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The electro-pop band, JUMP JUMP DANCE DANCE, are comprised of Chris Carter and Simon Lewicki. The forthcoming self-titled album will be released in the U.S. this fall/winter 2011-12 on Universal Music Australia / Ministry Of Sound Australia.
Chris Carter and Simon Lewicki are based in Los Angeles, CA. They are also DJs/producers, when not performing in the live band as JUMP JUMP DANCE DANCE.
DBNB: Please introduce yourself to our readers!
JJDD: Hello, Drop Beats Not Bombers, Chris Carter and Simon Lewicki here, aka Jump Jump Dance Dance!
DBNB: What inspired you guys to DJing, was it a struggle in the beginning and where do you guys see yourself in the near future?
JJDD (Carter): It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do, since I was a little kid riding in the backseat of my parents VW bus, with my Walkman headphones permanently glued on. I grew up listening to alternative rock, Nirvana, Jane’s Addiction, Oasis, that sort of thing. Played tons of guitar, sang, etc. DJing came later on for me and opened up a whole other world that I missed growing up.
DBNB: Who and what inspired your music the most and why?
JJDD (Carter): We’re both DJs so the inspirations are pretty vast and ongoing. We were listening to the early Alan Braxe and Fred Falke stuff, Bloc Party, LCD Soundsystem, DFA 1979, Cut Copy, Presets, etc. As well as things like The Clash, Duran Duran, early Chic records and such. But when it came down to writing, we just did our thing, let the songs go where they wanted to go, and tried to make music that we want to listen to
DBNB: At what point did you guys know you were going to pursue becoming what you guys are now, JUMP JUMP DANCE DANCE?
JJDD (Carter): We had been friends for a bit, and working together in Simon’s studio, I’d come over and play guitar on one of his tracks, he’d produce up one of mine. One day we just decided we were making a record, and that was it! Shared love of analogue synths sealed the deal.
DBNB: What producers or singers are you guys currently following right now and absolutely in love with? Anyone in specific that you guys would love to collaborate and work with in the near future?
JJDD (Carter): So many people we’d love to collaborate with! I’ve been really digging things like Moullinex, Punks Jump Up, Jean Tonique etc. Dillon Francis, The Twelves, Calvin Harris is blowing my mind right now, as is Wolfgang Gartner. Of course Laidback Luke, who remixed our last single, “2.0,” and Australians like Goodwill and Hook ‘n Sling, Tommy Trash, Cassian. The list is endless!
DBNB: You guys have conquered Australia. Where do you see JJDD taking over next? What are some of your favorite countries to play at?
JJDD (Carter): Australia has been unbelievable for us! Music is everywhere over there. People really get behind the artists they like and love music in general. For the foreseeable future, we’re concentrating on America, supporting our first single, “2.0” (especially the Laidback Luke remix), and getting ready to release our second single from the album, and then of course release the full-length album itself. We’re also looking at tour dates, both as a band and as DJs.
DBNB: It feels good to be backed by a powerful soundsystem, which club or event was your favorite?
JJDD (Simon Lewicki): Actually the sound at the Troubadour in L.A. when we played with Dragonette was pretty fierce!
DBNB: With the release of “2.0” E.P and remixes from big names such as Laidback Luke and Jono Fernanadez, what other producers would you guys like to remix your songs?
JJDD (Lewicki): This is a very long list…how much have you got? [laughs]
DBNB: What do you guys want fans and listeners to take away from your music?
JJDD (Carter): Have some fun! Enjoy the good times as well as the bittersweet; there are plenty of each.
DBNB: It’s been a successful year in 2011 for you guys already, what can we expect to see in the upcoming year?
JJDD (Carter): Robots. [laughs]
DBNB: What does it feel like to return back to L.A. and what are your views on the EDM globally as compared to out here on the West Coast? General thoughts on the scene in general and where it’s headed in the future?
JJDD (Lewicki): EDM is taking over the world! We’re glad the U.S. is on board with that, finally.
DBNB: What does music mean to you?
JJDD (Carter): Ever been in love with a crazy person? Just like that.
DBNB: Final words or shootouts to any of your fans out there?
JJDD (Lewicki): Thanks for taking the time to check us out! We love and truly appreciate our fans. Stay safe and play hard!
What the international media have been saying about “2.0” by JUMP JUMP DANCE DANCE:
“An irresistible slice of punk rock electro from the L.A. newcomers. A promising and intriguing debut that hints at a dynamic album.” – Music Week (UK)
“Witness the birth of another hit.” – Music Network (Australia)
“More than enough indie swagger to excite.” – Record Of The Day (UK)
“Top 10 Most Blogged Artist.” – The Hype Machine
“F&*%ING BRILLIANT! One of my favourite songs…” – Sat Bisla (A&R Worldwide)