|The Death Set|
June 5 2012 – For the 18th straight year, North By Northeast (NXNE) is happening in Toronto from June 11th to the 17th 2012. NXNE is a music festival, conference, and even a film festival all rolled into one. NXNE is the most anticipated summer music event in Canada and aims to bring exposure to Canadian music of all genres and in general to support the Canadian music industry. Over 650 bands and 40 films converge for 7 days in Toronto and put us on the map in terms of large artistic and creative gatherings. Modeled after the fabled South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, we are very pleased that Toronto is hosting NXNE and we are certain that NXNE will grow in both number of attendees and stature in the music industry (much like Toronto’s International Film Festival has). SXSW is plagued by over commercialization and unless you’re deeply embedded in the industry you can forget about watching the big names. NXNE will also feature large free performances at Yonge-Dundas Square for four nights with the Flaming Lips being the main attraction on June 16.
Electro-punks The Death Set burst out of Baltimore – via hometown Sydney and latterly Brooklyn – late last decade with all the self-proclaimed “Ritalin and Sunny D-induced” energy of Licensed To Ill period Beastie Boys and Minor Threat’s boom-bap thrash power. Not on their second record, the band are still going loud, fast and chaotic as ever.
- Hey there The Death Set, thanks for taking the time out to talk to us. Let’s start off with the obligatory introductions. Who’s in the band and what instrument does everyone rock?
same and Will Broussard on drums.
- How about the history of the band, when did you get started and how did it happen?
- Who are some of your musical influences?
- We found you as we were searching through the mountain of artists being featured at the 2012 NXNE. Why should a music fan come and see your show instead of all the other choices available to them?
- What is your favorite single line of lyrics the band has written and why?
- What does the rest of 2012 and 2013 hold for you?
The Death Set: We just signed to the L.A. label Dim Mak after two records on London label Ninja Tune. So we are writing a new EP for them now.
- The band has been through a lot lately. Has that influenced your music?
The Death Set: Of course. Our second record was markedly effected by the loss of our band mate and friend Beau Velasco. But coming out the other side of it now, and with the benefit of hindsight, we had to continue the band and write that record as a testament, and for our own sanities.
- We were talking about punk the other day and it seems to be a widely used term these days. What is pink today and how is it changing?
- Sorry for asking such a morbidly boring question ;-) Imagine that you were asked to be the opener for any band’s world tour (both current and historical). Which band and tour would be your dream opening gig.
|The Death Set|
- What is the future of the music industry? With the concept of the album and physical CD’s facing extinction, how will we be consuming music in 10 years? Are the economics feasible for emerging artists?
- Where can people get your music/CD, is it being sold anywhere?
GET AMONGST IT.