dimensions.

I defiantly got through strange rituals when going about making music just so I can put myself in the right place.

5. Do you still buy CDs/vinyl/ tape?
Of course I by CD's and records! Though its true you can just download them online through iTunes or something its way cooler to have somebody's music physically how that want it to be seen!

Sometimes it's hard to find a real copy of a CD of some obscure band you like, but with the internet now a days you can order CDs and have the novelty of being able to play their art on a CD player instead of your iTunes library.

My record player is broken but I have a bunch of classics and occasionally I'll pick up a new record cause when its fixed I know I'll being listening to it all the time.

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