Pop Smear are a New York based electro-pop group and they kindly agreed to complete a feature artist interview for Essential Pop. Pop Smear, consisting of Tom and Georgia, are currently working towards the release of their latest album “This Ain’t Art” on the 16th May. Read on to discover who inspires them musically, who they would like to collaborate with and how they create their signature electropop tracks.
Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or a number of genres what would it be?
We have roots in electropop, synthpop, technopop, electronic music and pop. I guess you can say we’re a fusion band.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
Music for anyone that’s ever felt utterly hopeless yet still desperately searched for happiness.
Q: What is your musical background?
Georgia graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music degree majoring in classical voice. I learned to play “Hot Cross Buns” on the recorder when I was 8.
Q: How was 2010 for you?
We played a few shows and put the finishing touches on our debut album “This Ain’t Art.” It was produced by Roger Fife who has worked with the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Fatboy Slim and Tricky.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
There’s not much I really like nowadays. I like the random song but my real passion lies with the early electronic pioneers. Artists like Soft Cell, Gary Numan, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, etc. All the usual suspects.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
Vince Clarke of Erasure. You can blame him for me wanting to be a musician.
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
Everyone knows synthesizers make the music for you.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
You can have a good song with bad lyrics but not with a bad melody. That said, both are important.
Q: Where are you based?
We’re in New York. It helps us keep our ears to scenes we aren’t a part of.
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
We’re kind of social pariahs. People hate successful people and while we aren’t successful everyone knows we will be and they resent that.
Q: What are you currently working on?
Promotion. You wouldn’t believe how hard it is to get on Radio One!
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Andy McCluskey of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark recently said he dug our work which was a real thrill. I was kind of bracing for the worst when I asked his opinion so to hear something positive from someone you truly admire is really inspiring.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
We want to sell a bajillion copies of “This Ain’t Art.” It is being released May 16. The cd will initially be available only through the official Erasure store (lexermusic.com). If you pre-order now you can get a limited edition signed and numbered copy that is sure to be worth a fortune one day! It will also be available as a download at all the usual digital retailers.
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
We may or may not be playing Coachella this year.
Q: What do you do to relax?
Listen to music or play with my dogs. Can’t imagine my life without either.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
Echo and the Bunnymen once infamously promoted their newest release by calling it “the greatest album ever made.” I’m not going to make any proclamations that bold, but I do think our album is pretty darn good -- and that’s coming from someone with fairly low self-esteem. Please check it out and decide for yourselves!
Editor’s Note: Pop Smear use the early electro pop pioneers as an inspiration and partnering this with Georgia’s amazing vocals generate a haunting and unique sound.
If you’d like to learn more about or contact Pop Smear just follow the links below:
facebook link: www.facebook.com/popsmearofficial
myspace link: www.myspace.com/popsmearofficial
soundcloud link: http://soundcloud.com/popsmear/