QA : PYRAMID CLUB

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1. Who are you?

Chris and Matt aka Pyramid Club

2. What do you do?

Make music both together and in our solo projects, TWINS and Anticipation. We also co-run the label DKA with our friend James (Tifaret) and Matt also runs CGI Records.

3. Where do you often create/produce?

Matt: In our studio in Atlanta.
Chris: We also create sounds at our homes and spend most of our waking hours thinking about music.  Basically we are constantly thinking about making music even when we are at our day jobs or in our dreams.

4. When?

Matt: Whenever we get a chance, but if we’re being honest, not until a few days before a show.

Chris: We are busy guys with lots of projects and commitments but try to make enough time to record and practice.  Thankfully our system seems to work!

5. Why do you play music?

Because there is no better drug.

6. When did you start making music?

As a band, back in 2014, but we’ve both been active musically for most of our lives.

7. Which track defines you the most?

Matt: Probably whichever one I’m working on at the moment.

Chris:  “Le Grill”  its a piece I have been working on for a long time about Matt’s love affair with his grill.

8. How would you describe your own music?

 Synth / rhythm machine driven dance music inspired by movements of eras past.

9. Any track of the moment?

Matt: Been playing “Make That Move” by Shalamar a lot lately to lift my mood.

10. What influences your work? 

Matt: Records I’ve bought, my friends’ music, things I see in everyday life, the sounds that come out of the instruments i own.
Chris:  A desire to express myself, post punk records, rigidity of drum machines and sequencers, tape echo, Sci Fi films, and dystopian dread.  Young Marble Giant’s “Collosal Youth” is also always rattling around as a huge influence for me.

11. What’s your academic background? Are you an autodidact?

Matt: I have a BFA in Film with a second major in music, learned a lot in school but in terms of actually writing a song and making music that wasn’t in a classical/academic context I learned through countless hours of improvising with friends, playing in bands, touring, making recordings in my bedroom, etc.
Chris: I double majored in Anthropology and Psychology.  College is a waste of time and I don’t recommend it.  If anything college debt kept me from buying the music equipment I wanted for many years.
 

12. Favorite designer?

Chris: Bauhaus, Peter Saville, Vaughan Oliver, and 70s clip art books.

13. Favorite book?

14. Favorite classic movie?

Chris: Alien.

15. Favorite music label?

Chris: Rough Trade is pretty high up there for me.  A lot of important records for me were released by Rough Trade.  4AD, Factory, Wax Trax, and Mute are also really important.

16. Your dream collaboration?

Matt: Anyone I can have an unspoken understanding with.
Chris: I’d like to play bass in the Fall for like one record and get kicked out so I can say I was in the Fall.

17. Are you analog or digital?

Matt: Both are essential to me.
Chris:  I prefer analog but digital is also very important.  Whatever gets the job done.
18.Which soft wares/tools/ instruments do you use/play?
We use ableton live to record and mixdown usually but all the music is written and played on hardware instruments of various origins.

19. Describe your creative process?

For Pyramid Club, roughly half of the songs originate with a sketch Chris has made and I then flesh out with him, and the other half is the same but with sketches I am bringing to the table, which we’d like to think gives a nice variety to the songwriting without making things seem too disjointed.

20. When are you the most prolific (creatively)?

Matt: When I have free time to not feel rushed and let ideas flow naturally.

Chris: When I am not watching TV or sleeping or at work.

21. Any favorite record stores? (Real/virtual)

All of them!  As long as they have records and they are open I am good to go!

22. What’s your life philosophy? (Optimistic/pessimistic)

Matt: A bit of both, try to keep positive overall but you can’t have one without the other.
Chris: “Everyday is a Day”.

23. Do you have a healthy lifestyle?

Matt: Compared to some I guess.
Chris:  Better than most.  But I still like fried foods and soda.

24. How do you manage your time effectively? (Job/hobby)

Matt: I’m most effective when I’ve put things off til the last minute and have to hustle, so I’m probably not an effective time manager.
Chris:  I don’t.  Everything is down to the wire.  Life is hard to manage.

25. Any secret skills?

Matt: If I told you it wouldn’t be a secret!
Chris:  I just convince Matt to do things for me.  Don’t tell Matt.

26. Any future plans?

Matt: Live solely off music and the labels and stop working for other people.
Chris: I plan to parasitically attach myself to Matt’s success and live off from him for the rest of my life.
27. What’s your life motto?
Matt: “We’re doing ok, We’re doing alright.”
Chris: “Jive baby on a Saturday night”
28. Any “mot de la fin”?
Matt: Try to find a passion in life because it will carry you through the times that others fail you and give you a fun excuse to be insane.
Chris:  You should order a record from DKA and we will put it in a cardboard box for you.  You deserve a present and we want to send it to you.

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