atj interview :: unicycle loves you

ATJ presents UNICYCLE LOVES YOU, Wednesday, October 22, 2008, for After the Jump’s CMJ Showcase at the Knitting Factory NYC, performing at 8:45PM on the Main Stage, with Starfucker, Bad Veins, Crystal Antlers, Heloise & the Savoir Faire, and Juvelen.

Listen :: Highway Robbery

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

I have been writing and recording songs as a hobby since I was in high school, but never thought of seriously pursuing music until moving to Chicago. I went to school for art, not music. Three other members of Unicycle Loves You studied different aspects of music in college. Two and a half of us are completely self taught. I think the mixture of school taught and self taught musicians in one band has a very interesting effect. It’s always challenging and surprising.

MIA: Describe the feeling of living and making music in your city, feel free to share a memory or a certain place that makes you feel like home.

Chicago is a very unique place but it can have it’s limits as far as how far you can take your music. We love playing here, but exposing new places to our music is where the real excitement lies.

MIA: Do you enjoy to perform live? How does the band like to get ready and is there a favorite song that you like to play for your audience?

We want nothing more than to be performing live all the time, other than writing and recording new material. But that would require a magical land where money grew on trees. Just having a few drinks and letting it fly is pretty much all the preparation we need. One night, we may love playing one song, and the next night it could be something else. A lot of it depends on the room and the crowd.

MIA: What has been the most impacting compliment, or criticism, your band has ever received?

We take compliments very well and brush off harsh criticisms. We love our music and want everybody else to as well. Some people are going to dislike our music. We generally say that those people need to give our album another listen before passing judgment.

MIA: Within your songwriting, is there some type of element that has brought about a certain mood in yr writing, making you feel more/less different than when you started? How long has the recording process taken to complete your album and to finally believe that it’s ready?

I am constantly keeping myself busy writing new songs and recording new demos to play for the band. Creatively, I want to record another album again and again and again. To me, music and art are very similar in that by the time a project is complete, I feel I can do better. Therefore, I am never 100% satisfied with the results. I am, however, proud of the bands accomplishments and want to promote the hell out of it.

MIA: What qualities do you hope listeners may take from listening to your music?

I would hope that they take our first album in as an introduction of what’s to come. The music on our debut album is a far cry from what we feel we are capable of. There is no grand concept to it. We just want people to have fun with it and hum along to it. Maybe sleep with it.

MIA: Any recommended records so far of ‘08?

I have been extremely disappointed in most of the music being released in ’08. I liked ’07 much better. Beach House, Black Moth Super Rainbow and Atlas Sound released great albums this year.

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

I tend to like pop art from the 50’s and ’60s.

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

Not sure what the theme is here..

Don’t Bring Me Down by Electric Light Orchestra
Sound and Vision by David Bowie
Tractor Rape Chain by Guided By Voices
The Fox by Sleater Kinney
Sky Holds The Sun by A Band Of Bees

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