Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with The Radio Broadcast.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
THE RADIO BROADCAST: We are The Radio Broadcast. We are a Live Electronic group. There are two of us in the group. Michael plays keys and loops/samples and Kristin sings and plays keys as well. We met in a tattoo shop in 2005 and started playing music together in 2008 and formed TRB in 2009. Michael grew up playing drums in punk bands and Kristin grew up playing the piano but at the time when the two met neither of them were involved in anything musically. We had both wanted to create our own punk band but relaized after purchasing a guitar neither of us knew how to play nor had the time or patience to learn so we stuck with what we knew, drums and keys. Over the years our sound and style has changed along with the overall setup of the equipment we use. Our style is always evolving.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
THE RADIO BROADCAST: There is a lot of inspiration and musical influence to be found in the world and for us as far a music goes there are two major electronic groups that have stuck out the most and helped shape our minds to develope the sounds of The Radio Broadcast and that would be Crystal Castles and INNERPARTYSYSTEM. We love the DIY approach IPS takes when it comes to stage lighting and we love their heavy and raw electronic feel. With CC they come across sort of mysterious. We love their punk attitude in the electronic scene. We really like their lofi gritty electronic sounds. We study these bands and many others to try and better ourselves as a band. We try to align our selves with similar sounding artists but we do our best to remind ourselves that other bands and musicians are just like you and I and to tune into them as a reference or inspiration and not as a guide. But as crazy as life can get it is always a good idea to take a step back and take a little time out and emerce yourself in nature and tune in to the frequencies of the planet, clear your mind, and realign yourself. Once your mind is clear and your body is well tuned it will be a lot easier for your creative ideas to flow into more comprehensive complete ideas.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
THE RADIO BROADCAST: Our latest EP “ARRIVED” is something that our friends and fans have been asking about for a long time and something that we have been pushing for a long time. This EP encapsulates several styles of electronic music. A little bit of synthwave and synthpop mixed with some 8bit sounds into a little bit of gritty witch house constructive is developed because we are not tuned into the correct frequency. We aren’t listening to what’s out there. But not to say the time was lost.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
THE RADIO BROADCAST: You can expect to feel rewarded and fully entertained. With our music being very diverse there is something there for most everybody. We are always told by fans and other musicians that it is really cool to see us create the tracks live right there in front of them. Something that a lot of other electronic artists are not doing. The energy projecting from the stage will keep you moving the entire time. As soon as the bass drops TRB comes alive. Between Kristin’s bouncing and crawling around onstage and Michael’s nonstop flow of body rockin dance rhythms you will be sure to have a good time! Not only will our music and energy keep you entertained and dancing but our stage performance will as well. We understand that we are performers and there is more to performing than just the music. We have put some time and dedication into creating some pretty cool visuals from massive arrays of led lights and lasers to mesmerising graphics on led screens and a 3ft by 10ft led “TRB” marquee. We are constantly coming up with new ideas for stage setups.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
THE RADIO BROADCAST: That’s a difficult question. It’s hard enough to tell what we will be doing next year let alone 5 years from now. Even with the current state of the music industry, live shows, and technology is difficult to predict what it will be like 5 years from now. Everything is changing at a more rapid pace than it was 5 years ago.