DAT Politics on Going Back to Their Roots with Tigerbeat6 and Focusing on "Shorter Tracks and Pop Songs"
You're happy about the change?
Collet: Yeah, I think it's cool. It's really funny to see that you're always part of a family.
Pailliot: Now we are kind of the old generation of this electronica sound. When we started like over ten years ago, there were all these people like us, like Matmos, Kid 606, Otto, there were were a couple of people doing this kind of weird dance music, a little abstract. Of course now, a lot of people are doing this, using the same kind of sound, but not in the same way. It's funny to see we're connected together. Of course, some people disappeared along the way.
How has your music evolved?
Pailliot: I think it's more accessible. I think it was always a mix. When we started, it was more of a harsh sound and a bit abstract, but with dance patterns and beats. After a couple of years, we put lyrics in the process. Now it's more song oriented.
Collet: The structure is different. Maybe before, we were going anywhere, but now we're more structured. I think now, people are more used to the sound. So I don't think it's weird for the audience anymore.
Pailliot: I think it's still a weird mix of pop songs and abstractions. It could be weirder. We have a ton on tracks, and we always have to, 'OK, let's try to focus on on direction,' kind of, because, of course, you can go crazy. We already did eight albums, so, we can always do something a bit different. But right now, we like to focus on this idea of shorter tracks and pop songs.
Do you think you evolved in that way because of trends in music, or because you got older and thought this was a better way to express what you were trying to say?
Collet: I think at the beginning, we didn't think too much about what we were doing, but after a while, we just knew what we liked better. So then it was easier to not go everywhere, but start to concentrate on songs.
Pailliot: It's because of the live shows we play. You record the track in the studio, and then you play it live, and we were noticing that when you play abstract stuff in front a big audience... For us it was more fun to see what you have. So now we try to focus on this connection between live shows, the album, the audience.
Collet: It's not easy to play live when it's too difficult for the audience. It's more fun to have a reaction. We keep more abstract stuff in the songs. It's not like too spread out, only in some parts.
That's what we wanted to hear back in those days. And now music has become a lot tighter, or pop music is more the thing people want to hear.
DAT Politics with Juan MacLean, Dino Felipe, Molly Nilsson, and Whorish Boorish as part of III Points. 9 p.m., October 4, Gramps Bar, 176 NW 24th St., Miami. Visit grampsbar.com.