Published on February 28 2014

Lilly Wolf : "Inspiration comes from making mistakes"

 

1. Could you introduce yourself and tell us where your artist name comes from and a little bit more about your debut as an artist ?


I'm Lilly Wolf, which comes from my legal name, Lillian Wolfson. My producer, Alex Neuhausen, goes by Dr. Nu because he is an actual doctor (of electrical engineering). We met at Stanford through a Facebook group for musicians. Nu was working on his doctor-engineer thing and I was finishing my undergrad in music. I picked him up in my Volvo and we jammed in my dorm room. At the time we didn’t like each other too much but now we're best friends. I was kind of fighting my ambition when we met, pretending I was gonna pull off this straight edge deal, have a stable career trajectory, learn to cook, maybe grow some plants in the living room. I had people telling me that I couldn’t be a musician, that it was ridiculous. Eventually I stopped listening to them because those people are jerks. And now I still can’t cook.


2. What's the story behind your new albums? What messages are you trying to convey through them?


We have two albums up on Jamendo, "Play Loud" from a year ago, and "This Painted Life," which we released last month.
The title for "This Painted Life" comes from a quote in Nabokov's Invitation to a Beheading: "...in my dreams the world would come alive, becoming so captivatingly majestic, free and ethereal, that afterwards it would be oppressive to breathe the dust of this painted life.”

 

Lilly Wolf : "Inspiration comes from making mistakes"Lilly Wolf : "Inspiration comes from making mistakes"

 

3. What kind of artists do you usually listen to? Are they a source of inspiration for you?


I'm a classically trained on piano and I love dance music, so I listen to a mix of classical music, hip-hop, and dance-pop. I like Chopin, Mozart, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Kendrick Lamar, Dre, Kanye, Jedi Mind Tricks, Stromae, Kings Dead, Gaga, Rihanna,  Britney, T Swift. The stuff Max Martin writes. Or A.R. Rahman, or Thomas Newman, for movie soundtracks. I learned to arrange for orchestra, and I think those conventions show up in my bass and piano and synth parts now. With vocal production, we borrow the technique Max Martin uses on Britney's vocals and double or triple up the lead vox parts because, like her, I'm a breathy singer.


4. Where does your inspiration come from?


Making mistakes. Reckless stuff that’ll probably get me in trouble later but also give me a window, a narrow one, to something rare and brief and probably sad. A lot of late-night hanging out in diners. Or in donut shops. I don’t sleep well. I try to read. I try to pay attention. I like thinking about how people manage the distance between themselves and others so I try to capture that if it’s unusual, like if it’s some really insidious manipulation or a really spectacular flameout. It feels voyeuristic sometimes.

 

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5. Have you ever performed in public? If yes, what are the best memories you keep from these performances and your fans ?


We play live all the time, mostly in clubs and bars around NYC. I think the best thing, or at least the one that’s sticking out to me right now, is from this party we played in Bushwick, in Brooklyn. Not crazy, but there was this girl who came up to me after my set and said, YOU HAVE TO KEEP DOING THIS. YOU CAN’T EVER STOP DOING THIS. So now when I can’t write for shit and I’ve been living under a rock for days I’ll think about that and try not to be so pessimistic about my stuff.


6. What was the craziest experience you lived as an artist?


Honestly? It’s playing for people I know. It’s one thing to perform in front of strangers, I don’t have any history with them and it’s easy to abstract them into a blob. It’s different singing in front of my brother or my friend from high school or my meth dealer (just kidding, he never makes it out to the events). These people are in the music! I’m still not over how strange that is.


7.  What’s your favorite song to belt out  in your car/shower/bedroom, at the bar or for karaoke?


"Crazy" by Britney Spears. Also, Miley’s “We Can’t Stop”, because everyone in line for the bathroom, tryna get a line in the bathroom.

 

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8.  You chose to share your music for free under Creative Commons licenses on Jamendo. Why did you make this decision?


Dr. Nu and I both like the idea of people downloading, sampling, and remixing our music. It’s cool to hear someone else's take on what we do. Plus, if anything we feel it's going to increase our exposure instead of detracting from our work.


9. Do you have a fun anecdote that your fans don’t know about and would be surprised to hear?


Uhhh...so Dr. Nu does all of our production in his home studio, but he’s constantly needing to find homes where he can be loud. Which has led to a lot of strange living situations. Like, a shed in the backyard of what was technically a single-family home but which actually housed one compulsive buyer of household cleaning products and industrial-grade cookware, two criminally (literally) incompetent meth addicts and their mean blind dog, one jaded scientist, and a line cook with a penchant for stealing Nu’s cheese. Nobody was normal. They had two (two!) mop and buckets, the kind janitors use on the floors. I have no idea why.

 

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10. Anything to add?


Interviewers often ask about our goals. Short term, we want to write and perform music for a living and tour internationally. Long term, we want to write classic dance songs. In 50 years people will still be listening to Madonna and Michael Jackson. We want them to still be listening to us too. There's this Banksy quote, "They say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.” We're terrified of dying.

 

 

Written by The Jamendo Team

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Published on February 14 2014

Azwel + Julian - "We make music virtually"

 

1. Could you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit more about your debut as an artist ?

 

Jason: I have been making music solo since the late 90's and hooked up with Julian through the internet. We did a couple of songs at first, and then decided to do a full length LP years later.
Julian: Me too !



2. What's the story behind your new album and what messages are you trying to convey through it?

 

Jason: A lot of the songs on this LP are about interpersonal relationships between all sorts of people. I do a lot of wordplay usually, but on this album I wanted the lyrics to be more straightforward. Some almost tell a story and I think that was a direct reaction of hearing the backing tracks Julian originally sent me. I felt we could definitely go in a more pop direction for this album. We kept the weirder stuff for the sides.

 

 

Azwel + Julian - "We make music virtually"

 

3. What kind of artists do you usually listen to? Are they a source of inspiration for you?

 

Jason: I listen to a lot of pop from overseas. I am from New York, but it seems almost everything I listen to is either from England, Scotland, Sweden, Wales, Ireland. I do like a fair share of American artists though, its just, a bulk of what a listen to is mostly from overseas. I always found that weird. Its not like its an intentional thing, its more coincidental. I like all sorts of pop music, some is instrumental. As long as there's a good melody and chord change in there, I like it. Styles don't matter to me. I'd like a rap song too, if it were well written, unfortunately there's not a lot of those out there. I'm never ashamed at anything I listen to. If someone as annoying as Justin Bieber put out something that was actually good, I don't care, I'd listen to it. haha.

 

Julián: I agree with Jason. I don't have prejudices concerning genres, but I have my preferences : Pet Shop Boys, the electronic pop of the '80s, Giorgio Moroder, Kraftwerk, and disco music in general !


4. Where does your inspiration come from?

 

Jason: Music, visuals, movies, situations...

 

Azwel + Julian - "We make music virtually"

 

 5. Have you ever performed in public? What are the best memories you keep from your performances and your fans?

 

Jason: I am in a couple bands at the moment. I've never had a band for my solo music though.   My best memories are when fans are listening and dancing to the music. That's why I also do a couple cover bands.  Those seem to make more money too.


Julián: As "Julián Murias", I played several times in Buenos Aires, Argentina, between 2001 and 2012. Almost everytime I did it with background visuals, changing them a little from one performance to another.

 

 

 6.  You chose to share your music for free under Creative Commons licenses on Jamendo. Why did you make this decision?


Jason: For us now, its all about generating an interest in the songs.  We could be making money, but really, what is a thousand dollars or less really? I can make that at work within a month. Why not just make it easily accessible, which will in return give us a chance at receiving some attention.

 

7. Anything to add?

 

We are Jason Perrillo (USA), known as "Azwel" y Julián Murias (ARG), we virtually compose together our new album, Beggining. We are happy to publish it on Jamendo, we trust this platform.

 

 

 

 

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Published on February 7 2014

Peter Pumberger : "I once got a love letter from a fan"

 

1. Could you introduce yourself and tell us where your artist name comes from and a little bit more about your debut as an artist (any fun anecdotes? We love anecdotes)?
 
Hi! I am Peter, a 21-year-old medical student from Salzburg, Austria. When I started my solo career, I didn’t really think of a special name. I just wanted to record my music for myself, so I didn’t bother with that and used my real name – Peter Pumberger. My career as an artist began playing the guitar and singing in a band in high shool called ”Peanut Butter Jelly Toast“. After over 5 years that included one album, a music video, dozens of concerts and much more, we broke up and with that I stopped making music for 2 years. During that time I moved to Vienna to start medschool, and with it a whole new life. After some really stressful life events, I found my way back to music, grabbed my beloved guitar and just played. I always had the wish to record songs on my own, where I can be myself while playing all the instruments myself, and voilà, my EP “Meine Matrix“ is what came out.
 
 
2. What's the story behind your new EP "Meine Matrix". For those who don't speak German, what messages are you trying to convey through this EP?
 
Well, these songs mean a lot to me. I wrote them during a very, very hard time of my life and they just caught me. This record is about love, about getting hurt, about all the feelings from falling in love to loosing someone. It is about trying to replace someone, something. But most of all, it is about letting go, moving on and looking ahead.
 

Peter Pumberger : "I once got a love letter from a fan"

 

3. What kind of artists do you usually listen to? Are they a source of inspiration for you?

This is a difficult question. I could list hundreds of names from all kinds of different genres. I like music that electrifies me, no matter if it is hip hop, rock, or classical music. Artists like Stromae, System of A Down, or, from a composing point of view, also Mozart make me crazy; but in a good way. I feel encouraged to try out different styles. So it is possible that my next record might be hip hop or straight pop as I am working on a hip hop project at the moment. My goal is to make different records in various styles and be very versatile.
 


4. Where does your inspiration come from?

My inspiration comes and goes from time to time. I cannot just sit down and write a song. I need to have strong feelings I can put into words. That’s why my songs are about things that affect me. If something like that happens, the music simply flows.
I also listen to a lot of music to get inspired. I often see new opportunities, which I can then incorporate into songs.

 

Peter Pumberger : "I once got a love letter from a fan"

 
5. Have you ever performed in public? If yes, what are the best memories you keep from these performances and your fans (any love letter or crazy fans?)?

To be honest, I never performed in public as a solo artist but I will share my impressions from the performances with my former band. The feeling right before you enter the stage, the prickling in your hands, the excitement which is not a real nervousness but more an unbelievable anticipation, the knowledge of a crowd waiting and screaming for you; I can say, that these minutes were one of the most awesome moments in my life.
One day, I even got a love letter of a very, very lovely young girl, who was standing in the first row at all of our concerts. This was really flattering.
 

6. What was the craziest experience you lived as an artist?

Well, of course, getting identified on the streets. I never thought something like that could happen to me. I have to say, I enjoy it, though, and it makes me really happy to reach people with my music.
 
 
7.  What’s your favorite song to belt out  in your car/shower/bedroom, at the bar or for karaoke?


System of A Downs – ”Chop Suey!“, my all time favorite.

 

Peter Pumberger : "I once got a love letter from a fan"Peter Pumberger : "I once got a love letter from a fan"Peter Pumberger : "I once got a love letter from a fan"

 

8. You chose to share your music for free under Creative Commons licenses on Jamendo. Why did you make this decision?

Since writing and recording these songs was something I just wanted to do for myself, at first it was not important to me, if anybody would listen to my music or liked it. I waited a long time before I shared them online but now I am happy I did. My objective is not to make money with my music but to enjoy the process of making it and with that lighten up my life as well as the lives of those who like my music. I am glad that websites like Jamendo exist to share your music all over the world, without costs.

 


9. Do you have a fun anecdote that your fans don’t know about and would be surprised to hear?

Yes, actually there is one I can share with you. While recording the drums for my EP, olive oil played a key role. I started setting up the drums and my sound engineer built up the microphones. Then, when we started to record, he suddenly mentioned a squeezing sound when I was playing the bass drum. I was surprised because I had it serviced only a few days before. As we had just a few hours left to record the drums, I ran to a store, bought olive oil and just poured it over – worked out perfectly.



10. Anything to add?


I just want to thank you for listening to my music! I, as a little Austrian medicine student, am honored to get the chance to talk a little about myself and about what I do. Thanks, Peter.

 

 

 

Written by The Jamendo Team

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