SXSW Interview: Lance Neptune
With our SXSW questionnaires, our objective is to get a different perspective from as many bands as we can who happen to be coming to town and, hopefully, everyone has enjoyed the reads so far. Today I’m please to get some answers from Maryland based electronica/producer artist Lance Neptune. I’m personally excited for this one because it offers a take from an artist whose style isn’t one I usually give much time to. Let’s enjoy. Follow the jump for more.
ATH: There was a lot of hubbub last year concerning corporate sponsors and pay to play and what not at SXSW. As a band, what’s your reason for coming to pay at the festival? What do you hope to get out of it?
Lance: My reason for coming to SXSW is to simply gain experience around these big festivals and network. I hope to make long lasting connections at SXSW
ATH: For most SXSW sets, you get 30 minutes to leave a lasting impression. What’s your plan of attack? You have a set list mapped out yet?
Lance: I want to simply keep the crowd interested, So I plan to play a lot of unreleased stuff!
ATH: The festival caters to music fans, but food and booze are an important aspect of the fans and the bands. What’s your band’s food and beverage of choice?
Lance: I love water and pizza so I hope we have plenty of it throughout this festival
ATH: There are tons of bands coming into town. Who would you ideally like to play with of the 1000s of bands gracing our city? Make your own optimal line-up.
Lance: Quite frankly I wouldn’t mind playing with everyone! I know it’s a lot of talent and my sound is pretty versatile to play with all of them.
ATH: We are partial to SXSW obviously, but what festival do you feel is the best around?
Lance: Well im new to SXSW and i’m sure it will be a fantastic experience I don’t really have any other festival experience besides CMJ and that was pretty cool.
ATH: Let’s say your band has been booked an official showcase at a pop up venue somewhere in the middle of 6th street. The lineup features thrash metal, hip-hop, spoken word, and you. The sound is horrible, the lineup is not your style, and the crowd seems angry at the world. How would your band deal with such a situation?
Lance: I’ve been in this situation before and the best thing to do is have fun, don’t panic, and stick to the game plan. Mostly have fun though a lot of artist forget that.
ATH: What’s your favorite album to come out in the last year? What’s playing in the tour bus?
Lance: If I had a tour bus I would definitely keep The Internets album on repeat. Ego Death is such a great album!
ATH: The digital age is upon us, like it or not. What are your band’s thoughts on streaming services like spotify, pandora, etc.? Blow em all up? Or embrace the future?
Lance: I believe we should embrace the future. We sometime forget that everything evolves and it’s that time for the next wave. Look at it this way it makes your music more accessible to listeners for them to stream it off their devices.
Thanks again Lance for giving us some time. Stay tuned for set times and locations. Here’s a taste of what’s in store with latest single “Janus”:
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