Dragonette is a Canadian electronic music band from Toronto, Ontario, formed in 2005. The band consists of singer-songwriter Martina Sorbara, bassist and producer Dan Kurtz (also in The New Deal) and drummer Joel Stouffer.
The group’s third studio album, Bodyparts, was released on September 22, 2012.
Thanks to Martina / Ayisha
Hello, I am in Toronto where we just moved 3 months ago.
How has the album cycle changed for you guys over the years? Has it always been write, record, tour and start all over again? Or has the process changed a bit by now?
The process has only changed slightly over the years. Firstly, now we don’t really differentiate between writing and recording. It all happens at once, with a little polishing stage afterwards. The other thing we’ve learned is to try our best to keep the writing process going as much as possible during the touring period. That way it doesn’t feel so foreign when finally you go back to the writing recording process after touring an album.
Were you actively trying to do something different from Fixin to Thrill or were you just on your groove and you wanted to keep it going?
The only thing we were conscious of trying to do with this album was to try and make it sunny and bright. Lots of the songs are not that way at all, but I think the over all vibe of the album is a little bit more cheerful than our others. Even if it’s imperceptible to other, I hear it.
Last year you wrote the excellent Lucky Day for Nicola Roberts, is that something you intend to do again soon?
It really satisfies a whole other part of us when someone else sings a song we wrote. So yeah, I hope we get to do more songs for other performers. It’s a bit of an unknown science for us, but it gets us to keep writing songs, for whatever purpose can only make us better at what we do.
What do you think of current album sales? It feels like some artists already see albums as promotional devices, an additional bonus to concerts. Madonna has released her album recently and it seems that « MDNA » is working as a loss leader for the tour, she even gives it away for free with concert tickets. Is the album bound for extinction?
I hope albums aren’t dead. It’s still the way I like to listen to music. I think if anything, music will be split into album based bands and song based bands, just as listeners have slowly been separated into those 2 groups.
A few weeks ago, Keane’s bandleader was rightfully criticizing what the industry has become and what the musical offer is now, which is no more good quality, and was sorry that all the good bands had disappeared… what do you think?
I don’t agree with that. I mean I think the industry is full of dweebs looking for lowest common denominator schlock. But I don’t believe that the quality of music being made these days is any less respectable than 20 or 30 or 40 years ago. There’s always been schlock. If you think there is no good music or good bands left I think there’s a good chance that you’re either getting lazy about discovering new music or you’re a depressive who wants to see the shit side of things. I would agree that major labels are more consistently associating themselves with the schlock now more than they used to. But that’s just how the industry is changing, and I’m okay with it.
You’re currently touring US, are there any dates set for Europe?
We’re doing a little scandinavian run in december and hopefully more euro dates in the new year. yes please.