Call and Response- The Record Company

Blues music simply does not come from the West Coast. It just doesn’t make sense…does it? Let’s check in on an up-and-coming band by the name of The Record Company and find out how they are producing music that challenge assumptions and still retain that timeless sound. Big ups to the band for doing this, even though they are really busy right now preparing for the may residency gigs, and recording (very exciting news for fans).
1. What’s a band in LA making music like this? Given the traditional representation of California, this is actually the last thing I expected from you guys. Can you explain how the band formed and how this sound formulated? The band formed because I (Chris) ended up meeting Alex (bass) when I was looking for a bass player for a different group.  We didn’t end up playing music at that time but we started hanging out and listening to records on the weekends. Marc (drums) and Alex had played together in a bunch of different bands, we all became good buddies so after about a year of hanging out we just decided we should play some music together.   The sound we came up with by just loving old records especially of the early Chess Records era.  I grew up in rural Wisconsin on a farm in the southeastern corner of the state so I always love music that reflected a certain honesty.  I’ve only been in LA a couple of years, otherwise I was playing and living in and around Milwaukee and the midwest.  I’ve loved soul and blues music from as far back as I can remember liking music.  When I started hanging out with Alex and Marc I realized that those two guys both had the same love of that music that I did.  In the end we just wanted to make music that we felt reflected in some way what we all felt, and the music we love to listen too….
2. Can you describe to us the your songwriting process? Who writes first?  Ideas can come from every and anywhere.  Mostly they come out of a desire to do something new.  Our process is never the same way twice, but I feel like we are all important in that process.  We do all our own writing, recording, mixing, and mastering so we get to really take something from idea all the way to the finish in our own place… In the end, we all need to be there to make the band work.
3. When looking through your guys’ own music libraries, do you mostly have music that resembles what you produce yourself?
Absolutely, for sure.  I am obsessed with Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, etc…. However, our collections don’t stay to just one genre. We all love music, and we all listen to as much of it as we can across a very wide variety of genres and eras…
4. Based on what you guys have released so far, “Don’t Let Me Get Lonely” and the cover of “I Wanna Be Your Dog”, what kind of musical direction can your fans expect from an eventual release of an EP?  It will definitley continue to be a raw sound, something that reflects who we are as people I think.  We can’t help but have a blues sound, and as far as that sound goes we tend to lean on the early electric stuff.  It will hopefully just be a good record to put on at a party and drink some beers too.. 
5. One year from now, what do you guys want to get out of this band? How have your current commitments reflected this desire? We all would love to be playing as often as possible.  So far we have been fortunate enough to be getting some great opporntunities to play often, so I am hoping that will continue.   We just had a great time playing at SXSW and we are going to be doing a month of shows in May at Harvard and Stone in LA to celebrate the release of our new 45 “Don’t Let Me Get Lonely”.  After that we will be going and playing in Montreal at the Montreal Jazz Festival, we are looking to busy this fall and releasing an EP in the very near future.  We have all the songs recorded so we want to start getting them out especially because we are always recording more.  We all love the band, and our collective mission is just to give ourselves the chance to be heard by people and do what we love. Simple and true.
There you have it. Read it and get excited for their future works!

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