22 February 2010

Fresh Meat Monday - Factory Kids

Would you care to introduce yourself?
Christina Marie: vocals and instruments

Tim Chaplin: vocals and instruments

How would you describe the music you make?
Tim: Scruffy psychedelic pop.

Christina: And sweet melancholy pop.

How did you start out making music?
Tim: We've both been invloved in various other bands and projects - I still do solo stuff under my own name and electronic/experimental stuff as Luminous - but we decided to try and do something together fairly soon after first meeting in 2008.

Christina: While I was in a shoegaze band in New York, we decided to create a side project. Well, now Factory Kids is my main band and Tim dedicates a lot of hours to it as well.

What process goes into the way you write songs?
Tim: We like to take different approaches each time to try and keep things fresh. Hopefully for us and anyone who fancies a listen. Sometimes one of us will write a whole song on our own. Sometimes someone might have the lyrics and then we'll add music. Other times we start with rough loops and make the song up as we go along...

Christina: Once in awhile, I'll come up with a melody on a piano and Tim adds to it. But mostly, Tim will write the music, either him or I write the lyrics, and together we come up with the finished track.

What can people expect from your live shows?
Tim: We've both played live with different bands in the past, but we're yet to go out as Factory Kids. I don't think it's something we ever really considered when we started this stuff, so it might be hard to recreate in a live setting. Having said that, we are looking at doing something either as a stripped-down duo or with a full band. In the meantime, we're hoping to try our hand at a spot of DJ'ing if anyone'll have us...

Christina: Some of our songs are so layered and complex it'd be quite complicated to play it live. Although we could play some of the songs, and are thinking of having stripped down live versions of them. But for now we're starting off with DJ'ing...

What are you all listening to at the moment?
Tim: These New Puritans, The Telescopes, Atlas Sound, Tom Waits.

Christina: Spiritualized, The Dandy Warhols, Soundpool, Sweet Jane.

What can we expect to see/hear from you in 2010?
Tim & Christina: Lots more releases - another EP on 17 Seconds Records, at least one new album, some remixed material, remixes for other bands, and ongoing appearances on compilations...

Factory Kids 'EP1' is available to buy now on 17 Seconds Records

Factory Kids - They Used To Call Me Baby (MP3)


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