Breakdown with THE KIKI TWINS: Interview with A Crowd Electric
Ginger and spice and beats so nice, that’s what A Crowd Electric is made of! THE KIKI TWINS interview their electronic, dance duo counterparts.
Name: A Crowd Electric
What do you do: We make people dance for their lives!
Where are you based: Get ready to pull out your Google Map… Poughkeepsie, NY. half of the time and Greenpoint, Brooklyn the other half.
1. So tell us, what is the most FIERTH thing about you?
People have trouble telling which one of us is gay.
2. What type of art do you create?
We produce club anthems that make you want to get into a time machine and set the dial for 1994.
3. What’s going on right now for you?
We just dropped our debut EP, Reckless, which is following up on the awesome response we got for our remixes for Madonna (â€œMiles Awayâ€), Britney Spears (â€œCircusâ€) and Crystal Castles (â€œRecklessâ€). The EP features some hard-hitting collaborations with Mr.Kitty (Arlington, TX) and a bizarre Thriller-esque remix featuring the NYC acting legend, Edgar Oliver, who we’ve adopted as our very own Vincent Price. The title track was co-produced by Mark Stone at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, who also engineered and mastered the whole album (which is why it sounds so thick and juicy). We’re in separate cities at the moment â€“ David in NYC setting up the new studio in Greenpoint and Sparrow in Savannah, GA setting up yet another satellite studio. We’re writing, doing some video experiments and looking at how we want to recreate ACE in a live setting, which would be completely new to us since most of what we do rarely involves us being in the same room. Not that we don’t love each other! We’re like a husband and wife team- one that lives on separate continents. It’s just how we tend to work, and we’re both producing a bunch of other projects which, somehow, always feed back to what we’re doing as ACE.
4. What’s on your plate for the rest of 2010?
Next up for A Crowd Electric is an album, which we have a ton of material for, and are in the process of editing down – way down – to maybe ten thoroughly amazing tracks. Expect to hear a very fun and dance-y single from that in the next few months called â€œ1994â€ (you heard it here first). In the meantime, we’re continuing to get our stuff out there in all sorts of interesting, out-of-the-box ways. We were featured as part of the Two Blue Wolves Digital Collection along with members of Stellastarr*, ArpLine, Elefant, Ana Lola Roman and a bunch of other super-talented artists. It’s a very cool project. All of the music is based on a short story about a couple breaking up in Paris and how the events are interconnected with the war on terror, the 2004 tsunami, and a woman stricken with Alzheimer’s disease. The premise sounds bizarre, but you have to read it and listen to the music to see how amazing it is.
5. Who’s on your radar? Who should we be keeping an eye on?
Mr.Kitty (http://www.myspace.com/mrkittydm) out of Arlington, TX. We collaborated with him on a couple tracks for Reckless. He’s like the Robin to Crystal Castles’ Batman. At 18-years-old this kid is more mature than half of the electro acts out there. It’s just him and a computer. He just released his 29th release (Yes. 29)! The album is called Until Death Do Us Part and we can’t say enough about it.
6. What is something no one knows about you?
We were put together by a well known NYC club promoter, DJ Jess (of Trash!, Girls & Boys and Motherfucker fame). David ran the bar at Rififi on 11th Street when the Trash! party was in residency over there. Sparrow frequented the party and Jess knew he was looking to produce a remix, which David had already done for Jess’s band This is Americana. So he linked us up, and the rest is history. If there was a Match.com for the electro scene, Jess would be the one running it.
7. What are some of your pet peeves?
-The lack of genuinely fun private parties in New York
-An over-reliance on auto-tune
-Bad subway etiquette
8. If you could be anywhere right now doing anything with anyone, tell us where, what and with who it would be.
We’d be attending a private, week-long party in Malta hosted by a royal family of undisclosed origin.
9. Where can people find out more about you and keep up with you?
10. Are we there yet?
We passed it a while ago. There’s a better party down the way, and we’re taking Fierth and THE KIKI TWINS with us. So strap in and hold on tight!