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Industry Talk With Dynasty Electric

Industry Talk With Dynasty Electric

After attending the video release party for Dynasty Electric’s “Eye Wide Open” last month, we knew we had to get a little more information on Seth Misterka and Jenny Electrik. The electro duo has made a name for themselves with performances at large-scale festivals like Burning Man and SXSW, and will be releasing their new album on the New York label No Shame on June 24.

After attending the video release party for Dynasty Electric’s “Eye Wide Open” last month, we knew we had to get a little more information on Seth Misterka and Jenny Electrik. The electro duo has made a name for themselves with performances at large-scale festivals like Burning Man and SXSW, and will be releasing their new album on the New York label No Shame on June 24.

Dynasty’s multi-instrumentalist and composer Seth Misterka took a few minutes to talk with us about the band’s formation, the recording process and his favorite local haunts around NY.

Melodysiac: You two met in 2003 and released your album Black Box in 2004. What do you think was the key to such a quick formation and recording process?
Seth Misterka: Jenny and I had an instant chemistry from the moment we met. It’s never been hard to write together. Also, I had my own studio, so we pretty much started recording as soon as we formed.

You partnered with Damon Dash for your 2011 LP Golden Arrows. Do you feel that this union and the contributions that came from it changed the way you approached your upcoming self-titled release?
You know, a lot of people in the industry have problems with Damon, but for us it was a really great experience to work with him. He set us up with Ski Beatz to make the album, and I feel we really grew as artists and songwriters as a result of this collaboration. It really forced us to expand our sound and explore new styles. We actually brought Ski back to work on a couple of the tracks on our new album. We co-wrote a dubstep song together, and he produced a hip-hop track I wrote that was pretty much inspired by our time with BluRoc Records.  It’s actually my first foray into rapping and I’m very excited about it.

?The video for your single “Eye Wide Open” is very focused on Jenny. Was this originally how you saw it going down?
We worked with the director John Fitzgerald on the concept and vision of the video, but we left the details of the editing to him, mostly. I’m so pleased with the results that I personally don’t mind that it’s more focused on Jenny than on myself.

For this new album you had the help of producer/mixer David Maurice and turntablist DJ Logic. How much control do you allow producers to have in your process?
We see it as a collaborative process. At the end of the day, I think it’s really important that all parties involved in a production are satisfied with the end result and everyone feels that they brought the best of their abilities to the table. David Maurice and DJ Logic were wonderful to work with, and they really helped bring out the best in these new songs. We feel very fortunate to have worked with them.

As New Yorkers (and Brooklynites) what are your favorite performance venues?
One of my favorite things about New York is the overwhelming number of great music venues. Some of my favorite spots are Glasslands, Brooklyn Bowl, Bowery Ballroom, Joe’s Pub, Highline Ballroom, Terminal 5, The Knitting Factory and Santos Party House. I especially loved my old loft venue in Brooklyn called Newsonic, but unfortunately the landlord took back the space last year. Perhaps I’ll open up another venue of my own sometime down the road.

Photos Courtesy of Jason Sheldon and Dynasty Electric

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June 2nd, 2012

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