And if things don’t work out, we can at least have made a record we are proud of.” Spoken like a true artisan that isn’t interested in the politics and culture of the music business machine. Smythe finishes his thought, saying, “What we try to do is make a quality album, as opposed to a product that will appeal to a bunch of people. We know that the people we do appeal to will be into it on a deep level.” Clearly, Manic know what they want, in terms of their business and their art, and they’ve found a way to balance the two. “We had no inclination to sign with a major label,” says Smythe. “We recorded a demo that was essentially the Floorboards EP.” The five-track EP in question ended up landing in Schur’s hands who quickly approached the band because he couldn’t stop listening to it.
“We wanted a deal where we could do what we wanted to do. He said yes to everything we asked for, so we couldn’t turn him down,” Smythe says. Rare is the case where a band dictates its own terms to a label courting it for a record deal, but Manic, featuring drummer Ryan Green, guitarist/keyboardist Zane Smythe, bassist Nate Perry, and vocalist/keyboardist Paul Gross, is a rare band in many facets. Manic are actually native to Los Angeles. They didn’t come from somewhere else to L.A.
in order to find success like so many bands these days; rather, they’re from L.A., and formed there five years ago. “There is so much going on,” Smythe says about the L.A. scene. “It’s over-ridden with bands, and inherently, it makes people care less and more fickle.
We’re just trying to set ourselves apart with our songs and with how we present the songs live.” Musically, Manic admit they are not here to cater or to kowtow to radio. They just want to write songs with plenty of depth, breadth and scope, songs that they can replicate live. “We are a fairly tech-heavy band,” says Smythe, shedding light on his band’s sound. “We use a lot of gear. Our bassist has a keyboard.
Our drummer has a keyboard next to him. I have a keyboard. We have a laptop, guitar, and vocal effects, etc, so the music is on the technical side. We’re big fans of stuff that’s sparse but not thin.
When we record, we throw everything into the pot and start reducing, and what’s left is what we play live. We’re fans of music that is thick and we think we do a really good job at representing ourselves and our songs when we play them live.” Indeed, Manic aren’t your average LA band. They are doing things their way, remaining true to their independent music ethos. 2)Maarten Prinsen; Dutch hardcore DJ and producer born on January 25, 1989 in Winterswijk (NL) produces for Cenobite Records.
His music is experimental hardcore with influences of acid, goa, rave, drum & bass and gabber. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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