From The Hot Six #29 Avicii and Nicky Romero’s “I Could Be The One.” I love this character, am rooting for her, and did not expect how it would all end. Would love to see EDM artists do more storytelling in their videos, such as this.
While EDM is our bread and butter on the Hot Six, I’ve been adding more tracks from indie, electro and new wave sounds. With that, I bring you Fashions — no, not Fashions, the 80s British new wave band but rather a Brooklyn based trio formed earlier this year, that sounds part Cut Copy, part M83, part Depeche Mode, but remains uniquely fresh and original.
I actually discovered them on Instagram, (@fashionstheband), and I’ve been mesmerized by their memorable vocals, and hook-rich synth sounds. The three members are Matthew Maclaren, Jonathan Hudak, and Lepaux, and they released earlier this month their first EP called Young Heart that you can listen to and download here.
In just a few short months, over 30 radio stations are putting Fashions in their top 30 and they’ve made #91 in the CMJ Top 200. They will definitely be a household name before you know it and I’m proud to bring you an exclusive interview for The Hot Six at the start of their long career:
The Hot Six: What are the six tracks you think everyone should be listening to right now. (Each track is hyperlinked.)
The Hot Six: Tell us where the name “Fashions” came about for the group name, how did you pick it?
Maclaren - I really wanted a name that would mean so many different things to so many people. To me, the name “Fashions” is easy to remember, it is always evolving and most importantly, it reminds me of David Bowie.
The Hot Six: Mathew, Lepaux, Jonathan — you three are from different parts of the country and the world. How did you all meet and what’s the story about how you formed your friendship?
Maclaren- To make a long story short, Jon and I became best friends in college and decided to move to NYC in order to live our music/artistic dreams. We met Lepaux by simply putting an ad on Craigslist after all 8 other members quit the band.
Lepaux - I moved here from Brazil to start a band, but after a few months meeting really random people I was set to go solo. I’d just quit an internship at a recording studio and was looking for work when I found their ad. They seemed cool so I thought I’d give it one last chance. When we sat down, a few seconds in I knew I’d found the right guys.
The Hot Six: Our readers are from all over the world, from Brazil to Qatar to Indonesia — tell us about the music/culture scene of Brooklyn, NY and what makes it unique.
Maclaren - What I love about Brooklyn and it’s music scene is just how competitive it all seems. It’s very silly but it makes me want to work harder and immerse myself into all of the creative energy (good and bad) that Brooklyn has to offer. I talk to so many artists from so many different parts of the world, it really is inspiring.
Lepaux - Some of my favorite bands are from here, being able to see them perform all the time is good inspiraiton. Possibly the most unique aspect of Brooklyn bands is that a lot of times none of their members are from anywhere near here!
The Hot Six:Where is your favorite place to perform?
Maclaren - We are currently putting together the best possible live act before we perform.
The Hot Six: If you could write music with any band/artist dead or alive, who would it be?
Maclaren - I would love to sit down and pick Dave Gahan’s (from Depeche Mode) brain. There is something in his brain that has helped him continue to be one of the most influential and dark music writers of our time.
Lepaux - Dead would be Brazil’s greatest muscian, Tom Jobim, hands down. Alive, either Daft Punk or Empire of the Sun would be epic.
The Hot Six: What’s next for Fashions?
Maclaren -We are in the process of searching for perfect live members to complete our stage show.
Lepaux - We also just released the music video for Slip Away, check it out!
And with that, I present to you their first ever music video, Slip Away.
Speaking of having a torrid year, how about Jay Z? He had a baby, moved his basketball team – The Nets – to his hometown of Brookyln, AND christened the arena with EIGHT shows in a row. Here’s a documentary chronicling the opening of the Barclays Center with his concerts to open the arena.
Finally, my roommate loves “Live with Kelly and Michael,” and watches it religiously. Every now and then I’ll catch a quick snippet in the morning and come across a funny nugget of comedy. This one is just pure gold. It’s from the Brazilian prank show, “The Silvio Santos Show.” Check it out. It’s super effed up what they do, but also SUPER hilarious. I personally think the women at the 4:30 mark are the funniest.
I’m singing the beat. I hardly know the words to the track, but I am mouthing some semblance of logical English words in succession pretending as if I know the words to the song. Come to think of it, the succession of words is hardly logical. But, it’s the morning, and I am slowly awakening with a track stuck in my head from my drive home the night before. Where did I hear it? BPM? ElectricArea? Sebastian Ingrosso’s podcast? Fuck. What is the name of the song?
I attack my computer early in the morning trying to hunt down this track. What is its name? Is it this word that I kind of remember? Or this one? Or this one? I CAN’T EVEN REMEMBER THE FRIGGIN’ SONG THAT I HAVE STUCK IN MY HEAD!
This is the life of a dance music blogger and self-proclaimed expert. Nothing expert-like about sitting at your computer on a Saturday morning, hair pointing in different directions, face barely in order, and bed hardly made. This is straight obsession. I need to know what this dance music track is, and I need to know now.
Dogstarradio.com, Pandora, Spotify, iTunes, other dance music blogs. No relief. I can’t find it, and frankly I am getting frustrated. I ponder the zen approach: Let it go, and it will come to you. I play other dance tracks to try to get it out of my head. Now, I can’t even remember the bare minimum that I could remember. The track is gone, into the ether, and nowhere to be found in my mush mind on a Saturday morning.
Saturday and Sunday come and go. Periodically, I capture words, beats, melodies of the track that I think will trigger my memory. Yet, nothing. I listen to other dance music songs and act as if any one of these could be the missing track! Yet, I know I am fooling myself. I start pretending that I never even heard of the track in the first place. Yet, pretending doesn’t work, either.
Two days later, I’m driving. The radio is tuned to a David Guetta mix show. He’s spinnin’ track after track and there is no track information on the Sirius panel. Just the name of the show. I hear a track that I really like. It sounds familiar. Is this the one? Is this the track that I couldn’t find? I Shazam it. Of course I pulled over to do this! It would be irresponsible not to. Seriously, I did. (I didn’t).
The Ashton Shuffle? Versus Tommy Trash? Huh? I don’t THINK I’ve ever heard of this track. I click My Tags in Shazam, and behold, this is not the first time I have Shazam’d this track. There it is again, tagged just a few days earlier. Did I have the track name in my possession the whole time and didn’t even know it? This must be the track. Mustn’t it?
As soon as I get home, I listen to it in its entirety. This is the ONE. I think!? Isn’t it? Now, I can’t even remember the track that I was trying to remember on Saturday. Blasted! No, this is the one. It’s got to be. I am pretty sure it is. It’s it. It’s it. IT’S ALIVE!!!! IT’S ALIVE!!!!
I think. Gahhhhd. OK, whether it is or it isn’t (I think it is), it’s a jam. And I am lovin’ it. And now, I can share it with all the world. Or just the dozen or so people who read this blog. Whichever is more. Mas o menos. Give or take a few. Here it is! In all of its it-took-me-forever-but-not-really-to-find glory.
Check out the latest and hottest Hot Six playlist. Tell us what you think, and what you are listening to. What is your favorite and hottest track? What track should be on here that isn’t? Post your comments below!