atjf interview :: project jenny, project jan

After the Jump presents Project Jenny, Project Jan, this Saturday June 21st, for After the Jump Fest in Brooklyn, NY, performing the evening benefit with Health, Pattern is Movement, XXXchange, Titus Andronicus, and Mixel Pixel at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. The show begins at 8:30pm.

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MIA: Musically, how did the band form, what past experiences do you carry with you?

JEREMY: Rubin and I started the band with a certain aesthetic in mind. We knew that we didn’t want any instruments and wanted to create a new sound that we thought was lacking in New York at the time. We both had been in bands before and thought that a band without instruments would be a fun thing to experiment with

MIA: Describe the feeling of living and making music in New York, feel free to share a memory or a certain place (bar, restaurant, record store) that makes you feel like home.

JEREMY: The only other place where I lived and made music was in New Paltz, so I don’t have much to compare New York to. But I do like that playing out is like our practice space, and all the crazy loft parties we have played. Those parties are what make me feel at home; Rubulad, The House of Yes, and Asterisk Art Space (and some others) are always so fun populated with NYC’s weirdest and wildest. Those are proof that New York’s party scene is alive and well.

MIA: How does the band like to get ready for a live show? Is there a favorite song that you enjoy to perform live?

JEREMY: I usually run around the block and Rubin has this crazy habit of drinking milk before the show; He says it makes his teeth feel whiter. We like to play the song “Tourist” from Xoxoxoxoxo because we don’t play it that much and Rubin likes “Baby’s” from the same album because the bass line is hard to play.

MIA: What are your recommended records so far of ‘08?

JEREMY: Man Man- Rabbit Habits; because its off the wall. Rocketship Park-Off and Away; because it makes me relax. El Guincho-Alegranza; because it drowns out my neighbors. Mixel Pixel-Lets Be Friends; because its their best record yet!

MIA: Name a visual artist or piece of work that inspires you.

I like the photographer Gregory Crewdson. His stuff is so haunting and mysterious but also creates a story in every piece; you could say it’s very lyrical work. I also saw Anish Kapoor recently and that inspired me to make more shiny work.

MIA: Please share a mixtape with a theme of your choice.

That is SOoo 2008

Crimewave : HEALTH and Crystal Castles
Evident Utensil : Chairlift
Run Away : Rocketship Park
Gila : Beach House
Toe Jam : The BPA featuring David Byrne and Dizzy Rascal

.images and thankyou to jeremy.

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