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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Gangplans

Gangplans interview, Bandcamp

Gangplans is an electronic duo based out of Los Angeles. The group released Dynazty in August 2010 and has been steadily creating tunes since then. In 2013, Alca was released and is available for name-your-price download on Bandcamp.

Put on Gangplans’ newest single “Summer Lane” and float right into the weekend.

Below, read The Spec‘s interview with members Wargo and Tiger…

Tell us a little about yourselves…
Wargo: Originally from Pittsburgh, Pa., moved to LA in 2006 in order to obtain a more constant level of sunlight to save money on food by only eating greens to absorb the energy created by photosynthesis.

Tiger: From the coastal shores of San Clemente, but I did my time on the dreary East Coast in Baltimore, Md. and D.C..

How long have you been making music?
Wargo: Bought a Roland Groovebox on eBay in 2005. Have been dabbling in music creation off and on ever since.

Tiger: I was enrolled in a music and dance class for preschoolers. Suzuki Piano lessons started shortly thereafter.

Who/what are your influences?
Wargo: This is one of those endless lists but off the top… Dr. Fangaz, Cee-lo Green (During his Perfect Imperfection days), Man Parrish, Egyptian Lover, Aldo Marin, Charanjit Singh, Franky Knuckles, Thom Yorke, Blue Herons, smog sunsets, lake life, etc.

Tiger: The ones that remain consistent over the years are Beach Boys, Elton John, Beatles, and Lagwagon. In the last decade there’s been a bunch of Joao Gilberto, Tears for Fears, Bobby Caldwell and 94.7 The Wave.

What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
Wargo: I don’t really have a favorite, but for the sake of answering the question I’m going with “Monolith Prep” off of our Dynazty EP when we were called NazcarNation. We always played this last during our live shows because the ending had lots of energy. I’d go HAM on the floor tom. Bitches love that shit.

Tiger: I think “Jam Raw” or “Bust The Way You Were” off the debut Gangplans EP are my faves. They showcase the blend of electronic manipulation and organic songwriting/instrumentation that defines our sound.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
Wargo: Cassette release is next. I want to do more remixes, more composing, more sound design, create immersive/interactive live music/visual experiences.

Tiger: I want to try writing complete songs on acoustic first in order to focus on the core progression and melody before expanding the groove. Usually we create backwards from the groove.

If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
Wargo: A potter.

Tiger: Start a commune.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
Wargo: Mark Balane. Best drummer/bassist who ever lived.

Tiger: Debussy. Bobby Caldwell. Rob Crow. Tom Jobim. And Balane.

Why do you make music?
Wargo: To make myself more appealing to women. And to tune out and zone in – catch the musical wave of wonderment and solitude.

Tiger: If I could only put one thing in a time capsule for an alien or future human to find, it would be a song.

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
Wargo: I also like to ride bikes, play NFL Blitz 2001, eat ice cream, attend online music festivals, try new mind/body hacks, download every single phone app in existence, and discuss the technological singularity.

Tiger: Please download and share our music. It’s free. We are on Rdio and Spotify as well.

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