SLDGHMR Make Paris-Inspired Grooves, Offer It for Free

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Listening to French electro (or French-inspired electro, or French-electro-inspired electro) can produce within the brain very pretty visuals: images of neon, good-looking dancers, outer space. It can all be rather Miami. Which is why it makes sense that the indelicately named SLDGHMR is based in Miami and makes dance songs that remind us of the shiny and slightly nostalgic sounds of acts like its former tour mate Brodinski or Anoraak.

But, says Corey Siegel, one-half of the duo -- the other is Antonio Torres -- while "we often say [our music] is French electro-slash-nü-disco-styled, I like to think we have this original sound. We are much more ADD than our influences, like Justice, SebastiAn, Birdy Nam Nam. I don't think our stuff sounds too much like any one of those influences in particular, but you can see our roots." Like in one's hair.
Torres and Siegel have been buzzing enough to tour and play shows with the likes of Steve Aoki and Datsik. Of that show, Siegel says, "We're considered fairly new artists, and to get the chance to play with these DJs we love so much is awesome. We got on the shows through our label and manager, Into the AM, who works closely with Dim Mak and other artists on the West Coast. We got picked up by Into the AM really fast, and they've quickly become friends and partners."

That fast scooping-up by a label betrays the long-term work of Torres and Siegel: "Antonio and I have been friends for a long time, and we played in a band prior to this," explains Siegel. "We always had this fun idea to write electronic music that we like, so we eventually got to it when the original band disbanded."

All of their music -- including "Catch Fire," a track that was remixed by Kris Barman of Innerpartysystem, among others -- is free, as free as it was from the very beginning. "We have to explain that an album this good instantly becomes public domain," Siegel jokes, referring to their Defenders of Disco EP. "National treasure status." And the name? "We wanted a name that had power, so even if you didn't hear a note, you understood what we represented. The name existed a few months before we even knew we would actually do it -- like, hey, if we ever get to write in that style, that'd be the name. We decided to take out some letters because we didn't need them."

The simplistic approach to their name does not apply to their songwriting process: It's much more multifaceted. "We usually have guest vocalists, like 009 Soundsystem on 'Catch Fire,'" says Siegel, "and we usually allow the guests to write how they feel. Then we produce around that concept. Our new song, "D.I.Y.," has a good concept, but it took us three versions of the song before we felt it sounded how we wanted.

"The song process is ten times harder than in a band," he continues. "Instead of tracking a few instruments and then mixing, we sometimes track 50 sounds and then mix and cut and rewrite the whole song two more times before we're happy." It's a beautiful thing Torres and Siegel are friends -- such a complex process seems stressful. "Luckily Antonio and I work really well together," Siegel says. "I think we usually have the same vision or ideas."

You can download the aforementioned new single, "D.I.Y.," at their SoundCloud. Listen below.



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Janna Hoddles
Janna Hoddles

They emit such raw energy! I just started making my own music (with Dr Drum) and i always seem to fall back to a similar style. Hopefully I'll reach the same level some day :D

Guest
Guest

awesome write up

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