Geneva Jacuzzi Interviewed

I’m super psyched about seeing Geneva Jacuzzi play this Thursday at Mamushka’s. Her shows are supposed to be cray cray thus perfect for Art Basel. I can also tell from our emails that she’s a rad chick. Having toured with John Maus, conquered Ariel Pink, and being cool with jumping on a flight to Miami at the drop of a dime says tons about the girl – truly rad. Just wait till you see her videos which will make you definitely want to catch the show. It’s like our ol friend Moshe posted on Facebook “Be careful not to look into her eyes or you might get… stoned”

Here’s her official bio:

Geneva Jacuzzi (aka Geneva Garvin) fronted a number of mysterious and fleeting performances under hilarious and perfunctory aliases (Pregnant, Hot Pajamas, Sex Carpet) before building her permanent home in Bubonic Plague. Her music is quasi-occult mystery, flippant wit and quizzical torch, enshrined in the unsuspecting and jazzy veneer of sundry electronic music styles that range from darkwave goth-lounge to tropicalia.

Interview (probably my favorite interview on this blog so far)

One of the most recognizable aspects of Geneva Jacuzzi are the multiple characters that you play. I’ve noticed a greek goddess, 80s model, post-punk Cleopatra, and 90s teen, how do you conceptualize all the alter personas? Are they character references, manifestations of your personality, or just random creations?

Greek Goddess (Love Caboose vid) – 2 characters – Aphrodite and Medusa. Song is about Medusa sung through the voice of a god who embodies the thing that brings her complete suffering (love/procreation/Venus/Aphrodite). It’s a tragedy. A double wammy. But who’s the villain? The victim? Let’s just blame the Love Caboose..

Punk Cleopatra (Bad Moods vid) – Not Cleopatra but actually. “Salome”.  Daughter of Herodias. Stepdaughter of King Herod. A biblical story. Salome was responsible for cutting off the head of John the Baptist. Could be considered a bitch if you’re a fan of Christ. Side note – her dad was hot for her. Possible incest… is this a Moral dilemma? Does it matter?
There’s also a bunch of other characters like… Rozbo, Zygote, Mime, Obelisk King, Bad Lieutenant, Idiot Dancer, Dracula, Reverend Science, Laundry Ghost…. plus a few product characters like Blood Phallus Fishfood, Swanface Aerosol Laundry Softener, Wandering Tights, etc…  Would Love to talk about all of these but that would take months..  
80′s model? don’t know about that one. Maybe it’s just me looking hot or something.  Point being…  I haven’t even answered the question yet..

OK, maybe some of them are random, some not, but it’s hard to know what’s what in a world where people think that “Geneva Jacuzzi” is a real person. You follow me?

Tell us a little bit about the song writing process, how do you come up with song themes and lyrics? What’s your favorite line from one of your own tracks?

Easy.. I found a car service that manufactures it’s own destination. You get into the car and by the time you get out of the car you are right back where you started but with a song that sprouted up sometime in the Future Past. You don’t ask questions. You just go with it. It gives you what you don’t want but that is really just the thing that you will want if you don’t really know what you want.

Ha Ha, I’m guessing this will end up being a line on one of my tracks so I choose it as my favorite.

You’ve been in a shitload of bands and projects. In what ways did they help you arrive at Geneva Jacuzzi? What’s been your favorite collaboration so far?

For some reason, I really dislike band practice. It’s kind of boring. Maybe that’s why I went solo. My favorite collaborations were the ones where we didn’t have band practice. Bands like Vibe Central and Obelisk. Those were the coolest

You were recently on tour with John Maus, who I saw this year at SXSW. For a one man act his live performance is very compelling and energetic, at one point he was shoving the mic into his eye socket. What did you take from that particular tour experience and how did it affect your live shows?

Well, to be honest, John is my friend… and I don’t really like seeing any of my friends or loved ones shoving things into their eye sockets. But the tour was great. One of the best times of my life. Both John Maus and Puro Instinct are amazing live. Plus, it’s great to not have to sit in a van with a bunch of dweebs for 4 weeks.

I’ve noticed visuals are a big part of your brand, both on stage and off. You’re website, logo, and video backdrops all have a common aesthetic. Give us three words you think best describe the visual vibe.

1. Very
2. Geneva
3. Jacuzzi

If you could build a set for all your live shows what would it look like? (Very hypothetical question so please go all out)

It wouldn’t look like anything but it would be hooked up to your brain via technology or telepathy. It would recreate the exact thing that you think you are seeing.. well… at least for the first half of the show.

 I will have a manual controller to these observation fantasies on stage. It will resemble a delay pedal or something like that but it will actually be hooked up to your brain, my brain,  and everyone else’s brain in the audience. At some point durring the performance, I will start turning knobs and mixing up these fantasy frequencies. The result will be the ultimate on-stage morph effect. I will become beautiful, horrible, boring, colorful, and of course, Invisible…. all throughout the duration of one single performance. Then everyone else will experience their own morph as well…Plus everyone will at least get a flash of the on stage experience, which is totally fucked up, by the way.

And now for my all-time favorite question…What’s your musical guilty pleasure?

I think this is a perfect opportunity to introduce all of the readers to my new “Guilty Pleasure” product line. Each one is designed specifically to activate our Humanoid Pleasure Pain Malfunction towards random objects and abstract concepts.
It’s rather simple….  Ice cream is extra yummy because it makes you chubby. Smoking is relaxing because it gives you cancer… But what does music do? Nothing… There is Absolutely no reason to feel guilt about listening to music.. Could that be why it’s been sounding a little lackluster????

But who cares anyway?!  Just sprinkle a little Guilty Pleasure Parmesan Pop Cheese on your music and It quickly generates an identity crises strong enough to create the illusion of guilt towards any song, album, artist, genre….  thus immediately activating all the enjoyable pleasure receptors that have been connected (via the ever evolving Humanoid Pleasure Pain Malfunction) and Voila! Instant Audio Bliss!!!! You can rock out harder than ever before to just about anything.  But what about the music you already like? Sprinkle it on, and you will immediately start to see all the “reasons” why you should feel a little lame about it and then…. BAM!  it will sound even better than before.

Use as directed. May be used on books and pets. For friends, family, and colleagues, try Guilty Pleasure Passive Aggression Fruit Scented Candles.

How many cassette tapes do you own?

 I’m guessing maybe a couple hundred Jacuzzi 8-track tapes.. about ten mixed tapes and maybe five or six regular music tapes. There used to be more but I’ve recorded over most of them…

What have you heard about Art Basel?

I’ve heard that as far as art stuff is concerned, it’s a big one.

How do you picture Miami?

Warm and sunny. Tanned and toned.

What’s next for Geneva Jacuzzi?

Miami, silly. After that.. I don’t know.. Maybe some commercials.

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Housse de Racket Interview & Ticket Give-Away

Smack dab in the middle of Art Basel, here in Miami, The Fillmore will be hosting a fully French concert with Kitsuné’s Housse de Racket opening for electro-pop trio Yelle.  As I found out in the interview below, this will be their first US gig ever so props to Miami for making waves.  Victor and Pierre have seen a quick rise to international fame with their fast paced synth infused guitar rock.  In August they debuted their first release off the Kitsuné label, Alesia.  Learn how you can win a pair of tickets to the show below!

Nightdrive: Rumor has it that you two met as session musicians for Air and Phoenix, tell us how the sparks flew.
Housse de Racket: This is a urban legend with a slice of truth! We played as session musicians for Air and Phoenix but we already knew each other for a long time. We met at the music school when we were teenagers. But still, playing with these guys was a great experience.
ND: Kitsuné has always been a favorite of Nightdrive.  How did you hook up with one of the most influential contemporary indie labels?
HdR: When we started to work with Zdar, who produced the last Phoenix, Rapture and Beastie Boys records, the attention on us changed a little bit. Gildas Loaec, Kitsuné’s founder, came to the studio and had a listen on our new tracks. We think he really wanted to sign a French act. He first put “Chateau” on the Kitsuné Maison Compilation 10 and then invited us to play on a Kitsuné party in Paris. We signed with them one month later! We’re very happy and proud to work with them and to be part of the family !
ND: You’ll be performing in Miami on December 2nd with fellow French trio Yelle.  How have the US tour stops been so far?  Have you performed with Yelle before this tour?
HdR: Actually the Miami gig is already very special because it’s gonna be our first US gig ever!
Yes, we already played with Yelle twice in Paris but it was on the previous tour. Their show is incredible, we love them!
ND: You write songs in both English and French.  Which do you prefer? Do you ever feel pressured to write in English because of the world market?
HdR: Our first record “Forty Love” was entirely in French. Singing in English is very new to us so it’s maybe more exciting. We can’t ignore that English is the language of pop music but we don’t feel any world market pressure… we just write as it comes!
ND: One of my favorite questions- If you had a day off in Miami, what would you do?
HdR: Have some cocktails by a beautiful swimming pool (maybe the Raleigh one!), see the Everglades & check some crocos.
ND: In one word, describe what we can expect from your Miami performance.
HdR: Epic
ND: What’s next for Housse de Racket after the tour?
HdR: We’re going to a little Asia tour around New Year’s Eve, then Europe and we gonna come back in the US for springtime!!
And now for the quiz:
What famous French producer helped Housse de Racket on their latest album Alesia?
Email your answers with your full name to info@nightdrivemiami.com.  The Twentieth correct answer will be walking into the Fillmore for free with a friend on December 2nd!

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Rebecca & Fiona

A few weeks ago I posted about Laing, a German 4 piece who I thought could be either the next blue light MTV special or Deutschland’s new underground indie-electronic vixens, not sure which. That’s kind of how I feel about Rebecca & Fiona, I can’t tell if they’re gonna be on the cover of the next Seventeen mag or if they’re busy taste-making for all the Swedish hipsters (my guess is Seventeen mag). Their new album I Love You Man has everything from banger club anthems to electro pop ballads. Truth is I like poppy stuff because it makes my head bob, so I approve (of most of the tracks). Point being mainstream music in Europe sometimes resembles what we consider indie/underground stuff on this side of the pond.

Here’s what they say about themselves:

A shared interest in great music brought the two girls together. Rebecca Scheja and Fiona Fitzpatrick not only reign Stockholm’s club scene, they have become icons for a whole generation of Swedes and represent what hard work combined with talent can do…Donʼt let their beauty and glamorous public life fool you. Rebecca and Fiona are dedicated musicians who spend more time trying to nail loops in the basement of their recording studio than to splash champagne at trendy nightclubs.

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If She Was Away – Rebecca & Fiona

Knightlife

Here at Nightdrive we love all things with the word night in them, even if it starts with a K. I’ve been a big fan of Knightlife for the past few years and used to play their tracks frequently within my DJ sets. However, there were  only so many tracks and I could only play them so many times. That’s why I’m super psyched about the new Knightlife EP titled “Serves You Right”.  I haven’t really seen much action from this act since Poplife was at The Electric Pickle. Here’s what the band had to say about their recent hibernation period:

“You maybe have wondering why things have been a little quiet lately, but that’s only because we’ve been busy behind the scenes doing what labels do; turning the cogs of the record industry, scouring for diamonds in the rough and through the use of magic, fashioning them into future hits.”

So here it is – a shiny sparkly new Knightlife EP with some killer disco gems.

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Knightlife – Otherway

Knightlife – Serves You Right (Emperor Machine Remix)

 

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Lazaro Casanova

Laz is by far one of my favorite Miami producers although his reputation resonates beyond our Magic City. His new EP Our Kind of Love (off his own label petFood) is exactly the kind of house music that makes me happy. It’s classic sounding and reminds me of the good stuff they used to play at clubs when I was sneaking in with a fake IDs. It’s unpretentious good ol’ house.

I know the guy gets booked all over the world but somehow him and Oscar G have time to hold down Wednesday nights at one of the most authentic spots in Miami – Hoy Como Ayer. I recently had the pleasure spinning at their “Tropicasa” party and gotta say it was probably one of the most pleasant gigs I’ve had in a while. Everyone gets to play whatever they want and if the DJs are having fun chances are the room is happy. Loved the party as much as I love Laz’s music.

Official description:

Lazaro Casanova is a full time groove-making producer, DJ, & label owner. A brooklyn art school drop-out who was always deeply immersed in music one way or the other. Sailing from Miami, FL he has anchored himself to innovate and push forward thinking music while heavily borrowing that rare good feeling from the classic house days. Proven time traveler, skilled astronaut, and professional Cuban, expect to hear an eclectic array of sounds spanning from anywhere and everywhere.

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Our Kind of Love EP (Out this Friday on Beatport!)


Team Rojas Moves On

Our team of Rojases (Erick and Edgar) are at it again.  Residing in New York (for now), they’ve released their next mix installment in association with Cosmic Chronic, this time straying from their boogie and disco roots for a deeper house ensemble.  These guys really do have amazing ears; always digging for the best beats with a healthy dose of soul. I always find myself returning to their mixes months and years after their release.

Download Move On and carry it wherever you go!

Check out our other pieces on Team Rojas HERE, HERE and HERE

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Storm Queen aka Morgan Geist

Last year when Morgan Geist unleashed his Storm Queen project, adding his two cents to the new Chicago House revival, every DJ in the genre started drooling.  The hook of Look Right Through was just too damn good!  But for the longest time it was really the only Storm Queen artifact out there.  Part of me had accepted that it would be a one-track project, but alas!

One of my better birthday gifts last Tuesday was the release of Storm Queen’s second single It Goes On off Environ Records with both a vox and dub version included.  This one is a little different from his first jack-anthem release.  Sure it has that obligatory house beat, but isn’t focused nearly as much on a catchy chorus as it is on a slightly more abstract beat.  Regardless, it’s another winner from a dance music master.

You can purchase the release from Juno HERE

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The C90s

Seems like making remixes is pretty effective as far getting your music out there these days. I’ve discovered so many new artists in the last few years just because they remixed someone else I really like. That’s how I bumped into The C90s. I don’t remember if I heard their Clubfeet or Villa remix first, but when I saw Flight Facilities and Headman take a crack at their single “Shine a Light”  I figured they were getting the attention they deserved.

Bio:

Formed over a mutual appreciation of disco beats, handclaps, cowbells, and vocoders, Jamie Paterson and Danny Ashenden are The C90s, two DJs who have rocked floors over the UK and Europe for the last two years. Based in London, the duo have been working hard, providing remixes for the likes of Cut Copy, Headman and Tronik Youth. The C90s are now concentrating on producing their second single, the first due to be released on Relish Recordings very soon.

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Marius

The Non Records family seems to be growing and expanding by the day. Nightdrive has had a very nice friendship with these guys since our WMC show with Palmbomen at bar last year, so we’re always thrilled to hear about their new releases and latest projects. The label’s overall sound is extremely original, pleasant, smart, and somewhat nostalgic – all characteristics that will guarantee a post on our blog.

Today I’m particularly excited about Non because Marius is releasing a vinyl version of Things We Did E.P.!

If you’re reading from Amsterdam make sure to catch him live tonight at Paradiso with Com Truise. For those of you unfamiliar with Marius please check Non’s short description of him:

“The layered sound Marius produces is the result of a calculating approach to creation. His electro sound strives to embody a narrative quality, avoiding traditional pop structure for instead more linear results. His use of samples from instrumental tracks conjure scenes of cinematic proportions, wavering somewhere between 60s era James Bond and cult classics such as Kill Bill. The rippling sonic delight of NON’s wonder-boy avoids traditional categorization with powerful results.”

Anyway, if you like what you just read and have now become a Marius fan, we invite you to participate in our Things We Did E.P vinyl giveaway. Mind you it’s going to take a few weeks for the package to get here from across the pond (Amsterdam), but if you want an awesome Non Records release please follow the instructions below:

Vinyl giveaway:

1. Visit both Nightdrive’s facebook fan page and Marius’ page and like them both. You will need to do this to find the trivia answer and then to post the answer.

2. Answer this question:

Which artist charted “Marius – Staniel Cay” last week? (hint: answer is to be found on his facebook)

3.  Go to the Nightdrive’s Facebook FAN page. We’ll have posted a  “Marius vinyl giveaway today on :::NIGHTDRIVEMIAMI.COM:::” status update…. please post the answer as a comment under this update.
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4. We will be giving 2 copies away so spread the wurd – Winners will be chosen at random
        CONGRATS TO CARLOS AND DENISE!
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Sneaky Sound System X Nicolas Jaar

I may be a little late on this one, but since Nicolas Jaar will be visiting The Electric Pickle next week, and since I can’t stop listening to this damn track, here it is.  Jaar completely re-imagines Sneak Sound System‘s single Big into a brooding yet masterfully composed lulluby. With his signature rhythmic style and a mourning clean guitar, the track builds to a slow bass jam.  If you’re in the Miami area, don’t miss this show!

Check out our previous post on Mr. Jaar

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