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We are happy to announce our first Artist Feature Video Series. We will be briefly catching up with musicians from all genres and asking them a few quick questions about their music, touring, recording, new projects, and their careers. We kick off with Teen Daze.
2012 was a very good year for Vancouver musician Teen Daze - two records released and recently just announced as number nine on the Hype Machine’s Most Blogged Artists of the year. We caught up with him in Chicago just before the second of those two releases, The Inner Mansions, which came out a few weeks ago.
On Experimenting: “I really like the idea that home recording gets to open you up to so much experimentation, so it doesn’t have to be “ok, here’s a guitar song”, or “okay, here’s a straight electronic song”. I have the ability to basically do whatever I want.”
On Self-releasing Music: “Maybe even ten years ago, having a label was ‘the dream’, btu now it is so easy to release your own music online that you just don’t need that piece of the puzzle anymore. “
On Performing Live: “I’ve always dealt with this tension, especially with the live show because it’s really fun to have just a huge dance party, but at the same time, I myself love really mellow music, whether it is quiet folk or ambient music, so the show starts off nice and quiet and slow, and by the end, if the people want a dance party then I’m hopefully able to provide.”
On The Variation of his Music: “This last record [All of Us, Together] that I just put out is pretty instrumental, there’s not a lot of vocals on it. But the next record [The Inner Mansions] that’s going to be coming out has vocals on almost every track.”
On Connecting With The Audience: “Whenever I say “hey here’s a new song” they are like “yeah! we got a new song!” It sort of brings us all together and creates this special moment. Whatever I can do to bring some good vibes into the world.”